NAE4-HA Board Member Spotlights
Meet a few of our board members and find out what they enjoy about our association,
while getting to know them a little better.
Western Senior Region Director of Communications
Home Land-grant University / Organization: Oregon State University
Brief employment / work history: I have served as the 4-H Youth Development and Family Community Health Extension Agent for the Lake County Extension Service since 2006.
What do you enjoy most about your envolvement in NAE4-HA? I have enjoyed growing my professional network, meeting new colleagues in the West and supporting the 4-H youth devlopment profession. I have developed some incredible friendships that I’m truly thankful for while serving in this role.
What is your favorite movie? My favorite movie of all times is “The Game”.
What is your favortie past-time or hobby? I enjoy sharing new experiences with my daughter Morgan, who is 9 years old. We spent the winter at our local ski hill. In the summer, we paddle board, kayak, swim and camp. I’m an avid hiker, backpacker and wannabe world traveler.
What is one of your favorite quotes? “Adventure my hurt you, but monotony will kill you.”
If you were not working with Extension, what would you be doing? My goal for retirement is to be a volunteer zipline or high ropes instructor!
Suzanne Ault Boarts
Northeast Senior Region Director
Home Land-grant University / Organization: Pennsylvania State University
Brief employment / work history: I have worked for the past 19 years with Penn State Extension as the 4-H Educator, also served as a County Extension Director for five years. Prior to my 4-H position, I worked as a County Recreation Director for ten years as the overall administrator for an indoor ice rink, outdoor swimming pool, campground and county recreation programs. In my early years after college, I served as the Southeast March of Dimes Education Coordinator. Responsible for seven southeast states as their education volunteer and staff trainer. Spent one year at the Pittsburgh Pirates as a Media Coordinator (prior to computers!)
What do you enjoy most about your envolvement in NAE4-HA? As a regional director I have been able to get a better understanding of the organization as a whole and the hard work all the officers have put into their efforts to include everyone in the organization. The strategic plan was an intensive project to make sure everyone felt they had a voice in the organization. Together we can continue to improve the communication lines and make each individual member a part of the whole. The efforts of the officers opened my eyes and gave me a greater appreciation for NAE4-HA and the never ending projects that are accomplished.
What’s your favorite movie and television show? “This Is Us” is my favorite television show. It makes me cry every week. “August Rush” is one of my favorite movies. I love movies so it’s hard to pick one. I can always watch a Disney movie!
What is your favortie past-time or hobby? Gardening, I always tell my husband it’s my therapy!
Please share one of your favorite quotes: “I shall pass this way but once; any good that I can do or any kindness I can show, let me do it now. For I may not pass this way again.”
If you were not working with Extension, what would you be doing? I would probably be teaching crafts to children.
Southern Region Senior Director
Home Land-grant University / Organization: Oklahoma State University/Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service
Brief employment / work history: 22 years with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension as an agent (9 years) and 4-H Specialist (13 years). Joined Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service in 2011 as the District Program Specialist—4-H in the Southeast District.
What do you enjoy most about your envolvement in NAE4-HA? I’ve been involved in the Association for 27 years and been engaged in National Committees in the past. However, the past two years on the Board as a Regional Director has really opened my eyes to the complex work our Association does. My favorite thing about being an RD is the state visits and meeting members from other states. It is a great opportunity for me to learn and find things I might be able to bring back to my state (programming ideas) and to the Board. Getting to know the Board has been a great experience as well.
What’s your favorite movie and television show? My favorite movie is Steel Magnolias and my favorite television show is Grey’s Anatomy.
What is your favortie past-time or hobby? Scrapbooking/Card Making and Quilting
Please share one of your favorite quotes: “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”- Maya Angelou
If you were not working with Extension, what would you be doing? I would probably be teaching but I hope one day to work for a travel agency!