Claudene C. Wharton
Term Expires: June 2017
Brief Bio:Claudene is statewide Communications Specialist for Cooperative Extension. Previously, she was Media Relations Officer in the University’s Office of Media Relations for 4 ½ years. From 1999 to 2008, she was Public Information Officer for the Western Area of Cooperative Extension. Claudene was born in Reno, raised in the Chicago area and returned to Reno, where she graduated With Distinction from UNR, earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism. After graduation, she worked as Assistant and then as Director of Community Relations and Development for The Salvation Army in Reno, and then served as Associate Director of the Washoe ARC. In 1996, she completed her Nonprofit Management Certification, and in 1999, she earned her master’s in journalism from UNR. Claudene belongs to Kappa Tau Alpha, the National Honor Society in Journalism and Mass Communications. She has served as Chair of the Human Services Advisory Board in Washoe County, on the Board of The Ridge House, and on the Citizen Advisory Board for Southwest Truckee Meadows. Claudene lives in Reno with her husband (also a UNR alumnus). They have two daughters, both also UNR alumni.