Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service
Family & Consumer Sciences Program Highlights
The Northwest District is comprised of 17 counties highlighted above. Of the 17 counties, 11 are staffed with two educators having dual responsibilities for FCS (50% FTE) and 4-H (50% FTE). Five counties are staffed with three or more educators. Seven of the FCS Educators in the NW District also serve as County Extension Directors (CED). The District office is located in the town of Enid in Garfield County. District office staff includes:
- Dee Cooper, District Director
- Cindy Conner, FCS Program Specialist
- Jim Rhodes, 4-H Program Specialist
- Erin Parriott, CNEP Area Coordinator
- Shari Monsees, Administrative Assistant
- Becky Buller, Extension Senior Secretary
Hover mouse over counties to view county program highlights or use search form below.
Beaver – Liz Gardner-McBee ~ PH (580) 625-3464
FTE: 50% FCS / 50% 4-H ~ Educator 2nd time around, since 2002
Beaver County is the home to the Beaver Dunes State Park featuring nearly 300 acres of sand dunes for ORV fun; the World Championship Cow Chip Throwing Contest held each April; and the 17,700 acres in the Beaver River Wildlife Management Area. Liz is a Certified Arthritis Foundation Self-Help Program Leader, is ServSafe Certified, and publishes two monthly newsletters. She also organizes an annual multi-state Child Care Providers Seminar. Liz's program priorities are Health, Resilience and Finances.
Blaine - Joy Rhodes ~ PH (580) 623-5195
FTE: 50% FCS / 50% 4-H & ICED ~ Educator since 1997
Blaine County is home of the "voice" of Donald Duck—Mr. Clarence Nash. The Canton Wall-eye Rodeo, Okeene Snake Hunt and Watonga Cheese Festival bring tourists to the area. Joy provides First Time Home-Buyer Education, High School Financial Planning classes as well as Character Critters and Co-Parenting classes. Joy coordinates an annual Farm Safety Day for 4th graders and works with the BCD Rural Development Organization for the 6th annual Poker Run to be held the second Saturday in May. Joy's program priorities are Risky Behaviors, Hunger and Health.
Cimarron - 1 educator staff ~ PH (580) 544-3390
Program focus is 4-H/Ag; The Cimarron County OSU Extension Office is funded by sales tax.
Dewey - Jean Bailey ~ PH (580) 328-5351
FTE: 50% FCS / 50% 4-H ~ Educator since 2002
Dewey County covers 1,008 square miles with the South Canadian River winding through spacious farm land and natural wildlife habitat. Settlement occurred during the 1892 land run where Carrie Nation, the famous bar room smasher, and her husband staked their claim. It is the home of Gary England, Oklahoma meteorologist. Jean teaches series of nutrition lessons for elementary students in four school districts, engages entire families in cooking schools, offers parenting classes, intergenerational workshops and organizes a life-skills day camp for all the county's 8th graders, networking with10 agencies and businesses. She also provides youth and adult trainings and workshops for FCS 4-H projects. Jean's program priorities are Hunger, Safety and Resilience.
Ellis - Lynda Latta ~ PH (580) 885-7775
FTE: 50% FCS / 50% 4-H & CED ~ Educator since 1988
Ellis County is home to the Shattuck Windmill Museum and Gage Artesian swimming pool. Lynda is a Certified Arthritis Foundation Self-Help Program Leader and her program priorities are Health, Risky Behaviors and Jobs & Employment. With a licensed and registered dietitian, Lynda co-presents specialty series on weight management, nutrition for expectant mothers and also provides exercise equipment and space for community use.
Garfield – Lesa K. Rauh ~ PH (580) 237-1228
FTE: 90% FCS / 10% 4-H ~ became county educator in October, 2015
Located in north-central Oklahoma, Garfield County is comprised of 1,060 square miles of land and water. Named for President James A. Garfield, the county is noted for its wheat production. . Cattle drives from Texas to Kansas came through the area via the Chisholm Trail. Originally part of the Cherokee Outlet, Garfield County was opened to non-Indian settlers in 1893. Many early settlers were of German and Czech descent. Agriculture and livestock raising, along with oil and gas, manufacturing, and flour milling. Vance Air Force Base, Advance/Pierre Foods, KOCH Nitrogen, ADM Milling are among the largest employers.
Enid, the county seat, is the largest community and serves as a regional hub for medical and social services, shopping, education and entertainment. The newly renovated and Enid Event Center & Convention Hall, Ball Park and the Chisholm Trail Expo Center host several hundred events annually that bring in artists, exhibitors and guests from across the state, country and around the world.
Lesa K. Rauh serves Garfield County as the family and consumer sciences educator for OSU Extension. Her background in education, marketing, and communications, combined with a strong FCS foundation, allows her to share her passion for the strengthening Oklahoma families with audiences of all ages and backgrounds in diverse settings. She advises 9 county Oklahoma Home and Community Education groups. Her work concentrates on the issues of Health, Hunger, and Family Resilience.
Lesa is a certified teacher in the areas of Family & Consumer Sciences, Elementary Education, and Early Childhood. She is trained in the Oklahoma PRIDE hospitality service program, is a Real Colors facilitator, first time homebuyer educator, and presenter of Annie’s Project: farm and ranch business planning & record keeping training for women. Rauh previously served OSU Extension as the FCS educator in Osage County.
Grant – Robyn Rapp ~ PH (580) 395-2134
FTE: 50% FCS / 50% 4-H ~ Educator since 2004
Medford is county seat of Grant County, population 4,000, where there are four K-12 public schools and four communities with 4-H clubs. There are four OHCE groups, three traditional local groups and one new "county" group reaching people across the county. The "Twister" Movie Museum is at home in Wakita where parts of the movie were filmed! Robyn' program priorities are Risky Behaviors, Hunger and Jobs & Employment. She works with schools through health and nutrition programs, the Baby Think It Over teen pregnancy prevention program, teaches Junior Master Gardeners, Kids Cooking Schools, and has taught numerous youth and adult sessions on Thrifty Fashion – stretching their clothing budget.
Harper - Carol Laverty ~ PH (580) 735-2252
FTE: 50% FCS / 50% 4-H & CED ~ Educator 1972-1983; 1993-present
Harper County is the county located just before entering Oklahoma's panhandle counties. The county uses the natural resource of wind as one of its main sources of tax revenue, along with oil and gas. The largest growth in population was in 1918 as the railroad went across the county. Carol provides programming throughout the year to adults and youth, and her program priorities are Risky Behaviors, Health and Resilience. She has presented 780 programs concerning character education, reaching many families in Harper County.
Kingfisher - Brandi Krittenbrink ~ PH (405) 375-3822
FTE: 90% FCS / 10% 4-H ~ Educator 2014-15
Kingfisher County's economy is anchored in agricultural production and is referred to as "The Buckle of the Wheat Belt." Much of the farmland claimed in the Land Run of 1889 is still used for production agriculture by family members of those first settlers. Brandi partners with other youth and family serving entities as a member of the Kingfisher Community Collaborative to provide educational resources to county citizens, teams with area schools to promote FuelUptoPlay60, sponsored by the National Dairy Council and the NFL, providing resources to promote exercise and healthy eating habits in children, and her program priorities are Health, Risky Behaviors and Safety.
Kay – Lindsay Grace ~ PH (580) 362-3194
FTE: 90% FCS / 10% 4-H
Kay County population is about 48,000. At 945 square miles, including 26 square miles of water, Kay is the only county to keep its name ("K" County) as Oklahoma moved from a territory to a state. The county's highest point is 1,011 feet above sea level. Many residents have a rich Native American tribal heritage via the Ponca, Kaw and Tonkawa. The economy is based on petroleum and production agricultural. In 1925, oil pioneer E. W. Marland began construction on his 55 room Ponca City "Palace on the Prairie" in European style. Mr. Marland's company transitioned into today's Conoco-Phillips. Lindsay' program priorities are Health, Finances and Risky Behaviors.
Logan - Cathy James ~ PH (405) 282-3331
FTE: 50% FCS / 50% 4-H & CED ~ Educator since 1999
History is brought to life every day in Logan County. Guthrie was settled in the 1889 Land Run and is the Territorial and First State Capital of Oklahoma. Today, Logan County is home to annual festivals, and an eclectic mix of antique dealers, art galleries, museums, bed & breakfasts and great eateries making it a premier travel destination. Cathy has provided health, fitness and nutrition education to youth and adults with programs including Veggie U, Organ Wise Guys, Healthy Oklahoma and CATCH Nutrition Program. Cathy's program priorities are Health, Risky Behaviors and Safety.
Major - Dana Baldwin ~ PH (580) 227-3786
FTE: 50% FCS / 50% 4-H & CED ~ Educator since 1995
Major County is the "heart" of the Northwest District and is home to the Gloss Mountains and the historic National John Deere Two Cylinder Show and Old Time Threshing Bee. She is certified by the Arthritis Foundation as a Self-Help Program Leader and by the National Restaurant Association with a ServSafe certification. Dana partners with Chamber of Commerce in Fairview providing Leadership Fairview classes, the Sooner Success Coalition in assisting with providing services for disabled youth, as well as the Major County Youth Task Force for the Prevention of Underage Drinking. Dana's program priorities are Risky Behaviors, Family Breakdown and Resilience.
Noble – Lindsey Miner ~ PH (580) 336-4621
FTE: 90% FCS / 10% 4-H
Noble County houses the Cherokee Strip Museum and the longest running restaurant and gas station in Oklahoma. The Kumback Café opened in 1925 and the Kemnitz Full Service Gas Station began serving customers in 1937. Perry is also home to Charles Machine Works, Inc., manufacturer of the Ditch Witch trencher. Lindsey's program priorities are Risky Behaviors, Health and Resilience.
Texas - Arleen James ~ PH (580) 338-7300
FTE: 50% FCS / 50% 4-H & CED ~ Educator since 1993
Texas County is the #1 agriculture production county in Oklahoma! Arleen's program priorities are Resilience, Health and Risky Behaviors. She also conducts co-parenting, active parenting, Annie's Project, and CATCH Nutrition Program at YMCA. She serves a large Hispanic population with educational programs.
Woods - Karen Armbruster ~ PH (580) 327-2786
FTE: 50% FCS / 50% 4-H & CED ~ Educator since 1980
Woods County is the home of Northwestern Oklahoma State University, a four year regional state university, Little Sahara State Park and VAP, (Value Added Products), a cooperative for wheat growers, producing dough products sold nationally and internationally. Karen says "Woods County is my classroom where I can reach various audiences of all ages, in the areas of nutrition education/wellness, food safety, parenting and family resource management." Karen's program priorities are Health, Resilience and Risky Behaviors.
Woodward - Rhonda DeVor ~ PH (580) 254-3391
FTE: 90% FCS / 10% 4-H ~ Educator since 2002
Woodward County is the home of Boiling Springs State Park and the Woodward Elks Rodeo which is the state's oldest continuous PRCA Sanctioned Rodeo. Rhonda's program priorities are Risky Behaviors, Jobs & Employment and Resilience, organized the Annie's Project in Woodward County and conducts a monthly 4-H sewing club. She is ServSafe certified by the National Restaurant Association.
Alfalfa – Marcy Wichert ~ PH (580) 596-3131
FTE: 50% FCS / 50% 4-H ~ Educator since 2007
Cherokee is the county seat of Alfalfa County and is the home of the Great Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge, Selenite Crystal Digging Park and the historical Sod House. Cherokee also holds the only Turnip Festival in Oklahoma. This festival made the top five list of "Is This A Great State or What?" locations for 2010. Marcy's program priorities are Health, Hunger and Safety. She teaches health and nutrition workshops for students and parents at Burlington, Cherokee and Timberlake Public Schools. Marcy also partners with community agencies to conduct the annual Free Family Fun Fair.
NW District FCS Program Specialist – Cindy Conner
PH (580) 233-5295 ~ Educator since 2001
Cindy is the NW District Program Specialist for Family Consumer Sciences (FCS), headquartered at the District Director's office in Enid. 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. She serves as NW District Advisor for OCES's non-profit educational partner, Oklahoma Home & Community Education (OHCE), which has nearly 1,000 members in Northwest Oklahoma. Cindy also co-facilitates the Healthy Oklahoma state-wide impact team of 50+ OCES Staff.
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.
NW Unit – Erin Parriott ~ PH (580) 237-4680
FTE: 50% Area Coordinator
This unit covers Garfield, Kay, and Lincoln Counties. There are 4 NEA positions in the Northwest Unit. Erin is a licensed & registered dietitian.
Brenda Sheik ~ PH (580) 822-3478
FTE: 75% CNEP Evaluator ~ Educator since 1986
Brenda is a member of the state CNEP team. As CNEP Evaluator, Brenda manages program evaluation including designing and implementing data collection instruments, analyzing CNEP data and preparing evaluation reports, briefings and presentations. She strengthens the evaluation capacity of CNEP staff through training on the 24-Hour Food Recall and other evaluation tools. Brenda also provides diabetes education and facilitates a diabetes support group for the Okeene Municipal Hospital in trade for CNEP Evaluator's office space, internet service and use of a copier.