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2011 Mentors

Kari Bachman

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On the way to earning her bachelor's degree in political science, Kari decided she liked people and the outdoors too much to go to law school. She served as a fish culture volunteer with the Peace Corps in the DRC, where she was first introduced to Extension. After a few other adventures in nonformal education settings, she moved to New Mexico, where she obtained her master's degree in Agricultural and Extension Education. Since then, she has racked up 16 years experience working with EFNEP and SNAP-Ed in the state. These two programs utilize paraprofessional educators to teach hands-on nutrition to limited-resource adults and youth.

In addition to coordinating training and evaluation, she has developed a variety of multimedia educational and training materials, including many in Spanish. Kari's interests include experiencing other cultures, learning languages, conducting oral histories, and being physically active.

Thomas J. Dormody

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Dr. Dormody is Professor of Agricultural and Extension Education at New Mexico State University (NMSU). He has taught undergraduate courses in agricultural and technology teacher education, leadership and communications, planning community educational programs, and sustainability. His graduate courses include research methods, advanced leadership, and the diffusion and adoption of agricultural innovations. A firm believer that some of the best teaching occurs between classes, Dr. Dormody has advised many undergraduate and graduate students and participated in student organizations. He has received the Burlington Resources Foundation Faculty Achievement Award for Outstanding University Teaching from NMSU, the Western Region Award for Excellence in College and University Teaching in the Food and Agricultural Sciences from the USDA, the Distinguished Award for Graduate Teaching/Advisement from the NMSU Chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta, and is a NACTA (North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture) Teacher Fellow. Dr. Dormody has researched problems related to secondary agricultural education and technology education programs, contributions of NMSU agricultural science and research centers to the mission, university teaching, and youth leadership development. He has been recognized twice as Author of the Year for the Journal of Agricultural Education and with the E. B. Knight Journal Award from NACTA. He has also received the Western Region American Association for Agricultural Education Distinguished Research Award. Dr. Dormody served as Agricultural and Extension Education Department Head for 14 years. He has provided national-level service to the American Association for Agricultural Education, Alpha Tau Alpha (the national professional honorary agricultural education fraternity), and the National FFA Organization. In New Mexico, Dr. Dormody donates time to FFA and 4-H programs and enjoys spending time with his family. He is an avid runner and outdoorsman. He holds a BS in horticultural science from Oregon State University, a MS in vegetable crops from the University of California at Davis, and a Ph.D. in agricultural and occupational education from Cornell University. He taught agricultural education and advised the FFA chapter at Lodi High School in California from 1982 to 1987.

Sue Forester-Cox

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Dr. Forster-Cox is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Science. She came to NMSU, after 20+ years of working in non-profit and tribal health and human services programs. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Colombia, South American working with a malaria eradication program and a community clinic. At NMSU she teaches Health Program Planning, Rural Health, Foundations of Public Health Education, and oversees the Field Experience for all students. Online teaching and learning is a particular interest of hers. Her research interests include promoting gardening as a form of physical activity and a means of providing healthful, fresh food sources in tribal/rural communities. She is the Coordinator of the Bachelor of Community Health program, Online MPH program (Interim), and two Peace Corps associated programs for the College: Paul C. Coverdell Fellows/USA and Master's International.

April Ulery

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Dr. April Ulery joined NMSU as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture (now Plant and Environmental Sciences) at the end of 1997 to teach and conduct research in Environmental Soil Chemistry. She was awarded tenure in 2004 and was promoted to Full Professor in 2009. She grew up in San Bernardino, CA and graduated from the University of Redlands with her B.S. in Geology. Then it was on to the University of California, Riverside (UCR) where she majored in Soil Science for her MS and PhD degrees. Dr. Ulery also worked as a research associate at UCR, taught at a local community college, did Post-Doctoral research for the USDA-ARS Salinity Lab and MIT, and worked as an environmental consultant before coming to NMSU. Dr. Ulery has co-authored 35 peer-reviewed journal articles and has co-edited a book of Soil Mineralogical Methods. She teaches several soil and environmental science courses. Dr. Ulery has advised four PhD students and six MS students through their degrees and served on over 25 graduate student committees. Her contributions to teaching and student advising were recognized this year when she received the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences Distinguished Teaching Award and in 2007 when she received the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Award of Merit. She is member of the Soil Science Society of America Board of Directors and has chaired or served on many university, college and department committees. Dr. Ulery established a scholarship in her mother's name (Norma Bellows Ulery) to help support women in Soil and Environmental Sciences. April shares her home with her husband of 25 years, Dave Warren, and their dogs. She can't remember ever being bored with her work and she is always looking for ways to improve her teaching and research.

Stephanie Walker

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Stephanie Walker serves as the Extension Vegetable Specialist in the Department of Extension Plant Sciences at New Mexico State University. She earned her BS degree from NMSU in Biology, specializing in Microbiology. Following completion of her B.S. she worked at the Old El Paso processing facility in Quality Assurance and Research and Development. She earned her MS in Horticulture at NMSU working on the genetics of resistance to chile root rot and foliar blight and completed her PhD. in Agronomy at NMSU in 2007 studying breeding considerations for machine harvest of paprika. Stephanie concentrates on enhancing the sustainability and profitability of vegetable production in New Mexico. She serves on the advisory board for the Chile Pepper Institute and is the Western SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program) Professional Development Coordinator for New Mexico. Stephanie has two children, and has resided in Las Cruces, New Mexico since 1973.