New Leadership and Staffing Changes in 4-H & FCH

Roger Rennekamp
Roger Rennekamp
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Sally Bowman
Sally Bowman
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Doug Hart
Doug Hart
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As you may be aware, the College of Health and Human Sciences has submitted an application to the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) to begin a two-year process to become an accredited school of public health.  On July 1, 2011, the name of the College was officially changed to the College of Public Health and Human Sciences.  In addition to faculty expertise and programs of study in specified core areas, an accredited school of public health must also have a vibrant and highly visible outreach and engagement program. 

Toward that end, the College has aligned all of its Extension and non-Extension outreach and engagement programs into a unit called the Outreach Collaborative for a Healthy Oregon, or OCHO for short.  That unit will include 4-H, Extension Family and Community Health, EFNEP, SNAP-Ed, KidSpirit (a campus-based school-aged care program), TEAM Oregon (state-mandated motorcycle rider certification program), and a public health practice improvement initiative.

On July 1, Roger Rennekamp assumed the role of Associate Dean for Outreach and Engagement in the new College of Public Health and Human Sciences. In that role, he will have administrative responsibility for OCHO.  Assisting him in providing leadership to the Extension programs of OCHO will be an Extension Program Leader for 4-H and FCH (Sally Bowman) and an Associate Program Leader for 4-H and FCH (Doug Hart).  

Staffing changes within the 4-H and FCH Program areas are listed below. We want to thank those employees who are leaving the OSU Extension Service for their efforts on behalf of Oregonians and wish them well in their new endeavors.

Danita Macy (FCH) has moved into a professional faculty position in Warm Springs. She was formerly an EPA2 in the NEP program in Warm Springs.

Denise Rennekamp (FCH), moved to Outreach Coordinator for the Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children & Families.

Doug Hart (Regional Director) will be the Associate Program Leader for 4-H and FCH beginning October 1.

Helena Wolfe (FCH) will be leaving her position in Umatilla County on August 31.

Jamie Fitch (FCH: Crook, Deschutes, Jefferson) has relocated to Klamath County and has a .30 FTE assignment there and a .30 FTE campus assignment.

Janice Smiley (FCH, 4-H) moved from Washington County to a statewide assignment on May 1.

Jesus Acosta (4-H) will be leaving his position in Hood River County on August 15.

Jill Murray (FCH) is moving from a 1.0 FTE position on campus to .50 FTE in Lane County (NEP) and .50 FTE on campus.

Lauren Tobey (FCH) is moving from a 1.0 FTE position on campus to .50 FTE in Linn Benton counties and .50 on campus. We will be hiring a new SNAP-Ed OFNP Coordinator.

Marc Braverman (FCH, College) is now a 9-month Extension faculty specialist focusing on applied research and evaluation.

Maxine Day (FCH, 4-H, Staff Chair) left her position in Grant County on June 30.

Morning Rae Ferris (4-H) has been hired as 4-H Instructor at Warm Springs. She was formerly the Office Coordinator at the Warm Springs Office.

Sarah Williver (4-H) has accepted a position with National 4-H Council working with 4-H Science. Her last day with OSU will be August 20.

Vanessa Klingensmith (4-H) will be leaving her position in Lincoln County on September 30.