“So far, I’ve really enjoyed getting out in the community and learning the resources that are available,” Fugate remarked. “I like the size of the community. It makes me feel like I have a connection.”
Originally from Liberty, Kentucky in Casey County, Fugate now resides in Somerset with her eighth grade daughter, Lily, and her four year old Bassett Hound, Miss Glitterpants.
Fugate graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a degree in nutrition and later obtained a teaching degree for middle school math from the University of the Cumberlands.
Although this is her first job as an extension agent, Fugate has always had an interest in extension work. She feels her nutrition background and work experience as a dietician will be extremely valuable in her new position.
Fugate hopes to be able to expand her experiences and skills. She is eager to learn more about sewing and other non-nutritional aspects of family science. She is also eager to be of service to the community and is already looking at the needs of the community.
In addition to her Family & Consumer Science responsibilities, Fugate also serves as one of the local Extension Agency’s 4H agents.
“We do quite a bit for elementary and middle school levels in 4H,” Fugate noted. “Hopefully, we can expand to the high school level.”
Fugate is keen about involving local expertise.
“I enjoy collaborating with other places and people,” she remarked. “In a smaller community, it is easier to team up with others and highlight their expertise.” She spoke glowingly of McCreary County groups including the Homemakers’ Club, 4-H Clubs, Sewing Club, and Basket Guild.
Fugate sees McCreary County as a natural fit for her since she enjoys hiking, yoga, cooking (vegetarian), and Bluegrass music.
To obtain more information, ask questions, or just meet Fugate, call the McCreary County Extension Office (located at the McCreary Center of Somerset Community College) at 606-376-2524. Information can also be found on Facebook on the McCreary County Extension Family & Consumer Science page and the McCreary County Extension 4H page.