ISU Extension and Outreach’s Erpelding receives Distinguished Service Award
Debbie Erpelding, Cherokee County Youth Coordinator with Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach, was recognized with the Distinguished Service Award Nov. 15 at ISU Extension and Outreach’s Annual Youth Fest.
The Distinguished Service Award recognizes staff for their accomplishments, impacts on youth development in the county and embodiment of the ISU Extension and Outreach 4-H mission to empower youth to reach their full potential through youth adult partnerships and research-based experiences.
Mary Tuttle, Cherokee County Program Coordinator with ISU Extension and Outreach, nominated Erpelding for the award, and says that she is more than deserving of the honor.
“Debbie is constantly working on developing new programs for Cherokee County’s youth,” Tuttle said. “Debbie excels with leadership and is not only able to obtain and maintain credibility with our youth, she also makes learning so much fun that youth are not aware of how much they are learning and growing. Parents of youth trust and value Debbie’s knowledge and leadership, and 4-H leaders look to her for answers and guidance. Cherokee County is experiencing a renewed sense of 4-H and youth development, all due to Debbie’s efforts.”
Erpelding has worked for ISU Extension and Outreach a total of eight years. She spent six years working in Buena Vista County and has served in her current role in Cherokee County for two years.