Members of the Virginia Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, administrators, and specialists from Virginia State University and Virginia Tech attended the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Conference Nov. 2-6, 2015. It was held at the Historic Greenbrier Hotel located in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.
Concurrent session presenters representing the Virginia Affiliate included Linda Jackson-Cole, “Mastering the Art of a NEAFCS Award Submission; Jennifer Abel, “How to Create and Run an Energy Masters Volunteer Program”; Johanna Hahn and Anne Carter-Carrington, “Evidence-based, Learner-centered Activities Teaches Teens About Nutrition, Physical Activity, Cooking and Food Safety.” Johanna, Anne-Carter, and Lynn Margheim also submitted a poster presentation, “Teen Cuisine, A Curriculum for Ages 12-18, Changes Food, Physical Activity, Food Safety and Cooking Behaviors of 4-H Youth.” During the national program Donna Daniel, Cristin Sprenger, and Kim Edmonds served as volunteers.
VEAFCS president Jane Henderson and vice president Twandra Lomax-Brown also attended the conference to support and congratulate award recipients from Virginia.
The recipients include Henrico County Extension agent Kim Edmonds, who received the NEAFCS Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes Extension FCS educators having 10 or more years of experience for leadership, outstanding programs, and personal and professional growth; and Virginia Beach Extension agent Karen Munden who was elected to serve as the southern region director for 2015-17. In this role, Munden will represent the largest region of southern states affiliate members and territories that include Arkansas, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Virgin Islands.
Congratulations to Kim and Karen on their accomplishments!