New agent joins LSU ag office

Published 4:42 am Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Keisha Fletcher is the new Family and Consumer Sciences General Nutrition Agent with the LSU AgCenter in Washington and Tangipahoa parishes.

She received her bachelor of arts degree from the University of Minnesota-Morris in Sociology, a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Phoenix, and a Nutrition Certification from the University of Utah.

Her first job was as a Child Support Enforcement Specialist at the District Attorney of New Orleans Office, where she helped custodial and non-custodial with child support cases. Fletcher has a long history of working with the Louisiana Cooperative Extension System and helping to educate families.

In 2004, she began her professional career with Southern University AgCenter, as an Assistant Parent Educator, and returned in 2007, as a Parent Educator in Washington Parish and surrounding parishes, with the “Parents Preparing for Success Program” — a self-sufficiency program to help new caregivers with life skills, family management, money management and nutrition. She believes her biggest accomplishment is seeing her students in the community, working and using the skills learned from her classes.

In January, Fletcher began working at the LSU AgCenter, as a General Nutrition Agent. Her focus as an agent is to educate the community on health and nutrition, and encourage public health awareness to help reduce chronic illnesses and diseases. She is offering research-based programs, including: Smart Portions — an eight-part weight management program, and Dining with Diabetes — a four-part program to help manage diabetes for pre-diabetes and diabetes patients. These programs charge a fee for supplies.

To continue her dedication to address our communities’ overall health, she is currently making it a priority to meet with stakeholders to learn more about the current needs of the community.

Aside from work, Fletcher enjoys spending time with her family, league bowling, and preparing to bowl her first “300” game.