State Plant Health Directors

State Plant Health Directors direct federal APHIS-PPQ pest detection and regulatory activities in cooperation with state officials. SPHDs coordinate the initial PPQ emergency response if an exotic pest is detected in the state.


State Name Phone Email
AK St. Germain, Tim 253-944-2040
AL Head, Jeff (662) 325-3140
AR Bard, Joel (501) 324-5258
AZ Levitt, Jerry (602) 431-3201
CA Wright, Helene (916) 930-5500
CO McPherren, Pat (303) 371-3355
CT Aitkenhead, Kate 203-741-5644
DE Kitzmiller, Colleen (302) 744-1800
FL Marzolf, Catherine (352) 313-3040
GA Kauffman, Bill (770) 860-4023
GU Harrington, Vernon (808) 838-2780
HI Harrington, Vernon (808) 838-2780
IA Hollister, Mark (515) 285-7044
ID Marschman, Brian (208) 373-1600
IL Rentschler, Greg (847) 699-2417
IN Simon, Gary (765) 497-2859
KS Vacant
KY Hempfling, Harold (859) 689-2626
LA Hardy, Tad (225) 298-5410
MA Aitkenhead, Kate 203-741-5644
MD Travis, Matthew (410) 288-5540
ME Bourgoin, Terry (207) 848-0001
MI Kellogg, Craig (734) 942-9005
MN Stiers, Erin (952) 814-1071
MO Brown, Mike (573) 893-6833
MS Head, Jeff (662) 325-3140
MT Adams, Gary (406) 449-5210
NC Stewart, Deb (919) 855-7600
ND Hirsch, Dave (701) 355-3361
NE Galford, Shayne 402-4342646
NH Lavallee, Stephen 802-280-9976
NJ Nelson, George (609) 259-5242
NM Levitt, Jerry (602) 431-3201
NV Vacant
NY Weldon, Mafalda (585) 388-2702
OH Burch, John (614) 322-4701
OK Powell, Blaine (405) 609-8840
OR Deegan, Christopher 503-820-2746
PA Newcamp, Timothy 717-241-0121
PR Wiscovitch, Leyinska (787) 771-3611
RI Aitkenhead, Kate 203-741-5644
SC Lightfoot, Carl
SD Hirsch, Dave (701) 355-3361
TN Hempfling, Harold (859) 689-2626
TX Kuehn, Stuart (512) 916-5241
UT Vacant
VA Grant, Dustin
VI Wiscovitch, Leyinska (787) 771-3611
VT Lavallee, Stephen 802-280-9976
WA St. Germain, Tim 253-944-2040
WI Cruse, Joann (608) 231-9545
WV Watkins, Jason (304) 343-8585
WV Thaxton, Justin 304-343-8585
WY Shambaugh, Bruce (307) 432-7979