Hannah Swecker Fincham, a new local West Virginia University families and health extension agent, will split her time between Randolph and Barbour counties.
Fincham previously worked in Monongalia County, serving as its WVU families and health extension agent. She started there in January 2009.
"I am really excited to be back in this region helping others who gave me so much when I was a kid," Fincham said. "I am glad to be back near my family and glad to be able to give back to this community."
The Inter-Mountain photo by Beth Christian Broschart
The West Virginia University Extension Service in Randolph and Barbour counties is expanding. Hannah Swecker Fincham, shown here, will help residents learn by offering programs that address financial literacy, food preservation, food safety and diabetes.
Fincham said she will help advise the county CEOS program and collaborate with groups to provide programming, such as Dining With Diabetes.
"Dining With Diabetes helps those facing this illness learn some tips and recipes for helping control blood sugars," Fincham said. "So much of extension work is building on the concept of learning by doing."
Fincham describes her position as basically the "old home demonstration agent." She said programs she conducts focus on food safety, canning, financial literacy, nutrition and healthy relationships.
"Most of the programming will be in the schools or at community organization meetings," Fincham said. "Our information is up-to-date and from reliable sources, including government sources and the U.S. Department of Agriculture."
She said she has a long history with extension and 4-H in the area.
"My grandmother and mother were both 4-H leaders," Fincham said. "I knew by the seventh grade that I wanted to be an extension agent."
Fincham said she loves the mission and values imparted by 4-H and extension.
"In seventh grade, I was allowed to tag along on a 4-H exchange trip to Nebraska," Fincham said. "We lived with a host family, and I experienced their 4-H program which included large farms. It was the first time I rode a train."
Besides helping out with local 4-H camps and activities, Fincham said she also attended state 4-H camps, Alpha II Camp and Older Members Conference.
"I met my husband at Older Members Conference at Jackson's Mill," Fincham said.
More information about any WVU extension programming is available by calling 304-636-2455 or 304-457-3254, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.