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Alabama Extension's Coosa County office has a new County Extension Coordinator. Sharon Allen Haynes began work April 1 replacing Roger Vines, who retired earlier this year.

Haynes is no stranger to Alabama Extension. She has served as a regional Extension agent in Human Nutrition, Diet and Health since 2007. She brings more than 18 years of experience in Extension and Outreach education to the job. Prior to her Extension work in Alabama, Haynes held several positions with the Mississippi State University Extension Service.

"I am excited about this opportunity not only for myself but for the citizens of Coosa County," said Haynes. "There is so much potential for all areas of programming offered by ACES that can be implemented in Coosa County. My plans are to continue the programs that Roger Vines had in place but also bring new and innovative programs for all residents."

Haynes holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Foods and Nutrition from Alcorn State University and a Master of Science Degree in Nutrition from Mississippi State University. She also completed a Dietetic Internship in 2012 at Dominican University in Illinois.

"Sharon brings a lot of experience and a strong work ethic to this position," said Stanley Windham, assistant director of Program Operations Innovations at Alabama Extension."

"She has a successful history of collaborative leadership that includes partnering and networking with numerous internal and external agencies, groups and organizations as well as strong management and organizational skills, and I am excited to see what she will accomplish in Coosa County," Windham added.

Haynes is active in several professional development associations and societies. She is a member of the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (NEAFCS) where she just completed serving as State President. In addition, she is a member of Epsilon Sigma Phi (ESP) and American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS). In 2009, she received the NEAFCS Alabama Affiliate Communication Award and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System's Superior Service Team Award.