Terrie James, the new County Extension Agent for the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, has taken the long way around the world to get to Hope.
Terrie James, the new County Extension Agent for the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, has taken the long way around the world to get to Hope. James took over the position of staff chair recently, having been with the UA Extension Service in DeQueen for over 10 years. “I knew the Extension Agent Carla Bought, who was the staff chair in Mena,” James said. “She told to come check out Mena and I did. That was in 2003.” James was born and raised in St. Joseph, Mo., and earned her degree at Missouri Western State University. “My major was recreation and I was commissioned as a second lieutenant in National Guard,” she said. “I met my husband at Fort Gordon, Ga., and then he got stationed near my hometown. We were married in October of 1979.” Before she moved to Mena, she worked in St. Louis, Mo., at one of the hospitals there and got a master's degree in Gerentology. In Mena, she worked in clinical assessment and then moved to DeQueen in 2003. “I have lived in California where my husband was working for a jet propulsion laboratory and I was a reserve officer,” James said. “Before that, we lived in Arizona, where my husband was in the U. S. Army. He had a micro-biology degree and went into communications.” Before living in California, James and her husband lived at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and spent time in Ishmar, Turkey, where she was the recreation director at the Military Youth Services on post. “We visited the seven churches of Turkey, which is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World,” she said. “My husband was assigned to the NATO Command where he served with all branches of service and international troops. I was in the Guard for eight years, before I left. “I love to learn, and I'm always learning with this job,” James said. “We teach about nutrition, finances, health and aging, and family life. We offer a 10-hour course of face-to-face certified child-care programming. The registering agency is TAPP and 15 hours a year are required in Community Development.” James also works with the 4-H Club program. “October is National 4-H Month,” she said. “We want 4-H members to start compiling their record books. That's a real-life skill and compiling the record book will help when they go to fill out scholarship applications in the future. Leadership and community service on their record book will help them learn and it's all about learning and having fun while you're learning.”