Why are you running for the Extension Council?
I have lived in Warren County most of my life and wanted to find a way to give back to the community. I think my interest in agriculture, my business acumen, and my ability to work with a variety of people would make me a good candidate for the Extension Council, and I respect Extension’s work of bringing the resources from Iowa State University to the public. I’m also a proud 1996 Iowa State graduate, so anything that connects me to my alma mater is a plus!
What are the top three things you would like to see happen with Warren County Extension?
First, I would like to work on letting the community know what Extension does and what it has to offer. It’s a great resource, but it doesn’t help people if they don’t know about it.
Second, I would like to know what the community expects from Extension. What classes would they like or help them with? Can it be more accessible somehow?
Third, I would like to be good stewards of funding from the State of Iowa for Warren County programming. Especially with the economy so tough right now, that seems more important than ever.
How did Extension become a part of your life before you decided to introduce yourself?
I was in 4-H from age 10 to 18, and it was one of the most defining parts of my growing up years. I showed cattle, sheep and pigs, and it taught me a lot about hard work and responsibility. I know the extension is more than 4-H, but it’s a part of it that I’m particularly excited about.
What skills, knowledge or background will you bring to the Extension Council?
I’m an inventory control supervisor for a large production facility in the metropolitan area, which requires me to be detail-oriented, manage a team of employees, and work well under pressure. I hope these skills in my day job will translate well to working for Extension.
I have a business degree from Iowa State University, belong to the Warren County Pork Producers, and raise show pigs, something my family has done for over a century. I am familiar with the various issues faced by livestock producers and have enjoyed working with several families in Warren County on their hog projects.
If elected, I would love to work with even more members of the community and I will continue to be approachable and open-minded.