Extension Development Contact Information
Brian Helms serves as the Director of Stakeholder Relations for the Cooperative Extension Service, and has been with the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service since 1996.
Brian was raised on a dairy and row crop farm in southwest Arkansas and was happy
to follow in the footsteps of his father and brother to join 4-H when he turned 9
years old. He worked as a county extension agent in Union and Howard counties before
coming to the State 4-H Office. He provided statewide leadership to the youth leadership
and citizenship programs. Including serving as Advisor to the State 4-H Officer teams
and conducting Teen Leader Conference. He also provided statewide leadership to 4-H
record books, state 4-H scholarship program, state recognition events and to 4HOnline
the membership and event registration program. Helms is a 1996 graduate of the University
of Arkansas - Fayetteville where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Extension
Education and in 2001 received his Master of Science degree in General Agriculture.
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Verna Waddell serves as the Development Office Administrative Specialist for the Cooperative Extension Service. She previously worked in the Financial Services Department from February 2012 to July 2016. Verna returned back to Extension in March 2017.
Verna was born in Little Rock and grew up in Jacksonville, Arkansas. She attended North Pulaski High School and graduated in 1981. She currently attends ASU-Beebe and is pursuing an Associate’s degree in Accounting and Agriculture. Verna was awarded the 2015 Lynn Russell Endowment Award. Verna married her husband Gerry in May 1982. He was a 4-H club member in the Pleasant Hill Pioneers in Lonoke County. Verna and Gerry have one daughter, Courtney Southerland and husband, Garret who live in Emerson, Arkansas. They have one son, Colton, that will be one in May 2017.
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