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Trnka Joins Cibola County Extension Office

LAS CRUCES - Connie Trnka will bring experience in family and social science research to her new job as Cibola County agent and acting program director for New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service.

Trnka (pronounced TURN-ka) began work as the home economics/4-H agent and acting program director for the office in February.

She came to the county from Minneapolis, where she taught family and social science at the University of Minnesota. She completed course work toward a doctorate and is writing her thesis.

"My specialty is families and health care," she said. "I explored the psychological and social aspects of illness and caregiving on families."

Trnka said she looks forward to working on programs that strengthen families in her new position. "I found while teaching that I preferred working with nontraditional students and enjoyed more hands on work."

Trnka is a native of Traverse City, Mich., where she grew up as a 4-H member. She earned a bachelor's degree in secondary education from Central Michigan University and a master's in family studies from Michigan State University.

Her personal interests parallel many 4-H projects: horseback riding, photography and target shooting.