Betty Berning joined the agricultural business management team as a regional Extension educator on Dec. 15. She is located at the St. Cloud Regional Extension Office. Betty earned a bachelor's degree in agriculture and food business management from the University of Minnesota and a master's degree in agricultural, environmental and regional economics from Pennsylvania State University. For the past six years, she worked for General Mills as a commodity analyst and senior buyer for dairy products. She previously worked at AgStar.
Bob Craven, Kevin Klair and Dale Nordquist
Agricultural Business Management
Melissa Runck started as the new Extension educator in Murray and Pipestone counties on Dec. 15. She was previously a 4-H program coordinator in Nobles County. Melissa earned a bachelor's degree from South Dakota State University in animal science with an emphasis in business and production and a minor in business. Before joining the 4-H program, Melissa worked as an artificial insemination technician and as a cattle buyer. She will be responsible for livestock educational programs for youth and for general agricultural production educational programs for the two counties.
Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
Tammy Lorch rejoined Extension as an educator in youth development on Jan. 5, a role she fulfilled from 2005 to 2007. She'll serve the southeast region, with an office in Mankato. Tammy has experience working in youth and family ministries and was most recently ready-to-learn specialist for Iowa Public Television. She has a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Wartburg College and a master's degree in family education from the University of Minnesota. Tammy has a strong interest in engagement and working with others to provide opportunities for youth and adults to grow. She'll focus on quality in programming and regional planning with an evaluative lens.
Ying Iverson, professional and organization development director, has accepted a new position as organization development and learning strategist for Fairview Health Service serving the University of Minnesota Medical Center and University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital. In her new position, Ying will partner with human resources and hospital leadership to design, develop and implement proactive solutions to meet business and organizational needs.
Her last day with Extension will be February 6. Please join us in wishing Ying all the best during a farewell party at 2 p.m., Feb. 2 in 401 Coffey Hall
Ying has been with Extension for two and a half years. During that time, she created a professional development framework and works on a variety of programs, such as the monthly webinars, staff and program conferences, the promotion action group, Foundations for Success, and a new employee welcoming course.
Ying sees her role as a facilitator who encourages dialogue and participation for development on the organizational, team and individual levels. She appreciates the friendship from Extension and is grateful for the experience working with people who make an impact on Minnesotans every day.
Dave Moen has worked for Extension in various capacities for 25 years, most recently as program manager for the Extension Master Gardener Volunteer program. He retired Jan. 9. Dave describes his career as one of "growing plants and growing people."
During this past year, we witnessed the part about "growing people" first-hand as Dave's experience and sage advice helped the newly formed Master Gardener state office team learn the ropes. Dave prefers to not have a traditional retirement party. Please join me in congratulating Dave on his retirement and wishing him well.
Master Gardener program state director
Alison Link has been an invaluable member of the Extension Technology team for almost two years. She is moving to an academic technology position the the College of Liberal Arts. As an Extension academic technologist, Alison worked with Extension programs to consult, advocate, and produce online learning and other learning technologies. Her work in Extension revolutionized our team's offerings in the areas of video creation, Moodle support and general accessibility of online materials. Her last day in Extension is Jan. 16. We will miss Alison and her energy and knowledge.
Chief Technology Officer
Whitney Meredith's last day with Extension's Center for Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (AFNR) was Dec. 17. Whitney transitioned to Community Vitality, where she will remain through June. Whitney has been an evaluator with AFNR since 2010, and we wish her all the best.
Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
Rebecca Paulson, 4-H program coordinator, Houston County