Cathy Brady is well known to those who work with the Penn State Cooperative Extension in Fayette County.
work received recognition during a national convention of the extension service in Indianapolis, Ind., as the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents
with a Distinguished Service Award.
President Betty Wingerter gave Brady the award.
"I was so excited," said Brady, of Uniontown.
"They make you feel special.
I felt very honored to get it."
Brady serves as extension educator, overseeing the youth development/4-H, family and consumer science programs for the Fayette County Cooperative Extension.
The awards booklet for the 2008 Galaxy III conference explained, "Cathy Brady
has provided leadership for 4-H, FCS programs in Fayette County since 1999 as the extension educator.
has strengthened the 4-H/youth development program by starting new 4-H clubs, recruiting and training adult volunteers, increasing leadership opportunities for teens, collaborating with other youth-serving agencies, and establishing new 4-H endowments."
Christy Bartley, Pennsylvania program leader with 4-H development, sent Brady
a letter of congratulations, noting, "Your peers have recognized you for the excellent job you do in providing exceptional programming to the 4-H members and volunteers of Fayette County.
explained a "galaxy' is a combined event of the extension system that happens periodically.
This event, held in September, was the third galaxy, and the first that Brady
Galaxy III included the Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals
, the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals
, the National Association of County Agricultural Agents
, the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents
, and the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences
In addition, as the galaxy members broke into regional meetings, Brady
received a communications award from the Northeastern Region Family and Consumer Sciences for the newsletter she
"It's a seasonal newsletter I do four times a year," said Brady
"I put in a lot of information on nutrition and wellness and information on current issues such as gas and food costs.
I find information to help people."
A look at the fall 2008 newsletter shows articles on moldy food, dust and asthma, tailgate tricks and moving from analog to digital television.
explained the newsletter has a circulation of more than 550 families throughout Fayette County.
noted that anyone who wants on the mailing list can call the extension office at 724-438-0111.
The next newsletter will be published in February.
Brady became involved in the extension after earning an associate's degree in retailing and working in the retail field.
She later earned a bachelor's degree in individual and family studies, with an emphasis on youth, and began working at the Fayette County Cooperative Extension office about 10 years ago.
She is currently enrolled in the youth and family education master's degree program at Penn State University's main campus.
"I love the creativity of the job," said Brady
"I can take the issues of today - whatever they are - and find information to help people.
My favorite part is to educate - not only youths but adults."
began with the extension office when it was located at the Fayette County Courthouse.
As the family and consumer sciences, youth development/4-H extension educator, Brady
is responsible for the planning, implementation and evaluation of family and consumer science programs for adults and youths and 4-H/youth development programs.
collaborates with community organizations, agencies, church groups and community leaders to secure resources and funding for these programs.
recruits and motivates youths and volunteers for county, regional, state and national levels of 4-H programs.
also provides leadership to school enrichment and traditional 4-H programs.
collaborates with other counties to present and develop educational opportunities, such as camps, retreats and fashion revue at the regional and state levels.
collaborates with other programs serving youths to offer 4-H programs in after-school and summer camp settings.
provides leadership to the 16-member Fayette County 4-H Advisory Committee and the seven-member Multi-County Family and Consumer Sciences Advisory Committee
created and organized more than 10 new 4-H clubs that include after-school and community clubs, representing an additional 175 members and 22 adult volunteer leaders.
She is editor of the 4-H Club Connection, Fayette County 4-H Leaders newsletter, Fayette Family Focus newsletters and writes a bi-monthly health and wellness column for the Herald-Standard.
organizes new exhibits activities, shows, displays and entry categories in the Youth Building during the Fayette County Fair, including a Youth Agency Day that began in 2000 with 10 local agencies and in 2008 rose to 22 youth-serving agencies.
In 2003-04, Brady
created and organized the "Eat Smart, Play Hard" educational programs for elementary schools in Fayette, Greene and Washington counties, using materials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's East Smart, Play Hard' program.
Since 2003, the assembly has reached more than 7,000 students, teachers, administrators and parents in 22 schools.
In 2005, Brady
was responsible for the establishment of the Blaney 4-H Endowment
in Fayette County, with proceeds used to support 4-H/youth development programs in Fayette County and the hiring of a 4-H assistant each summer.
In 2007, Brady
partnered with Steps to a Healthier Pennsylvania-Fayette County to create the childcare wellness policy initiative in Fayette County.
The goal is to promote better nutrition and physical activities in childcare sites.
Brady has worked on many Pennsylvania 4-H committees and is a member several local boards, including Community Health Improvement Partners (CHIP) through Uniontown Hospital, Healthy Lifestyles Task Force, Coordinated Health School County, Diabetes Forum, Fayette County Fair Association and is a certified Pennsylvania Quality Assurance System trainer for Pennsylvania Pathways.
has received numerous honors, including a 2005 Achievement in Service Award from the Pennsylvania Extension of 4-H Agents.
is married to Allen Brady, who is retired after a career in community and economic development after working in Fayette, Centre and Indiana counties.
He also is a retired minister who still works when needed.