Extension Council Conference Agenda

Thursday evening, February 2, 2023

Virtual, via Zoom

7:00 p.m.

Welcome and Tech Overview

7:10 p.m.

Meet Jason Henderson, Incoming Vice President for Extension and Outreach

7:20 - 7:40 p.m.

General Session

Building Trust and Building Value, Andrea Nelson, Assistant Vice President, County Services

7:45 - 8:25 p.m.

Breakout Session 1

Choose one:

A. The 4-H Trajectory | Jen Hargrove, 4-H Positive Youth Development & Vibrant Clubs Specialist

B. Life Cycle of County Funds | Bryan Whaley, Director of Field Operations - North

C. Successful Annual Employee Evaluations | Julie Hering Kent, Region 22 Director

D. Parliamentary Procedure as a Tool for Effective Meetings | Terry Janssen, Region 7 Director

8:30 - 9:10 p.m.

Breakout Session 2

Choose one:

A. Is it Legal? | Kay Osvig, Attorney, Whitfield & Eddy Law

B. Financing County Programs | Andrea Nelson, Associate Vice President for County Services

C. How Do You Reach YOUR Iowans? | Regenea Hurte, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisor for Extension and Outreach; Sandra Burke, Sociologist, Community Vitality Center; Himar Hernandez, Assistant Program Director, Community Development Specialist

D. MyData County Reports | Dr. John Lawrence, Vice President for Extension and Outreach

9:10 - 9:30 p.m.

Networking (optional)

Breakout rooms:

  • A program you’re really excited about
  • What issues is your council dealing with?
  • Recruiting new staff


Tuesday evening, February 7, 2023

Virtual, via Zoom

6:00 p.m.

Networking (optional)

Breakout rooms:

  • Network with peers in your tier 4: Population 11,999 and under
  • Network with peers in your tier 3: Population 12,000 – 29,999
  • Network with peers in your tier 2: Population 30,000-82,999
  • Network with peers in your tier 1: Population 83,000 and up

6:30 - 6:45 p.m.

Welcome and Tech Overview                                                 

6:45 - 7:25 p.m.

Breakout Session 3

Choose one:

A. Focus on Committees: Personnel Committee | Michelle Sackville - Region 7 Director

B. Focus on Committees: Finance Committee | Cheryl Heronemus - Region 1 Director

C. Focus on Committees: Program Committee | Janet Smith - Region 27 Director

7:30 - 8:10 p.m.

General Session

Communicating in Times of Change, Erik Dominguez, Communication Expert with Speak Up Stories

8:15 - 8:55 p.m.

Breakout Session 4

Choose one:

A. Improving Quality of Life in your Community: Showcasing Community and Economic Development Opportunities | Erin Olson-Douglas, Program Director, Community & Economic Development; Lisa Bates, Interim Assistant Director, Community Development Specialist; Himar Hernandez, Assistant Program Director, Community Development Specialist; Courtney Long, Food Systems Program Manager

B. Working with County Foundations for Local Fundraising Efforts | Emily Saveraid, Executive Director, Iowa 4-H Foundation and Gene Mohling, Director of Field Operations - South

C. Collaborating with Counties – Human Sciences Style | Lori Korthals, Senior Manager for Human Sciences Field Operations

D. Conducting Public Council Meetings | Julie Aberg Robison, Community Development Specialist

8:55 - 9:00 p.m.

Closing & Doorprizes