Extension Unit News
County Director Says Farewell After 36 years
After 36 plus years, I will be retiring on March 31. It's been quite a ride: 53 fairs in an official capacity, at least eight reorganizations, untold acres walked, trees evaluated, and thousands of animals tattooed… And, in the end, it's like the credit card commercial – priceless. The co-workers, youth, clientele, and volunteers have all made the ride a real pleasure. It's this unique combination which has made Extension a success for all of these years, and will continue this success into the future.
Retirement does come with some sadness, not because of second-guessing the decision, but it has been a job I have loved through the years. My wife Sherry is also retiring the same day, and we have our list: spending time with family and friends, getting some of those projects done around the farm and home, and doing some traveling. For these reasons, it is time to go a different direction.
I wish you nothing but the best for the future! John Fulton
Welcome Kayla Swaar
Kayla joined our staff in October 2016, as SNAP-Ed Extension Educator. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics from Eastern Illinois University and Masters of Public Health from University of Illinois in Springfield. Prior to Extension she served as a Maternal Health intern at Healthcare and Family Services, as well as a substitute teacher and girls track coach.
Since joining Extension she has been busy introducing herself to the community and area organizations in the three counties Unit 16 serves. In her role as an Extension Educator, she provides policy, system and environmental change and technical assistance to low income populations and schools in the counties of Sangamon, Menard, and Logan through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP-Ed). She works with schools, food pantries, early childhood centers, and food retail to assess their nutritional environment. Her goal as an educator is to help make the healthy choice the easy choice for families by working with the community resources and the schools. She looks forward to continuing her work for Extension and with the community.
She lives in Mason City and in her spare time enjoys running, cooking, and spending time with her husband