New Extension associate director to develop training and leadership programs

Shannon Horrillo joins the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology & Natural Resources

Headshot of Shannon Horrillo in a park

Horrillo is the associate director of University of Nevada, Reno Extension. Photo by Robert Moore.

New Extension associate director to develop training and leadership programs

Shannon Horrillo joins the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology & Natural Resources

Horrillo is the associate director of University of Nevada, Reno Extension. Photo by Robert Moore.

Headshot of Shannon Horrillo in a park

Horrillo is the associate director of University of Nevada, Reno Extension. Photo by Robert Moore.

University of Nevada, Reno Extension welcomes Shannon Horrillo to their staff as associate director.

Horrillo, along with providing primary support to Ivory W. Lyles, the director of Extension, will develop training and leadership programs for new faculty and be the primary communication link between faculty and the community. She will also be charged with providing leadership for effective programming and finding new grant and funding opportunities for Extension programs.

“A key component of Horrillo’s responsibilities will also be developing an accountability system,” said Lyles. “This is so effective communication of program impact can be achieved for Extension, federal, state and county partners.”

Previously, Horrillo worked as a statewide 4-H director for University of California Extension, where she provided visionary leadership for the implementation and evaluation of the 4-H Youth and Families programming. While there, she was able to double enrollment and bring in additional revenue through grants and gifts to support program expansion. In 2018, she was awarded the California 4-H Association Specialty Award for recognition of youth development professionals.

“Everyone has been very friendly and welcoming here in Nevada, so I’m looking forward to working with both Extension faculty and the community,” said Horrillo. “I’m also excited to provide leadership for new programs and represent Extension at all levels.”

Horrillo plans to use her expertise to strengthen the infrastructure and build capacity of faculty, resulting in high-quality programs with significant impacts on Nevadans.  

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