AMES, Iowa – Sarah Merrifield has been hired to fill a new regional director position with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
Beginning July 6, Merrifield will serve as director for Region 3, covering Kossuth, Winnebago, Hancock and Wright counties. Since 2018, she has served as director of the Charles City Foster Grandparent Program. Previously she worked for ISU Extension and Outreach, serving as Chickasaw County director and earlier as the youth and family coordinator in Bremer County. She also has experience as a Christian education director for St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and School in Waverly.
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. Searches were conducted to fill the remaining vacancies, Nelson said.