Alison Link recently joined the Extension Technology team as an academic technologist. Alison will work with Extension programs to consult, advocate, and produce online learning and other learning technologies. She recently finished her masters degree at the University of Minnesota in multicultural college teaching and learning, with a focus on Twitter and technology adoption in higher education. She is particularly passionate about ways that technologies can support global collaborations.
Previously, Alison worked as an instructional technology fellow for the College of Education and Human Design. Her undergraduate work was at Grinnell College in international relations. Alison also loves to bike, garden and go to the State Fair. We are excited to have her energy and knowledge in Extension. Welcome Alison!
Chief Technology Officer
Emily Krekelberg joined Extension on May 20 as an Extension educator, ag production systems, livestock, in Stearns, Benton and Morrison counties. She just received her B.S. in animal science with a dairy production emphasis from the University of Minnesota. Her past experience includes two separate internships while in school: one working in the county Extension offices of Carver/Scott and Blue Earth, and the other working for an animal health company. The focus of Emily's work in Extension will be addressing the educational issues of dairy and beef producers in the counties she serves. Please welcome her to Extension.
We are pleased to welcome Jerry Buckley to Extension as an Extension educator, ag production systems, home and commercial horticulture, in Norman and Mahnomen counties. His first day of work was June 3. Jerry graduated from North Dakota State University with a B.S. in agricultural economics. Past experience includes an internship with the USDA-ARS in Mandan, ND assisting with crop and livestock based economic research, and most recently as an Extension agent in training with North Dakota State Extension based in Cass County, Fargo, ND.
Program Leader, Local Programs
We are excited to welcome three new livestock educators to University of Minnesota Extension! Eric Mousel received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska. Eric started with Extension on May 28, and comes to us with great knowledge of beef cow/calf Extension and teaching experience. He is well-known for his expertise in applied reproductive strategies in beef cattle. Eric will be a member of the Beef Team in the Extension Regional Office in Grand Rapids.
Nicole Kenney received her B.S. at Texas A&M University and an M.S. in beef feedlot nutrition at the University of Kentucky. Nicole brings new energy and innovative applications to beef feedlot management. She will also be a new member of the Beef Team in the Extension Regional Office in Willmar.
Sarah Schieck is a Minnesota native and received both her B.S. and M.S. at the University of Minnesota in swine nutrition. Sarah will bring excellent teaching experience to the job, having spent the last few years teaching livestock nutrition and management classes at Ridgewater College in Willmar. Sarah will be a member of the Swine Team In the Extension Regional Office in Morris.
Program Leader, Livestock
, office manager/HR technician, Grant County, 5/16/2013
Laura Kieser, Extension educator, ag production systems, has taken a position with AgStar doing information research for their organization. Laura has been an educator in Carver and Scott counties since 2004 and has developed a reputation for strong educational programs in dairy, small farms and Annie's Project. Over this time she transitioned the City to Country Tour program from a free program to a program which generates funds to support county requested income. She quickly adopted the use of evaluations to drive programs and generate outcomes for the counties. Good luck to Laura in her new position!
Program Leader, Agricultural Business Management, Local Programs