Maddie Allman graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Agriculture in May 2022, majoring in Community Leadership: Community and Extension Education with a double minor in Youth Development and Rural Sociology. After growing up in rural Vinton County, Ohio, Maddie traces her passions back to her Appalachian roots. Maddie currently works for Ohio State University Extension as the Jackson County 4-H Youth Development Extension Educator.
As an undergraduate, Maddie completed an undergraduate research thesis titled, “Utilizing the Community Capitals Framework & Community Network Mapping to Understand the Effects of COVID-19 and Federal Stimulus Bills on Poverty in Vinton County, OH.” Her undergraduate research is one of the first research case studies on community development initiatives in Vinton County, OH and is a base case study for Appalachian community leaders across the region.
After her graduation in May of 2022, Maddie started her journey towards a master’s degree in Agricultural Education, Communication, and Leadership (ACEL) with a specialization in Community & Extension Education at The Ohio State University while working full-time as an Extension professional. One day, she hopes to complete a doctoral program and continue her research on community development and youth development practices in the Appalachian region of the United States.
In her spare time, Maddie enjoys gardening, kayaking, spending every fall Friday, Saturday, and Sunday watching football with her partner Josh, completing improvement projects for their new home, and cooking up delicious meals for her family.