Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) and Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) County Extension Agent, Wilkes County
Supervise EFNEP Paraprofessionals in Wilkes, Hall, and Walton counties
Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences, Nutrition Science, University of Georgia, May 2013
Master of Health Administration, Clayton State University, May 2015
Member of Georgia Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences
Wilkes County Family Connection Board Member
I am a Wilkes County native and currently reside in Wilkes County.
How long have you been working with Extension (provide any details)?
I have been employed with UGA Cooperative since September of 2013. I began my career as a Certified Health Navigator with a federal grant that was issued to the University of Georgia. Following the conclusion of the grant, I became the Family and Consumer Sciences and Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program Extension Agent in Wilkes County with EFNEP supervisory roles in Wilkes, Walton, and Hall counties.
What originally attracted you to Extension work and what would you say is the best part of the job?
Following my undergraduate tenure at the University of Georgia, I heard about the opening for several Health Navigator positions across the state of Georgia (one of those being in Wilkes County). This position piqued my interest because it provided me with the opportunity to get involved in my local community and educate individuals from my hometown on how to obtain affordable health insurance. Although the grant ended, it prompted me to pursue my graduate degree in Health Administration and, fortunately, I was able to continue working within Extension as a FACS and EFNEP County Extension Agent. Through this opportunity, I have been able to help individuals improve their quality of life by highlighting the importance of nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices. The best part of my job would have to be being able to share my knowledge and skills with others in order to help the residents of our county begin to implement lifestyle changes that can help us function as healthier families and a more productive community.
Can you tell us about any role models or inspirations you might have?
My parents and sister have always been my role models. They have relentlessly instilled the value of self-motivation, hard work, and perseverance in me.
Any favorite books or movies?
My favorite books would have to be anything written by Mary Higgins Clark, and my favorite Movie is The Portrait of Dorian Gray. It illustrates how one's inner essence is undeniable and will always emerge through his or her actions.
What has been your proudest moment as an Extension agent?
My proudest moment as an Extension agent is the gratitude received from Walk-a-Weigh and EFNEP participants. During the implementation of these programs, numerous participants have sent texts, placed calls, and even stopped me in various locations throughout Wilkes County to tell me how beneficial the program has been to them and their families. Knowing that you had a positive impact on someone’s life provides a sense of fulfillment that is indescribable.
What are some of your hobbies or favorite activities outside of work?
I enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling, and shopping!
If you weren’t an Extension agent, what other line of work do you think you would have pursued?
I would probably be working in the area of aging within a long-term care or assisted living facility of some capacity.