How long have you been at the county office?
Where did you grow up?
All over the West. I was born in Tulsa, moved to Calgary, Alberta where I lived until I was about 12 and then spent my teen years in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I have been in Washington about 15 years.
I love the arts and have been dedicated to theatre almost my whole life. (Received a BAFA from UNM in 1990.) I enjoy the outdoors and feel a deep connection to the natural world. I try to keep a regular yoga practice and have been at it since about 1985.
What do you enjoy most about working in 4-H?
I like the fact that 4-H focuses on being inclusive rather than exclusive and I try to encourage my parents and volunteers to embrace the value of that. Over the years I have also really come to appreciate the effectiveness of POSITIVE youth development in a world that often seems driven to only want to look at things that are broken. 4-H youth are strong, connected and frequently inspiring.
How have you seen 4-H help youth as they develop and grow?
4-H gives young people and their friends a sense of responsibility and connection, and positive ways to focus their time and talents. It produces leaders.
WSU Whatcom County Extension
4-H Extension Educator