Terri Black is a triple threat as Burke County's family and consumer sciences (FACS) Extension agent. She grew up immersed in agriculture and 4-H, and received an education in child and family development. Through University of Georgia Extension, Black is changing lives.
Black's focus is child health and safety. She initiated a child car seat safety program in Burke County to guarantee families know how to properly use car seats. Along with gaining information, low-income families also receive a car seat when they take the class.
"That really makes me feel like I'm making a difference," she said. "When I teach families how to use the seat correctly, I could be saving a life."
Black also provides county residents with chronic disease prevention programs. During the programs, Black provides residents with proper testing, such as carotid artery scans, in order to know how and why to change their lifestyles. Black works closely with her board of commissioners to provide wellness programming for county employees.
"Without that test, people would never have known the risks they are facing," she said.
Joann Milam, Southeast District director, is sure that Black impacts the lives of Burke County residents through the classes and information that she provides.
"She works so hard and really makes a difference in people's lives," Milam said. "She cares about her clients."
Black began her career in Extension 13 years ago, becoming Burke County's FACS agent in 2007. Her knowledge of the Extension program stems from her childhood. Black showed cattle through 4-H and FFA, and grew up active in agriculture with her family in Watkinsville, Georgia. At a young age, Black dreamed of having an impact on her community. Through UGA Extension, Black's dreams are coming true.
"I started at a young age thinking I could change the world, but I went through a jaded period and realized I couldn't save everyone," she said. "As I get older and gain experience, I appreciate those who say I have made a difference. It's nice to hear."
Interacting with people is a job that Black enjoys. She loves working and getting to know the different people in Burke County and hearing about their experiences.
"Working as an Extension agent is never boring," Black said. "Every day is different. I teach classes and speak with people about anything from nutrition to parenting to food preservation."
Black has been nationally recognized by the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences for her work.
Visit the UGA Extension Burke County website for more information about local programs.
Published March 25, 2015
Terri Cameron Black
Family and Consumer Sciences
"Working as an Extension agent is never boring. Every day is different. I teach classes and speak with people about anything from nutrition to parenting to food preservation."
- Terri Black, Burke County FACS Agent