Master Gardener State Advisory Board
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: December 1, 2010
The State Master Gardener Advisory Board is an important body of Master Gardener volunteers who have a strong interest in providing input and advice on the direction of our program to the State Master Gardener program team. Board members serve as ambassadors for the Master Gardener Program whenever possible, and provide valuable communication to their home county and surrounding counties as requested.
Applications are now open for four advisory board member positions from the following geographic locations:
2 members - Metro area
1 member - South of I-94
1 member - North of I-94
The State Advisory Board meets four times a year at the UMN Landscape Arboretum.
New in 2011
is the option for participation via Skype or a similar technology. We hope this option of travel or technology will encourage more Master Gardeners to apply and participate. Members are required to attend a minimum of three meetings per year either in person or via technology. In the case of inclement weather, meetings may be proceed online for all members or be rescheduled.
Board members may count activities associated with their participation on the Board as volunteer hours under the category H. Administrative :#2 Serve on State Advisory Board.
Any active, certified Master Gardener may apply to become a board member. Board members vote on the applicants at the January meeting, and the new members' terms begin in June.
If you would like to apply to be considered for a place on the Board, please send the following:
- A letter stating your interest and qualifications for serving on the Board
- A letter of recommendation from your County program coordinator or volunteer leader.
You may also recommend a fellow Master Gardener for the Board.
Please submit your letters of application to Cindy Borgen, Vice Chair
Master Gardener State Advisory Board
** Please attach letters and include in the subject line MGSAB Application
Cindy Borgen, 36599 Co. 57 Blvd, Dennison, MN, 55018.
About the Master Gardener State Advisory Board
The Board membership is comprised of 12 UMN Extension Master Gardener volunteers who serve a three year term in an advisory capacity to the Master Gardener director.
Six members represent the 13 county metro area. Three members represent counties north of I-94. Three represent counties south of I-94
In addition, there is one member each representing Master Gardener coordinators, extension educators, regional directors, and the Arboretum. The Master Gardener state director and program manager also serve on the board.
The Master Gardener Advisory Board has three committees comprised of board members and staff that meet prior to the quarterly board meeting: Marketing Communications, Education, and Finance Development.
The current board members and their local group / county are:
Larry Cipolla - Hennepin - Chair, State Advisory Board
Cindy Borgen - Clay - Vice-chair, State Advisory Board
Peggy Zimmerman-Belbeck - Wright
Gwen Stadstad - LeSueur
Pam Hartley - Anoka - Marketing committee chair
Nancy Hall - Crow Wing
Diana Rankin - Kanabec
Paul Richtman - UMN / Washington
Mary Zeug - Stearns
Larry Tarnow - Olmsted - Financial Development Committee Chair
Jerry Tilden - Chippewa / Yellow Medicine
Craig Winters - Ottertail - West
Julie Weisenhorn - State program director
Dave Moen - State program manager
Bridget Barton - State program assistant / secretary
Nathan Crane - Regional director - Mankato
Kathy Zuzek - Extension educator - Horticulture
Tom Kenny - Arboretum liaison
Sarah Jaycocks - Program coordinator - Ramsey Cty
For more information about the Board bylaws: http://www.mg.umn.edu/pdfs/MGBoardBylaws.pdf