Skip to main content

Florida Association of Extension 4-H Agents

Florida Association of Extension 4-H Agents


The Florida Association of Extension 4-H Agents is a professional association committed to developing its members to the highest standards in the youth development profession and serving as a voice for 4-H agents in Florida.  

FAE4-HA Membership


$240 New LIFE Member (Retired)
$140 Annual Membership Renewal Fee* (includes membership for NAE4-HYDP)
$100 New Membership for First-Time Members (includes membership for NAE4-HYDP)
$125 Affiliate 
Supporter/former agent/other professional Ineligible to vote or hold office.
$50 Student Membership

$170 after 11/2

Make checks payable to FAE4HA, Inc.

Send payment & form to:  

Laura E. Valencia
FAE4-HA Treasurer
UF/IFAS Extension Osceola County
1921 Kissimmee Valley Lane
Kissimmee, FL 34744

Members will not be eligible for awards or to hold an office within
FAE4-HA if payments are received after November 1st.

Credit Card Payment

A $5 convenience fee is added to your dues for credit card use.

FAE4-HA Membership Dues

Professional Development

Youth Development Institute
January 15, 2020 (Virtual IST, UF/IFAS - PDEC)

Joint Council of Extension Professionals - Extension Leadership Conference
February 12-13, 2020 (San Antonio, TX)

Joint Council of Extension Professionals - Public Issues Leadership Development Conference
April 5-8, 2020 (Arlington, VA)

Extension Professional Associations of Florida (EPAF) Annual Meeting
August 31 - September 3, 2019 (Panama City, FL)

4-H Volunteer Conference of Southern States (4HVCOSS)
September 24-27, 2020 (Eatonton, GA)

National Association of 4-H Youth Development Professionals (NAE4-HYDP) Annual Conference
October 19 - 22, 2020 (Boise, ID)

Professional Awards

Follow all guidelines and submission instructions to avoid disqualification. 

You must be a current paid member of both FAE4-HA and NAE4-HA to apply for all awards.

New & Renewing Members - Must pay dues by November 1, 2019.

FAE4-HA Membership Awards & Scholarships (Co-Chairs: Laura Cash & Kalan Taylor)

Due June 1st to State President

FAE4-HA State Awards

Due March 1st

Upload submissions as a PDF in the correct award file:

FAE4-HA state awards are recognized on the state level only and do not advance to regional or national competition. 

FAE4-HA State Awards Application & Guidelines

  • Young Professional Award-nominated, 2-4 years of service
  • Literature Award - up to 5 presented
  • Search for Program Excellence - up to 5 presented
  • Friend of 4-H
  • Outstanding Specialist

2020 NAE4-HA Awards

View the 2020 NAE4-HA Awards

Due March 1st via NAE4-HA online submission portal:

Judged on the state level with winners progressing to Southern Region and National levels.

Communicator Awards 

Criteria & Score Sheets

  • Educational Package
  • Educational Piece
  • Exhibit/Display
  • Feature Story
  • Media Presentation
  • News Story
  • Periodical Publication 
  • Personal Column
  • Promotional Package 
  • Promotional Piece 
  • Published Photo
  • Radio Program
  • Video Program

Specialty Awards 

Criteria & Score Sheets

  • 4-H Military Partnership Award
  • Beyond Youth Leadership Award
  • Diversity Award
  • Educational Technology Award
  • Excellence in 4-H Club Support Award
  • Excellence in Teamwork Award
  • Excellence in Camping Award
  • Excellence in Natural Resources/Environmental Education Award
  • Greg Yost Memorial Youth in Leadership Award
  • World Citizenship in 4-H Youth Development Award
  • Search for Excellence in Teen Programming Award
  • Interactive 4-H Educational Web Site Award
  • Denise Miller National 4-H Innovator Award
  • Excellence in Urban 4-H Programming Award
  • Excellence in Animal Science Programming Award
  • Excellence in Global Citizenship Programming
  • Excellence in Communications & Expressive Arts Award
  • Excellence in Healthy Living Programming Award
  • Excellence in 4-H Volunteerism
  • Excellence in Geospatial Programs Award
  • Life Member Award
  • First Time Attendee Scholarship

Service Awards

Criteria & Score Sheets

  • ASA - member for 2 years prior to current, 3 - 7 years of service
  • DSA - member for 2 years prior to current, 7+ years of service
  • MSA - member for 4 years prior to current, 15+ years of service
  • 25 years - member for 4 years prior to current, excludes military time

The Member Services Committee encourages you to take the time to apply for awards. This is an excellent way to promote yourself within your professional association.

FAE4-HA Officers

President Geralyn Sachs
President-Elect Vanessa Spero
1st Vice-President Kristie Popa
2nd Vice-President Karen Henry
Secretary Prudence Caskey
Treasurer Laura Valencia
Past President Brent Broaddus
President Brent Broaddus
President-Elect Geralyn Sachs
1st Vice-President Vanessa Spero
2nd Vice-President Kristie Popa
Secretary Shaina Spann
Treasurer Laura Valencia
Past President Brian Estevez
President Brian Estevez
President-Elect Brent Broaddus
First Vice-President Geralyn Sachs
Second Vice-President Vanessa Spero
Secretary Shaina Spann
Treasurer Laura Valencia
Past-President Heather Janney
President Heather Janney
President-Elect Brian Estevez
First Vice-President Brent Broaddus
Second Vice-President Geralyn Sachs
Secretary Stefanie Duda
Treasurer Laura Valenciaa
Past-President Matt Benge
President Matt Benge
President-Elect Heather Janney
First Vice-President Brian Estevez
Second Vice-President Brent Broaddus
Secretary Geralyn Sachs
Treasurer  Shane Michael
Past-President Julie Pigott Dillard
President  Julie Pigott Dillard
President-Elect  Matt Benge
First Vice-President  Heather Futch
Second Vice-President Brian Estevez
Secretary Geralyn Sachs
Treasurer  Shane Michael
Past-President Georgene Bender
President Georgene Bender
President-Elect Julie Pigott Dillard
First Vice-President Matt Benge
Second Vice-President Heather Futch
Secretary Lauren Hrnricik
Geralyn Sachs
Treasurer  Shane Michael
Past-President Cindy Higgins
President Cindy Higgins
President-Elect Georgene Bender
First Vice-President Julie Pigott Dillard
Second Vice-President Matt Benge
Secretary Nancy Moores
Treasurer  Shane Michael
Past-President Andy Toelle
President Andy Toelle
President-Elect Cindy Higgins
First Vice-President Georgene Bender
Second Vice-President Julie Pigott Dillard
Secretary Nancy Moores
Treasurer Adam Cletzer
Past-President Heather Kent
President Heather Kent
President-Elect Andy Toelle
First Vice-President Cindy Higgins
Second Vice-President Georgene Bender
Secretary Nicole Walker
Treasurer Adam Cletzer
Past-President Pat Hogue
President Pat Hogue
President-Elect Heather Kent
First Vice-President Andy Toelle
Second Vice-President Cindy Higgins
Secretary Nicole Walker
Treasurer Adam Cletzer
Past-President Debbie Clements
President Debbie Clements
President-Elect Pat Hogue
First Vice-President Heather Kent
Second Vice-President Andy Toelle
Secretary Tracy Tesdall
Treasurer Adam Cletzer
Past-President Christa Carlson-Kirby
President Christa Carlson-Kirby
President-Elect Debbie Clements
First Vice-President Pat Hogue
Second Vice-President Heather Kent
Secretary Tracy Tesdall
Treasurer Sonja Crawford
Past-President Marcus Boston
President Marcus Boston
President-Elect Christa Carlson
First Vice-President Debbie Clements
Second Vice-President Pat Hogue
Secretary Debbie Nistler
Treasurer Sonja Crawford
Past-President Yolanda Goode
President Yolanda Goode
President-Elect Marcus Boston
First Vice-President Christa Carlson
Second Vice-President Debbie Clements
Secretary Debbie Nistler
Treasurer Lynn Michaels
Past-President Martha Maddox
President Martha Maddox
President-Elect Yolanda Goode
First Vice-President Marcus Boston
Second Vice-President Christa Carlson
Secretary Cindy Higgins
Treasurer Lynn Michaels
Past-President Suzanne Wilson
President Suzanne Wilson
President-Elect Martha Maddox
First Vice-President Yolanda Goode
Second Vice-President Marcus Boston
Secretary Cindy Higgins
Treasurer Lynn Michaels
Past-President Lori Wiggins
President Lori Wiggins
President-Elect Suzanne Wilson
First Vice-President Martha Maddox
Second Vice-President Yolanda Goode
Secretary Tracy Tesdall
Treasurer Lynn Michaels
Past-President John Lilly
President Kathy Leigh-Wojcik, 
John Lilly
President-Elect John Lilly,
Lori Wiggins
First Vice-President Lori Wiggins,
Suzanne Wilson
Second Vice-President Suzanne Wilson,
Martha Maddox
Secretary Tracy Tesdall
Treasurer Debbie Clements
President Cindy Higgins
President-Elect Kathy Leigh-Wojcik
Vice-President John Lilly
Secretary Judy Butterfield
Treasurer Debbie Clements
Past-President Dot Welch

Constitution and By-Laws


This organization shall be known as the Florida Association of Extension 4-H Agents.


Section 1: The primary purpose is to promote the Extension 4-H profession and programs.

Section 2: The objectives are as follows:

  • To advance the professional status of Extension personnel involved in 4-H youth programs.
  • To encourage professional improvement of all its members.
  • To increase interest in Extension 4-H youth development work as a career.
  • To provide a medium for exchange of needs, ideas, methods and techniques.
  • To promote understanding and cooperation among all Extension workers.


Section 1: Any professional Extension employee working with 4-H programs is eligible for membership and may become an active member of the Association upon payment of annual membership dues. Membership in the Association is available without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, sex or age. The Regional Specialized 4-H Agents shall hold membership and voting rights as do the other on campus staff and faculty.

Section 2: Any new Florida professional Extension employee working with 4-H will be offered free state membership for a period of one year following employment.

Section 3: Any retired member shall be eligible for life membership. Life membership consists of all rights and privileges of membership in the FAE4-HA except the right to vote or hold office including the right to vote or hold office. (amended January 2015)

Section 4: Honorary membership shall be extended to those persons as determined by the Board of Directors. Nomination for honorary membership shall be presented by the Awards Committee. Honorary membership consists of all rights and privileges of membership in the FAE4-HA except the right to vote or hold office.

Section 5: A student who is currently enrolled as a college student is eligible for membership into the Association upon payment of annual membership dues.

Section 6: State dues will be set by the Executive Committee with approval of the membership.



Section 1: The Board of Directors shall be the governing body of the Association.

The Board of Directors shall consist of the Executive Committee and fourteen (14) elected non-officer member Directors, one from each of the 13 Extension 4-H Districts, and one from the State 4-H Office.

Section 2: The officers of the Association shall be: President, President-Elect, 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer.

Section 3: The Executive Committee shall consist of the President, President-Elect, 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Immediate Past President.

Section 4: In the event the office of President is vacated, the President-Elect will serve the remainder of the term of the President. Vacancies in the offices of President-elect,

1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer or Directors shall be filled by appointment by the President for the remainder of the term of office, subject to the approval of the Board of Directors.

Section 5: The officers will assume their duties upon adjournment of the annual meeting at which they are elected.  The secretary and treasurer positions are two-year terms.  The secretary shall be elected in odd years and the treasurer in even years.


Section 1: The duties of the Executive Committee are to formulate policy and transact business of the Association.


Section 1: The President shall preside at all meetings of the Association and Board of Directors. The President shall appoint all standing committees with the approval of the Board of Directors, and is empowered to appoint, when needed, special committees that are not specifically provided for herein. He/she may serve as ex-officio member of all committees with the exception of the Nominating Committee.

Section 2: The President-Elect shall be responsible for the program of work of committees, coordinate the delegation Attending the National meeting or appoint an alternate coordinator with the President's approval, serve as ex-officio member of all standing committees, and preside at the meeting in the absence of the President. The

President-elect shall assume the office of the President the year following the annual meeting when elected.

Section 3: The 1st Vice-President shall be responsible for membership notices of dues and fees payable to the Treasurer, and shall assume any other duty that may be assigned by the President. The 2nd Vice President will assist in duties of membership as assigned by the 1st Vice President, in addition to any other duties assigned by the President. Upon completion of a one year term, the 2nd Vice President shall assume the duties of the 1st Vice President.

Section 4: The Secretary shall give notice of all meetings of the association to the membership and shall record and keep minutes of such meetings. Following each meeting, the Secretary shall be custodian of all official correspondence of the organization. It is the responsibility of the Secretary to provide the President with a list of postponed or tabled motions and unfinished business in advance of each meeting so that it may be included in the agenda.

Section 5: The Treasurer shall be custodian of the Association's funds, shall receive and disburse them when authorized to do so, and will be responsible for the statement of the Association's finances at each meeting and submit the books for audit at the annual meetings. The Treasurer will send invoices for dues to all eligible persons prior to the annual meeting and collect membership dues.

Section 6: The Immediate Past President shall serve as Chairman of the Nominating Committee and as Historian.


Section 1: Elections of Officers and Directors shall be held prior to and announced at the annual meeting of FAE4-HA. Ballots shall be prepared by the Nominating

Committee and mailed to the membership at least 30 days prior to the annual meeting.

Section 2: The Nominating Committee shall solicit at least two names for each office and formulate a slate of officers and Directors for consideration by the membership.

Section 3: The Nominating Committee shall be Chaired by the Past President and its membership made up of one representative from each Extension Administrative District elected at the annual meeting of FAE4-HA.


Section 1: Directors shall serve a two year term. Directors from even numbered 4-H districts will be elected in the even years; and directors from the odd numbered 4-H

Districts will be elected in the odd years.

Section 2: Directors shall be elected by ballot voting by Association members of their Districts.


Section 1: Duties of the directors other than those associated with serving on the governing board may vary from year to year depending on the program emphasis and responsibilities assigned by the President.

Section 2: The Directors shall divide responsibilities, conduct district meetings, serve as members of Membership Committee, attend Board Meetings, and encourage membership in the Association.


Section 1: Committees and their nature and extent of their duties shall be such as the Board of Directors deems necessary to further the purpose of the Association.  Standing Committees shall be either National, those dealing with relations of NAE4-HA committee work, or State, those created to further the purpose of FAE4-HA.The general membership shall serve on standing committees based on their interests where possible. The President shall appoint all committee chairs and members. The President-elect shall appoint all committee vice chairs, who will rotate in to the committee chair roles the following year.

Section 2: Special or ad hoc committees shall be appointed by the President as needed to perform specific tasks, and shall be dissolved upon completion of their tasks.

Section 3: All standing committees shall assume their duties upon appointment by the President following the Annual Membership meeting.

Section 4: A committee vice-chairman will be appointed by the President-Elect who will assume the position of committee chairman the following year, except for those determined by office.

Section 5: Standing committee reports will be given at the Annual Meeting.

Section 6: Standing Committees of FAE4-HA are as follows:

  • Programs
  • Membership
  • Member Services
  • Special Awards
  • Communicator Awards
  • Service Awards (25 year, ASA, DSA, MSA)
  • Professional Development
  • Audit
  • Diversity
  • Public Relations
  • Agenteer
  • Policy and Resolutions
  • Nominating
  • Research and Evaluation


Section 1: There shall be an Annual Meeting of the Association as determined by the Executive Committee.

Section 2: Special meetings can be called by the President as requested by the Board of Directors or 50% of the membership. A three week notification to the membership is required for a special meeting.

Section 3: The Board of Directors shall meet at least one time other than the Annual Meeting at a time selected by the President.

Section 4: The Executive Committee can meet any time as requested by the President.


Section 1: A majority (more than 50%) of the membership of any meeting body, including General Membership, Board of Directors, and Executive Committee, must be present to constitute a quorum.


Section 1: The articles of the Constitution may be amended by a two-thirds vote of members present at any annual meeting or special meetings called for that purpose.

Section 2: Notice of proposed changes in the constitution must be sent to the membership thirty days prior to the meeting when such changes shall be voted upon.

Section 3: Any amendment or change in the constitution shall become effective immediately upon passage by the membership.


Section 1: Each member in good standing of the Association present at general membership meetings shall have one vote in all matters coming before the Association.

Section 2: All members of the Board of Directors and Committee Chairs shall have voting privileges at Board meetings.

Section 3: A Quorum must be present at all General Membership, Board of Directors and Executive Committee meetings in order for any items of business, including amendments to the Constitution and By-Laws, coming before the meeting body to be voted on.


Section 1: Roberts Rules of Order will govern the Association in all cases except when they are inconsistent with the constitution of the Association.

Revised and approved August 30, 2011.

Governing Policies oFlorida Association of Extension 4-H Agents 

These policies are written to guide the business of this Association and to ensure the business of the Association runs smoothly and in accordance with the Constitution and By-Laws. 

Officers of FAE4-HA are:  President, President-elect, 1st Vice President (Membership), 2nd Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. 
The Board of Directors is made up of the officers and Chairs of standing Committees, the 14 District Directors and State 4-H Program Leader. 

Standing Committees are: 
Programs, Membership, Member Services, Professional Development, Audit, Public Relations and Information, News and Views, Policy and Resolutions, Research and Evaluation, Nominating and Diversity. 

Sub-committees of Member Services are:  Special Awards, Communicator Awards, and DSA, MSA, ASA, and 25 Years.

All members of the Association can vote in business meetings, however the President can only vote to break a tie.

A quorum of membership must be present in order for association to conduct business – a quorum represents 50% plus one (1) of that meeting body’s membership present.  

Meetings of the Association are held in December and June in conjunction with EPAF Board Meeting.  A Mid-Year Association Meeting is held either in March or April.  A portion of the Mid-Year meeting is set aside for professional development opportunities and for committee meetings.  Professional Development Committee takes the lead in planning the Mid-Year Meeting. (4/01)

FAE4-HA will pay for one representative to attend JCEP and PILD – typically President-elect will attend PILD if President cannot attend.

FAE4-HA will annually sponsor a hole at the 4-H Foundation Golf Tournament in the name of Maude Selph. (12/03) 

FAE4-HA will join the Association of Counties as an Affiliate Member. (2/05) 

Any outstanding bills of the association (committees, travel, etc) must be submitted to the treasurer within 60 days of the expense in order to be reimbursed. (2/05)

President of UF Collegiate 4-H will be invited to join the FAE4-HA Board as an ex-officio member (2/05)

President-elect must have permanent status before running for this office (6/87) Remove the requirement of Permanent Status for eligibility to serve as an officer of FAE4-HA (4/2013)

Members will not be eligible for awards or to hold an office within FAE4-HA if dues are received after November 15.  (12/04)

One year’s free State membership is offered to new members.  

Chairs of Standing Committees are appointed by the President of the Association.  

The 2nd Vice-President will be the organization’s representative on the EPAF board. (4/2013)

 JB/2006, TT2013