FARGO, North Dakota — Julie Garden-Robinson was elected the president-elect for the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences during the organization's annual meeting that took place in early November.

Garden-Robinson currently works within North Dakota State University Extension as a food and nutrition specialist and professor of health, nutrition and exercise sciences.

She graduated with a degree in dietetics at North Dakota State University. She later earned her masters degree in the area of food science and a doctorate degree in the area of cereal chemistry and food technology. Though she did not have a set path after she received her bachelor's degree, she is happy where unmarked territory led her.

“I discovered Extension along the way and discovered that that was my true mission. It gave me an opportunity to use all of my background and also be creative,” Garden-Robinson said.

Through her role within North Dakota State University Extension, Garden-Robinson completes an array of tasks. From writing a weekly column, coordinating statewide education in the topic of food and food safety, working with others to promote food safety and food preservation, she remains extremely busy. She has been a part of North Dakota State University Extension since 1997.

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The National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences is a nationwide network of extension agents and specialists who work in community settings in the areas of food, food and nutrition, food safety, disaster education, family sciences and more. The organization focuses on professional development for the 1,800 members, providing leadership opportunities and the sharing of resources. There is an annual national conference that members can attend as well as online webinars to stay connected and informed.

“I really like learning about how other states do Extension. I look forward to learning about how we as an Extension network can become better known for the education that we bring to communities,” Garden-Robinson said.

Garden-Robinson has become a steadfast voice in nutrition and health at North Dakota State University. Her colleagues, peers, students and fellow faculty are proud to see her flourish and share her knowledge on a national scale.

“NDSU Extension is proud of Julie and excited to see her future vision and leadership of NEAFCS,” said Carrie Johnson, interim assistant director, family and community wellness. “She is a dedicated professional who strives to move the profession of family and consumer sciences forward.”

Garden-Robinson will assume the position as president of the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences at the next annual meeting, which will be held next fall.