Please join the Southeast District in welcoming Jeri Kostal as the new family and consumer sciences agent in the City of Chesapeake; effective Jan. 10, 2013.
Jeri is a native of Amherst County. She has an M.S. and a B.S. in Food Science and Technology from Virginia Tech. She was on the Dean’s list for seven semesters and obtained more than four scholarships from prestigious organizations while at Virginia Tech. Her work experience includes having served as a research graduate assistant and as a graduate teaching assistant at VT. She has also worked as an intern at Hagelin Flavor Technologies in Branchburg, NJ, and worked for more than five years at Virginia Tech Recreational Sports.
Jeri’s email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. She can be reached in the Chesapeake Extension office.
Please welcome Karen DeBord, Extension specialist, family and human development. DeBord is no stranger to VCE. She began her Extension career in Wythe County as a 4-H Agent, then served as an FCS Agent, prior to becoming an Extension specialist in child development. Following VCE, she worked at the University of Missouri, then North Carolina State University.
DeBord has hit the road running and is already positively impacting VCE human development programming, and is serving as a resource to Virginia communities.
Karen’s contact information is email@example.com and 540-238-3327.
Please welcome two new agents to Northern District, who started on Jan. 10.
Kari Sponaugle joined as the Bath/Highland 4-H agent. Kari is a 2010 graduate of Ferrum College with a B.S. in agriculture, with a minor in accounting. She is a Highland local and is married to Michael Sponaugle, a local turkey and cattle farmer in Doe Hill. She and her husband also own Church Hill Produce, which they opened in 2011 to supply fresh produce to their community at a roadside stand and the Monterey Farmers Market. She has worked as a customer service representative for First and Citizens Bank in Monterey for the last three years. Kari was very involved in 4-H while a student at Highland High School. She was inducted as a 4-H All-Star in 2004 and participated in many 4-H projects such as Market Lambs, Fashion Review, Share-the-Fun, presentations, and public speaking. Kari is very excited about her new position as 4-H Education Agent and hopes to make a difference in the Bath and Highland communities.
Terry Misch joined as the 4-H agent for King George. Terry has been with VCE since 2003 as a 4-H technician in King George County. Terry has a B.S. in computer science and math from University of Southern Mississippi. For the past four years, Terry has been the sole 4-H staff for King George and has grown the program significantly. Terry is an Honorary 4-H All-Star and has volunteered as a 4-H club leader in the past. She has also worked with local garden clubs and Master Gardeners. Terry says her own three children benefitted greatly from 4-H, and she looks forward to “impacting the lives of local youth” as she becomes the 4-H agent.
Please join the Central District in welcoming two new extension agents to our district effective Jan. 10.
Thomas Woodson is the 4-H agent for Amelia County. Thomas has been employed as the 4-H technician in Amelia County since spring 2012. He is currently working on his master’s degree, and he has a B.S. from Radford University in exercise, sport, and health education. He has been associated with 4-H since he was a child and was a staff member at Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center for eight years. He is a resident of Buckingham County and has been involved in local community outreach programs for the elderly, young adults, and youth. Thomas can be reached at the Amelia County Extension Office at 804-561-2481 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adam Ford joins the Pittsylvania County staff today as the 4-H agent. He has a B.S. in agricultural sciences from Virginia Tech. During the summer of 2010, he served as an intern with VCE in the Rockingham County office where he was in charge of the summer day camps, among other duties. While in high school, he was the State FFA Northern Area Vice President, and he has also worked with the Rockingham County Boys and Girls Club and served as assistant director for Relay for Life at VT. Adam can be reached as the Pittsylvania County Extension Office at 434-432-7770 and email@example.com.