Resume and Curriculum Vitae Summary
Amy L. Rhodes
2000 Salisbury State University, Salisbury, MD, Degree: Bachelor of Science, Major: Biology
2004 North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, Degree: Master of Science, Major: Horticulture
2000-2001 Biological Science Technician, Grade: GS-404-5, USDA, Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), Snow Hill, MD
2002-2004 Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Horticulture, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
2004-2006 Program Specialist, Grade: GS401-11-1, USDA, Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES) (now called NIFA) Plant Systems Unit, Washington, DC
2006-present Senior Agent, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, University of Maryland Extension, Wicomico County, Salisbury, MD
Interpersonal and Leadership Skills
- Professional verbal and non-verbal communications.
- Dedicated to listening to each individual with an open mind.
- Ability to initiate negotiation and problem solving tactics.
- Logical decision making and prioritizing needs.
- Understanding the necessity of assertiveness and resolution building in difficult times.
- Emphasizes the importance of motivating a team and promoting positivity to increase morale.
- Utilizing an individual’s strengths and capitalizing on their talents.
- Creative and out of the box thinking, with realistic planning methods and goal setting.
- Passion for teaching, guiding, molding, and growing a program or individual to their full potential.
Professional Development Independent Study in areas of Interpersonal and Leadership Skills
- Mindfulness in Everyday Moments
- Stress Reduction and Relaxation Techniques
- Creative Listening and Choosing Words Wisely
- Understanding Why Communication Fails
- Empathy and Thankfulness
- Group Dynamics and Personalities
Youth Development Experience
- Over nine years of professional 4-H youth development experience.
- Three years as a 4-H Club leader.
- Two years as 4-H Camp Director.
- Ten years as a Water Safety Instructor for youth and adults.
- Twelve years as a youth soccer coach.
Understanding the University Dynamics and the Extension Environment
- Nine years of yearly Individual Extension Plan (IEP) and CV development process.
- Knowledgeable of university performance review and evaluation processes.
- Experienced with local, state and federal program reporting systems.
- Demographics, Outreach Efforts, Participation, Impact Statements, Direct and Indirect Teaching Contacts.
- IRB application, grant processing, and budgetary reporting.
- Experienced with conducting needs assessments, program development, grant securement, community partner establishment.
- University travel documentation, reporting and preparation processes.
- Maryland 4-H representative and delegate at PILD.
- University Human Resources Search Committee Chair for a total of five positions.
- Current environment consists of cluster (multi-county) based units lead by Regional Extension Directors.
- Contributing team member for the University Strategic Plan and Plan of Organization.
- Served two years as the 4-H representative for the Faculty and Staff Advisory Committee (FSAC).
Talks, Abstracts, and Professional Papers Presented
- Co-author on two refereed journal article.
- Sixteen invited national presentations
- Eleven contributed talks at a national conference.
- Three contributed poster presentations at national conferences.
- Four contributed talks at regional conferences.
Films, CD’s, Photographs, Power Points, Websites
- Contributed nine photographs to 4-H Robotics Year Round Training Guide, published on-line by National 4-H Council.
- Editor and designer for a Power Point series, UME Volunteer Policy, used statewide by faculty to certify University of Maryland Extension volunteers.
- Author and editor of three websites.
- Editor, co-author, and designer for 17 University documents (10 in volunteer, 1 social media, and 6 in evaluation instruments) available on the Maryland 4-H website.
- Producer of one film, “Join 4-H, Maryland 4-H Youth Development: Making the Best Better, One Child at a Time” posted on-line, used for statewide public relations, and aired on community television.
- Designer for ten marketing and promotional pieces used statewide by staff of the Maryland 4-H Program.
- Co-author for a national curriculum, “4-H Robotics Year Round Training Guide.” Curriculum contains a Getting Started Guide and nine modules. Curriculum totals 368 pages and includes ten PowerPoint presentations with a total of 247 slides. Each module consists of a downloadable PDF lesson plan, PowerPoint and handouts, which are available for download on the National 4-H website.
- Total of $507,824 from twelve solicited grants in the areas of 4-H Life Skills Development and Program Enhancement, Multimedia Arts and Design, and Science and Robotics Literacy.
- Principal investigator for eight and co-investigator on three grants.
- Grant funds acquired for Wicomico County: $61,479
- Grant funds acquired beyond Wicomico County: $443,145
- Total of $47,494 received in solicited funds.
- Total of $53,197 from in-kind donations.
- Total of $344,014 from volunteer services (Independent Sector value of volunteer time)
Fellowships, Prizes and Awards
- Received seven regional, ten state finalist awards from the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents (NAE4-HA) and a recognition of accomplishment as a NAE4-HA Regional Director.
Teaching, Mentoring, and Advising
- The Maryland 4-H Youth Development program, through University of Maryland Extension (UME), is organized under the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources of the University of Maryland. The Maryland 4-H Youth Development Educator is a faculty position that strategically aligns with the three National 4-H Mission Mandates, the four UME Strategic Plan Initiatives, and the long term goals of the UME Impact Teams.
- Assigned to Wicomico County, with primary responsibilities to county citizens, with major program focus in the area of positive youth development.
Major Extension Programs
- Science and Robotics Literacy Program Objectives:
- Build capacity and advocate for effective STEM integration in the community
- Provide STEM professional development.
- Increase the number STEM leaders, both youth and adult, within the 4-H program
- Advocate for pursuit of higher education and careers opportunities in STEM
- Develop partnerships and collaborations within the community that are STEM centric
- Provided 106 presentations instructing 1,981 youth and adults on science and robotics topics.
- Wicomico County 4-H has experienced 27% membership increase, 38% volunteer increase, 27% club growth increase.
- Contributed to the establishment of robotics programs for four additional neighboring counties: Worcester, Talbot, Somerset, and Dorchester. Rhodes held demonstration interest meetings, secured equipment, and trained volunteers.
- Principal investigator for two grants with National 4-H Council and Maryland 4-H resulting in $66,421 grant funds secured for Maryland robotics programming.
- 4-H Robotics Year Round Training Guide is on the 4-H National Council website and has received 15,074 page views and 1,510 downloads from 2011 - 2014.
- Multimedia Arts and Design Program Objectives:
- Develop learning opportunities so participants can develop a comfortable understanding of the various tools used to develop effective digital media.
- Educate participants about portfolio development, higher education opportunities, career potential, and entrepreneurship.
- Expose participants to local businesses/organizations/educational facilities
- Guide participants to create media that reflects messages of positive change, fact based issue awareness, and personal interpretation and reflection for our society and the environment.
- Provided 63 presentations instructing 914 youth and adults on art and design topics.
- National 4-H Council recognized the Wicomico County AYV Project as a lead pilot program, a feature story entitled “Adobe Grant Helps 4-H Youth Get Creative” highlights the success is on their website and features an interview of Rhodes.
- 4-H Artist Honors–Wicomico County 4-Her was awarded top honors having her documentary chosen as the feature film at the National Association of 4-H Agents Conference Film Festival.
- Three 4-Hers traveled to the National 4-H Film Festival in Branson, Missouri in 2011 where they competed and were awarded a second and third place honor under Rhodes’ direction.
- 4-Hers have obtained internships and careers as photographers and graphic designers through direct participation in the ACT program.
- Principal investigator for two grants and co-investigator for one with National 4-H Council and Maryland 4-H resulting in $38,175 grant funds secured for Maryland 4-H programming.
- 4-H Life Skills Development and Program Enhancement Program Objectives:
- Expand 4-H programing through traditional and modern programming, offering safe environments, caring adults, belonging, and inclusivity.
- Provide youth and families with opportunities to develop and master life skills that lead to positive life and career choices.
- Provide youth and families with support systems and mentors which can be found through staff, peers, parents, and adult volunteers associated with their club and the 4-H program.
- Promote the value of community service and selfless acts in regard to thinking locally and globally.
- Provided 17 presentations instructing 334 youth and adults on youth development topics.
- 4-H has established partnerships with local community centers in low income areas and serve those sites with 4-H programming each year.
- 4-H conducts in-school enrichment for all 17 elementary schools in the county.
- Grants funding totaled $38,360 toward county enhancement related programs.
- 100% of Wicomico 4-H community clubs participate in community service projects. Youth develop a stronger sense of community and the selfless giving to others.
Supervision, Management, and Leadership of Others
Supervision and Management, Certified Volunteers – 2006-present
- Rhodes provides mentoring and conducts volunteer training for current volunteers which includes topics on club enhancement, diversity, financial management, charter certification, social interactions, behavior management, and performance.
- 4-H STEM faculty members, which included three Faculty Extension Assistants and an Associate Agent faculty member.
Supervision, Eastern Shore 4-H Camp
- 2007. (41) campers age 8-13, (8) teen leaders age 15-17, and (6) adult volunteers.
- 2008. (27) campers age 8-13, (2) teen leaders age 16, and (6) adult volunteers.
Supervision, AYV Grant Participants
- Maryland Association of Extension 4-H Agents (MAE4-HA), Member. 2006-present
- MAE4-HA Communications Committee, Chair. 2009-2011
- MAE4-HA Executive Board, President Elect. 2011-2013
- MAE4-HA Executive Board, President. 2013-2014
- MAE4-HA Executive Board, Past-President. 2014-2015
- National Association of Extension 4-H Agents (NAE4-HA), Member. 2006-present
- NAE4-HA Communication and Expressive Arts Committee, Member. 2009-2012
- NAE4-HA Communication and Expressive Arts Committee, Co-Chair. 2010-2011
- NAE4-HA Website and Communications Subcommittee, Chair. 2010-2011
- NAE4-HA State Relations Team. Regional Director, Northeast Region. 2013-2015
- National 4-H Council, National 4-H Robotics Committee, Member. 2012-2015
- NAE4-HA Professional Development Committee, Virtual Professional Development Taskforce, Chair. 2015-2016.
- UME Community Resource & Economic Development (CRED) Impact Team. Core Member. 2010-2015
- UME Community Leadership & Civic Engagement (CLCE) Impact Team. Affiliate Member. 2010-2015
- UME 4-H Faculty Extension Assistant Search Committee. Search Chair. 2011
- UME RFP Panel. Impact Team Grant Proposal Selection. Committee Member. 2012-2013
- UME Marketing and Branding Committee. Member. 2012-present
- UME Public Issues Leadership Development (PILD). Delegate. 2013
- UME Faculty Staff Advisory Committee. Member. 2013-2015
- UME 4-H STEM Employee Search Committee. Search Chair. 2013
- 4-H Volunteer Curriculum Committee. Member. 2006-2009
- 4-H Environmental Sciences Curriculum Committee. Member. 2007-2009
- 4-H East Region Committee. Chair. 2007-2010
- 4-H Youth and Adult Leadership Committee. Member. 2009-2011
- Maryland 4-H Robotics Core Team. Member. 2010-2014
- Maryland 4-H Social Media Policy Committee, Member. 2011
- Maryland State Fair. Superintendent. 2010-present
- Maryland 4-H Marketing and Branding Task Force. Member. 2012-present
- Maryland 4-H Evaluation Team. Member. 2012-2014
Proficient Computer and Technology Skills
- Microsoft Office Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher
- Adobe Products: Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator, Acbrobat, Premiere
- Website development and management software: Weebly, Cascade, Drupal
- University Wiki, Qualtics Evaluation Tools,
- 4-H Online Enrollment Database
- University of Maryland Extension Reporting System (UMES)
- Event Management Software: Eventbrite
- YouTube, Social Media Sites and Utilities
- LEGO WeDo Robotics and Software
- LEGO Mindstorm Robotics (NXT and EV3 Platforms) and Software
- Computers, LCD Projectors, Scanners, Printers, Wacom Drawing Tablets, Webcameras, Ipads