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Martinez Sees Home Economist Job as Chance To Give Back to Community

LAS CRUCES - Karim A. Martinez will focus on nutrition, food safety, parenting and family programs as Doņa Ana County's new home economist with New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service.

"I really want to be sure what I'm doing is relevant to the community and benefits the most people," Martinez said. She's excited about being able to work in Las Cruces, where she has lived all her life.

"Being able to give back to the community is going to be a wonderful opportunity for me," Martinez said. "I think this is where I'm supposed to be."

Martinez earned bachelor's degrees in sociology and family and consumer sciences from NMSU, with a minor in Spanish. She has a master's in family and consumer sciences, also from NMSU.

Martinez is bilingual.

Martinez worked as a migrant and seasonal farm worker youth specialist for Families and Youth Inc. from 2003 to 2004. She was coordinator of services at the Center for Learning Assistance at NMSU from 2002 to 2003, and was a graduate assistant for the family and consumer sciences department at NMSU from 2000 to 2002.

Martinez was a highest honors graduate from the College of Agriculture and Home Economics and a high honors graduate from the College of Arts and Sciences. She earned the Dean's Award of Excellence and was a Crimson Scholar.

She is a member of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, the National Council on Family Relations and the Golden Key International Honour Society.