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EFNEP celebrates 50 years in Riverside and San Bernardino counties

From left, Connie Costello, Roxana Puentes, Chutima Ganthavorn, Connie Lexion, Christine Davidson, Dalila Lizarraga, Marilynn Ljungberg, Sasha Henderson, Debbie Lopez, Myriam Acevedo and Clara Wilshire.

The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program team that serves Riverside and San Bernardino counties recently hosted a lunch to celebrate the 50th anniversary of EFNEP

Chutima Ganthavorn, UCCE nutrition, family and consumer sciences advisor for Riverside and San Bernardino counties; Christine Davidson, EFNEP program supervisor for Riverside and San Bernardino counties; Dalila Lizarraga, EFNEP community education specialist in San Bernardino County; Marilynn Ljungberg, EFNEP community education specialist San Bernardino County; Sasha Henderson, EFNEP community education specialist San Bernardino County, Myriam Acevedo, EFNEP community education specialist in Riverside County, Clara Wilshire, EFNEP community education specialist in San Bernardino County; and Roxana Puentes, EFNEP community education specialist in San Bernardino County, participated.

The EFNEP team was joined by Dee Denton, Master Food Preserver coordinator, and Maggie O'Neill, Master Gardener coordinator in San Bernardino County. EFNEP retirees Connie Lexion, Connie Costello and Debbie Lopez also attended.

Lexion (formerly Connie Garrett) was a nutrition, family and consumer sciences advisor from 1970 to 2006. Lexion keeps in touch with many former team members and gave an update on those she met with at a luncheon in April.

Costello started working for UC in 1981 and was part of EFNEP and UC CalFresh from 2012 to 2017 serving as the EFNEP/UC CalFresh Program supervisor in Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

For 15 years, Lopez was part of UCCE, supporting the EFNEP youth program and 4-H from 1971 to 1986.

The group shared stories and talked about how the program has changed over the years.

EFNEP started in 1969 with the goal of addressing concerns about nutrition and physical activity behaviors of low-income families, focusing on families with young children. It has since grown to reach 200,000 adults and 450,000 youth in every state, U.S. territory and the District of Columbia.


Posted on Friday, September 20, 2019 at 12:02 PM
  • Author: Christine Davidson
Tags: EFNEP (2), September 2019 (19)

Names in the News

Car Mun Kok
Kok named 4-H advisor in Mendocino and Lake counties

Car Mun Kok joined UC Cooperative Extension on Jan. 11 as an area 4-H Youth Development advisor in Mendocino and Lake counties. Her research focuses on the influence of family on children and youths' development of healthy dietary behaviors. For her dissertation, she explored the role of parental socialization during family mealtimes on youths' attitudes and behaviors regarding food and eating.

Prior to joining UCCE, Kok had been a graduate research and teaching assistant since 2009 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she worked on various research projects with faculty. These included programs for children and youth in Nebraska in various fields of STEM, healthy living, and positive youth development. Her work included the ‘Eat 4-Health' Healthy Living Workshop, the ‘Grow a Beautiful Space' 4-H Youth Development Program, the ‘Seeing i2i' cultural competence curriculum, and the Big Classroom Day at the Nebraska State Fair. Kok, who is fluent in Malay and Cantonese, also studied nutrition education in childcare settings. With other Cooperative Extension professionals, she developed, implemented and evaluated nutrition education programs for children and developed evidence-based resources for childcare providers.

She earned her B.A. in psychology, M.S. in child, youth, and family studies, and Ph.D. in human sciences from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Kok is based in Lakeport and can be reached at (707) 263-6838 and

Steven Worker
Worker named 4-H advisor in Marin, Napa and Sonoma counties

Steven Worker, the California 4-H Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) coordinator, will become the UCCE area 4-H advisor in Marin, Napa and Sonoma counties on May 2. 

Since 2009, Worker has coordinated statewide professional development, program planning, evaluation, and curriculum development efforts to increase the science, engineering, and technology literacy of California's youth. His work has focused on strengthening 4-H STEM programs using inquiry-based, experiential education in the context of positive youth development.

Worker joined ANR in 2001 as a state 4-H program representative coordinating adolescent leadership, recognition and technology programs. In 2006, he was honored with an Achievement in Service Award from the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents. He has co-authored 4-H curricula, including Junk Drawer Robotics, There's No New Water! and iThrive 3: Leadership, Science and Me!

Worker is a Ph.D. candidate at the UC Davis School of Education, studying youth learning in design-based projects in informal and out-of-school environments. He earned his M.S. in community development from UC Davis, a B.S. in computer science from California Polytechnic State University, and an A.A. in liberal arts from Allan Hancock College.

He can currently be reached in Davis at (530) 750-1341 and After May 2, Worker will be based in Novato and reachable at the same email address.

NIFA recognizes UC EFNEP

UC ANR's Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program was recognized with a Certificate of Appreciation from USDA NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy for being one of two land grant universities out of 76 that submitted the EFNEP five-year plan (July 2015), EFNEP Budget (Nov 2015) and Annual WebNEERs Data (Nov 2015) on time and all three documents accepted without needing revision. The certificate was presented on March 16 at the EFNEP National Conference in Washington, D.C.

“This is a huge accomplishment for our Statewide EFNEP program, EFNEP State Office staff and especially for our UCCE county advisors and staff who helped make it possible by getting the information that we needed to us in time,” said Katie Panarella, associate director of Nutrition, Family and Consumer Sciences Program & Policy.

To show how work at every level ensures the continued success of the EFNEP program, Nutrition, Family and Consumer Science advisors and supervisors who oversee EFNEP were acknowledged on March 30 at UC ANR's EFNEP advisors and supervisors meeting in Davis.



Posted on Monday, April 4, 2016 at 11:14 AM
Tags: Car Mun Kok (2), EFNEP (2), March 2016 (13), Steven Worker (4)

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