AMES, Iowa – Cindy Thompson recently joined the ranks of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach as a family life/family finance program specialist in northeast Iowa. Thompson will work from the Chickasaw County Extension and Outreach office in New Hampton.
According to Jeanne Warning, assistant director, ISU Extension to Families, families extension staff typically specialize in one of three subjects: nutrition and health, family life or finance.
“We are experimenting with a new approach to this extension position, which combines two of the three subject matters, because of the local needs identified,” said Warning. “We know that the issues and concerns families face are not easily segmented by subject area, so this is a unique position that reflects the interdisciplinary nature of family issues.”
More and more county programs are looking for a multi-disciplinary approach, and Thompson will provide them with that through the combined position. There is one other position of its kind, also in eastern Iowa. Susan Taylor has been serving Delaware, Dubuque and Jackson counties in a similar position since last fall.
Thompson received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in administrating child care programs and family life and resource management from Northwest Missouri State University. In 2011, she received her master’s degree in human development and family studies from Iowa State University. She has experience with curriculum development, program planning and implementation, teaching and grant administration, all experience that will be helpful in her new position.
“I am looking forward to being on the front end of things related to children and families in the state,” said Thompson. “Through this position, I will train and work with the university to provide the communities I work for with the family life and finance expertise they need. I really enjoy networking with both the university and community.”
To learn more about Iowa State University Extension and Outreach family life programs and finance programs, visit http://www.extension.iastate.edu/topic/parenting-and-families.