On Monday, Tammy Steiner officially began her duties as the Extension Educator 4-H Youth Development officer.
Steiner replaced Melanie Brown.
Originally from Riley, Tammy is a Terre Haute South High School graduate.
She earned her Bachelor's degree in agro-business from Purdue University, and a Master's in human resource development from Indiana State University.
Prior to coming to Clay County, she served as the 4-H Youth Development officer for Greene County, a position she had occupied since October 2009.
"It's exactly the same position," she said, "just a different location."
Although she, her husband Darrin, and their 3-year-old twins live in southern Vigo County, joining the Clay County Extension Office will be somewhat of a homecoming for the family.
"My husband is from Clay County," Tammy said. "This gets us closer to home."
Tammy and her family lived in Brazil for a handful of years, however.
"We have a lot of friends and family in this area," she said. "This is a wonderful opportunity."
Her husband, coincidentally, graduated from Clay City High School.
While growing up, Tammy was a 10-year 4-H member in Vigo County.
"I had a lot of great experiences," she said. "I believe 4-H has a tremendous amount of things to offer."
She said she hopes to find new ways to help promote 4-H in Clay County.
"We're looking for opportunities (to promote 4-H)," she said. "We're looking to do after school 4-H Clubs.
"We would like to bring a curriculum to the schools."
She added sign ups for 2012 Clay County 4-H will take place until May 1.
For further information, call 448-9041.