AMES, Iowa – Katharinna Bain has been hired to fill a new regional director position with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
Beginning June 1, Bain will serve as director for Region 19, covering Iowa, Johnson, Keokuk and Washington counties. Since 2013 she has served as director for ISU Extension and Outreach Keokuk County. Previously she was an accounts receivable and billing/office assistant with Keokuk County Health Center in Sigourney. Bain has a master’s degree in human services from Purdue University Global and her bachelor’s degree from University of Northern Iowa.
The new regional director position was created as part of a restructuring in ISU Extension and Outreach to better serve Iowa’s 99 counties, according to Andrea Nelson, assistant vice president for county services. Since 2009, ISU Extension and Outreach has operated with 20 regions, varying in size from three to eight counties, each served by a regional director.
“With the new structure that takes effect statewide July 1, ISU Extension will have 27 regions, each served by a regional director. Three regions are one-county regions – Polk, Story and Dallas. The remaining 24 regions each include three to five counties,” Nelson explained.
Regional directors from the previous configuration have been assigned to the new regions and will shift into their new positions on July 1. Additional directors have been hired and a search is in progress to fill the remaining vacancy, Nelson said.