Bonomi and Tobe to lead Michigan State University Extension children and youth initiatives
Michigan State University Extension announced the appointment of Amy Bonomi, Ph.D., as the director of the MSU Extension Children and Youth Institute (CYI) and Erica Tobe, Ph.D., as associate director.
Michigan State University Extension announced the appointment of Amy Bonomi, Ph.D., as the director of the MSU Extension Children and Youth Institute (CYI) and Erica Tobe, Ph.D., as associate director. They will work closely with Jake DeDecker, Ph.D., who was appointed Michigan 4-H state leader in November of 2018.
Bonomi and Tobe were selected after an intensive, nationwide search to identify the next leader of CYI, the unit focused on MSU Extension’s children and youth programming for ages 0 to 19, including Michigan 4-H. Bonomi will lead a visioning process that will help the organization expand partnerships, build resources, support leadership development, and measure and communicate impacts. Tobe will focus on the day-to-day oversight of educators and specialists, and communicate the impact of their work to stakeholders.
“With this caliber of leadership, I believe we will be able to build a national model for how to create resiliency in communities through youth development,” said Jeff Dwyer, MSU Extension director.
Before accepting this new role, Bonomi was the chair of the MSU Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) in the MSU College of Social Science since 2013. Among her many accolades, she chaired the MSU Sexual Violence Advisory Committee, served as a special advisor to the MSU Office of the Provost on the experiences of faculty and academic staff and founded the Women’s Leadership Institute, a preeminent source for supporting women in their leadership aspirations through evidence-based curricula and networking opportunities. Bonomi also serves as associate editor at the Journal of Women's Health and writes a violence prevention blog for the Huffington Post.
Tobe has a rich history in MSU Extension, having had varying roles with the organization for the past two decades. She began her career as a children, youth and families agent in Branch County before becoming a 4-H agent in Washtenaw County and later a program leader for MSU Extension’s youth and adult financial literacy initiatives. Most recently, she was a specialist with the financial and homeownership education team. In 2013, Bonomi recruited Tobe to the HDFS faculty, and in 2016, she was appointed as the graduate program director for the department. Tobe has also been responsible for leading a team of MSU and community-based staff in an expansion of financial literacy programming for MSU students, a program made possible as a result of a gift from the MSU Federal Credit Union.
“Supporting Michigan’s children and youth is so critically important to our state,” said Dwyer. “I look forward to working with Drs. Bonomi and Tobe as they further elevate our strong programs and expand our impact across the state, nation and globe.”
Bonomi and Tobe will begin their new roles in May.