Extension educator Cathy Newkirk received a state-level Michigan Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (MEAFCS) Distinguished Service Award and a national-level National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (NEAFCS) Distinguished Service Award at the Galaxy IV Conference in Pittsburgh, Pa., Sept. 19. Cathy has 30 years of experience with Michigan State University Extension. She has held positions of Extension educator and county Extension director at the county level, program leader at the state level and program coordinator at the regional level. Cathy has a strong history of collaboration with organizations and agencies within the counties. Today, Cathy provides educational programming in the areas of disease prevention and management for adults in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. She has served as the co-chair of the Disease Prevention and Management work team. Cathy has also been active in research projects through her work at MSU Extension. She was involved with the I Know MI Numbers: Eat Right, Active Life research project that took place in Genesee and Saginaw counties.