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Employee Updates (November 15, 2012)

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New Employees

Stacy Hall has accepted the position as 4-H program coordinator at the Extension Office in Koochiching County. She has been working as the interim 4-H program coordinator and did an excellent job. Stacy is not new to 4-H work. When her children joined 4-H she became a screened volunteer helping out in the Cloverbud room for her local club, and was hired as the county's food stand manager last summer.

Stacy is logical and systematic in her approach to work. Her strengths include good organizational skills, experience with youth of various ages, good teamwork, building community partnerships and networking. She also has excellent computer skills and a strong background in business and finance.  

Jan Derdowski
Regional Extension Educator, Center for Youth Development

Employee Transitions

Joanna Tzenis' position has been reclassified from a community project specialist to an Extension educator in a Children, Youth, and Families At Risk (CYFAR) position. This is a grant-funded position that is contingent on future CYFAR funding. Joanna has been working on the Minnesota CYFAR project for over four years.

Joanna earned an M.A. degree in comparative and international development education from the University of Minnesota. She received her B.A. from Kalamazoo College in human development and social relations, and studied at the International Center for Human Development in San José, Costa Rica. She is certified in teaching English as a foreign language and worked as an editor for an English language teaching publishing company in Piraeus, Greece. Joanna is fluent in Spanish and Greek.

Jennifer A. Skuza
Assistant Dean

Karen Blaedow, Master Gardener coordinator in Carver and Scott counties, accepted a position as a junior scientist position in the U of M Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics. Her last day with Extension was October 17.

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