Meet the Kenton

County 4-H Staff

Kenton County 4-H Agents:

Mary S. Averbeck; maverbec@uky.edu

Mary S. Averbeck has over 40 years experience in the youth development field.  The last seventeen years Mary has been the Family and Consumer Sciences 4-H Youth Development Agent in Kenton County.  Mary has two bachelor degrees from the University of Cincinnati; one in Early Childhood Education and the other in Family and Consumer Sciences.  Mary received her Master's degree from Northern Kentucky University in Education.  Mary's primary responsibilities in the 4-H program are Family and Consumer Science subjects such as clothing and textiles, food and nutrition, babysitting, and finances.  In addition Mary coordinates science and engineering programs like robotics, energy and In-Touch Science.  She is also now responsible for the horse program.  Mary is the county coordinator for the 4-H Spring Showcase and 4-H Summer Adventure programs.

Denise Donahue; ddonahue@uky.edu

 On November 27, 2006, Denise became our third 4-H Agent for Kenton County after spending five years as a 4-H Program Assistant.  Denise has a Master’s Degree in Integrated studies and a Bachelor of Science in Human Service with an emphasis in education from Northern Kentucky University.  Her primary responsibilities in the Kenton County 4-H Program include 4-H Council Contact, Overnight    4-H camp, Communication Event, Preteen & Teen programs, Cloverbuds, Dog Club program, Shooting Sports and many other life enriching activities.

 Diane Kelley; dkelley@uky.edu   

Diane is a County Extension Agent 4-H Youth Development Education.  Her CES career began in 1989, working in Western KY.  In her current, role Diane leads the livestock, natural resources, client protection and volunteer management, youth financial programs as well as programs in scholarships, horticulture, youth tractor safety, and youth & adult recognition programs.  Diane works extensively with    4-H school programs, afterschool programming and community clubs.  She is responsible for day camp programs including Geology day camp and Birds, Bees & Bugs!  Diane holds degrees from the University of Kentucky.  Her Bachelor of Science degree is in Agricultural Economics and her Master’s degree is in Vocational Education.  She has also completed several post-baccalaureate graduate classes.  She has completed volunteer administration certification and other professional certifications in the areas of natural resources and GIS.   

Diane has more than 25 years of experience in all aspects of a county Cooperative Extension Service Program, having served as all county 4-H program area contacts and also as the contact agent for office operations and budget.  Prior to her career in Cooperative Extension, Diane worked for the UK Chandler Medical Center and UK Libraries.

Diane is committed to the experiential education model and seeks resources year round to provide new educational opportunities for     4-H youth members and adult 4-H volunteers.  Diane has successfully written and received more than $340,000 in grants benefitting county 4-H programs.  Diane has created, written and presented multiple original educational series including:  Planning Pays Off, Dollars for 4-H Scholars, 4-H Science Programs, and KY Culture.  

4-H Assistants:

Lori Clark; lori.clark@uky.edu

Lori Clark has been married for 25 years and has two children. She has spent most of her  life in and around 4-H.  She worked as a secretary for about 10 years at the Kenton County Extension Office before leaving to raise her kids. She worked as a teaching assistant while earning her teaching degree.  Over the years my children have been in 4-H and I have helped out as a leader.  I am now looking forward to working in the schools and throughout Kenton County.

 Celia Bergman; celia.bergman@uky.edu

Celia has been involved with 4-H clubs and activities for 13 years, showing livestock, going to camp, and participating in other various activities.  She graduated from Simon Kenton High School in 2010.  She received her bachelor's degree from Thomas More College.  She is excited to be visiting schools and work with all the Kenton County 4-Her's

4-H Office Assistants:

Mary Cannon; mary.cannon@uky.edu

Mary has been working for Kenton County 4-H since 2010.  She was a 10 year 4-H member in central Ohio and enjoys everything 4-H related!