Dr. Whitney Elmore grew up in rural south-central Kentucky. Whitney was very active in FFA and played golf competitively as she was growing up. Whitney attended Western Kentucky University where she received an Associate of Science degree in Turfgrass Management, a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture, and a Master’s degree in Agriculture with her research focusing on bentgrass putting greens and water-repellent soils. Whitney worked for plant nurseries and various golf courses before attending the University of Florida where she received her Doctorate in Plant Pathology. While there, Whitney concentrated on turfgrass diseases and mycorrhizal fungi. Whitney spent eight years as a professor at Middle Georgia State College before coming to Pasco County as the County Extension Director, Urban Horticulture Agent, and Master Gardener Coordinator in September 2014.