Atkinson was involved in the AFR Youth Program as an Oklahoma youth and is familiar with all aspects of the program. She was raised on a cow-calf operation in Osage County and graduated from Cleveland High School, where she showed cattle and was heavily involved in 4-H and FFA.
Atkinson was a member of the Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College Livestock Judging Team and graduated from Oklahoma State University with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural communications. During her time at OSU, Atkinson worked with Sen. Kim David (R-Porter) and with the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at Oklahoma State University Communications and Marketing.
As the Youth Coordinator Atkinson will place and lead youth activities and play an active role in guiding the program as it continues to grow. She currently resides in Stratford with her husband Cole.