UW Extension state office associate receives professional of year honor

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Ann Roberson, left, receives the Administrative Professional of the Year Award from last year’s recipient Donna Nelson of Johnson County.

Ann Roberson in the University of Wyoming Extension state office has received the organization’s 2018 Administrative Professional of the Year award.

She was presented the honor Thursday, Sept. 13, during the extension office associates’ professional development conference in Afton.

Roberson of Laramie joined UW Extension in 2010 working in the Wyoming State 4-H Office in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources then accepted the administrative associate’s position in the state extension office in 2014.

Her job is complex, demanding and can be stressful, said Mary Kay Wardlaw, associate director of UW Extension.

“Yet, she is quick to smile, will always give a ‘Yes I can’ response and exemplifies outstanding customer service to educators, specialists, administrators and general public,” said Wardlaw. “She is our rock and keeps us well grounded.”

Nominators also cited her customer service skills, patient demeanor and her willingness to go above and beyond in her responsibilities. She frequently serves on search committees to help hire staff and participates in special events throughout the year.

Wardlaw noted she and fellow associate director Kelly Crane are often out of town as part of their assignments.

“The only way we can be effective in our jobs is by having Ann handling and managing the office on campus,” she said.

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