New 4-H Program Assistant Brings Great Experience

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N.C. Cooperative Extension, Henderson County Center recently welcomed a new 4-H Program Assistant to our team, and she brings with her a good 4-H background as well as many other skills. Alex Madden began October 3, 2023, in our office and she has quickly adapted to her new role.

Alex comes to us from Carrollton, Georgia where she matriculated from Carrollton High School before going to the University of Georgia. At UGA Alex received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. After graduation she worked for Americorps National Civilian Community Corps in Vinton, Iowa.

In her experience in Iowa, she served communities in the area of environmental stewardship, disaster recovery and construction. In this position she did tree work including pruning and using a chainsaw. She was also involved in construction and remodeling of homes with Habitat for Humanity.

After Iowa, Alex returned to Georgia where she worked at the Rock Eagle 4-H Center as an Environmental Educator. Rock Eagles is probably the premier 4-H camp in the U.S. She perpated and taught environmental education in areas of ecology, living history, outdoor skills, and team building for students in grades three through twelve. Additionally, she worked with day and overnight groups in orientation and program facilitation with groups as large as 300 students.

“We are excited to have Alex on the Henderson County team,” said Henderson County Extension Director Terry Kelley. “Getting someone with 4-H experience into a position like this is a leg up. Alex’ experience in 4-H puts her in a position to have an immediate impact. She is off to a running start, and we know Alex will positively impact the lives of youth in Henderson County.”

Just prior to coming to Henderson County, Alex worked for the Walking Mountains Science Center in Avon, Colorado. At this location, Alex developed and conducted interpretive programming and leg guided hikes for all ages. The focus was on Rocky Mountain ecology and conservation efforts. Alex also partnered with local school systems to facilitate after school science programs for girls in grades three to five.

Alex’ background in environmental education, outdoor activities, and ecology provide a great opportunity to expand 4-H programming in these areas. We look forward to great things from Alex and hope you will come by and introduce yourself to her. While you’re at it, discuss how you can volunteer to assist with our 4-H programs so she can continue the great tradition of Henderson County 4-H in her program.

Welcome to N.C. Cooperative Extension, Henderson County Center Alex!!