FCS Regional Program Leader, East Region
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
Paula Butler serves as the family and consumer sciences program leader for the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service East Region. The AgriLife Extension East Region includes Districts 4 and 5, an area encompassing 44 counties, from Jasper County in the south to Bowie County in the northeastern corner of the state and Anderson County to the west.
Her responsibilities include program planning in the areas of family consumer sciences and 4-H. Paula has been a leader in several East Region program efforts and has served on several program teams, including Dinner Tonight and Sports Nutrition. Most recently, she has been the regional team leader for both the Fuel Up to Play 60 and the Step Up and Scale Down programs. Butler is skilled in developing partnerships to enhance programs for both adult and youth audiences.
Butler received her bachelor’s in home economics from North Texas University in 1981 and her master’s in agriculture, food science and technology from Texas A&M University in 1982. She received her certification as a clinical dietitian from Scott and White Hospital, Temple, and worked as either a clinical dietitian or a consulting dietitian in the Central Texas area until accepting the AgriLife Extension agent appointment for Navarro County in 2004.
Awards include Texas Association of Counties-Iris Stagner Healthy County Wellness Coordinator of the Year, 2013; National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences first place Family Health and Wellness Team Award, 2013; AgriLife Extension Superior Service, first place Food Challenge Team Award, 2010; Texas Association of Extension 4-H Agents, first place Promotional Package Team Award, 2010; Kidz in Motion National Child Passenger Safety Hero Award, 2009; Texas AgriLife Extension Superior Service, Master Wellness Volunteer Team Award, 2008; and the Texas Cooperative Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Programming Excellence Award, 2006.