Wyoming Extension Honors Educators, Specialist for Exemplary Work

Officials in seven counties win award.

Published on: Nov 20, 2012

A Natrona County University of Wyoming Extension educator has received Extension's most prestigious award, and two others received newer employee and creative excellence honors.

Karla Case, a nutrition and food safety educator, was presented with the Jim DeBree Excellence in Cooperative Extension Award in Laramie earlier this month in Laramie during the Extension's annual training conference.

The award, honoring the retired Extension administrator, is given to those who demonstrate a high level of professional performance and leadership within their program areas and communities.

Nominations noted Case's ability to work well with others, collaboration in creative efforts, and providing innovative and inspiring contributions.

 Jennifer Jacobsen
Jennifer Jacobsen

Case is also the Cent$ible (cq) Nutrition Program coordinator for the county as a registered dietician who joined the UW Extension in 2006.

Vision, finesse and confidence are listed as attributes of Jennifer Jacobsen, who received the organization's Newer Employee Recognition Award.

Jacobsen, a nutrition and food safety educator based in Jackson, serves Lincoln, Sublette, Sweetwater, Teton and Uinta counties.

"She is an example of an outstanding educator and exemplifies enthusiasm, professionalism, creativity and a strong work ethic," her nomination reads.

"She continuously looks for new ways to serve and educate in the western area, and provides successful programming in and outside of Teton County," it continues.

Karla Case
Karla Case

She began her work with Extension in 2009.

Creating and enhancing client websites and delivering creative and impressive projects has enabled website designer and developer Ann Tanaka the Creative Excellence Recognition Award.

Tanaka, in the Office of Communications and Technology in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources in Laramie, was recognized for her commitment to improving Extension's web presence.

"In a very short time, Ann has transformed Extension's web presence from static pages to an interactive experience," her nomination states. "Ann approaches each project with a curiosity to learn something new, persistence to make the current better, and determination to deliver a product that reflects the  desires of her clientele. Her ideas and creative in building and improving websites always exceed my expectations."

Ann Tanaka
Ann Tanaka

She joined the Extension last year.