Three agent positions were filled and announced Oct. 8, by officials with Texas Cooperative Extension and Potter County Commissioners Court. The new county Extension faculty will soon join co-worker Cheryl Brewer, family and consumer science agent.
Extension will have a full slate of education professionals in Potter County by Nov. 1, said the district directors for programs, Donna Brauchi and Bob Robinson.
"We're fortunate that our vacancies in Potter County were short term," Robinson said. "All of the positions are being filled by top people, two of whom are veteran Extension education professionals, and the other is well versed in youth enrichment and agriculture."
The new agricultural agent will be Leon Church, who will be transferring from Donley County. He fills the position recently vacated with the retirement of Jim Allison.
Two 4-H and youth development agents were also named. Sue Church will also transfer from Donley County, where she served as the family and consumer science agent. Kyle Barnett of Dalhart also joins the county's 4-H team. He was youth director with the Central United Methodist Church in Dalhart.
The new 4-H agents will work closely with Extension's Panhandle region 4-H specialist, Angela Burkham, to design innovative programs focused on the needs of urban youth while retaining many of the traditional efforts for which 4-H is known. They will be filling positions held most recently by Marcel Fischbacher and Kinann Sage.
Before his appointment in Donley County in late 1996, Leon Church held similar positions with the Washington State Cooperative Extension Service. He also served on the faculty first at University of Idaho and later at Washington State University. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees in agricultural education at the University of Idaho.
Dr. Chester Fehlis, deputy director for Texas Cooperative Extension, recently named Leon Church among 54 county agents statewide who have attained premier agent ranking within Extension's newly created professional career track system.
Sue Church has been the Donley County agent since 1997. She holds a master of science degree in clothing, textiles and merchandising from Oklahoma State University. She earned a bachelor of science degree in home economics from University of Idaho, graduating cum laude in home economics and business. Before joining Extension, she taught high school home economics with the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Many Farms, AZ. Sue and Leon Church are married and have three grown children.
Barnett holds the bachelor's degree in general agriculture from West Texas A&M University. He is a native of Tulia. In his most recent role with the Dalhart Methodist Church, Barnett managed the entire youth program, coordinating trips, events and activities. He also has experience in agricultural sales and product quality control with several industry service companies.