There’s a new face behind the desk at the Extension Office.
Lisa Schrader is replacing Kay Walter as 4-H secretary, on her own beginning Monday as last Friday was Walter’s last day.
“I’m off to a good start,” Schrader said. “I’m trying not to get too worked up about things.”
She comes with a good deal of experience having worked in human resources as an administrative assistant at Guardian Automotive in Ligonier, and six years as a receptionist. Since then, she has been a stay-at-home mom for her two daughters Abbigail, age seven, and Molly, five.
Schrader’s husband, Bart, a son of Carolyn and the late Delmar Schrader, was very involved in 4-H up to the time of his father’s death and their daughters are both in Mini 4-H.
“They’ve chosen orphan goats (this year),” Schrader said.
Though she was raised on a farm, Schrader did not participate in 4-H as a child.
She grew up in Fort Wayne (Aboite Township) with six sisters having cattle, horses and occasional flocks of ducks and chickens on their farm.
Her grandfather, Dennis Gerlock was the developer of the Franke Park Day Camp in Fort Wayne, a camp for children which taught them about local Native American history and the great outdoors.
Schrader’s father was an immigrant from Yugoslavia in 1951 at the age of 21 or 22.
Schrader graduated last May from Ivy Tech, wanting to be a medical transcriptionist, but found those jobs always required experience, which she couldn’t get without a job.
“When God closes a door, He opens a window,” Schrader said, having seen the advertisement for Walter’s job in the Extension Educator and applying a couple of months ago.
“I’m thankful to everyone here and those who come in,” she said. “They’ve been so helpful and welcoming.”
Though she loves the work so far, she realizes what lies ahead.
“The 4-H Fair will be the true test of my abilities — my patience and sanity!” she said.