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Dr. Liz Felter Recognized as UF/IFAS Extension Mentor of the Year

Dr. Liz Felter, the food systems and ornamental horticulture regional specialized agent for UF/IFAS Extension’s central district, has been awarded the UF/IFAS Extension Mentor of the Year by UF/IFAS Extension at the Extension Professional Association of Florida meeting.

Felter, an Extension veteran and accomplished horticulturalist, serves as a mentor to young Extension professionals across the state. Felter was nominated by Orange County commercial horticulture agent Hannah Wooten, Osceola County commercial horticulture agent Grantly Ricketts and Mid-Florida Research and Education Center science communication specialist Caroline Warwick.

“Almost 5 years into my rewarding and accomplished Extension career, I cannot think of a better mentor- mentee relationship. Liz has been generous making sure that I learn the ropes of working with clientele and with promotion packets. She encourages me to seize opportunities that will be beneficial, and will be honest about things that may not. Liz checks in often, she listens and learns, and she reminds me to “just breathe” when I need it most.” – Hannah Wooten

As part of her award, Felter will receive financial program support and a salary supplement.

“It’s a humbling experience when you win an award after being nominated by your peers,” Felter said. “I’m honored.”

Dr. Liz Felter (far right) teaches students scouting basics in her Integrated Pest Management class in November 2018.

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