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Surine Greenway, 2019 Accomplished Under 40

Surine Greenway

32 • Family and consumer sciences extension educator •

University of Idaho • Caldwell

Growing up, Surine Greenway spent most of her time in her family’s feedlot in Caldwell, Idaho. Her mother was a teacher, and her father ran their feedlot. Currently, Greenway spends the majority of her weekends at the same feedlot.

Greenway has a passion for teaching food safety education, including how to correctly process food for preservation. She often uses the term “when we know better, we need to do better.”

Greenway also credits her father as one of the most prominent influences in her life. Although her father passed away several years ago, she still thinks of him fondly.

“My father instilled an importance of work ethic in me,” she says. “He always said that a good and a bad day should be determined on how productive you are, and how you translate that into success.”

Greenway has accomplished many goals in her role as an educator. She is insistent about the need to work with others, and emphasizes the need to invest in larger community outreach.

Twenty years ago, Greenway was just a pre-teen and would spend most of her time at her family’s feedlot. She admits that while she had a lot fewer responsibilities, she still worked hard at school and with her father at the feedlot.

“The next 20 years, I would love to continue to work in my current role and to see changes in the community in which I serve,” she says. “I would love to see those areas blossom, and to see the changes instilled in individuals. I hope to impact their lives in a positive way.”

Throughout her career, Greenway has worked to establish herself as an invested and trusted individual.

“I hope my audiences see me as a source for reliable information and see that I care,” Greenway says. “Also, (my goal is) to instill better food practices to help individuals live a better life.”

In her role, Greenway has worked to recruit both adults and youth to attend health task force meetings in Marsing. The goal was to bring stakeholders to investigate the community as a unit.

Greenway is also bilingual and strives to provide quality educational content in her programs in both English and Spanish.

“I love the diversity in Idaho,” she says. “I just love our communities, and the individuals I work with.”

Patrick Momont, southern district director for the University of Idaho, works with Greenway and acknowledges her leadership skills.

“She quickly stepped up to leadership roles and has collaborated with community organizations and government agencies,” Momont says. “She has successfully expanded adult education in the Treasure Valley in the family consumer sciences area.”

Momont added that Greenway has a passion and dedication to serve underserved communities. He credits her as a strong technical expert in food safety.

“Surine is also Basque and she speaks Spanish as well,” he says. “She works with various underserved audiences and has a strong commitment to reach these communities.”

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