Centennial Staff Profiles
UCCE San Benito, Santa Cruz, Monterey Counties
County Director/4-H Youth Development Advisor
Time with ANR
I work as a county-based academic serving Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Benito Counties with youth development programming in nonformal science. My scope of work focuses on developing multidisciplinary and integrated approaches to addressing California's and the nation's decline in youth science performance and achievement. To do this, I conduct applied research, education, and programs with nonformal educators, utilizing effective professional development models, curricula, and deliveries to engage youth in self-directed learning and discovery.
Most Memorable Moment
Learning that I was the reason a former 4-H member is studying engineering. I try and remember this nugget when things appear impossible or become frustrating. It's not about your rank or the number of publications in your PR, but about how what you do influences and impacts others.
What I love Most About Working for ANR
The wide variety of people I get to work with and the connections I make in bettering my community.
I began my career in Extension with the University of Wisconsin, and knew when I relocated to California that I wanted to continue on that path due to the immense learning opportunities that CE provides. As such, when I arrived in California I began as a UCCE program representative, holding positions in several counties as well as in the State 4-H Office before becoming an advisor. I cannot think of another career that affords you so many opportunities for growth, development, impacting the lives of others, and having connections to endless resources. I love going to work every day.