Helen Idzorek has been selected to the position of Los Alamos Extension Service(LAES) Home Economist for New Mexico State University’s Cooperative Extension Service.
She replaces Paula Roybal Sanchez, who retired last year after serving Extension for more than two decades. Roybal Sanchez was awarded emeritus status from NMSU in recognition of her outstanding service.
Idzorek comes to Los Alamos by way of Alaska where she worked for the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service for nearly ten years. During that time she was a nutrition educator serving low-income families and later became the state coordinator for two federally funded nutrition programs for low-income Alaskans.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of Minnesota Duluth and a master’s degree in ethnography with an emphasis on healthy policy from the University of New Mexico.
Idzorek is thrilled to be back in New Mexico and soaking up some much needed sunshine. Her particular interests in Extension include food preservation; healthful, budget friendly cooking; and improving access to local foods.
In her spare time she enjoys cooking, canoeing, gardening, dancing, reading and spending time outside.
She plans to offer many of the same programs offered previously and also hopes to expand into new topics based on interests in the community. Feel free to stop by the Extension Office to say hello or call or email with program suggestions.