AMARILLO — Donna Brauchi, long-time Extension agent in Gray County, has been appointed the new Extension director for Family and Consumer Sciences in the Panhandle district, effective Aug. 4.
The announcment was made by Dr. Margaret Hale, assistant director for Family and Consumer Sciences, and Dr. Zerle L. Carpenter, director of the Texas Agricultural Extension Service in College Station.
Brauchi will join Dr. Bob Robinson, Extension director for agriculture, to administer district-wide programs for the Panhandle. She succeeds Dr. Martha Couch, who recently became assistant director for 4-H and youth for the Extension Service.
“Donna is an excellent choice for our district. Her contributions as an agent have just been outstanding,” said Robinson.
The new Extension administrator began her professional career as a county agent in home economics in Ochiltree County in 1973, and completed a six- week training assignment before moving to Hemphill County. In 1981, Brauchi assumed the Gray County agent’s position.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in home economics and a master’s degree in home economics education from Texas Tech University. Within the Extension Service, Brauchi has a distinguished leadership record and currently serves as district director of the Texas Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. She holds a regional leadership role as northwest district director of the organization.
Brauchi co-chairs the state writing team for the County 4- H Management Guide. She served as a member of the design team developing the statewide 4- H Consumer Critters Project. She was a member of the curriculum steering committee and writing team that developed the “It’s Up to Me” youth program.
The agent was instrumental in the development of the Gray County Latch Key Program which now provides after-school care for children in six Pampa Elementary schools. Her programming efforts have been recognized through the Texas Extension Specialist’s Association Achievement Award in 4-H in 1996 and in Home Economics in 1991. She was awarded the Texas Agricultural Extension Service Superior Service Award in 1987. Brauchi’s family includes her husband Ronnie and their two sons, Brian and Barry.