UF/IFAS Extension Lake County leader receives national award
UF/IFAS Extension Agent Brooke Moffis received a Distinguished Service Award from The National Association of County Agricultural Agents (NACAA) during the 2019 Annual Meeting and Professional Improvement Conference.
Each year, the award recognizes excellence in the field of Extension for NACAA members with more than ten years of service. Moffis was one of several honorees who represent the top two percent of the membership selected by their peers and the Director of Extension.
Moffis is the UF/IFAS Extension Lake County residential horticulture agent and Master Gardener coordinator where her educational programs reach over 4,000 residents annually. Her work has extended to Ghana and the Bahamas where she consulted on Master Gardener programs and ornamental horticulture programming.
Moffis was nominated by Libbie Johnson, UF/IFAS Extension agent for Escambia county and Jim Davis, UF/IFAS Extension director for Sumter and Hernando county.
“Any time I call Brooke to help with something she takes initiative and runs with whatever the project may be,” Johnson said. “After reading over her Master Gardener projects and training, I realized how much she deserves recognition. She is an understated person that never seeks the limelight but she has excellent programming that deserves recognition. No matter how busy she is, she finds time to do excellent work. Nothing stops Brooke.”
“Brooke is one of the most experienced Master Gardener coordinators in the state,” Davis said. “She has taken a small program and turned it into a large, successful, nationally recognized program. Brooke has accomplished great work in her career and is highly respected.”
She chairs several FACAA committees and served as the FACAA Central District Director. She presented to her peers both nationally and internationally and won NACAA regional awards for newspaper article, team radio broadcast, and team television segment.
Moffis gives special thanks to UF/IFAS Extension, Lake County Master Gardener Volunteers and staff for their continued support.
UF/IFAS Extension Agents Shawn Steed and Mary Beth Henry also received NACAA Distinguished Service Award alongside Moffis.