Families & Health

Metheny_Elizabeth Liz Metheny

WVU Extension Agent –
Families and Health, Hardy County

Proper information purposed progressively. While it may be a mouthful to say, it captures what Elizabeth Metheny is doing in her role as a West Virginia University Extension Service Hardy County agent specializing in families and health. She’s using technology to help keep the residents of her county connected to everything that WVU Extension has to offer.

“I always have ideas for new programs, new audiences, and new ways to reach people,” says Metheny.

One of those newer approaches helps a younger generation of women and mothers in a more creative and increasingly relevant way, social media.

By using sites like Facebook, Metheny finds it even easier to connect with young families and answer questions they have with research based educational information. That material is accessible for them 24/7, and can reach even more people through the existing networks within these sites. It’s almost a perfect storm for an ambitious educator.

“I’m extremely passionate about encouraging women to better themselves and their families through education and awareness,” says Metheny. “We are inspiring women to believe in themselves and succeed and WVU Extension helps provide the tools for them to do just that.”

Her efforts in this project have afforded her some national awards. Her work in using social networking to reach young families brought home an award in the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (NEAFCS) Educational Technology Communications (1st place in the Eastern Region) and NEAFCS Social Networking category (1st place Eastern Region, 3rd Nationally).

She received her bachelor’s degree in Family and Consumer Science from Shepherd University and completed her master’s degree in Public Administration with a nonprofit focus at South University in Savannah.

To contact Metheny, email elmetheny@mail.wvu.edu, or call 304-530-0278.