HEREFORD – Amalia Mata has been working in the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in Hereford for more than seven years, so accepting the position of family and consumer sciences agent for Deaf Smith County will be a natural transition.
Mata started at the office as support staff in 2006 and most recently was the Better Living for Texans program assistant in Deaf Smith County. On Nov. 12, she begins her new position, one that she expects to move into with little or no problems.
“We are excited about the ideas and skills that Amalia brings to Deaf Smith County and the District 1 team,” said Brandon Dukes, AgriLife Extension district administrator in Amarillo. “I am looking forward to the immediate impact she will make through Extension programs.”
Mata said she has been food certified on and off for the past 20 years; has held a car seat training certification for the past eight years; and has been a volunteer at the Red Cross, Food Pantry and Senior Center. In addition, she is an active Texas Extension Education Association member and 4-H parent, so she said she has insight into many of the AgriLife Extension programs and what clientele need.
“I have worked with AgriLife Extension and know what the job requirements and expectations are,” she said. “I feel ready to meet and exceed those requirements. I have worked closely with two FCS agents in the capacity of support and now I’m ready to move up and do more.”