WV Farm Bureau Magazine December 2015 - Page 10

Farm Bureau Adds Three New Staff Members This fall, West Virginia Farm Bureau expanded its staff with three new employees. Michelle Bailey is our new Mobile Agriculture Education Science Lab Coordinator, and Jennifer Kirby is working with Michelle as the Mobile Agriculture Education Science Lab Assistant Coordinator. Tabby Bennett is our new Public Relations Specialist, and will be writing and educating members about Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS) in the state through a grant with the USDA. Michelle Bailey Michelle was born in Buckhannon, West Virginia and raised in Rock Cave, where she currently lives with her husband Mike, who does maintenance for Weyerhauser. They have two sons, Brandon, age 19 and Nathaniel, age 14; and two dogs, Gizmo and Gadget. She earned an Associate’s degree in Applied Science Occupational Development from Pierpont 10 West Virginia Farm Bureau News Community and Technical College in 2013, and a Bachelor’s degree in Family Consumer Sciences with a Child Development Specialization from Fairmont State University in 2015. Before Farm Bureau, Michelle worked in the childcare field with seven years of experience as a teacher assistant at Upshur County Head Start and eight years as an advanced pre-k teacher at the Child Development Center. “I am excited to educate the children in West Virginia about agriculture and how it truly is part of their everyday lives,” said Bailey. “I am eager to build awareness about the Mobile Ag Lab, and help the program grow, so every child has the chance to learn about the importance of agriculture.” Michelle likes to bake cakes, travel, and spend time with her family.