2015-16 Faculty Senate Members > Cooperative Extension
Claudene C. Wharton
Term Expires: May 2017
Brief Bio: Claudene Wharton is the statewide Communications Specialist for University of Nevada Cooperative Extension. Before accepting this position in February 2013, she was Media Relations Officer in the University’s Office of Media Relations for 4 ½ years. From 1999 until 2008, she was Public Information Officer for the Western Area of University of Nevada Cooperative Extension.
Claudene was born in Reno, raised in the Chicago area and returned to Reno in 1982, where she graduated With Distinction from UNR, earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1986. After graduation, Claudene worked as Assistant and then as Director of Community Relations and Development for The Salvation Army in Reno for about seven years, and then served as Associate Director of the Washoe ARC for almost five years. 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, one an alumna and the other currently a student at UNR.