Katherine started with the University in 1994, in Orange Co. (Orlando metropolitan area). She has slowly moved to more and more rural communities, landing in Suwannee County
in 2007. As the County Extension Director, her responsibility is to provide leadership and direction for the development, implementation, and evaluation of educational programs to assist citizens.
She has provided statewide leadership as well as programming in innovative educational areas. She is involved in the Housing Education and Research Association, the Florida Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences; and Epsilon Sigma Phi. She has been a certified Class one rater and is certified in Healthy Homes.
She has worked cooperatively throughout program areas, winning awards for outstanding program for the Trees and Construction program for builders and architects, for program of excellence for the 4-H Culinary and Grace Camp, team award for the outstanding day camps in Suwannee County, a Superior Accomplishment Award through UF/IFAS and most recently
a Distinguished Service Award from her professional organization. Her staff is well-recognized throughout the state and nation for their quality programming. Under her direction, there have been two state Master Gardeners of the Year awards and a State Master Gardener Coordinator!
4-H Youth Judging Teams have gone on to compete in National
competions and her office provides programming in Diabetes Education
and Management that is known throughout the state.
Her Bachelor’s degree is from Central Michigan University (go CHIPS!!) and her Master’s degree is from the University of Central Florida. She is delighted to live in an area where there aren’t any traffic jams and the roadsides are littered with wildflowers in the summer.