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CORRECTION
The August 18 RIO article should have included Barbara Sorensen's correct title, "Educator, 4-H Youth Development."

New Employees

Ellie McCann transitioned to her new position as Extension educator for regional 4-H youth development on August 8.  Ellie, hired to fill the position vacated by the May 31 retirement of Donna Geiser, is not new to Extension, having served as an educator in the Center for Family Development since 2003.  In her new position, Ellie will continue to be housed in the Extension Regional Office in Moorhead and will provide leadership to the 4-H Youth Development program in a six-county region that includes Becker, Clay, Mahnomen, Norman, Otter Tail and Wilkin counties. 

In addition to providing visionary leadership to Youth Development programs and staff in the region, Ellie will serve on teams charged with advancing statewide priorities, such as Youth Program Quality Improvement.  

Brenda Shafer
Program Leader 4-H Youth Development

Amanda Hane was recently hired as the new Leadership and Civic Engagement evaluation graduate research assistant in the Center for Community Vitality.  She will help Community Vitality begin a greater effort to do more ripple effect mapping of center programming, as well as analyze end-of-workshop and cohort program survey data.

Amanda will be entering the University's Counseling and School Personnel Psychology program in the fall and has just completed her master's degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Wisconsin Madison. Her research interests include poverty and adult identity, social network analysis, and community-based participatory research.

Her background includes co-facilitation of the Presidential Youth Leadership Institute curriculum in the Minneapolis Public Schools and developing needs assessments and evaluation activities with non-profit organizations. She is excited to return to Minnesota, where she completed her bachelor's degree at Carleton College and worked for several years in the educational and non-profit sectors.

Scott Chazdon
Research and Evaluation Coordinator, Community Vitality

Benjamin Arlt, Extension educator, agriculture production systems, Norman/Mahnomen counties, 8/15/11

Jacob Overgaard, Extension educator, agriculture production systems, Winona County, 8/22/11

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