Friday, January 18, 2013

Terri Fossett Named New Director of Extension’s Regional FNEP Headquartered in Springfield, Mo.

This profile of a University of Missouri Extension specialist is part of an on-going series designed to inform the news media and the general public about the wide range of program expertise that exists among extension specialists in southwest Missouri.

Name/title: Theresa (Terri) Fossett

Headquartered: Nutrition Program Annex in Springfield, Mo.

Education Background: Graduate of Drury University

Relevant past experience: Seven years as nutrition program associate, 5 years FNEP manager in another extension region

Job Responsibilities: Plan and direct the daily operational activities of the Family Nutrition Program in southwest Missouri. This includes commitment to nutrition education and organizations in the region; hiring, training, coaching, motivation and evaluating of staff; in-service training including nutrition, health, technology, communication and team work.

What are some goals you have for the coming year? “To give quality service to our clients,” said Theresa Fossett.

Is there a group you are targeting for your services? “The goal of FNEP is to assist Missourians with limited resources in achieving lifelong health and fitness. In southwest Missouri, programs for youth and adults provide nutrition, food safety and tasting opportunities that allow participants to learn about healthy food choices and regular physical activity. Partnering with other agencies -- like schools, after-school programs, summer youth programs, WIC, Head Start, county health departments and local food pantries,” said Fossett.

Where are residents of southwest Missouri most likely to see you? “We provide services to 17 counties with 27 nutrition educators and three support staff,” said Fossett.

Contact Information: Terri Fossett , Family Nutrition Education Program Project Director, University of MO Extension, 2160 W Chesterfield Blvd. Suite 200 Springfield Mo 65807


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