|EDUCATOR SPOTLIGHT: Lisa Hamblin|
M.S., Oklahoma State University, Family Relations/Child Development
B.A., East Central University, Psychology
Having no prior knowledge of the Cooperative Extension Service, Lisa Hamblin became an Extension Educator at the suggestion of Dr. Joe Weber, her Master’s program advisor. She interviewed with the University of Missouri, through the OSU placement office after Dr. Weber told her how he began his career as a 4-H Youth Specialist at Missouri, and encouraged her to do the same.
Lisa began her Extension career at the University of Missouri as a Child and Family Development Specialist. She served the residents of Saline, Chariton and Carroll counties for 2 years before returning to Oklahoma to take on the newly- created “ Youth at Risk” position in Oklahoma County. She has worked in that capacity for 24 years.
Working with underserved populations has always been a passion for Lisa. With the credibility of OSU research-based information to assist her, Extension programming has been a natural fit. She enjoys having direct contact with the citizens of Oklahoma County, reaching out to where they are in the many communities that make up the area. She has spent her career creating partnerships with schools, government agencies and non-profit organizations to strengthen the families of Oklahoma County.
One of Lisa’s main program areas is teaching teen parenting skills through the alternative schools in the Oklahoma City, Mid-Del and Putnam City school districts. Sharing vital information regarding child development, stress management, and appropriate discipline helps young parents raise emotionally healthy children.
The disruption of family life as a result of divorce or separation is also a concern of Lisa’s. Since 1997, she has taught the “Co-Parenting Through Divorce” workshop as required by the Oklahoma and Canadian County family courts. Helping parents understand how this difficult process affects children is one of the most rewarding aspects of Lisa’s job.