Iowa 4-H Staff Recognized

November 19, 2018, 8:30 am | Mary Olson, Brenda Allen

AMES, Iowa – Twenty-five Iowa State University Extension and Outreach staff members were honored in October at the Iowa 4-H YouthFest professional development conference. Award recipients were recognized for their impact on local communities, accomplishments in their field and embodiment of the ISU Extension and Outreach 4-H mission.

Achievement in service winners.The award ceremony was held Oct. 30 in Ames as a part of the annual YouthFest conference, which brings together ISU Extension and Outreach staff from all over the state to celebrate the work they are doing and participate in workshops and educational opportunities in the field of 4-H youth development.

“It has truly been a privilege to facilitate this opportunity for colleagues, extension council members and partners to nominate our 4-H staff across the state for special recognition,” 4-H staff recognition committee chair Brenda Allen said. “This event provides an opportunity for all of us to learn about significant impacts our 4-H staff are making in their local communities and to celebrate those accomplishments.”

The Achievement in Service Award was given to Tama County Youth Coordinator Jennifer Hulme, Allamakee County K-12 Program Coordinator Becky Rea, Cerro Gordo County Youth Coordinator Kelsey Spotts and Clayton County K-12 Program Coordinator Nate Weber. This award is presented to county staff with three or fewer years in the position and who have made a difference for the Iowa 4-H program in that short time.

The Distinguished Service Award was given to Washington County Youth Coordinator Amy Green and Shelby County Youth Coordinator Mary Taggs. This award is presented to county staff who have been in their position between four and 10 years and have made a difference in their 4-H community.

meritorious award winners.The Meritorious Service Award was given to Dallas County Youth Coordinator Aleta Cochran, Fayette County Youth Coordinator Michele Kelly and Lyon County Youth Coordinator Jill Postma. This award is given to staff who have made a difference in their career of 11 or more years.

The Youth Program Specialist Award was given to State Clover Kids Specialist Nicole Hanson. This award is given to youth program specialists for their effort to support county staff programing and for their overall achievement in the position.

The Outstanding Team Award was given to the Healthy Living Summit Team (Brenda Spurgeon, Laura Liechty, Kim Kuester, Cherry Sandeen and Joy Westercamp) and the Iowa Dairy Story Team (Tammy Muller, Nate Weber, Angie Sperfslage, Michele Kelly, Morgan Bjerke, Becky Rea, Jaci Tweeten, Kelli Steinlage and Kendra Crooks). This award is given to recognize a team’s efforts to work together and address an identified need or to create a successful programing effort.

The Visionary Award was given to Marion County Program Assistant Lauren Petersen for her work in creating the Animal Science Club for Marion County. This award is given to an individual or team that demonstrates an innovative programming effort, uses a different delivery method, includes a new avenue or partner, or reaches a new audience.  

To find out more about these individuals and the work they are doing for Iowa youth, contact their respective county ISU Extension and Outreach offices by visiting the Iowa 4-H county offices webpage at

[PHOTO] 2018 Meritorious Service Award Winners
From left, Aleta Cochran, Michele Kelly and Jill Postma receive the Meritorious Award from Interim Program Leader Andrea Nelson.

[PHOTO] 2018 Achievement in Service Award Winners
From left, Jennifer Hulme, Kelsey Spotts and Nate Weber receive the Achievement in Service award from Interim Program Leader Andrea Nelson.


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