Karen Bates Chabal joins Washington County Extension staff
ISU Extension and Outreach, Washington County Office announces the addition of Karen Bates Chabal as the new office assistant. She began work Monday, December 9.
Karen will work in general support of all Washington County Extension and 4-H programs. Bates Chabal, a native of Washington, has moved back to the community with her husband, Ed, after 20 years in Mt. Pleasant.
Bates Chabal has a degree in journalism from the University of Iowa. She has held various writing and public relations positions for Iowa Wesleyan College, the Midwest Old Threshers Association, and the Kalona Historical Society/Kalona Chamber of Commerce. She most recently coordinated the Henry County Retired and Senior Volunteer Program for adults over age 55 giving service to non-profit organizations.
“It’s nice to be able to return to my home community and renew ties,” Bates Chabal said. “I’m really pleased to have the opportunity to be able to work with Washington County Extension and I’m looking forward to being a part of the excellent services and programs of ISU Extension and Outreach.”
Karen replaces Michele Sieren who accepted a job with Keokuk County Extension as their County Youth Coordinator.
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