Mark Mains, Ph. D.
Mark Mains is Assistant Director of 4-H Youth Development in the University of Kentucky’s, College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment. Kentucky 4-H provides high-quality educational programming focused on providing youth with opportunities to develop belonging, independence, mastery, and generosity. 4-H programs are conducted in every one of Kentucky’s 120 counties by a staff of over 144 dedicated 4-H professionals.
Mains comes to the board as a life-long 4-H member, extension employee, and University of Kentucky supporter. Mains was a member of the “Captain Clovers” 4-H club growing up in Kenton County where he did a variety of projects and activities but focused on rabbits, horticulture, and photography. He credits his parents, Milton and Cathy, for being instrumental in introducing him to the opportunities that 4-H officers. After completing his Bachelor’s at the University of Kentucky, Mains worked as a 4-H agent in Kenton County for five years before moving to the state role of Extension Specialist for 4-H Youth Development.
As an Extension Specialist, Mains worked with leadership and teen programs. Through his efforts and the support of 4-H agents, Mains created a middle school conference involving 600 youth annually, doubled the numbers of 4-H Teen Conference participants, and made significant efforts to revise the 4-H State Officer election process. Mains is most proud of the many excellent 4-H officers with whom he worked who have gone on to be dedicated 4-H supporters.← Return to Board of Directors main page