Position/area

Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent, Fulton County

Education

B.A. in Public Sociology and Criminology, University of North Carolina Wilmington, May 2012

M.A. in Public Sociology, University of North Carolina Wilmington, May 2014

Clubs/organizations/professional memberships

National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences

Georgia Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences

Personal

I was born and raised in Wilmington, North Carolina. I met my husband, Ed, in college and we moved to Atlanta in 2014 so I could start my career at UGA Extension. Currently, I am the FACS Agent in Fulton County and primary focus on chronic disease prevention, financial capability, and food safety and preservation programming.

How long have you been working with Extension?

In 2014, I became a 4-H Associate in Forsyth County and have been a FACS Agent in Fulton County for a little more than a year.

What originally attracted you to Extension work and what would you say is the best part of the job?

With a background in Public Sociology, I wanted a career that could collect research-based information about a community and disseminate it back to the public through programs and community partnerships – this just happens to be UGA Extension’s mission! The best part of my job would have to be being able to work directly with all different ages of the community – youth, adults, and seniors.

Can you tell us about any role models or inspirations you might have?

I respect female comedians like Lucille Ball and Amy Poehler because they have worked extremely hard to be creative, smart and hilarious in a line of work that most women have not ventured into.

Any favorite books or movies?

I’ve always loved Pride and Prejudice.

What has been your proudest moment as an Extension agent?

I wouldn’t say I have just one but my proudest moments are when participants tell me they’ve learned something new or are excited to change their lifestyle for the better. Once individuals have been educated about a topic, they are much more likely to change their behavior.

What are some of your hobbies or favorite activities outside of work?

Ed and I love to run together and train for races. I also love trying out new restaurants.

If you weren’t an Extension agent, what other line of work do you think you would have pursued?

I would have pursued a career as a social science researcher.

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