Heidi Anderson joined Extension as the 4-H program coordinator in Benton County on July 22.
Heidi has been involved with 4-H as a youth member, a 4-H summer assistant and an adult volunteer. Her hands-on experience, community connections and work ethic will continue to positively impact the 4-H community in Benton County.
Heidi has strong academic training and professional leadership experience that will enable her to be an effective manager and leader in her new role. She is an honors graduate of St. Cloud State University with extensive coursework in marketing and Spanish. Most recently, Heidi provided leadership to the Minnesota Holstein Association where she managed the organization's operations, sales, membership and finances. She also collaborated with and led volunteers to coordinate major events, conventions and sales, while also directly leading the youth educational program.
Please join me in welcoming Heidi to Extension.
Extension Educator, Youth Development
On August 4, Rod Greder joined Extension as the new Extension consumer horticulture and agriculture educator in Wright County. Rod comes to us from the private sector with previous experience working for Cargill and Dow AgroSciences as a leader in their R&D, new business development and marketing divisions. He has started his own local foods operation including grass-fed beef, free-range chickens, and a variety of garden vegetables. Rod holds a master's and Ph.D. degree in plant genetics from the U of M and U of Illinois respectively. Rod's efforts in Wright County will be varied, focusing on consumer horticulture, agriculture and the Master Gardener program. Welcome, Rod!
Program Leader, Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
Letica Rodriguez, SNAP-Ed educator, Nobles County, 7/11/2014
Heidi Anderson, 4-H program coordinator, Benton County, 7/21/2014
Jamie Pikus, executive accounts specialist, Extension Regional Office, Grand Rapids, 7/28/2014
Jeremy Freeman, 4-H program coordinator, Chisago County, 7/28/2014
Michelle Klinkner, 4-H program coordinator, Faribault County, 7/29/2014
Elyse Paxton, senior editor, Extension Center for Community Vitality, 7/29/2014
Eli Sagor transitioned to a new appointment on July 14 managing the University of Minnesota Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative (SFEC). This role represents a unique collaboration in which CFANS Extension is partnering with the Cloquet Forestry Center. The SFEC is a long-standing educational program that develops and delivers education programs focused on forest ecology and management targeting natural resource professionals and related audiences. Eli will be officed at the Cloquet Forestry Center and will still spend some time on the St. Paul campus.
Director, Cloquet Forestry Center
It is with sadness that the 4-H Foundation says goodbye to Brad Starbuck. Brad has served on the 4-H Foundation staff as a development officer in the Southwest region and for agriculture programs for nearly two years. His last day with the 4-H Foundation was Friday, August 1. Brad is not going far though; he is taking a job as director of corporate and foundation relations with the Carlson School of Management at the University Foundation. We wish Brad the best in his new role and thank him for his collaborative and positive work with the 4-H Foundation and the 4-H program.
Executive Director, MN 4-H Foundation
With regrets we said goodbye to Darren Lochner, program coordinator for the Minnesota Master Naturalist Explorers Program. Darren's last day with the program was July 25. Darren was instrumental in developing sites, resources and training to pair current adult Master Naturalist volunteers with staff in existing after-school programs to offer fun, outdoor, science-based educational opportunities for 4th and 5th graders. The kids learn about the ecology and natural history of their schoolyard, neighborhood, nearby natural areas and entire state. We wish Darren the best of luck in his new position with the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District.
Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
Mike Boersma joined Extension in January 2006 as Extension educator, livestock and 4-H program director, in Pipestone and Murray Counties. Mike's last day is August 4. He has been a valued member of the Beef Team and the 4-H team in SW Minnesota. Mike developed two computerized Ration Balancer programs for beef producers that are used by producers across the U.S. and internationally. Mike has received numerous awards including the Dean's Distinguished Team Award for his work with the Beef Team in 2009 and with the Private Pesticide Applicator Education Team in 2012. We wish Mike all the best in his new position with the Minnesota West Community and Technical College Farm Business Management program.
Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences