The 2020 AAFCS- TX Annual State Conference Speaker Line Up Announced:
Education, experiences, and passion have a defining effect on one’s approach to their personal and professional goals. Born to a ranching family that has a focus on sustainable agricultural, Jennifer was very actively engaged in 4-H, school and community activities. Through the years, she learned the importance of agricultural advocacy while developing a passion for increasing access to health resources.
While completing her undergraduate and graduate degrees, she found her calling of Family and Consumer Sciences. While working for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Jennifer helped develop and implement programs focused on experiential learning for youth and adults. After four years, she transitioned to the Texas Department of Agriculture where she led the implementation of the Summer Meal Programs, youth and community engagement initiatives, stakeholder committees, grants, Disaster Response and USDA Pilot Programs.
Jennifer leads Marketing and Outreach efforts for Hill Country Memorial, a health care system focused on education and care beyond the hospital.
Hannah Kesterson, MS, RDN, LD, serves the Texas Beef Council (TBC) as nutrition and health coordinator. She started working with TBC in 2019 after completing a dietetic internship to become a Registered Dietitian.
From a young age, Hannah had an interest in agriculture, health, and nutrition. She pursed higher education in these fields with a desire to play an interdisciplinary role in her future career. Hannah has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, as well as M.S. degrees in animal science/meat science and food science & human nutrition from Colorado State University (CSU). As a graduate research assistant at CSU, she was involved in leading and assisting with a variety of research projects in areas ranging from nutrient composition to food safety to meat quality.
Hannah is passionate about the intersection of the fields of agriculture and human nutrition. Her role with TBC allows her to facilitate communication and hands-on experiences to increase knowledge about beef, from production practices to nutritional value. She provides education to health professionals and other audiences to promote a greater understanding of beef’s role in a healthy, balanced, and sustainable dietary pattern.
Robert VanDyke, CFCS;
AAFCS Director-at-Large, 2019-2022
Robert Van Dyke, CFCS, feel in love with FCS when he took an exploration course in middle school. He took all the FCS courses that were offered at his high school and decided to become an FCS teacher.
Robert is working on his Ph.D. in Family and Consumer Sciences Education at Texas Tech University, holds a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences Education with emphasis in Leadership and Culinary Arts from Johnson & Wales University.
Robert taught high school for 5 years and was a co-adviser for the FCCLA chapter, student council sponsor, and CTE building lead. He served as the Colorado FCCLA State Adviser/ Assistant FCS Program Director and helped build community and business partnerships to strengthen the position of FCS in Colorado. Robert is currently the FCS Education Consultant with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and is working on implementing high-quality FCS programs that meet the demands of students and the needs of business and industry.
Robert is active in FCS/ CTE organizations on the local, state, and national level through serving as a Director at Large for the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, President-elect for the National Association of State Administrators of Family and Consumer Sciences, ESEA chair for the North Carolina Affiliate, and the state president of the Colorado Association of Career and Technical Education. In his free time, he loves to cook, bake, read, and spend time with friends and family.
Debbie Wieland, Assistant Director
Career and Technical Education
Division of College, Career, and Military Preparation (CCMP)
Texas Education Agency