Board Member Spotlights
Meet a few of our board members and find out what they enjoy about our association, while getting to know them a little better.
VP of Professional Development
Home Land-grant University: University of Georgia
Work history: I have served as the 4-H Agent in Effingham County, Georgia for 10 years.I was also a Elementary Special Education Teacher for four years.
What do you enjoy most about your involvement in NAE4-HA? My involvement in NAE4-HA has provided me the opportunity for professional growth and networking with colleagues from across the nation.I love the friendships that I have made and learning new ideas from every person.I look forward to conference each year because it is like a family reunion!
What is your favorite movie and Television Show? My favorite movies are Tombstone and all Pirates of the Caribbean movies.The Andy Griffith Show is my favorite television show.
What is your favorite past-time or hobby?Spending time with my family and friends, going to the beach, running and yard work
My favorite quote: “Shoot for the Moon, even if you miss you’ll land among the Stars”
If you were not working with Extension, what would you be doing? Working as a counselor
VP of Programs
Home Land-grant University: Ohio State University
Work history: Large traditional county 4-H Educator since 2014 in southern Ohio, military youth program manager, at-risk mentor program coordinator
What do you enjoy most about your envolvement in NAE4-HA?
The best part of my involvement in NAE4-HA is the giant network I use for idea-sharing and problem-solving. Using our network to hear about the wide variety of programming opportunities and methods all held under the umbrella of 4-H both inspires and challenges me to keep working to make the best better. It keeps fanning my fire when other distractions try and snuff it out.
What is your favorite movie or television show? Patch Adams; Grey’s Anatomy, Big Bang Theory
What is your favortie past-time or hobby? Kayaking, hiking, playing cards
My favorite quote: “If you aren't in over your head, how do you know how tall you are?” ~T.S. Eliot
(Photo: Katie on the Quest for Camp-a-Lot)
If you were not working with Extension, what would you be doing? Traveling the world as a professor with the Semester at Sea programs—I love the ideas of life long learning, exposure to new ideas, opporunity to try great food, and of course watching students ethusiasm and perspectives take flight. Plus, it’s like I would see a lot more of my favorite animal, whales, than I would in Ohio!
Lena D. Mallory
Immediate Past President
Home Land-grant University:
University of Kentucky
Brief employment / work history:
February 2003 – Current – Marshall County Extension Agent for 4-H Youth Development
November 2002 – February 2003 – Marshall County 4-H Program Assistant
August 2002 – November 2002 – Was actually unemployed due to Red Cross budget cut.Worked part-time in retail during this time as well.Actually was one of the best things that happened, because it helped me remember and recognize my passion was and continues to be working for Extension in especially 4-H Youth Development.
(Photo: Lena and husband, Torey Earle)
July 2001 – July 2002 – Financial Development Specialist for American Red Cross Paducah Chapter(Yes, I had been on the job with Red Cross a little over two months when 9/11 happened.Remember a call from one lady desparately asking how we could possibly help her find out if her brother was in his office at the Pentagon on that day.)
January 2000 – June 2001 – Office Manager for a Fire Protection Service Company
November 1996 – January 2000 – Graves County Extension Agent for 4-H Youth Development
August 1994 – October 1996 – Worked for the Council of State Governments providing associaiton management to professional development groups for state officials.
What do you enjoy most about your involvement in NAE4-HA?
Networking with colleagues from across the nation and learning from as well as supporting each other.NAE4-HA has expanded my 4-H “family” more than I can ever truly express. My NAE4-HA leadership roles have strengthened as well as humbled me as a leader and team player.
What’s your favorite movie or television show(s)? My favorite movie is Tombstone. My favorite television shows are Project Runway, Big Bang Theory, and pretty much anything on Food Network
What is your favorite past-time or hobby? Spending time with my family, reading, and traveling