Washington Association of Family & Consumer Sciences

The People Centered Sciences

The Washington Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (WAFCS) is a professional organization dedicated to connecting professionals and touching lives. WAFCS is an affiliate of the national organization, the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS).

The mission of the Washington Affiliate is to provide leadership and services to our members, promote advocacy, and develop partnerships and alliances to enable communities, empower individuals, and strengthen families.

The April issue of of the WAFCS News Connection is now available!

The complete article about Margaret’s career can be found from the August 2020 is of WSU Coug Life at: https://news.wsu.edu/2020/08/26/margaret-viebrocks-50-years-wsu-extension-parallels-evolving-roles-women-agriculture/

Congratulations to Dr. Debbie Handy, recently elected to the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences Board of Directors!

Dr. Debbie Handy is the Family and Consumer Sciences teacher educator in the Department of Human Development. She began her career in Wisconsin as a junior and senior high home economics teacher and adviser for Future Homemakers of America. Her love for the content and student interaction led her to new, but related, opportunities after moving to Washington. She completed a Master’s degree in Clothing and Textiles and a Ph. D. in curriculum development and supervision. She assumed leadership roles through professional organizations and on departmental and campus committees. Dr. Handy was selected as the Executive Director for Washington’s affiliate of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America in 2000. She served in this role for 18 years. Dr. Handy values the time she spends with students in class and through student leadership. She stays abreast of classroom issues through active involvement with the family and consumer sciences teachers and teacher educator associations. Her research focuses on providing high quality instructional environments. She has studied school safety; engaged and collaborative learning; bullying; student leadership; and teachers’ roles as FCCLA advisers and collaborators in the learning environment. She is actively engaged in curriculum development and assessment through departmental and university committees. She leads the Washington State efforts to recruit family and consumer sciences professionals through Say Yes to FCS. She has been honored by her students and colleagues for collaboration, teaching, and advising.

Congratuations to the winners of our IFHE World Congress drawing. There were 11 entries to get a $1500 stipend to assist in attending the Congress. Our winners are Dr. Debbie Handy and Margaret Viebrock! Two alternatives were drawn: Roxanne Trees and Karen Bergh.