AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has hired two youth program specialists to work with the 4-H Youth Development Program in central Iowa.
Tiffany Berkenes began her new position July 11 and Marisue Hartung will begin Aug. 22. Both specialists will serve Polk, Warren, Dallas and Madison counties.
“We are excited to be hiring these new staff members to grow our program, capacity and outreach to Iowa children and youth,” said LuAnn Johansen, assistant director for the Iowa 4-H Youth Development program.
“They’ll work with 4-H staff and volunteers to empower youth as contributors and leaders in their communities,” Johansen said.
Before joining the central Iowa 4-H field team, Tiffany Berkenes was employed by Iowa College Aid. There she worked as a facilitator for Des Moines Public Schools and Marshalltown Community School District implementing the U.S. Department of Education grant, GEAR UP Iowa.
She also has experience in educational leadership and advising, having worked for Central College TRIO Upward Bound, Upper Iowa University residence life and service-learning, and Simpson College Admissions, and as a teacher for Johnston Community School District. Berkenes is an Altoona native and graduated from Simpson College with a bachelor’s degree in K-12 art education. She also is a graduate of the Educational Opportunity Association’s Emerging Leaders Institute.
“I am looking forward to working with fellow passionate people, helping increase urban and minority 4-H participation, and further progress an outstanding organization with a holistic approach to positive youth and community development,” Berkenes said.
Berkenes will be based at the ISU Extension and Outreach office in Polk County.
Marisue Hartung has been a 4-H youth program specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach since 2005, serving Jasper, Lucas, Mahaska, Marion and Poweshiek counties.
“I am excited to work with the people of Dallas, Madison, Polk and Warren counties. Each offers diversity and opportunities for youth to grow through 4-H and other youth programs we coordinate. Jeff Macomber, the former youth program specialist in these counties, was a terrific advocate and trailblazer for 4-H. I hope to continue moving the team of ISU Extension and Outreach staff, volunteers, parents and partnering groups on the path he created.” Hartung said.
Hartung received her master’s degree in social work from the University of Iowa and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is a member and past president of the Iowa Chapter of National Association of Social Workers and the Iowa branch of the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents.
Hartung will be based at the ISU Extension and Outreach office in Dallas County.