Léhisa de Fornoza, Finney County Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Agent, has resigned from her position at K-State Research and Extension, effective Dec. 19.

De Fornoza, who started her job with county extension in late June 2013, said in a press release that personal reasons motivated her to make the decision to resign.

“I would like to thank you all for the friendship and support you have given to me. I truly appreciate it very much. It has been an honor to work with you and your families,” de Fornoza said.

Before coming to Garden City, De Fornoza spent seven years working for K-State in Wichita, and worked as a nutrition assistant in the Expanded Food and Nutrition Program, and as a program assistant in the K-State Family Nutrition Program

De Fornoza earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education at the University Institute of Professional Improvement in Teaching in Venezuela, and spent several years as a preschool and elementary school teacher there.

Due to her background in education and Garden City’s high Hispanic population, de Fornoza said at the time of her hiring she thought the Garden City extension job opening looked like a good opportunity.

Family and consumer sciences extension agents provide leadership in their communities by developing and delivering educational programming relative to family-related issues including nutrition, food safety, parenting, financial management, health and safety.

De Fornoza’s resignation comes just six weeks after another extension agent, David Coltrain, was fired by the Finney County Extension Council board on Nov. 6.

He had been on the job a little more than a year.