Virginians are overcoming frustrating group meetings and discovering how to build a discussion process that leads to productive conversations and decision-making. Become one of these agents of change by completing the Strengthening Your Facilitations Skills training!
“Organizations and community leaders want to know how to facilitate discussions that result in clear direction but struggle with where to begin” according Martha Walker, community viability specialist with Virginia Cooperative Extension.
During the Strengthening Your Facilitation Skills training, participants practice newly learned facilitation skills in an experiential setting, observe facilitation challenges, and identify practices that will prepare each person to develop and guide the facilitation process. Those who completed the program reported that after participation, “you will feel more comfortable planning and leading meetings.”
Karen Munden received her Master’s Degree in Merchandising Management with a minor in Marketing from Michigan State University and her Bachelor’s Degree in Home Economics in Business from Virginia State University. She has also received a Housing Counselor Certification through the Virginia Housing Counselors Association and the Virginia ... Read More
Crystal Tyler-Mackey serves as one of four Community Viability Specialists with Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) and is a faculty member in Virginia Tech’s College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Department of Human Development. Dr. Tyler-Mackey joined VCE in September 2004. In her role with Extension, Dr. Tyler-Mackey works ... Read More
Kevin Spurlin has served as Grayson County Extension Agent since 2006. He brings resources from the Commonwealth’s two land grant institutions, Virginia Tech and Virginia State Universities, back to the citizens of Grayson County. His work focuses on supporting agriculture and natural resource-based businesses, assisting landowners, and engaging in ... Read More
Dawn Barnes began her Family and Consumer Science (FCS) career with seven years in the retail arena. During four years of that time, she taught adult education classes for local school systems. Dawn has been with Cooperative Extension since 1988 earning her Senior Agent status in 2005. Currently, she provides ... Read More
Martha A. Walker
Martha A. Walker serves as one of four Community Viability Specialists with Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) and is a faculty member in Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics. Dr. Walker joined VCE in October 2005 after serving for 28 years with ... Read More