University of California, Agriculture & Natural Resources
University of California, Agriculture & Natural Resources
University of California, Agriculture & Natural Resources
University of California
University of California, Agriculture & Natural Resources

Centennial Staff Profiles

Gwyn Vanoni

UCCE Ventura County
Program Representative II – 4-H Youth Development
Time with ANR
3 years
Typical Day

Most people think that I get to work with kids all day, but in reality I spend most of my time working with other adults to help them be the best possible leaders they can be, providing them with resources, curriculum, advice, guidelines and other support.

Most Memorable Moment

I got to attend one of our youth outreach events, Preschool Day at the Farm, not as staff, but as a parent of two preschoolers. It was like seeing the facility, the volunteers and the activities from a whole new perspective. I was impressed by this top-quality event and its resonance with me and my kids.

What I love Most About Working for ANR

I love to train. I love to think about how I can take something unknown and make interesting, fun, tangible, so that it will stick to all the parts of a person’s—any person’s—brain. That's what teaching/training means to me.

My Story

Currently serving as a part-time Program Representative for Ventura County 4-H, I have been with the Cooperative Extension Office since January 2011. I began primarily as the liaison for military 4-H programs in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, but have since transitioned to more general 4-H youth development program management. I have a wealth of 4-H experience, having been a 4-H member and leader in Ventura County. I was part of the youth team that helped launched SERIES and other science programs and now I get to continue working with youth and 4-H science. Additionally, I worked as a Program Assistant for the National 4-H Council (1995) and as part of the Agricultural Literacy program with Cooperative Extension (1998). My volunteer work has kept me close to agriculture as well, helping to manage Uncle Leo’s Children’s Barn at the 10-day Ventura County Fair and serving as a Master Gardener (2010–2013).

Gwyn Vanoni

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