Support Service Award
Coffman has served
as Senior Secretary/Assistant Office manager for the South Plains District
since 1997. Prior to this position Michelle served as an Extension secretary
in Hale county for the IPM and FCS programs. Michelle has been a virtual
and literal enemy of the boll weevil for the past ten years, supporting
entomological efforts at both the county and district level. Michelle has
developed expertise as a Web Master and with the TTVN system. Michelle is
a positive role model who is respected and emulated by other staff. She
is always willing to help others.
Concannon receives this award for outstanding support service contributions
to FDRM. Vicki joined Extension in 1999, and currently serves as Administrative
Assistant for FDRM. She has been a key force behind the excellence that
FDRM programs bring to the families of Texas and is dedicated to Extension's
mission. Vicki is highly regarded and respected in her department and within
the agency for her assertive leadership and teamwork approach, creative
problem-solving, and her support of a positive work environment.
Gleaton receives this award for over 22 years of exemplary service
to Texas Cooperative Extension. She provides outstanding support to Extension
clientele by effectively and professionally assisting in the preparation
and delivery of educational programs and materials in the areas of; risk
management, cotton marketing, grain marketing and policy, and economic conditions.
Besides managing databases, preparing visuals and hand out materials, developing
advertising brochures, tracking financial records, and handling extension
paperwork, she also co-authors and updates the annual extension publication
" Facts about Texas and U.S. Agriculture" with Dr. Carl Anderson. Caroline
is creative, cooperative, pleasant, loyal, professional and highly productive.
She is a true example of excellence in service and is a model for other
Texas Cooperative Extension employees.
Davis began her career with Extension twelve years ago and has
been Technical Secretary in the department of Agricultural Economics for
over 9 years. Tracy embodies and exhibits all of the attributes expected
in Extension professionals today - loyalty, dedication, perseverance, and
a keen sense of quality. Tracy's work ethic and dedication to Texas Cooperative
Extension rivals that of any. She consistently reports for work at 6:00
a.m. in order to "accomplish as much as she can before the days normal interruptions
start occurring". It has been said that people don't care how much you know
until they know how much you care...Tracy cares, and it shows!
Career Service Award
Jouridine joined Extension in 1999, and currently serves as an
Assistant Professor and Extension Health Specialist with FDRM. Linda has
made significant leadership contributions to youth and community health
issues and provided lead support in an Asthma Management Project partnership
with Bryan ISD. She secured funding, provided training and leadership for
the Drug and Alcohol Prevention Strategies for Youth. She serves as co-chair
of the Safe Youth Safe Communities Response Team.
Lepley currently serves as Extension Program Specialist-4-H headquartered
at the 4-H State Office. Toby has also served as District 7 4-H Specialist
and as a county extension agent in Victoria and Austin counties. Toby has
served as coordinator for the Texas 4-H Roundup for the past three years,
has helped develop the Texas 4-H Leadership Conference, and has been instrumental
in introducing and developing computer technology and the Web for 4-H programming.
Ted McCollum received a B.S. in Biology from Baylor University
and a M.S. and Ph.D. from New Mexico State University in Animal Science.
Ted began his career with Texas Cooperative Extension as an Extension Beef
Cattle Specialist in July, 1995. Headquartered in Amarillo, Ted's primary
responsibilities are in the Panhandle and South Plains districts as well
as throughout Texas. Ted was instrumental in starting the Plains Nutrition
Council and has served as a key leader in this organization. The Spring
Plains Nutrition Council conference has become a major national meeting
for feedlot nutritional consultants, technical services nutritionists from
allied industry and academic professionals involved in nutrition and management
of feedlot cattle. It was estimated that approximately 90% of the feedlot
cattle west of the Mississippi River were represented at last year's conference.
Ted has also been heavily involved in the development of the Beef Safety
and Quality Assurance Program, is the coordinator of the Ranch to Rail North
began his Extension career in 1995 as Extension Economist with both statewide
and district responsibilities. In a short time, he has achieved national
recognition with a number of major accomplishments. He is co-coordinator
of the Texas Risk Management Initiative with direct responsibility for the
FARM Assistance banner program. In addition, his programs on farm policy,
land tenure arrangements, technology assessments, and crop insurance have
been praised by county agents, farmers and ranchers, and other Extension
clientele alike. He is sought after for the latest information on policy
implications. Dr. Outlaw received all his academic training at Texas A&M
University. He was selected to participate in the current Extension leadership
Ladd joined FDRM in 1997 as an Associate Professor and Extension
Family Development Specialist where she has been strongly committed to building
life skills in first time juvenile offenders, and to supporting child care
provider trainings across Texas and the nation. Her other contributions
include leadership for character education including Heroes for Life, and
serving as co-editor of a National Network for Child Care Newsletter.
over 17 years, Jackie Smith has developed and delivered
educational programs with high impact. His leadership is evident in programs
ranging from marketing to computer applications for the farm and ranch.
An early pioneer in computer applications education, Jackie taught numerous
hands-on workshops. He has been recognized nationally for his support of
team education efforts in the use of technology for improved decision-making.
He was instrumental in the establishment of the computer training center
at Halfway. More recently, Jackie has been equally successful in making
a significant difference for clientele through his work with local marketing
clubs and the nationally acclaimed Master Marketer Program. Jackie has been
very active in the Specialists' Association and was named President-elect
by his peers in 1999. A graduate of Texas Tech, Jackie obtained his master's
degree from the University of Florida and his doctorate degree from Oklahoma
Harris came to Extension in 1990 as an Extension Specialist - Passenger
Safety. Since 1998, she has served as Extension Specialist - Housing & Environment
with FDRM and still plays a leadership role for the Rural Passenger Safety
Education program. Janie provides valuable expertise in promoting a safe
and healthy home environment for Texans. She serves on several national
committees focused on housing and environmental health issues. She has been
instrumental in developing strong partnerships with state and federal agencies
to facilitate programming.
began her career with Texas Cooperative Extension in 1993 as County Extension
Agent - FCS in Kleberg and Kenedy counties. She transferred to Travis County
in 1998 where she currently serves as County Extension Agent - 4-H Youth
Development. Lillianne primarily serves as coordinator for the 4-H CAPITAL
program in Austin, reaching over 20,000 under served youth. She supervises
a staff of three full time and five part time Instructional Specialists
who provide 4-H programming to youth in school based settings. Lillianne
is very astute at garnering financial and human resources in support of
the program, and in interpreting the Extension program to the public. .
Her positive attitude and professional image make Lillianne Goeders a very
deserving recipient of the ESP Mid-Career Award.
Fonseca has served as the Brazoria County Extension Agent for the
past 7 years. She has also served as a State Extension Clothing Specialist
and County Extension Agent in Willacy County. She has conducted a variety
of educational programs to address safety, injury prevention, home-based
business establishment, and community development. She is noted for her
work with community task forces and coalitions to conduct child safety seat
checkups, bicycle safety classes and rodeos, residential safety education,
safe and sober alcohol awareness education classes, personal and home safety
seminars, rural passenger safety seminars, and teen seat belt surveys. She
has also been very instrumental in training Master Clothing Volunteers who
in turn work with residents to help them establish home based businesses.
She has also trained Master Parent Volunteers who serve as mentors for new
mothers throughout the county. In addition, the community has been provided
Hurricane Preparedness Seminars and Leadership Institutes.
her 23 year career as an Extension Specialist, Nancy Granovsky
has been at the helm of a wide range of endeavors spanning international,
national, and state audiences, and focusing on improving the economic conditions
of families. One of Nancy's most significant roles in Extension has been
the development and maintenance of international Extension partnerships.
Nancy has also worked extensively with the Operation READY program, serving
military families during deployment, and with youth, families, and couples
with financial management, consumer education, and retirement planning.
Adams, Harris County Extension Agent - Horticulture (Retired) -
Bill served as an Harris County Extension Agent for 30 years until his retirement
on November 30, 2001. He has conducted a variety of educational programs
for horticultural producers and the residents of Harris County. Bill is
noted for his mass media programs which of reached residents in Harris and
surrounding counties. Regular appearances included: Good Morning Houston,
The Ron Stone Show, weekly appearances on Channel 11 and Channel 13 News,
and The Garden Series on PBS. He has written hundreds of magazine articles
for publications including: Gardens and More, Texas Gardener, Flower and
Gardens, Burpee Gardening, and Gardener's Companion. Bill has also maintained
a series of educational programs including: Spring and Fall Gardening Schools,
Landscape Design Festival, Market Gardening Symposium, and Team Tomato.
In addition, he has trained thousands of volunteers through the Harris County
Master Gardener Program and facilitated methods for these volunteers to
return service to the community and the Harris County Extension Program.
has served families and youth in four counties during her 27 year Extension
career. Cheryl is the ultimate professional, an outstanding educator, team
player and exceptional role model. Cheryl is a leader in health and family
education in the Panhandle including a comprehensive food stamp nutrition
education program, Walk Across Texas, beef education, and programming for
older adults. Her strong commitment to bringing the university to the people
through Extension education has provided a foundation for developing a network
of collaborators and partners to meet the needs of families. Most notable
among these are the Panhandle 5-A-Day Coalition, Beef Education Task Force,
and Senior Ambassadors. In addition, Cheryl has been valuable to other agencies
in conducting strategic planning utilizing her skills developed through
Extension program development. Cheryl provides the kind of empowering leadership
and support necessary for organizations to grow and prosper. Cheryl Brewer
is one of Potter county's most valuable resources.
Scott Swanson from Harris County - Visionary leadership and a persistent
will to succeed are the extraordinary aspects that define Scott Swanson's
character and his role with the Texas Cooperative Extension. In 1981, Mr.
Swanson was the first man in Harris County to serve on the Family Living
Committee. Twenty years later, we have realized that this was the beginning
of many firsts for him as a volunteer with our organization. In 1990, the
Texas Agricultural Extension Service implemented the Urban Initiative and
made a commitment to provide issue-based educational programs in the urban
counties to Texas. As a part of this initiative, Mr. Swanson chaired the
first county-organized Urban Advisory Committee. He provided input on the
overall advisory committee structure and substructure that was recommended
as a model statewide. In his capacity as Urban Advisory Committee Chairman,
Mr. Swanson guided the first Long Range Extension Program study in Harris
County. This study was the most successful and comprehensive Extension survey
in an Urban Area in Texas to identify issues and needs. In 1994, Mr. Swanson
attended the Big Cities Conference in San Diego and was one of two volunteers
to help develop the Urban Task Force at the national Extension level. Currently,
Mr. Swanson serves as the Chairman of the Harris County Extension Board
of Advisors. Under this leadership, the board has redefined their direction
and purpose. He has recruited new members that serve special needs of the
board including experts in non-profits, grant writing, and education. Mr.
Swanson has worked diligently to build lasting relationships and partnerships
between Extension and a number of organizations in the state to secure permanent
funding and support. Recently, he was instrumental in securing funding from
a private foundation to support an Inmate Education Program.
Ledbetter has been the Farm and Ranch Editor of the Amarillo Globe
News for the past eighteen years. The Globe News has a daily circulation
of over 70,000 readers which covers the most intensive agricultural region
of the state. She authors and edits a weekly Farm/Ranch section in the Sunday
Amarillo Globe News and relies heavily on Extension specialists and agents
for unbiased, research-based information. Her award-winning weekly editorial
column, "Amber Waves" addresses "now issues" impacting agriculture, health,
and life on the High Plains. The column was selected as the outstanding
agriculture column in the nation by her peers, the National Agricultural
Writers Association. Kay has served on both the Potter and Randall county
Extension Program Councils. She is a state leader with organizations focusing
on family issues serving as chairperson of the Texas National Guard Family
Advisory Council and her church's affairs committee.