New agents across the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s District 2, headquartered in Lubbock, have been hired and are beginning to work within their respective counties.
“We are always excited when we have new individuals join our team and bring with them a multitude of talents that can build upon our existing educational programs,” said Michael Clawson, AgriLife Extension district administrator, Lubbock.
Ashlyn Aljoe started Nov. 15 as the AgriLife Extension assistant agent for family and community health in Lubbock County.
Aljoe, a native of Academy, earned her bachelor’s degree in health science from West Texas A&M University and is currently completing her master’s degree in healthcare management.
Natalie Snowden, a native of Meridian, Mississippi, started work on Jan. 5 as the family and community health in Floyd County.
Snowden earned her bachelor’s degree in hospitality management at the University of Southern Mississippi. She also earned her teaching certificate from McLenna Community College. Snowden spent the past four years as a teacher with Floydada Collegiate Independent School District.
Heath Johnson started on Jan. 10 as the family and community health agent for Hockley County.
Johnson, a native of Eastland, earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology from Tarleton State University and has worked the past four years for Texas A&M AgriLife Research as a research technician.
Brandon Albus started on Jan. 10 as the agriculture and natural resources agent in Lamb County.
Albus, a native of Azle, grew up in the 4-H system showing pigs and judging livestock, as well as participating in shooting sports, food and nutrition, and apparel projects. He attended South Plains College and Texas Tech University where he earned a degree in agriculture leadership.
Tristyn Galindo started Jan. 10 as the assistant agent for agriculture and natural resources in Hale County.
Galindo, a native of Alpine, recently earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science from West Texas A&M University. He spent the past summer completing an internship with the AgriLife Extension office in Randall County.
This article originally appeared on Lubbock Avalanche-Journal: AgriLife Extension introduces new agents in the South Plains region