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Beam Hired as San Juan County Extension Home Economist

LAS CRUCES - Lynne Beam has been hired as the home economist for New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service in San Juan County. She will start and support home economics programs for adults and children, including 4-H youth.

Beam comes to NMSU from Oklahoma State University, where she worked for more than 22 years as the Stephens County Extension 4-H youth educator.

"I'm enjoying getting to know the residents of San Juan County," Beam said. "I get ideas from them for developing programming needed in this area."

Beam plans to continue the nutrition education program and the diabetes cooking school in San Juan County. She also hopes to begin a character education program for kids that was popular in Oklahoma.

"It's called Character Critters and it involves puppets teaching character lessons to kids from 5 to 8 years old," Beam said.

An Oklahoma native, Beam earned her bachelor's degree in home economics from Oklahoma State University. She received her master's in human relations from Oklahoma University. She has been a member of the Oklahoma Association of Extension 4-H Agents and the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents for 20 years and has received numerous honors, including the Distinguished Service Award.

She and her husband, Keith, have two children: Kyle, 15 and Jamie, 13.