I began working in the Extension office on July 3, 2006, and give leadership to the Family and Consumer Sciences programs in Clermont County and the Miami Valley Extension Education Research Area (EERA). Using formal and informal needs assessment techniques I work collaboratively with county, regional, state and national extension professionals as well as with local government, agency leaders, and volunteers. The caveat to the preceding statement is "working collaboratively”. This phrase is critical in the development and implementation of relevant, creative and innovative research-based educational programs focused on solving identified needs and issues of an exurban county. My position exists in this county because local stakeholders' value building strong families and communities by supporting research-based programs that address Healthy People, Healthy Finances and Healthy Relationships.