Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service
Family & Consumer Sciences Program Highlights
The Southwest District is comprised of 20 counties located south of I-40 and West of I-35. Of the 20 counties,9 are staffed with 2 educators having dual responsibilities for FCS (50% FTE) and 4-H (50% FTE). Eleven counties are staffed with three or more educators. Three of the FCS Educators in the SW District also serve as County Extension Directors, (CED). The Farm-to-You Exhibit is housed in the district. The SW District office is located in the town of Duncan in Stephens County. District office staff includes:
- Claude Bess, District Director
- Gloria King, FCS Program Specialist
- Kimbreley Davis, 4-H Program Specialist
- Kelli Barnett, District Administrative Assistant
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Beckham County – Nancy Hylton, PH 580-928-2139 580-928-2139 PTE: 50% FCS/50% 4-H, Educator since 2014. The oil and gas industry play a major role in the economy of Beckham County. Agriculture continues to be a mainstay. Sayre is the county seat. The courthouse was featured in the movie Grapes of Wrath with Henry Fonda and is listed on the national register. Extension programming in Sayre has centered on the areas of Family Resiliency, Parenting and the Co-Parenting through the Divorce program. Teaching research based life skills to the residents of Beckham County is Nancy’s goal.
Caddo County – Ranel Lasley, PH 405-247-7638 FTE: 90% FCS/10% 4-H, Educator since 1997 Caddo County is primarily a rural county with a population of ~30,000 with 25% being Native American. Caddo County is a highly productive agricultural area with diverse crops and livestock. Anadarko is the county seat and is home to the American Indian Exposition. Ranel Lasley is a native of Caddo County. She enjoys working in Extension and providing people with research based information from OSU that improves or makes their daily lives more fulfilling. Ranel serves on three issue teams. They are Hunger, Jobs and Employment and Risky Behaviors. Ranel is certified in ServSafe, the Tribal Healthy Homes Project, and has also been certified as an Arthritis Self-Help and Land Exercise Program leader. Ranel teaches Co-Parenting, Making Sense of Money Management, chairs the Women in Agriculture Conference and has coordinated 15 Progressive Agriculture Safety Days.
Canadian – Donna Jung, MS, RD/LD, PH 405-262-0155 FTE: 90% FCS/10% 4-H, Educator since 2001 The county seat is El Reno, which is the only city in Oklahoma to have a streetcar operation through its downtown area. It is also headquarters to the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes, and home to the annual Burger Day, Czech Festival, Festival of the Child and Western Days. Donna is a registered/licensed dietitian, certified ServSafe and has attended the Healthy Homes Practitioners Training. She provides programming throughout the year to adults and youth, i.e. MyPlate, Obesity in a Bottle, Food Budgeting/Food Storage, Healthy Living with Diabetes, Kids in the Kitchen cooking classes and Organ Wise Guys. Donna serves on the Hunger, Health and Risky Behavior issue teams.
Cleveland County - Brenda Hill 405-321-4774 FTE: 90% FCS/10% 4-H, Educator since 2001. The county's seat is Norman and as of the 2010 Census, Norman was estimated to have 110,925 full-time residents making it the third-largest city in Oklahoma. Norman is home to the University of Oklahoma, Medieval Fair, Mid Summer's Night Dream Fair and May Fair. Hill's FCS emphasis teams are Hunger, Health and Finances. She works with elementary schools and approximately 1,600 students are currently being educated about the benefits of a hour a day exercise, healthy meals and snacks along with anti-tobacco, drugs and alcohol training.
Comanche County – Lynn Null PH 580-355-1045; 90% FCS/10% 4-H. Educator since 2011. Comanche County's economy has been based largely on agriculture, livestock production and the military presence at Fort Sill. Lawton is the county seat and it is the home of the Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge, and the Museum of the Great Plains. Extension programming in Comanche County has centered on health and nutrition, financial well-being, and family resiliency. Specifically, Overcoming Obstacles Life Skills Training Program is being implemented in area schools and organizations in the community.
Cotton County – Pam Varner, PH 580-875-3136 FTE: 50% FCS/50% 4-H & CED, Educator since 1983. Cotton County is the home of the great Basketball Coach Abe Lemons, who had 599 wins and Representative Fred Harris who is now a famous author. Pam partners with the Senior Citizen sites to teach Healthy Nutrition to Senior Adults. The Comanche Tribe uses the Commodity Cookbook Pam developed to hand out with their monthly commodity allotment. Extension programming in the county focuses on Risky Behavior, Hunger and Health. In addition to the issue programming, Pam teaches Character Education to the Walters second graders every year, and Raising a Thinking Child to Temple 5th and 6th graders. Pam is active in the county, district and state 4-H Horse Shows and State 4-H Family Horse Camp.
Custer County - Radonna Sawatzky, PH 580-323-2291 FTE: 90% FCS/10% 4-H, Educator since 1989. Weatherford is home to Southwestern Oklahoma State University and the Tom Stafford Air and Space Museum. The county seat is Arapaho, Oklahoma. Radonna grew up in Custer County and is proud to be working there. She has focused her work in the area of nutrition and health and conducts many programs for school age child to older adults. Radonna is a member of the Health, Hunger and Risky Behaviors Issue Teams. She has taught the Co-Parenting classes in Custer County for 19 years. Radonna is certified in ServSafe and has attended the Healthy Homes practitioner training.
Garvin- Connie Wallenberg , PH (405)238-6681 FTE: 50% FCS/50% 4-H Educator since 2016
Welcome to Garvin County! Garvin County lies in the heart of Oklahoma located around I-35 and a crossroads between several state highways including 77, 19, and 29. The Washita River amiably flows through our rich agriculturally diverse land. It is the birth place of aviator, Wiley Post, home to the world's ONLY Toy and Action Figure Museum and Field's "World’s Best" pecan pies. The area also hosts the annual Stratford Peach Festival and is one of the scheduled stops of Amtrak's Heartland Flyer. Extension programming in Garvin County has centered on the areas of Health, Hunger, Family & Child Resiliency and the Co-Parenting for Resilience program for divorcing parents. Teaching research based life skills to the residents of Garvin County is Connie’s goal.
Grady County - Susan Routh, PH 405-224-2216 FTE: 90% FCS/10% 4-H, Educator, Educator since 2004. Chickasha is the county seat for Grady County and is home to the Festival of Light, a December celebration which attracts over 250,000 visitors each year. Family financial management, hunger/nutrition, and risky behaviors are the three issue areas in which Susan primarily focuses programming efforts. She serves as lead team member for "Making Sense of Money Management," a financial management seminar developed in partnership with the District Attorney's office (Judicial District #6). Since 2008, the seminar for bogus check offenders has been presented over 40 times reaching over 350 participants. Susan is certified in True Colors, Within My Reach, PRIDE, and ServSafe, a food safety/sanitation program. She has featured FCS articles in six weekly newspapers and a weekly radio program which reaches over 400,000 readers and listeners.
Greer County – Cheryl Lively, PH 580-782-5503 FTE: 50% FCS/50% 4-H, Educator since 2011. Greer County's economy has been based primarily on agriculture and livestock raising. Mangum has been the county seat since 1886, when Greer County was situated in Texas. The Greer County Courthouse is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The county is home to the Quartz Mountain Lodge and State Park. Cheryl focuses her Extension programming in Greer County on Finances, Jobs and Employment and Risky Behavior.
Harmon County – Vacant PH 580-688-3584 FTE: 50% FCS/50% 4-H and CED, Educator since 2009
Hollis is the county seat to Harmon County which sits 5 miles from the Texas state line. Hollis is home to football star Darrell K. Royal and in October the Annual Cotton Pickin' Festival attracts numerous visitors. Julie is actively involved in several community activities and is on the Harmon County Health Department Advisory Board. Her programming focuses are Jobs and Employment, Risky Behaviors, and Health. Julie has presented several lessons on Bullying, became PRIDE certified, has recently trained to be a Certified Arthritis Land Exercise Instructor through the National Arthritis Foundation and is also ServSafe certified. In the spring, Julie's OHCE groups sponsor the Manners Matter program to the local 4th graders. This along with various day camps through the year has been great in recruiting 4-H'ers.
Jackson County - Vacant PH 580-482-0823 FTE: 50% FCS/50% 4-H. Jackson County is located in southwestern Oklahoma. Altus is the county seat. In addition to agriculture the economy has been spurred by employment at Altus Air Force Base (AAFB) and by a few industrial plants. Extension programming in Jackson county has been centered on Family Resiliency, Risky Youth Behavior, Jobs and Employment Readiness, and a very active 4-H culture.
Jefferson County – Vacant, PH 580-228-2332 FTE: 50% FCS/50% 4-H. Jefferson County is rich in human and agricultural resources. Its Extension staff and community partners are dedicated to preventing hunger, promoting healthful practices and providing environments where families can raise future productive citizens safely. Successful activities include school and 4-H nutrition programs, ongoing exercise and fitness classes held at area centers and the OHCE quilt turning held annually at the Jefferson County Free Fair.
Kiowa County – Brenda Medlock, PH 580-726-5643 FTE: 50% FCS/50% 4-H, Educator Since 2000. Kiowa County is the heart of Southwest Oklahoma where Hobart is the county seat. Brenda's programming has focused on the issues of Health, Hunger and Risky Behaviors. She conducts Arthritis Exercise and Nutrition classes to senior citizens in the county. Brenda also works with the Kiowa County Community Coalition to bring programming efforts in the areas of Health and Nutrition. Brenda is certified in ServSafe, Child Passenger Safety and the National Arthritis Foundation's Land Exercise Program.
McClain County – Mickey Simpson, PH 405-527-2174 FTE: 90% FCS/10% 4-H, Educator since 1991 (with 7 yrs previous employment in Custer and Harper Counties). McClain County is considered to be the "Heart of Oklahoma". Purcell, the county seat, is home to the Chickasaw Nation Regional Offices and Nutrition Center. Mickey Simpson has broad programming experiences, and currently works with the Finance, Risky Behaviors and Job and Employment Issue Teams. She has instigated Reality Check, a financial management simulation activity for teens, and sponsored the Enrich Your Live Senior Adult Conference.
Oklahoma County - Lisa Hamblin PHONE 405-713-1125; FTE-FCS/90%, 4-H/10%, Educator since 1989. With one of the highest divorce rates in the nation, Oklahoma County has been working since 1997 to assist parents in helping their children through this difficult transition. Lisa devotes her time to targeting at-risk families, especially those who are teen parents, incarcerated, or are overcoming poverty. Her other certifications include: True Colors and Real Colors Program Presenter, Oklahoma Marriage Initiative Certified Couples Coach and Presenter of PREP and Within My Reach programs. Her three major focus areas are Family Breakdown, Risky Behaviors and Resilience.
Oklahoma County – Amanda Horn, MS RD/LD PH 405-713-1125 FTE: 90% FCS/10% 4-H, Educator Since 2012. Amanda Horn is a registered and licensed dietitian who focuses on helping Oklahomans understand the relationship between nutrition and health. A graduate of Oklahoma State University and the University of Central Oklahoma, Amanda has her Masters in Dietetics and has developed curriculums for workshops, seminars and classes that focus on nutrition and disease prevention, food safety, cooking, recipe modification, MyPlate, weight management, diabetic menus, physical fitness and a long list of other nutrition and food-related topics. As the Family and Consumer Sciences Educator for the Oklahoma County OSU Cooperative Extension Service, Amanda also develops topics in areas like family economics, healthcare and wellness, stress, home pest control, textiles and a long list of other subjects as they affect Oklahoma's families. Before becoming part of the Extension family, Amanda taught nutrition-related classes to college-level students.
Roger Mills County - Vacant, PH 580- 497-3339 FTE: 50% FCS/50% 4-H. Farming and ranching have been the backbone of this county since its settlement thus Extension plays an active part in the lives of its citizens. The county seat is Cheyenne and the Washita Battlefield National Historic Site is west of Cheyenne where Lt. Col. George A. Custer and Chief Black Kettle engaged in a skirmish at dawn on November 27, 1868 at the time of the Plains and Indians Wars. Extension programming in the county has centered around Family Resiliency and youth work. They have a very active 4-H program.
Stephens County- Brenda Gandy, PH 580-255-0510 FTE: 90% FCS/10% 4-H, Educator since 1990. Duncan, the county seat for Stephens County, began as an early settlement built around a trading post and cowboy camps spawned by cattle drives along the Chisholm Trail in Southwest Oklahoma. Duncan is also home of Halliburton a world-wide oil and gas industry leader. Brenda's programming efforts have focused on issues of health, hunger and family economic well-being. As a Team member for "Making Sense of Money Management," a financial management seminar developed in partnership with the District Attorney's office (Judicial District #6). Since 2008, the seminar for bogus check offenders has been presented 28 times reaching over 240 individuals. Brenda provides a weekly healthy lifestyle education and exercise class that is going into its 7th year of success. Other programs focus on helping families stretch their food budgets to serve more nutritious meals at home. Brenda enjoys teaching basic cooking skills to youth and adults and is ServSafe certified. She has active OHCE involvement in programs that promote and improve county health status.
Tillman County - Brenda Medlock, PH 580 335-2515 FTE: 50% FCS/50% 4-H. Educator Since 2000. Tillman County is home to the nationally recognized Hackberry Flat wetland project. Brenda's programming focuses on the issues of Health, Hunger and Risky Behaviors. She teaches Co-parenting for Resilience a program for divorcing parents. Brenda is certified in ServSafe, Child Passenger Safety and the National Arthritis Foundation's Land Exercise Program.
Washita County – Kristy Spalding, PH 580-832-3356 FTE: 90% FCS/10% 4-H & CED, Educator Since 1993 Washita County is home of the most photographed courthouse in the state of Oklahoma and is one of only two county courthouses in Oklahoma that has a clock in its dome that keeps time and strikes on the hour. The Washita County Courthouse is located 200 yards from the exact center of the county in the town of Cordell.
Kristy’s programming focuses on Nutrition, Health and Safety. She is a member of the Health, Hunger and Safety Issue Teams. Kristy also teaches the court-mandated Co-Parenting for Resilience Classes for parents who are getting a divorce with minor children
SW District FCS Program Specialist – Gloria King, PH 580-255-3674 Educator Since 1999
Gloria is the SW District Program Specialist for Family Consumer Sciences (FCS). She is headquartered at the District Director's office in Duncan. Major responsibilities include new educator orientation, leadership development, program development, visibility and reporting, time management, plan of work development and evaluation, professional development, Civil Rights compliance, and working with advisory councils and coalitions.
Community Nutrition Education Programs – Area Coordinators supervise and train paraprofessionals across a multi-county unit. Paraprofessionals, or Nutrition Education Assistants (NEAs), teach nutrition education to limited income families.
Comanche Unit – Angela Howard, PH 580-355-1045 580-355-1045, FTE: 100% Area Coordinator, Educator Since 2013. This unit covers Comanche, Caddo, Stephens & Jackson Counties. There are 7 NEA positions in the Comanche Unit.
Oklahoma Unit – Debbie Bell PH 405-713-1125 FTE: 100% Area Coordinator, Educator, 2011. This unit covers Oklahoma, Grady & Cleveland Counties. There are 10 NEA positions in the Oklahoma Unit.
Oklahoma County – Cody Yount, Farm to You. Phone Phone 405-713-1125. Educator since 2014. 100% Exhibit Coordinator. Coordinated by the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, Farm to You is collaboration between state agency, commodity and community partners. Through Farm to You and other nutrition education programs, your local Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service county office can help your school meet PASS objectives and physical education requirements.