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UW Extension Administrative Professionals Honored for Dedication, Service

This fall, University of Wyoming Extension administrative professionals in Fremont and Albany Counties earned recognition for their exceptional service and impact.

Awards were presented Sept 15. at UW Extension’s annual administrative training conference in Gillette.

Fremont County office manager named UW Extension Administrative Professional of the Year

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The 2019 recipient of UW Extension’s Bright Future Award has now achieved the organization’s top administrative staff honor, Administrative Professional of the Year.

Fremont County Extension Office Manager Rachel Fisk has been a member of the Fremont County Extension team for almost seven years.

“No matter what has been asked of Rachel, we can always depend on her to consistently tackle the task at hand with pride and determination,” remarks Chance Marshall, a UW Extension educator based in Fremont County.

Her work ethic and unwavering dedication are key to the success of annual extension programs, including Fremont County Farm and Ranch Days, the Lander Valley Garden Expo, Master Gardeners program, and the Fremont County Fair.

Perhaps even more impactful are her contributions to the 4-H program. Fisk’s nimble scheduling and problem-solving skills are crucial to managing enrollment, but her commitment to the program goes well beyond workday hours.

In 2020, Fisk made it her mission to ensure 4-H shooting sports activities remained available to Lander youth, working with extension educators and community members to recruit volunteer leaders, gather new equipment, and secure a practice venue. She also oversaw weekly practices after work and helped facilitate contests.

“She should know that her willingness and dedication makes all our jobs easier and more enjoyable. Her presence is a huge contributor to the success of those around her!” Marshall comments.

Albany County staff member earns UW Extension Bright Future Award

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Sarah Gonzalez

The Bright Future Award recognizes the exceptional work of newer UW Extension administrative professionals. This year’s recipient is Sarah Gonzalez of Albany County.

Albany County Extension staff agree that that their team and office would not be as fun, enjoyable, or positive without Gonzalez’s cheerful smile and willingness to help others.

She maintains a professional and thoughtful attitude toward everyone who calls, emails, and visits the office. “Sarah is someone that you can count on for any type of task that she is given,” comments Brian Sebade, UW Extension agriculture and horticulture educator.

Gonzalez consistently goes above and beyond her assigned job duties, coworkers note. From unloading 4-H trailers to preparing for the county fair and testing recipes for UW Extension’s new high-altitude cookbook, Gonzalez always pitches in.

“Sarah is the type of person that needs to be retained in the Extension System to not only be a leader at her local office, but someone that can be a leader for other administrative assistants across the state,” Sebade concludes.

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