New 4-H Youth Development State Program Leader

July 12, 2019

June 28, 2019 -- email message to all extension staff, faculty and council members

Deborah Nistler has been named 4-H youth development state program leader for ISU Extension and Outreach. Her appointment begins August 15.

Chad Higgins will serve as interim state leader through August 14. We thank Andrea Nelson for her service as interim over the past 11 months.

Currently Deborah is 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.

Deborah 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.

She 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.

Deborah believes in shared leadership and building a team based on trust and a shared vision. We look forward to Deborah leading our Iowa 4-H program forward and continuing our commitment to serving all Iowa youth – improving their college and career readiness, providing them with community service opportunities, and preparing them as future young professionals in Iowa.

Thank you,

John D. Lawrence
ISU Vice President for Extension and Outreach

Chad Higgins
Senior Director, ISU Extension and Outreach
Interim Program Leader, 4-H Youth Development