Cassandra Silveira will be joining Extension on December 3 as an Extension health and nutrition educator. Cassandra comes to Extension with a wealth of knowledge and experience developing, coordinating and evaluating health and nutrition initiatives and providing technical assistance for chronic disease prevention and management. She is currently a Humphrey Policy Fellow.
Cassandra will start her Extension career providing intensive program leadership and development to grow and enhance the EFNEP program, and from there will lend her broad expertise to food literacy, food access and physical activity initiatives in the central region and throughout the state.
Trina Adler Barno
Program Leader, Health & Nutrition
Tammy Lorch will rejoin Extension as an Extension educator, youth development, on January 5 in the Mankato Regional Office. Tammy has experience working in the field of Youth and Family ministry in several churches, and as an Extension educator in 4-H Youth Development from 2005-2007. Currently, Tammy is the Ready to Learn specialist for Iowa Public Television.
Tammy has a B.S. degree in elementary education from Wartburg College, in Waverly, Iowa and an M.Ed. in family education from the University of Minnesota.
The search committee highlighted Tammy's enthusiasm and passion for working in the field of youth development. She brings skills in working with a variety of youth programs and volunteers, in which they are engaged and have opportunities to grow as individuals.
Her references shared that Tammy is highly organized and can develop systems to work more efficiently. She loves being with people and working in a team environment. Tammy is a strong programmer and a true professional.
Brenda Shafer and Nancy Hegland
Extension Program Leaders, Youth Development
David Foley has accepted the program coordinator position in Le Sueur County. David comes to Extension with a wealth of experience, as he was the 4-H program coordinator in Houston County. Before that he was the interim 4-H program coordinator in Goodhue County and the summer intern for Steele, Goodhue and Dakota counties.
David has a passion for 4-H, having grown up in the program. He feels this opportunity for youth is one in which they have fun, build friendships, learn responsibility, and express themselves. One project that he has carried forward from his 4-H years is his goat project. He lives in his hometown of Dundas, where he has a small herd of Nubian and Saanen dairy goats he refers to as his 4-H project gone wild.
David's knowledge, combined with a great attitude, authenticity, and love for the program make him a perfect fit for Le Sueur County.
Extension Educator, Youth Development
Please welcome Linnea White to Extension. Linnea is the new communications associate working with the communications team in Coffey Hall on the St. Paul campus. She will be writing and editing for various internal and external publications and working on communications projects such as county web pages, brand identity materials, regional stakeholder communications and Google Analytics.
Linnea graduated in May 2013 from Bethel College with a B.A. in English literature and writing. She recently completed a year as an AmeriCorps employment navigator at the Resource Employment Action Center in St. Paul.
Assistant Dean and Communications Director
, 4-H program coordinator, Clearwater County, 11/10/2014