Lynette BlackName: Lynette Black

Position: 4-H Youth Development, Wasco County, OSU Extension Service

Hometown: The Dalles

# of years at OSU: 9

Best part of your job: Everything! I love the variety this job affords me. Though there are many events and activities we do yearly (like camps and fair), they are never the same because different challenges and benefits arise each year. I enjoy working with people of all ages from children to senior citizens. People are the spice of life!

Something someone might be surprised to know about you: I was destined to be 4-H Faculty. My life experiences have prepared me for this position by shaping me into a well-rounded person (which, I understand, is better than a well-squared person). My childhood was spent participating and living the 4-H program (9 year 4-H member and daughter, niece and grand-niece of Extension Agents). Question for those who know me – What is my legal name and/or my given name? I don’t “go” by either of them.

Favorite book/movie/album: I love books and would be hard pressed to share a favorite. I enjoy a good story based on history, on psychology, on disasters… I am not a good movie watcher – I’d rather read the book. With that said my favorite movie is Fiddler on the Roof. I like ‘oldies’ songs that have a moral to the story. Harry Chapin was one of my favorite artists.


Jenny_RudolphName: Jenny Ahlers Rudolph

Position: Instructor, Extension Family & Community Health, Columbia County Extension Service Office

Hometown: Southlake, Texas

# of years at OSU: Just celebrated my 10th year with OSU Extension!   I started in February of 2003 as an AmeriCorps Member doing health and safety outreach to migrant farmworkers out of the Washington County Extension Service office.

Best part of your job: I really love that I get to learn new things every day in my job.  I’ve done everything from teaching Spanish-speaking farmworkers how to use a backpack pesticide applicator, to teaching folks how to safely can their own salsa.  I’ve also had some wonderful mentors in Extension that have given me the skills and knowledge I needed to help me grow as a professional.

Something someone might be surprised to know about you: I once leapt from a 40 foot high waterfall in the Amazon rainforest.  The resulting wedgie was truly epic.  What can I say – people do stupid things when they’re 20!

Favorite book/movie/album:

Books: Anything written by or about Jane Austen.

Movies: Sense and Sensibility, Emma, Pride and Prejudice, and (of course) Clueless.

I also love blues and jazz music.