4-H State Leader Debbie Nistler

Debbie Nistler

Debbie Nistler
State Program Leader, 4-H Youth Development

Extension and Outreach
Extension 4-H Youth Building
1259 Stange Rd.
Ames, IA 50011-1002
Phone: 515-294-8423
Email: nistlerd@iastate.edu




Debbie Nistler, 4-H Youth Development state program leader for ISU Extension and Outreach, leads the Iowa 4-H program through shared leadership and teamwork. She is responsible for bringing all 4-H professionals in Iowa together to deliver a strong program that is welcoming and inviting to all youth in our state.

Professional Experience

Before coming to ISU Extension and Outreach, Debbie was the state civic engagement and 4-H legislature program coordinator for University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension, as well as extension director for Bradford County. She has 16 years of experience with Florida 4-H and extension programs. Her expertise includes youth civic and leadership development, volunteer development, evaluation and program development, and challenge team-building with teens, adults, and diverse groups.

Debbie also has experience with Washington State University Extension and with Oregon State University Extension and State 4-H Camping Center, as well as with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, Salem, Oregon, as a wildlife biologist. Her national experience includes serving as a Joint Council of Extension Professionals (JCEP) board member and as president-elect, president and past president of the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents (NAE4-HA) from 2010-2013.


Debbie received her doctorate in extension education, 4-H youth development and leadership from the University of Florida-Gainesville. She has a master’s degree of agriculture and education and a bachelor’s degree in fisheries and wildlife science, both from Oregon State University-Corvallis.