Carol O’Meara, Colorado State University Cooperative Extension horticulture assistant in the Boulder County office, was recognized with the Meritorious Support Service award from Epsilon Sigma Phi, the professional fraternity for Colorado State Cooperative Extension.
O’Meara answers all calls from the public related to entomology, such as questions about identifying insects and diagnosing insect damage on plants, and provides information about managing pests and the roles of beneficial insects, talks to school groups about the role of insects in the environment and trains county businesses to identify and control dangerous insects on the worksite. She also diagnoses homeowners’ plant diseases and answers the public’s questions about Colorado growing conditions, climate and suitable landscape plants.
O’Meara coordinates arrangements for Master Gardener training workshops and manages volunteer time. She also designs informational displays about Colorado State Cooperative Extension’s horticulture programs.
She serves on statewide Cooperative Extension committees such as the work teams that develop goals and direction for the agency’s horticultural education efforts and pest management education. She serves on the oversight committee for Colorado Master Gardeners and on the committee that coordinates Boulder County volunteers.