WC Extension Office welcomes back Buckman

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By Brandon Mattingly

While they’ll be bringing in a replacement for retired family and consumer sciences agent Kay Kennedy, the Washington County Extension Office will have the benefit of adding a familiar face to their staff.

Cabrina Buckman, who served an internship with the extension office in 2010, is set to take over the position, which Kennedy left in the spring. Buckman was introduced at a reception on Monday, and the 2007 Washington County High School graduate said she can’t wait to get started working in her hometown.

“I’m very excited, because I think Washington County has a lot of potential and there’s a lot of support here,” Buckman said. “I always loved the extension office, because I always saw it as a great resource for the county. I loved doing that internship. Having the opportunity to come home and serve the community is what I really jumped at.”

Buckman graduated from Western Kentucky University in 2011 with a degree in hospitality administration and dietetics with a concentration in nutrition and dietetics. She previously served an internship with the University of Kentucky in 2012, and most recently worked as a dietician in Louisville.

“I think being a dietician will provide a resource to people,” Buckman said. “I just hope to be part of something that’s contributing to the greater good.”

She hadn’t made a decision on a career path when she got to WKU, but Buckman said she knew roughly what field she wanted to go into, and it’s led her back home to Washington County.

“I knew I wanted to be somewhere in the health field, but after I took a few introductory classes it was a gut feeling,” Buckman said. “I went for it, so here I am.”

Finding a way to send local students to get a higher education and return home to put those skills to use has been a major focus of Leadership Washington County in recent years, and Buckman fits that mold.

“Washington County is my home and has my heart, because so much of my family is here and I have so many friends here,” she said. “I see great potential in our community, and we have a wide array of talented people who bring their skills to the county. If more people contribute to that, the possibilities could be endless for Washington County.”

Buckman said her previous stint with the extension office helped her see the side of the organization that she wasn’t exposed to as a 4-H student. Also, she learned a lot about the way Kennedy handled the job, which she hopes to continue.

“She was very strong into the home maker’s,” Buckman said of Kennedy. “I think they do a lot of important work and are a well-respected group. I would definitely like to continue to work with them. But I’d also like to broaden the horizons to include more programs like nutrition and perhaps getting into finance and budgeting.”

While she has a general view of the direction she wants her position to take, Buckman also made it clear that the community has as big of a role in what her job consists of as anything.

“I’m still learning the position and we always look for the community to tell us what they want,” she said. “We welcome community support and for them to interact with us, because we are really a resource for them. It’s based on what their needs and wants are. Basically, everything is open. Communicate with me and I’ll try to provide the service.”

Buckman said the extension office values education and that she intends to earn a masters degree in the near future, possibly in community nutrition.

To contact Buckman, call (859) 336-7741 or stop by the Washington County Extension Office.