University of Wyoming Extension News

Teton County associate receives UW Extension’s top secretary award

Gwen Hansen

An office associate described as the backbone of the Teton County UW Extension office has received the Frances Freese Secretary of the Year Award.

Gwen Hansen joined the office in Jackson 16 years ago.

Last year’s recipient, Julie Miner of the Park County office in Powell, made the announcement during Extension Secretary Conference – A Professional Event (ESCAPE) in Wheatland Sept. 19-21.

“She does not like being in the spotlight and often does her work in the background out of the notice and attention of many,” wrote one nominator. “Those in this community who have had the pleasure of working or interacting with her, however, recognize she has been and continues to be the true backbone of our extension office.”

Wrote another, “She makes everyone in our office feel welcome and appreciated. She is the heart of our office, and we would be lost if we did not have her.”

UW Extension has offices in every county and the Wind River Indian Reservation.

The award recognizes extension secretaries for outstanding contributions and accomplishments and is awarded each year during ESCAPE. Freese worked at the Wind River Indian Reservation extension office then moved to the Fremont County office, where she worked for 25 years.