Iowa 4-H and Extension Staff Recognized by National 4-H Professionals Association


November 17, 2020, 10:11 am | Marybeth Foster

National Association of Extension 4-H Youth Development Professionals.AMES, Iowa – Several staff of the Iowa 4-H Youth Development unit of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach have been recognized by the National Association of Extension 4-H Youth Development Professionals for their impactful contributions to Iowa youth.

Each year, these award submissions are judged at the state, regional and national levels, and winners are announced at the annual NAE4-HPYD Conference. This year, recipients were presented their awards as part of a virtual event for Iowa 4-H staff due to the national association moving its conference to a virtual setting.

The 2020 national award winners include the following:

Communicator Awards – Video Program
Five staff were recognized for their involment in the creation of an Iowa 4-H Youth Development Conference promotional video:

  • Haley Jones, leadership and civic engagement specialist.
  • Lexa Krause, communications and marketing specialist.
  • Jordyn Harrison, video producer, Advancement.
  • Jed Findlay, multimedia creative manager, Advancement.
  • Bridgette Heisterkamp, graphic designer, Advancement.

Communicator Awards – News Story
Two staff were recognized for presenting factual results in a clear and understandable manner, for their news story, Project Area Resources Encourage Career Exploration:

  • Bonnie Dalager, educational resource development specialist.
  • Cayla Taylor, program development manager.

Excellence in Communication and Expressive Arts – Iowa 4-H Camera Corps
A team of six individuals was honored for their submission explaining the educational value and significance of the Iowa 4-H Camera Corps:

  • Clark Colby, arts, communication and design extension program specialist.
  • Bonnie Dalager, educational resource development specialist.
  • Cayla Taylor, program development manager.
  • Mitch Hoyer, risk management specialist.
  • Abby Stanek, youth field specialist.
  • Earl McAlexander, youth field specialist.

Achievement in Service Award
Laura Liechty, healthy living program specialist, received the Achievement in Service Award, which is given to a youth development professional who has served more than two years but less than seven years and is actively engaged in extension youth programs.

“As part of the 4-H healthy living program priority area, I have had the honor to collaborate with a variety of colleagues and community partners to develop engaging learning experiences that challenge youth, volunteers and staff to practice healthy habits. 4-H helps youth build their full potential by pledging their ‘health to better living’ to improve their own health habits, but also to inspire the development of our environments where all people have access to nutritious foods, active living and healthy minds, and I’m very proud to get to be a part of that,” Liechty said.

Distinguished Service Award
Cayla Taylor, program development manager, received the Distinguished Service Award, which is given to a youth development professional who has served more than seven years and is actively engaged in extension youth programs.

“I am most proud of my work with the educational design and development team, working to foster a culture of innovation to develop educational opportunities that grow youths’ critical thinking, teambuilding, communication, leadership, college and career readiness and lifelong interests through 4-H,” said Taylor.

Meritorious Service Award
Lisa Berkland, youth field specialist serving the northwest field, received the Meritorious Service Award, which is given to a youth development professional who has served more than 15 years and has already been awarded the Distinguished Service Award.

“It has been my pleasure to serve the youth and families of North Central Iowa and have the opportunity to give input into many statewide programs. 'To Make the Best Better’ is something I always strive to do,” Berkland said.

“Being a member of NAE4-HYDP provides members with a wealth of resources that enhance our programs and ourselves. I’m proud of the work our team has showcased and impact that they’ve made on the lives of so many of our Iowa youth,” said Debbie Nistler, state 4-H program leader.

 

Contact: Bonnie Dalager, president, Iowa Section, National Association of Extension 4-H Youth Development Professionals, 515-294-3082, bdalager@iastate.edu

About the Authors: