The Ohio State University Tuscarawas Extension office is pleased to announce Christine (Chris) Kendle was the recipient of the Marilyn R. Spiegel Excellence in Family and Consumer Science Extension Award at the Ohio State University Extension Annual Conference on December 18, 2019. This distinguished award is one of the highest honors available to a Family and Consumer Science Extension Educator (FCS) in the state of Ohio. Chris was nominated by her colleagues as well as by her director for the exemplary work she has accomplished in her field.
Chris is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Licensed Dietitian in the state of Ohio, is the FCS Educator for Tuscarawas County, and serves as an Area Leader. Chris’s formal Extension career started 12 years ago in November 2007 in the Tuscarawas County Extension office. However, her true Extension career started many years before as a Tuscarawas County 4-H member, Ohio State University Collegiate 4-H member, and dietetic intern in the Holmes County office of OSU Extension.
Chris’s overall programming is broad and diversified, meeting the needs of the community while still being interesting and engaging. Her specialization area is Food, Nutrition, and Wellness. She offers programming for all ages from preschool students to senior citizens and is constantly developing new programs and sharing her existing programs with other Educators. She was one of the first in Ohio to develop a program for electric multi-cookers and now many educators are using her materials and program outline. She has developed a similar program for air fryers.
Chris serves on no fewer than eight county coalitions related to youth and family health and wellness; partnering with the coalitions on programming as well. Family Wellness activities have included financial literacy for adults and children as well as workplace readiness skills. From 2011-2018, she took on the role of Annie’s Project State Co-coordinator with emphasis on family wellness topics related to farm risk management for women. Chris also lends her expertise and is responsible for 4-H programming focused around Family and Consumer Science topics including money management, foods and nutrition, clothing, scrapbooking, childcare and development, genealogy, arts, and home design. A natural outgrowth of these topics from 4-H programming to public programming has followed. She has organized subject matter clinics, worked with advisory committees, and coordinated judging activities for the youth enrolled in Family and Consumer Science projects each year.
Chris had been involved in many statewide teams and curriculum projects. Some of these include: Dining with Diabetes Team, ServSafe® Team, Food Preservation Team, and East Ohio Women in Agriculture Team. She has authored a chapter of curriculum for Occasional Quantity Cooks Certification training, co-authored an iPrep Meal Prepping lesson, and co-authored the Ohio 4-H project book Sports Nutrition: Ready, Set, Go. In 2018, Chris, along with two other educators, took on the role of co-superintendents of the Ohio State Fair Clothing Days. This 3-day event has a lot of moving parts and people to manage.
Chris is a role model for many of our newer Family and Consumer Sciences educators. Her colleagues and mentees all describe her as a mentor who is always willing to help. She shows her love of Ohio State and Extension by not only providing leadership to her fellow FCS colleagues but by also providing cross-program leadership with 4-H. She is an individual who leads with her heart. Her quiet strength is a light to her colleagues.
The Assistant Director of Operations for Extension, Jeff McCutcheon states, “Chris is a quiet, unassuming, rock star who serves her clientele in Tuscarawas County and the state of Ohio in an exemplary fashion.”
Please join us in congratulating Chris Kendle on receiving this outstanding award for her service to Ohio State University Extension.