As the Administrative Assistant for the First Things First Programs in Cochise County, I assist with tracking grants, managing budgets, and supporting program directors and instructional specialists.
Direct State Arizona Children's Environmental Health Coalition efforts which includes implementation of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in Schools and Child Care Facilities. Coordinate Western Regional IPM in Schools Working Group, U.S. Department of Agriculture, which involves participants in eleven western states. Entomological Society of America, School IPM Network Organizer. Direct Urban IPM Coordinating Committee (developmental). Research efforts focus on developing biocontrol options and evaluating reduced-risk chemical pesticide options for management of venomous arthropods and disease vectors (scorpions, spiders, ants and mosquitoes). Liaise and support state and government agencies regarding, pollution prevention, pest related children's health issues, vector management, and professional education. Support Arizona law enforcement entities conducting medicocriminal investigations. Teach course accredited classes on Urban IPM.
The primary purpose of this position is to promote the personal growth and development of youth, ages 5-19, through the organization of 4-H clubs, as well as, networking with community youth leaders to produce quality educational programming for diverse populations of youth. The Agent is responsible for the overall management of the Pinal County 4-H program. Informal teaching techniques and applied research are utilized to address Youth at Risk issues important for youth and adults in the major areas of healthy lifestyles, SET (science, engineering & technology) and leadership/citizenship.