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Phone: (580) 544-3399
Adair County, specifically Stilwell, is home of the Stilwell Strawberry Festival. Adair County has the largest traditional 4-H population in the Northeast District and 2nd in the state of Oklahoma.
Cherokee is the county seat of Alfalfa County and is the home of the Great Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge, Selenite Crystal Digging Park and the historical Sod House. Cherokee also holds the only Turnip Festival in Oklahoma. This festival made the top five list of "Is This A Great State or What?" locations for 2010. Susan enjoys working with youth and adults in the areas of health, nutrition and wellness as well as in the family resiliency areas. Susan presents monthly Nutrition Education programs at the local senior citizens center, leads Walk With Ease, an Arthritis Foundation program, as well as Co-Parenting for Resilience and Money Habitudes. In 2016, she established a new Extension C.A.F.E. Lunchtime Learning series to offer new and exciting programs in Woods County. She is involved with the Woods Co. Coalition to ensure residents of Woods have access to Woods County OSU Extension programs. Susan maintains a presence in three county newspapers with timely nutrition and wellness articles and news releases on the happenings of Woods County OSU Extension.
Atoka County is home to the Oklahoma State University Lane Research Center and Reba McEntire. Critical issues addressed with FCS programs in Atoka County include hunger, jobs and employment, and risky behaviors.
Beaver County is the home to the Beaver Dunes State Park featuring nearly 300 acres of sand dunes for ORV fun; the World Championship Cow Chip Throwing Contest held each April; and the 17,700 acres in the Beaver River Wildlife Management Area. Liz is a Certified Arthritis Foundation Self-Help Program Leader, is ServSafe Certified, and publishes two monthly newsletters. She also organizes an annual multi-state Child Care Providers Seminar. Liz's program priorities are Health, Resilience and Finances.
The oil and gas industry play a major role in the economy of Beckham County. Agriculture continues to be a mainstay. Sayre is the county seat. The courthouse was featured in the movie Grapes of Wrath with Henry Fonda and is listed on the national register. Extension programming in Sayre has centered on the areas of Family Resiliency, Parenting and the Co-Parenting through the Divorce program. Teaching research based life skills to the residents of Beckham County is Nancy’s goal.
Blaine County is home of the "voice" of Donald Duck—Mr. Clarence Nash. The Canton Wall-eye Rodeo, Okeene Snake Hunt and Watonga Cheese Festival bring tourists to the area. Joy provides First Time Home-Buyer Education, High School Financial Planning classes as well as Character Critters and Co-Parenting classes. Joy coordinates an annual Farm Safety Day for 4th graders and works with the BCD Rural Development Organization for the 6th annual Poker Run to be held the second Saturday in May. Joy's program priorities are Risky Behaviors, Hunger and Health.
Bryan County is the fastest growing county in Oklahoma. The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma tribal headquarters is located in Durant. Tommie reached 663 youth teaching the “Strong Bones Training Camp”, a dairy nutrition and physical activity obstacle course. She teaches three parenting programs geared for parents of newborns, toddlers and school aged children. She has a weekly FCS newspaper column addressing current family issues. Critical issues Tommie addresses with FCS programs in Bryan County include hunger, health, and safety.
Caddo County is primarily a rural county with a population of ~30,000 with 25% being Native American. Caddo County is a highly productive agricultural area with diverse crops and livestock. Anadarko is the county seat and is home to the American Indian Exposition. Ranel Lasley is a native of Caddo County. She enjoys working in Extension and providing people with research based information from OSU that improves or makes their daily lives more fulfilling. Ranel serves on three issue teams. They are Hunger, Jobs and Employment and Risky Behaviors. Ranel is certified in ServSafe, the Tribal Healthy Homes Project, and has also been certified as an Arthritis Self-Help and Land Exercise Program leader. Ranel teaches Co-Parenting, Making Sense of Money Management, chairs the Women in Agriculture Conference and has coordinated 15 Progressive Agriculture Safety Days.
The Canadian County seat is El Reno, which is the only city in Oklahoma to have a streetcar operation through its downtown area. It is also headquarters to the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes, and home to the annual Burger Day, Czech Festival, Festival of the Child and Western Days. Donna is a registered/licensed dietitian, certified ServSafe and has attended the Healthy Homes Practitioners Training. She provides programming throughout the year to adults and youth, i.e. MyPlate, Obesity in a Bottle, Food Budgeting/Food Storage, Healthy Living with Diabetes, Kids in the Kitchen cooking classes and Organ Wise Guys. Donna serves on the Hunger, Health and Risky Behavior issue teams.
Carter County is uniquely situated along I-35 approximately midway between Oklahoma City and Dallas. Tourism is attracted to the Ardmore area with Lake Murray and Arbuckle Lake nearby. Danielle collaborates with a local judge to provide a highly successful Co-Parenting program. Critical issues Danielle addresses with FCS programs in Carter County include risky behaviors, health and hunger.
The Cleveland County seat is Norman and as of the 2010 Census, Norman was estimated to have 110,925 full-time residents making it the third-largest city in Oklahoma. Norman is home to the University of Oklahoma, Medieval Fair, Mid Summer's Night Dream Fair and May Fair. Hill's FCS emphasis teams are Hunger, Health and Finances. She works with elementary schools and approximately 1,600 students are currently being educated about the benefits of a hour a day exercise, healthy meals and snacks along with anti-tobacco, drugs and alcohol training.
Cherokee County The educator partners with the Diabetes Coalition and Murray State College to provide programs addressing diabetes. Also, with the Johnston County Health Department and Tishomingo Schools to provide health fairs and Lunch & Learn programs. Johnston County was the first official 4-H Club program in Oklahoma and is still a strong 4-H county. Parenting classes such as Active Parenting and Co-Parenting are offered monthly as well as programs on home preservation of foods and various FCS programs.
Phone: (580) 544-3399
Choctaw County is home site for the ARK Foundation as well as the winter homes of two circuses: Kelly-Miller and Carson & Barnes. Extension programming works within the communities to address critical issues related to health & hunger, child & family resilience, financial literacy, and jobs & employment.
Phone: (580) 544-3399
Program focus is 4-H/Ag; The Cimarron County OSU Extension Office is funded by sales tax.
Comanche County's economy has been based largely on agriculture, livestock production and the military presence at Fort Sill. Lawton is the county seat and it is the home of the Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge, and the Museum of the Great Plains. Extension programming in Comanche County has centered on health and nutrition, financial well-being, and family resiliency. Specifically, Overcoming Obstacles Life Skills Training Program is being implemented in area schools and organizations in the community.
Coal County is home to the Annual Amish Auction, a single day event that draws more tourists than any other single day event in the state. Kelsey works with the local food bank on a monthly basis providing recipes and money saving tips to the food recipients. Kelsey also does four food demonstrations for the food recipients each year showing healthful ways to prepare the food they received. Kelsey works with the Department of Human Services to offer parenting classes to families in need. The critical issues addressed within FCS and 4-H programs in Coal County include: hunger, jobs and employment, and risky behaviors.
Cotton County is the home of the great Basketball Coach Abe Lemons, who had 599 wins and Representative Fred Harris who is now a famous author. Pam partners with the Senior Citizen sites to teach Healthy Nutrition to Senior Adults. The Comanche Tribe uses the Commodity Cookbook Pam developed to hand out with their monthly commodity allotment. Extension programming in the county focuses on Risky Behavior, Hunger and Health. In addition to the issue programming, Pam teaches Character Education to the Walters second graders every year, and Raising a Thinking Child to Temple 5th and 6th graders. Pam is active in the county, district and state 4-H Horse Shows and State 4-H Family Horse Camp.
Craig County was named for Granville Craig, a prominent Cherokee. Vinita, the county seat and 2nd oldest town in the state, was born amidst the struggles of the Cherokee Nation and the expansion of the railroad. Vinita was the 1st town in Oklahoma to have electricity. It headquarters GRDA, KAMO, and NEO Electric Cooperative. It is also home to the nation's largest McDonald's which straddles the Will Rogers Turnpike. Tari provides job readiness and financial programs to residents in her county to help them increase financial readiness for life events and find better employment opportunities. She also provides nutrition programs to help combat hunger in Oklahoma.
Route 66 winds through Creek County where history unfolds into an exciting part of Northeast Oklahoma. Nancy works closely with the Bristow Housing Authority and Bristow Social Services. Using Pathways to Success as an educational tool to educate citizens or participants in several areas of Creek County. Eating healthy and exercise is a vital and critical issue in Creek County. Nancy addresses this issue by holding classes at various meeting places in towns across Creek County. There are three issue teams that Nancy addresses in Creek County. Jobs and Employment, Finance, and Health.
Weatherford is home to Southwestern Oklahoma State University and the Tom Stafford Air and Space Museum. The county seat is Arapaho, Oklahoma. Radonna grew up in Custer County and is proud to be working there. She has focused her work in the area of nutrition and health and conducts many programs for school age child to older adults. Radonna is a member of the Health, Hunger and Risky Behaviors Issue Teams. She has taught the Co-Parenting classes in Custer County for 19 years. Radonna is certified in ServSafe and has attended the Healthy Homes practitioner training.
Phone: (918) 253-4332
Delaware County is located in Northeast Oklahoma, at the foothills of the Ozark Mountains and is surrounded by rolling hills, lush farmland, scenic rivers and Grand Lake 'O the Cherokees. The county seat and OSU Extension office are located in Jay OK, the "Huckleberry Capital of the World". Delaware County Extension is dedicated to addressing the following issues that face our families: Risky Behavior, Jobs & Employment, and Family Resilience. Healthy food and fitness are also a priority. The 4-H youth development program in Delaware County teaches life skills that will help our children grow into healthy and contributing citizens. Many FCS programs are in partnership with other local community agencies, schools and members from various community partnerships.
Dewey County covers 1,008 square miles with the South Canadian River winding through spacious farm land and natural wildlife habitat. Settlement occurred during the 1892 land run where Carrie Nation, the famous bar room smasher, and her husband staked their claim. It is the home of Gary England, Oklahoma meteorologist. Jean teaches series of nutrition lessons for elementary students in four school districts, engages entire families in cooking schools, offers parenting classes, intergenerational workshops and organizes a life-skills day camp for all the county's 8th graders, networking with10 agencies and businesses. She also provides youth and adult trainings and workshops for FCS 4-H projects. Jean's program priorities are Hunger, Safety and Resilience.
Ellis County is home to the Shattuck Windmill Museum and Gage Artesian swimming pool. Lynda is a Certified Arthritis Foundation Self-Help Program Leader and her program priorities are Health, Risky Behaviors and Jobs & Employment. With a licensed and registered dietitian, Lynda co-presents specialty series on weight management, nutrition for expectant mothers and also provides exercise equipment and space for community use.
Located in north-central Oklahoma, Garfield County is comprised of 1,060 square miles of land and water. Named for President James A.
Garfield, the county is noted for its wheat production. . Cattle drives from Texas
to Kansas came through the area via the Chisholm Trail. Originally part of the Cherokee
Outlet, Garfield County was opened to non-Indian settlers in 1893. Many early settlers
were of German and Czech descent. Agriculture and livestock raising, along with oil
and gas, manufacturing, and flour milling. Vance Air Force Base, Advance/Pierre Foods,
KOCH Nitrogen, ADM Milling are among the largest employers.
Enid, the county seat, is the largest community and serves as a regional hub for medical and social services, shopping, education and entertainment. The newly renovated and Enid Event Center & Convention Hall, Ball Park and the Chisholm Trail Expo Center host several hundred events annually that bring in artists, exhibitors and guests from across the state, country and around the world.
Lesa K. Rauh serves Garfield County as the family and consumer sciences educator for OSU Extension. Her background in education, marketing, and communications, combined with a strong FCS foundation, allows her to share her passion for the strengthening Oklahoma families with audiences of all ages and backgrounds in diverse settings. She advises 9 county Oklahoma Home and Community Education groups. Her work concentrates on the issues of Health, Hunger, and Family Resilience. Lesa is a certified teacher in the areas of Family & Consumer Sciences, Elementary Education, and Early Childhood. She is trained in the Oklahoma PRIDE hospitality service program, is a Real Colors facilitator, first time homebuyer educator, and presenter of Annie’s Project: farm and ranch business planning & record keeping training for women. Rauh previously served OSU Extension as the FCS educator in Osage County.
Phone: (405) 238-6681
Welcome to Garvin County! Garvin County lies in the heart of Oklahoma located around I-35 and a crossroads between several state highways including 77, 19, and 29. The Washita River amiably flows through our rich agriculturally diverse land. It is the birth place of aviator, Wiley Post, home to the world's ONLY Toy and Action Figure Museum and Field's "World’s Best" pecan pies. The area also hosts the annual Stratford Peach Festival and is one of the scheduled stops of Amtrak's Heartland Flyer. Extension programming in Garvin County has centered on the areas of Health, Hunger, Family & Child Resiliency and the Co-Parenting for Resilience program for divorcing parents. Teaching research based life skills to the residents of Garvin County is Connie’s goal.
Phone: (405) 224-2216
Chickasha is the county seat for Grady County and is home to the Festival of Light, a December celebration which attracts over 250,000 visitors each year.
Phone: (580) 395-2134
Medford is county seat of Grant County, population 4,000, where there are four K-12 public schools and four communities with 4-H clubs. There are four OHCE groups, three traditional local groups and one new "county" group reaching people across the county. The "Twister" Movie Museum is at home in Wakita where parts of the movie were filmed!
Greer County's economy has been based primarily on agriculture and livestock raising. Mangum has been the county seat since 1886, when Greer County was situated in Texas. The Greer County Courthouse is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The county is home to the Quartz Mountain Lodge and State Park. Cheryl focuses her Extension programming in Greer County on Finances, Jobs and Employment and Risky Behavior.
Phone: (580) 688-3584
Hollis is the county seat to Harmon County which sits 5 miles from the Texas state line. Hollis is home to football star Darrell K. Royal and in October the Annual Cotton Pickin' Festival attracts numerous visitors. Julie is actively involved in several community activities and is on the Harmon County Health Department Advisory Board. Her programming focuses are Jobs and Employment, Risky Behaviors, and Health.
Harper County is the county located just before entering Oklahoma's panhandle counties. The county uses the natural resource of wind as one of its main sources of tax revenue, along with oil and gas. The largest growth in population was in 1918 as the railroad went across the county. Carol provides programming throughout the year to adults and youth, and her program priorities are Risky Behaviors, Health and Resilience. She has presented 780 programs concerning character education, reaching many families in Harper County.
Haskell County is known as the land between the lakes. It is nestled in the hills between Lake Eufaula and Kerr Lake.
Hughes County, population of 14,003 is home to The Pork Group, Wes Watkins Technology Center, a State Fish Hatchery and the Davis Correctional Facility. Critical issues that can be addressed with FCS programs in Hughes County include health, family breakdown, and risky behaviors. Megan works with county judges to deliver monthly co-parenting classes, is ServSafe certified, teaches at local Senior Citizen facilities with the COACH program for older adults, and partners with the Health Department to teach CATCH with after school programs. Critical issues Megan addresses with FCS programs in Seminole County include health, risky behaviors, and jobs and employment.
Phone: (580) 482-0823
Jackson County is located in southwestern Oklahoma. Altus is the county seat. In addition to agriculture the economy has been spurred by employment at Altus Air Force Base (AAFB) and by a few industrial plants. Extension programming in Jackson county has been centered on Family Resiliency, Risky Youth Behavior, Jobs and Employment Readiness, and a very active 4-H culture.
Jefferson County is rich in human and agricultural resources. Its Extension staff and community partners are dedicated to preventing hunger, promoting healthful practices and providing environments where families can raise future productive citizens safely. Successful activities include school and 4-H nutrition programs, ongoing exercise and fitness classes held at area centers and the OHCE quilt turning held annually at the Jefferson County Free Fair.
Phone: (580) 371-9533
Tishomingo is the county seat of Johnston County, the Capitol of the Chickasaw Nation and home to Murray State College. Critical issues addressed with FCS programs in Johnston County include jobs and employment, health, and risky behaviors.
Brenda had many influences as a youth living on a farm in Washita County that helped her decide to become an extension educator. She was involved in 4-H and had a wonderful Family Consumer Science teacher that inspired her love for the career. “I remember thinking the career sounded both rewarding and challenging. I loved the idea of working in the areas of Family and Consumer Sciences and teaching both youth and adults.”
Brenda has certification to provide instruction through the Arthritis Foundation for the Exercise Program, Walk with Ease and Tai Chi. She is actively involved in the local Kay County Community Coalition to address key issues in the areas of health in Kay County. She has partnered with the agencies and individuals to provide health fairs, grants, parenting classes, nutrition and cooking classes, community forums on underage drinking, day camps and exercise classes. Brenda has also received since 2001 the Progressive Agriculture Safety Day which provides a safety day event every year to fourth grade students.
As you can tell Brenda’s passion in programming efforts have been health and risky behaviors which are issues that are very much needed in Kay County.
Kingfisher County’s economy is anchored in agricultural production and is referred to as “The Buckle of the Wheat Belt.” Much of the farmland claimed in the Land Run of 1889 is still used for production of agriculture by family members of those first settlers. Lindy partners with the Kingfisher Community Collaborative to provide educational resources to county citizens. She teams with area schools to partner with school nurses to provide Organwise Guys and teaches a few classes a school year for the Kingfisher Schools STARS school enrichment program. Lindy provides resources to promote exercise and healthy eating habits by conducting Walking with Ease and Arthritis exercise programs. Her program priorities are Health, Risky Behaviors, and Safety.
Phone: (580) 726-5643
Kiowa County is the heart of Southwest Oklahoma where Hobart is the county seat.
Phone: (918) 465-3349
Latimer County is home to the Robbers Cave State Park, where the Fall Festival attracts 70,000 visitors annually. Critical issues identified by grass roots advisors that will be addressed once this position is filled included environment, health, and safety.
Poteau is the county seat of Leflore County and is home to the World's Highest Hill and the Poteau Balloon Festival, which was named one of Oklahoma's Top 10 Festivals. The Talimena Scenic Drive, a National Scenic Byway, is also located in LeFlore County. Danette partners with county Head Start programs and public schools to provide nutrition programs. She is certified in the Arthritis Foundation Self Help and Exercise program and the Serve Safe food safety program. Critical issues Danette addresses in LeFlore County include health, jobs and employment, and finance.
Lincoln County is situated along historic Route 66 in Frontier Country. Chandler, the county seat, is one of two communities in Oklahoma to have been settled by its own land run in 1891. Jessica has a B.S. in Hotel/Restaurant Administration, B.S. in Dietetics, and M.S. in Nutritional Sciences. She is a member of three issue teams: Health & Hunger, Finances & Jobs, and Child & Family Resilience.
History is brought to life every day in Logan County. Guthrie was settled in the 1889 Land Run and is the Territorial and First State Capital of Oklahoma. Today, Logan County is home to annual festivals, and an eclectic mix of antique dealers, art galleries, museums, bed & breakfasts and great eateries making it a premier travel destination. Cynthia has provided health, fitness and nutrition education to youth and adults with programs including Veggie U, Organ Wise Guys, Healthy Oklahoma and CATCH Nutrition Program. Cynthia's programs: Health & Hunger, Finances, Jobs and Employment.
Marietta is the county seat of Love County and is the location of the oldest courthouse in the state. Randi has 18 years of teaching experience in the public school system as an instructor of Family & Consumer Sciences. She is excited about her new career in Extension and will be addressing critical issues for Love County in the areas of risky behaviors, resilience, and jobs and employment.
Major County is the "heart" of the Northwest District and is home to the Gloss Mountains and the historic National John Deere Two Cylinder Show and Old Time Threshing Bee. She is certified by the Arthritis Foundation as a Self-Help Program Leader and by the National Restaurant Association with a ServSafe certification. Dana partners with Chamber of Commerce in Fairview providing Leadership Fairview classes, the Sooner Success Coalition in assisting with providing services for disabled youth, as well as the Major County Youth Task Force for the Prevention of Underage Drinking. Dana's program priorities are Risky Behaviors, Family Breakdown and Resilience.
Marshall County is home of the National Sandbass Festival. The county enjoys the benefits of bordering Lake Texoma. Sara teaches health and nutrition classes to students and parents at Madill and Kingston schools, Madill Community Day Care Center, the Baptist Home for Girls, and Head Start. Parenting and Co-Parenting through Divorce classes are also taught on a regular basis. Critical issues Sara addresses in Marshall County include health, family breakdown, and risky behaviors.
The Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA) was created in 1935 by the Oklahoma Legislature for flood control and hydroelectricity production. Mayes County contains GRDA's operation and maintenance headquarters, three dams with generating facilities (the Pensacola Dam, Robert S. Kerr Dam, and the Salina Pumped Storage Project), and the GRDA Coal-Fired Complex, a thermal-generation facility. FCS programming includes implementing OrganWise Guys, a nutrition and physical activity program for Kindergarten through 5th grade and advisement for the Oklahoma Home and Community Education Groups.
McClain County is considered to be the "Heart of Oklahoma". Purcell, the county seat, is home to the Chickasaw Nation Regional Offices and Nutrition Center. Mickey Simpson has broad programming experiences, and currently works with the Finance, Risky Behaviors and Job and Employment Issue Teams. She has instigated Reality Check, a financial management simulation activity for teens, and sponsored the Enrich Your Live Senior Adult Conference.
Phone: (580) 286-7558
McCurtain County is home to Beavers Bend State Park. Extension programming works within the communities to address critical issues related to health & hunger, child & family resilience, financial literacy, and jobs & employment.
Eufaula, the county seat of McIntosh County is located 12 miles south of Interstate 40 at the junction of US Highway 69 and Oklahoma State Highway 9. Lake Eufaula is the largest lake located entirely in the state of Oklahoma with over 600 miles of shoreline and 102,000 surface acres. Melanie works with McIntosh county schools in the areas of Character Education, Food, Nutrition, & Health, and Ag in the Classroom. She serves on the Board of Directors of the McIntosh County Youth & Family Resource Center and is also a member of the McIntosh County Coalition for a Healthy Community. She is currently working with issue teams in the areas of: Health, Jobs & Employment, and Risky Behaviors.
Murray County is the home of the Chickasaw National Recreation Area and Turner Falls, Oklahoma’s largest waterfall. These gifts of nature provide the county with over 2 million visitors per year. Critical issues addressed with FCS programs in Murray County will include risky behaviors, jobs and employment, and health.
Muskogee County was named for the Muscogee (Creek) Tribe. The city of Muskogee, established in 1872, serves as the county seat. Three important rivers, the Arkansas, Verdigris, and Neosho (Grand), converge in Muskogee County. Its extension staff, 4-H and Oklahoma Home and Community Education (OHCE) partners are dedicated to preventing hunger, promoting healthful practices and providing environments where families can raise future productive citizens safely. Many Family and Consumer Science (FCS) programs are planned and conducted in partnership with local community agencies, schools and civic organizations.
Noble County houses the Cherokee Strip Museum and the longest running restaurant and gas station in Oklahoma. The Kumback Café opened in 1925 and the Kemnitz Full Service Gas Station began serving customers in 1937. Perry is also home to Charles Machine Works, Inc., manufacturer of the Ditch Witch trencher.
Phone: (918) 273-3345
Nowata comes from a Cherokee word which means “Welcome.” The oil boom days brought
growth to the Nowata County. That left the town of Nowata with brick lined streets and a mural by famous Native
American artist, Woody Crumbo.
Okfuskee County –including its county seat, Okemah--is rich in natural resources including a 1,100-acre lake, the Deep Fork of the Canadian River, the North Canadian River, large pecan production operations, and its diverse and resilient people. The county is home of the Woody Guthrie Folk Music Festival. Jan enjoys educating individuals and families throughout the life span on various issues including character education, family finances, nutrition and food safety, healthy housing, family relationships, emergency preparedness, etc. Jan is a Certified Family Life Educator through the National Council on Family Relations. She is an approved instructor of the Tai chi: Moving for Better Balance program, Yoga for Kids program, and much more. Mrs. Maples is also a facilitator of Poverty Simulations throughout the state.
With one of the highest divorce rates in the nation, Oklahoma County has been working since 1997 to assist parents in helping their children through this difficult transition. Lisa devotes her time to targeting at-risk families, especially those who are teen parents, incarcerated, or are overcoming poverty. Her other certifications include: True Colors and Real Colors Program Presenter, Oklahoma Marriage Initiative Certified Couples Coach and Presenter of PREP and Within My Reach programs. Her three major focus areas are Family Breakdown, Risky Behaviors and Resilience.
Oklahoma County is home to the state capital and is the most populous county in Oklahoma. During its early years, the county’s economy was primarily based on agriculture. As it has developed and grown, so also has the basis of its economy—including by transportation, manufacturing, and oil and gas development. There are many different venues and districts that play a vital role in the communities represented here.
To keep up with Oklahoma county’s growing population, Taylor works to collaborate with varying organization and groups to reach the needs of the community. Taylor, a registered and licensed dietitian, teaches adult and youth programs related to nutrition, health and wellness, and is working towards expanding her background in financial well-being. In addition, Taylor helps lead the county’s Master Wellness Volunteer program and is a certified Walk With Ease leader. Taylor serves on the hunger, health, and financial literacy, and job & employment issue teams.
Okmulgee is the county seat of Okmulgee County. The Creek selected Okmulgee as their capitol in 1868. The name Okmulgee comes from the Hitchita (lower Creek) word oki mulgi meaning “bubbling waters”. Melody serves on the Hunger, Health and Risky Behavior Issue Teams. She provides education to Deepfork Community Action, M-power, Safe House, Creek Nation, Ann Moroney Youth Shelter, Agape Pregnancy Center, and WIA youth. Melody brings a 4-H background with her and she enjoys helping the 4-H members and leaders of Okmulgee County grow as individuals. She also provides leadership for 7 Oklahoma Home and Community Education groups in the county.
Osage County is the largest county in Oklahoma and home to the Osage Tribe who bought their tribal
lands from the Cherokee Tribe in 1869. The county is comprised of large cattle ranches
with approximately 50,000 cows and 100,000 head of stocker cattle grazing each summer
on the native rangeland. The Tall Grass Prairie Preserve where 2,700 Bison roam free
on 40,000 acres is located in Osage County as well as Woolaroc, the ranch home of
Frank Phillips, founder of Phillips Petroleum Company. Pawhuska is the largest city
and county seat and hosts the world's largest amateur rodeo called "Cavalcade".
Donna works closely with the Osage Nation, the schools and community agencies teaching nutrition programs along with financial programs and anti-bullying programs. She also provides leadership for three Oklahoma Home and Community Education groups. Donna serves on the Hunger, Jobs and Employment and Risky Behavior teams. She is also on the board of directors for the Osage County Health Improvement Organization.
Ottawa County is located in northeast corner of the state bordering Kansas and Missouri. Nine Native American Tribal headquarters are located in Ottawa County. Kathy developed a county Resource Directory for families that she updates on a regular basis and distributes to area agencies and families. She has partnered with county FFA chapters to provide the Farm to You exhibit to county 3rd graders and also organizes the Kids, Kows and More program for county 4th graders. Kathy is serving on the Hunger, Family Breakdown and Risky Behaviors issue teams.
Pawnee is the County seat for Pawnee County. There are approximately 16,000 people living in Pawnee County. Pawnee County is home of Billy Vessels, 1952 Heisman Trophy winner; Chester Gould writer of Dick Tracy; Gordon Lillie aka Pawnee Bill and the Pawnee Tribe. Pawnee offers a variety of things such as the Hallett Motor Racing Circuit, Oklahoma Steam and Gas Show, Pawnee Bill Memorial Rodeo and the Pawnee Bill Museum. Trinity holds a 50/50 position as the Family and Consumer Science and 4-H Youth Development Educator in Pawnee County. She is certified in Co-Parenting for Resilience, Community Action Poverty Simulation. Active Parenting the First 5 Years and PRIDE Customer Service Program. Trinity focuses on issue areas of Health and Hunger, Family Resilience and Safety; workshops/classes taught are Food Preservation, Cooking Classes, Co-Parenting, Poverty Simulations and OHCE Leader Lessons. She works with local 4-H clubs and volunteers promoting life and leadership skills along with volunteer training and she serves as the advisor to the Oklahoma Home and Community Education members in Pawnee County.
Payne County is located in north central Oklahoma and its county seat, Stillwater, is home to Oklahoma State University. The many visitors to OSU’s athletic events and academic programs often visit that “jumpin’ little juke joint” Eskimo Joe’s to eat some cheese fries and buy a t-shirt or two. Payne County is not all about OSU though. The second largest city in the county, Cushing, is the petroleum pipeline crossroads of America. Essentially every drop of petroleum sold in this country will travel through Cushing, OK. The smaller communities in the county have rich histories. Perkins is the home of the original cowboy, Frank “Pistol Pete” Eaton whose home has recently been restored, and located in Yale is the home of famous athlete, Jim Thorpe. The Thorpe home is also maintained as a museum. Be sure to check out all of Payne County next time you visit the state’s university…OSU. Dea teaches Co-Parenting for Resilience, the required course for all divorcing couples with minor children. She also teaches Nutrition Education and Food Preservation workshops for youth and adults. Dea also works with Payne County 4-H members and volunteers and provides educational programs for and serves as the advisor to over 100 Payne County Oklahoma Home & Community Education members.
Phone: (918) 423-4120
Educator since 2004
Pittsburg County has the largest Italian population per capita in Oklahoma. Critical issues addressed with FCS programs in Pittsburg Counties include health, finances and hunger. Rachel is certified in Arthritis Exercise, Healthy Homes, Homebuyer Education, PRIDE and Serve Safe. She assisted in developing Money Munchkins (financial program for ages 4-12) and the piloting of Annie’s Project (a women in Agriculture program). She also partners with KIBOIS Community Action to provide First Time Homebuyer Education and nutrition programming to Head start parents and staff. Critical issues Rachel addresses with FCS programs in Haskell County include jobs and employment, hunger, safety.
Pontotoc County is home of East Central University and the Chickasaw Nation. Janna works with Rural Enterprises Women's Business Center to provide quarterly trainings for business owners. Working with local Head Start programs, Janna provides programs focused on nutrition and physical fitness. Critical issues Janna addresses with FCS programs in Pontotoc County include health, hunger and risky behaviors.
Pottawatomie County is home to 5 Tribal Nation Headquarters, two universities, Past Governor Brad Henry, and Governor Mary Fallin. Money Management programs are offered several times a year through a partnership with DHS TANF programs reaching low income adults. The Pottawatomie County Facebook page posts nutrition and food safety facts several times a month and cooking demonstrations are provided at the Farmers Market every Wednesday throughout the summer. The Pottawatomie County OSU Green Acres community blog offers timely information for home owners on a weekly basis through the Shawnee News Star online paper. Approximately 2,000 early childhood students received the Growing Strong Bodies and Minds program promoting healthy eating. Critical issues Sonya addresses with FCS programs in Pottawatomie County include health, finances and safety.
Bragging rights for Deer Capital of the World goes to Pushmataha County. Critical issues addressed with FCS programs in Pushmataha County include risky behaviors, health, and hunger.
Rogers County is situated on the Mother Road—Historic Route 66 and is the home of the Will Rogers Memorial Museum, Rogers State University and the Port of Catoosa, one of the largest inland river-ports in the United States. Penny provides quarterly child care training courses for daycare workers in centers and homes. In addition, she collaborates with DHS and tribal child care staff to sponsor a yearly child care conference. Penny also teaches financial management, health & fitness & topics related to family resilience.
Roger Mills County
Phone: (580) 497-3339
Farming and ranching have been the backbone of Roger Mills County since its settlement thus Extension plays an active part in the lives of its citizens. The county seat is Cheyenne and the Washita Battlefield National Historic Site is west of Cheyenne where Lt. Col. George A. Custer and Chief Black Kettle engaged in a skirmish at dawn on November 27, 1868 at the time of the Plains and Indians Wars. Extension programming in the county has centered around Family Resiliency and youth work. They have a very active 4-H program.
The small town of Sallisaw is the county seat of Sequoyah County and takes its name from the French “salaison,”. The French, who hunted in the area
long before the town was founded, called Sallisaw Creek "Salaiseau" because hunters
salted bison meat there. Salt deposits along the streams in this area furnished the
salt used by buffalo hunters and early settlers to preserve meat. Evidence of old
salt kettles is still found in the county. Charles Arthur “Pretty Boy” Floyd (February
3, 1904 – October 22, 1934 buried in Akins, Oklahoma) was a notorious American bank
robber. He is buried in Akins cemetery near Sallisaw, OK.
April’s issue teams include Hunger and Resilence. April works with the Power 1 Program at the local community college teaching budgeting and finance courses, as well as job readiness programs. She partners with the local elementary schools to teach health and nutrition and also teaches wild game and fish cooking safety to adults and youth. She works with local 4H clubs and volunteer to empower and teach our youth and serves as the advisor to the Oklahoma Home and Community Education Members.
The Seminole County seat is Wewoka which is Indian for “barking water.” It is also home to the annual
Sorghum Day festival in October. Megan works with county judges to deliver monthly
co-parenting classes, is ServSafe certified, teaches at local Senior Citizen facilities
with the COACH program for older adults, and partners with the Health Department to
teach CATCH with after school programs. Critical issues Megan addresses with FCS
programs in Seminole County include health, risky behaviors, and jobs and employment.
Duncan, the county seat for Stephens County, began as an early settlement built around a trading post and cowboy camps spawned by cattle drives along the Chisholm Trail in Southwest Oklahoma. Duncan is also home of Halliburton a world-wide oil and gas industry leader. Brenda's programming efforts have focused on issues of health, hunger and family economic well-being. As a Team member for "Making Sense of Money Management," a financial management seminar developed in partnership with the District Attorney's office (Judicial District #6). Since 2008, the seminar for bogus check offenders has been presented 28 times reaching over 240 individuals. Brenda provides a weekly healthy lifestyle education and exercise class that is going into its 7th year of success. Other programs focus on helping families stretch their food budgets to serve more nutritious meals at home. Brenda enjoys teaching basic cooking skills to youth and adults and is ServSafe certified. She has active OHCE involvement in programs that promote and improve county health status.
Texas County is the #1 agriculture production county in Oklahoma! Arleen's program priorities are Resilience, Health and Risky Behaviors. She also conducts co-parenting, active parenting, Annie's Project, and CATCH Nutrition Program at YMCA. She serves a large Hispanic population with educational programs.
Phone: (580) 335-2515
Tillman County is home to the nationally recognized Hackberry Flat wetland project.
Phone: (918) 746-3721
Educator since 2015
Tulsa County was founded at statehood in 1907, currently it is the most densely populated county
in the State. Tulsa County is known as the gateway to “Green Country” due to the heavily
wooded areas with many rolling hills and mountains and foliage. Cattle and horse ranches
and rich farmland lie almost within the shadow of urban buildings.
As the Family and Consumer Sciences Educator in Tulsa County, Michelle’s issue teams are Hunger, Resilience and Risky Behavior. She has developed curricula for leadership, consumer education, career development, nutrition, food safety, child development and parenting. Michelle will coordinate and conduct Family and Consumer Science (FCS) programs in partnership with local community agencies, schools, churches and civic organizations. She also serves as the advisor for seven Oklahoma Home and Community Education groups in Tulsa County.
Before joining the OSU Cooperative Extension family, Michelle taught Family and Consumer Sciences for 15 years in Tulsa and Sand Springs. She was also a Social Worker for the Department of Human Services.
Wagoner County is the second fastest growing county in Oklahoma located minutes away from the Tulsa Metropolitan area. Wagoner County is home to many agritourism places such as the Livesay Peach Orchard, the Canebrake and Yoga Barn, and Thunderbird Blueberry Farm to name a few. Wagoner County is a great place to live, work, and play. Recent FCS educators have provided learning to sew and SEW- IN educational programs as well as finance education programs for all ages in the county.
Phone: (918) 534-2216
Washington County – the smallest county land wise in the state is home to architect Frank Lloyd Wright
with the only skyscraper – Price Tower. Washington county is also home to many historic
sites to include Frank Phillips home (founder of Phillips 66), Wooloroc Ranch Museum
and Wildlife Preserve, Tom Mix Museum and the Dewey Hotel.
Washita County is home of the most photographed courthouse in the state of Oklahoma and is one of only two county courthouses in Oklahoma that has a clock in its dome that keeps time and strikes on the hour. The Washita County Courthouse is located 200 yards from the exact center of the county in the town of Cordell. Kristy’s programming focuses on Nutrition, Health and Safety. She is a member of the Health, Hunger and Safety Issue Teams. Kristy also teaches the court-mandated Co-Parenting for Resilience Classes for parents who are getting a divorce with minor children.
The FCS Extension Educator works primarily in three areas: Serving the educational needs of the county clientele, serving as an Advisor for the OHCE organization, with over 70 members, as well as serving as the county 4-H Program Leader, with over 150 members. The FCS Extension Educator shares the 4-H programming responsibilities with the Agriculture Extension Educator, working as a team to keep an active and involved membership of youth and adult volunteers.
Susan enjoys working with youth and adults in the areas of health, nutrition and wellness as well as in the family resiliency areas. Susan presents monthly Nutrition Education programs at the local senior citizens center, leads Walk With Ease, an Arthritis Foundation program, as well as Co-Parenting for Resilience and Money Habitudes. In 2016, she established a new Extension C.A.F.E. Lunchtime Learning series to offer new and exciting programs in Woods County. She is involved with the Woods Co. Coalition to ensure residents of Woods have access to Woods County OSU Extension programs. Susan maintains a presence in three county newspapers with timely nutrition and wellness articles and news releases on the happenings of Woods County OSU Extension.
Woodward County is the home of Boiling Springs State Park and the Woodward Elks Rodeo which is the state's oldest continuous PRCA Sanctioned Rodeo. Rhonda's program priorities are Risky Behaviors, Jobs & Employment and Resilience, organized the Annie's Project in Woodward County and conducts a monthly 4-H sewing club. She is ServSafe certified by the National Restaurant Association.