Malvern Daily Record

New Arkansas 4-H Foundation board members ‘bleed some green’

- Special to the MDR

LITTLE ROCK — Three former Arkansas 4-H members have joined the Arkansas 4-H Foundation Board of Directors.

The new board members are Johnny Key, commission­er of Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education for the Department of Education; Dr. Philip E. Ferguson, a pathologis­t with Northwest Arkansas Pathology Associates in Fayettevil­le; and Krista Brimer, a registered nurse in Searcy.

“The Foundation is very pleased to add these exceptiona­l leaders to our board,” Arkansas 4-H Foundation Managing Director John Thomas said. “They exemplify the kind of influence Arkansas 4-H can have in someone’s journey. They all have been involved with 4-H and continue to live out the 4-H pledge to serve with head, heart, hands and health.”

Thomas also noted that the new members “bleed some green” — a reference to the signature green of the 4-H clover emblem.

Growing up, Key was a member of Clark County 4-H and participat­ed in the poultry project. He also was a delegate to Citizenshi­p-washington Focus and attended National 4-H Congress as a youth. Key later served in the Arkansas Senate and the Arkansas House of Representa­tives before joining the Arkansas Department of Education. He will serve a threeyear term on the 4-H Foundation Board.

Ferguson, a doctor with Northwest Arkansas Pathology Associates, grew up in Pope County 4-H and was a 1990 state record book winner in photograph­y. He served a year as Arkansas 4-H president, and in 1993, he was inducted into the Arkansas 4-H Hall of Fame. He will serve a two-year term on the foundation board.

Krista Brimer, a nurse at the Unity Health Outpatient Care Center in Searcy, led the Velvet Ridge 4-H Club from 2008-2021. Her oldest daughter, now a college freshman, was part of the club, and her youngest daughter is a current member. Brimer is also active with Extension Homemakers Clubs, a volunteer

organizati­on with the Cooperativ­e Extension Service. She served as White County’s EHC president from 2011-2013 and then served on the Arkansas Extension Homemakers Council from 2013-2015 as the Delta district director. She’s a member of the Bald Knob Extension Homemakers Club and will serve a three-year term on the foundation board.

The Arkansas 4-H Foundation is a nonprofit organizati­on that supports educationa­l programmin­g for youth through the 4-H program and operations at the C.A. Vines 4-H Center. Arkansas 4-H programmin­g is offered in every county in Arkansas and is an outreach of the Cooperativ­e Extension Service, part of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agricultur­e. It served more than 130,000 youth last year.

To learn more about the Arkansas 4-H Foundation, visit https://arkansas4h­

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