4-H Youth Development Specialist


Positive Youth Development is the focus of educational programs and youth experiences. Emphasis is on helping youth to develop life skills that will help them be successful now and in the future. Five major outcomes include: citizenship, communications, leadership, and personal life management skills (decision making, relationship building, money management, healthy life choices, clothing, etc. that require daily application), and the fifth outcome is acquiring knowledge in areas of personal interest through 4-H project work and special interest groups. Community capacity building through working with community partners and youth as resources is part of valuing youth and helping them to develop into caring and capable individuals.

Additional Biographical Information: 

Frequent Clients/Partners: Youth in grades 4 through 12 or youth ages 8 to 18 are primary youth audiences.  Adults who volunteer or are employed to work with youth are primary adult audiences. Partners include other youth serving agencies and organizations, schools, hospitals, libraries, parks and recreation, conservation departments, home school groups, civic groups, youth focused coalitions, and child care centers.

Joined ISU Extension: November 1, 1987


Extension Positions/Other Experience:

Home Economics Education teacher, Forest City, 1983, 1984-87; Lake Mills, 1984-85;

4-H and youth summer aide, Winnebago County, 1987; Montgomery County, 1978-81,

4-H/Youth volunteer, Winnebago County, 1983-87; Certified Home Economist through American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences 1990-2003.

4-H Youth Development Specialist, 1987 to present



B.S., Adult and Secondary Home Economics Education, Iowa State University, 1982

M.S. Human Development and Family Studies, Iowa State University, 1991.



National Association of 4-H Agents Association Distinguished Service Award, 1999

Iowa State University Extension Meritorious Service Award, 2002

(515) 432-3882
(515) 432-3883
ISU Extension Boone County 603 Story Street
Boone, IA 50036
Counties Served: 
Boone, Greene, Story
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