Spotlight – Garfield County
How long have you been at the county office?
I have worked in the Extension office for 15 years and have been a 4-H leader for 23 years.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Pomeroy and am a lifelong resident of Garfield County. I went to College at Eastern Washington University and Lewis Clark State College and majored in Child Development.
I enjoy sewing, crafting and, most recently, quilting.
What was your 4-H experience?
I was in cooking, sewing, crafts, and teen leadership.
How did your time in 4-H help you over the years?
Through demonstrations I learned to talk in front of a group. Learning to sew also provided me with a job. I still sew for weddings and proms as well as for friends and family. As a teen I loved being a camp counselor and working with kids which led to my career choice.
What do you enjoy most about working in 4-H?
My favorite part of 4-H is helping the kids learn something new. It doesn’t matter if we are at a meeting, fair, or camp -- to see them have success is great. I love going to our week long Bi-County 4-H Camp and working with all the kids on short term projects.
How have you seen 4-H help youth as they develop and grow?
The confidence they gain is something I see a lot. One boy was giving a livestock demonstration at the Fair and I was the judge. He could barely speak. The next year he came back and gave a fantastic demonstration. He is now going to college to become a teacher.
I also see the kids who are in or who have been in 4-H show a strong work ethic. One of our 4-H’ers said it was her experience as a camp counselor that led her to get a job as a residence advisor in her college dorm.
What else would be good to know?
My husband, Sam, was a 4-H livestock leader for ten years. We raised three daughters who were all in 4-H. In addition to working for the 4-H program I have been a child care provider for 27 years and taught pre-school for 12 years.
4-H Program Assistant
WSU Extension Garfield County