POMEROY — Meigs County has a new 4-H Educator filling a vacancy which occurred last fall when Cassie Turner resigned to take a position in another part of the state.
The new agent is Michelle Stumbo of Oak Hill. She comes to Meigs County with a broad background in extension work.
From 2007 to 2011, she was a 4-H and Youth Development Extension Agent for the Richmond County Cooperative Extension in Rockingham, N.C. Prior to that she was an agriculture teacher at Purnell Swett High School in Pembroke, N.C.; did student teaching at a high school in Tennessee and also in Australia, and was a graduate teaching assistance at the University of Tennessee Agriculture and Extension Education Program.
As for her education, she has both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agriculture and extension education from the University of Tennessee with three years as a biology, education and environmental science major at Rio Grande following her graduation from Oak Hill High School in 1998.
She has received numerous awards including the following: 2008, Communicator Award, News Story. North Carolina Association of Extension 4-H Agents, Southern Region of Extension 4-H Agents; 2009, Team Work in Camp Award for work on Operation Military Kids Camp. North Carolina Association of Extension 4-H Agents; 2009, T.C. Blalock Outstanding Service Award for Young Agents, North Carolina Association of Extension 4-H Agents; and 2010, Outstanding Programming in Livestock Team Award for work with the Farm Credit Showmanship Circuit. North Carolina Association of Extension 4-H Agents.
Stumbo is an alumni of Jackson County 4-H. She and her sister showed rabbits, chickens, hogs and cattle, and Stumbo also worked with sheep and goat shows in Tennessee and North Carolina. She said she and her sister spent a good part of their summers at Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp as counselors. She said that she would have “no clue” where she would be if it had not been for 4-H.
“I have lived and worked out of state for the past 10 years and am excited to be closer to family and working in southern Ohio again,” she concluded.
“She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the position,” said Hal Kneen, Ag and Natural Resources Educator for Meigs and Athens Counties.