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McVaugh To Help Lead 4-H in Doņa Ana County

LAS CRUCES - Tammy McVaugh began work June 3 as Doņa Ana County 4-H agent in home economics with New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service.

In her first week of work, McVaugh helped with county 4-H contests. She hopes to recruit new 4-H members and build on strong parental involvement in the county's 14 4-H clubs.

McVaugh, was active in 4-H growing up in Mimbres, N.M. in Grant County. Her projects included raising pigs, sewing her own clothing, judging livestock and competing in the Favorite Foods and Consumer Decision Making contests.

"4-H helped me develop confidence and leadership skills," McVaugh said. "I'm hoping to help other youth get as much out of 4-H as I did."

McVaugh earned a bachelor's degree in family and child science from NMSU in 1999. She worked as a child care coordinator for the Maternal-Child Health Council in Las Cruces from Nov. 1999 to Feb. 2001.

She and her husband, Colin, recently returned to New Mexico after a year in Seattle, Wash. They have an infant son, Colton.