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Friday, April 26, 2013
Karen DeBord of Moneta has been appointed family and human development specialist for Virginia Cooperative Extension. Her position is housed in the Virginia Tech College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.
DeBord will provide extension agents with research-based information about family and human development topics that agents can pass on to members of the communities they serve. DeBord’s research covers topics such as helping children deal with stress and choosing a child care provider.
“My main goal is to raise the capacity of the extension agents in this field working with families across the state,” she said.
DeBord said she wants to provide resources that can be tailored to fit the public’s needs — for example, information specifically for teen parents or military families. DeBord said the agents are eager for this kind of information and that she is excited to provide it.
“I feel like I’m coming home,” DeBord said.
She has spent her entire career working for the organization . She worked in Virginia as a 4-H Extension agent in Wythe County before taking educational leave . She also worked for the group in Missouri and in North Carolina.
A Blacksburg native, DeBord holds a bachelor’s degree and doctorate from Virginia Tech and a master’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University.
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