Alabama Extension’s DeKalb County Office has a new county Extension coordinator. Lori Wheeler joined Extension on Sept. 2.
“I am most excited about meeting the citizens of DeKalb County and learning what issues and initiatives they feel passionately about,” Wheeler said. “And, how we as an organization can move forward to address these initiatives while appreciating each role and contribution our staff plays in this holistic and team approach.”
Wheeler is from Trenton, Ga., and has a bachelor’s degree in family and consumer science (FACS) and journalism from the University of Georgia as well as a master’s degree in human resource development from the University of Tennessee.
Wheeler has served as a FACS and 4-H Extension agent for Polk County in Tennessee and was a FACS teacher at Dade County High School. She also was the executive assistant at Southern Group in Tennessee. Most recently, she served as the Infant Mortality Program Manager at the Chattanooga/Hamilton County Health Department.
She has won several awards through the Georgia Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences ranging from communication to food safety, and was a member for 10 years while holding officer positions as secretary, vice president of member resources, senior district director and junior district director.
Stanley Windham, the assistant director of Program Operations Innovations at Alabama Extension, said “Lori brings a lot of experience and work ethic and I’m excited to see what she can accomplish.”
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