Huebinger new 4-H Youth Development Program volunteer specialist

Position based in Stephenville will serve agency volunteers throughout Texas

STEPHENVILLE – Laura Huebinger, Ed.D., will be the new Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service 4-H Youth Development Program volunteer specialist beginning Sept. 3.

Huebinger, who will be responsible for agency volunteers for 4-H and other AgriLife Extension programs and initiatives, will be based at the AgriLife Extension office in Stephenville.

Laura Huebinger. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo)

“Dr. Huebinger will be responsible for the engagement of those volunteers in planning and implementing educational programs critical to AgriLife Extension’s mission to improve the lives of Texans,” said Courtney Dodd, Ph.D., assistant agency director and Texas 4-H Youth Development program leader. “She will collaborate agency-wide to ensure AgriLife Extension agents and specialists are equipped with the knowledge, tools and resources needed to train and engage volunteers in Extension education.”

Huebinger is currently an AgriLife Extension program specialist in Stephenville serving the agency’s District 8, a position she has held since 2008. In this role, she has been responsible for the development of programs, services, products and processes to assist district agents and specialists in the design, implementation and evaluation of youth development programs. She also has provided faculty and staff training and assistance in preparing teaching materials, outlines and guidelines for agents to use in training 4-H members and volunteer leaders.

Prior to working for AgriLife Extension in Stephenville, Huebinger was an employee of the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service, serving as a county extension educator for 4-H and youth development in Clinton County, Indiana. There she coordinated the Clinton County 4-H Youth Program, which had 750 youth members and 200 volunteers.

Before moving to Indiana, Huebinger served as an AgriLife Extension county agent for 4-H and youth development in Gillespie County. There she coordinated the Gillespie County 4-H and Youth Development Program, which had 450 youth members and 150 volunteers.

Huebinger has both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in science from Texas A&M University and a doctoral degree in education from Tarleton State University.

Among her professional accolades are the Meritorious Service Award from Texas 4-H Youth Development, two AgriLife Extension Superior Service team awards, and an Achievement in Service Award and Communicator Team Award from the Texas Association of Extension 4-H Agents.

“AgriLife Extension is committed to providing resources to agents and volunteers, as this is how we reach the members of our communities to continue to improve their lives,” Huebinger said. “This commitment to volunteerism is a perfect match for my personal and professional interests and an exciting opportunity to create practical tools to be utilized by Extension professionals and volunteers.

“I am excited to demonstrate my ability to work well with internal partners and external clientele to continue designing a comprehensive volunteer resource development plan.”

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