After Susan Harrell retired with 30 years of service with Cooperative Extension, she and her husband moved to Fernandina Beach, Fla. In supporting her long-time friend and fellow Extension worker for the Outstanding Alumni Award, Kathy Wages (BSHE ’71, Home Economics and Art) says, “She could have decided to keep her toes in the sand and let the ocean breeze blow her hair every day. She did not.”
Instead, Harrell accepted a request that she work with the Georgia Family Connection Partnership in Southeast Georgia.
Since 2005, Harrell has worked as a community facilitator for five counties, providing help in strategic planning, annual planning, evaluation and fiscal operations; working with the Valdosta State University School of Social Work intern program in placing eight students with Family Connection programs; hosting a Family Connection support team planning retreat; and assisting as an instructor for Family Connection training meetings.
Harrell’s resume begins with her work in 1973 as Extension coordinator and agent in Fayette and Rockdale counties, extends through her final Extension position as District Head for North Georgia, from which she retired in 2001, and includes her post-retirement activities both with Cooperative Extension and Family Connection. She has served in numerous leadership roles, taken on many special assignments, and has participated in every level of professional development at the county, state and national level. In addition, she has worked with charitable organizations, such as the American Cancer Society, the Smoke Rise Baptist Church Katrina Rebuild Project in Biloxi, Miss., and worked with Partners of Americas in Recife, Brazil, teaching students, parents and teachers the benefits of small gardens and good nutrition.
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