State 4-H Faculty
Hoke Smith Annex
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602
Mandy Burgess Marable serves the State 4-H faculty as Extension Specialist for Curriculum and Staff Development. She joined the State 4-H faculty in 2002. Prior to her appointment as Extension 4-H Specialist, she spent her early career working as a special education coordinator and teacher at Holsenbeck Elementary in Barrow County.
In her role as Extension Specialist, Mandy supports 4-H County Extension Agents by garnering curricula and materials to reach students through 4-H programming. She is also charged with enhancing Georgia 4-H’s long-standing relationship with Georgia’s school systems as we continue to work to be a partner in public education. Mandy coordinates the collective effort of the State 4-H staff to provide staff development for County Extension faculty in the areas of youth development, new agent training, partnerships with public schools, lesson development and curricula implementation, and collaborates with colleagues from around the university, state, and nation to ensure Georgia’s agents have access to the latest staff development materials. Also, Mandy serves as faculty liaison to the State 4-H Advisory committe and 4-H State Afterschool contact.
Mandy is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a Masters in Education and also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mercer University where she graduated with cum laude honors. She had the privilege of growing up in the small community of Washington, Georgia where she was actively involved as a Wilkes County 4-H’er and received the outstanding senior 4-H’er award accompanied by the Mitchell Willingham scholarship. Mandy went on to serve four summers in the Georgia 4-H camping program with two summers in leadership positions. She was recognized as a Honorary Master 4-H’er in 1994.
During her career Mandy has been afforded several recognitions to include Holsenbeck Elementary Teacher of the Year in 2000, Barrow County Superintendent’s Council, Georgia Association of Extension 4-H Agents Outstanding New Agent-State Staff, Georgia Association of Extension 4-H Agents Achievement in Service Award, Distinguished Service Award for Contributions to the National 4-H Cooperative Curriculum System, and she is currently serving as President for Georgia’s Alpha Beta Chapter for Epsilon Sigma Phi.
Mandy is actively involved in her community serving in various leadership roles for Antioch Christian Church, past board member and recording secretary for Extra Special People, Inc., past board member for Georgia 4-H Counselor Alumni, past member of Athens Junior Women’s Club, Parent Volunteer for Friendship Presbyterian Preschool and Colham Ferry Elementary School, and an active Alpha Gamma Delta Alumna.
Mandy is married to Brent W. Marable and shares his passion for Agriculture as he serves as Plant Licensing Manager for the Plant Variety Program for The University of Georgia Research Foundation. The Marable’s reside in Brent’s hometown of Watkinsville and are the proud parents of two very busy boys ages nine and four!