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January 27, 2017

New MU Extension Specialist in Douglas County
Focuses on Family Financial Education

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — This profile of a University of Missouri Extension specialist is part of an on-going series designed to inform the news media and the general public about the wide range of program expertise that exists among extension specialists in southwest Missouri.

Name/title: John Wood, Family Financial Education Specialist and County Program Director

Started with Extension: December 2016

Headquartered: Douglas County, Ava, Missouri

Education Background: Bachelor's from the College of Human Environmental Sciences from the University of Missouri in Consumer and Family Economics with a concentration in Personal Financial Management; Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri; Master's from the College of Human Environmental Sciences from the University of Missouri in Consumer and Family Economics from the Department of Personal Financial Planning.

Past experience: "I have worked in financial and legal services in various capacities, usually helping individuals and families achieve their financial goals with debt and financial counseling and management, estate planning and asset protection," said Wood.

Job Responsibilities: Work with constituents and colleagues to establish program goals. Develop and provide high quality educational programs. Participate in interdisciplinary teams, committees and task forces. Collect qualitative and quantitative data to evaluate impact of programs and services.

What are some goals you have for the coming year? "Familiarize myself with the community and offer programs about family financial education while continuing to support existing programs," said Wood.

Is there a group you are targeting for your services? Individuals and families

Where are residents of southwest Missouri most likely to see you? Spending time with my children's activities and functions.

Contact Information: John Wood, Family Financial Education Specialist, University of Missouri Extension - Douglas County; P.O. Box 668; Ava, Missouri 65608 417.683.4409; email:

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John Wood

Source: David Burton, (417) 881-8909

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