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New Employees (January 17, 2013)

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Janelle Lanoue, of Farwell, Minnesota, recently accepted the position of 4-H program coordinator in the Extension Office, Le Sueur County. Janelle is a graduate of North Dakota State University with a degree in animal and equine science, and is in the process of completing her master's of agriculture in Extension education.

Janelle has worked as a 4-H summer intern in Douglas County and has been an active 4-H member for 13 years. She has a wide-ranging background working with youth and adult volunteers, and an extensive background in youth programming and program development. Janelle is an organized and highly motivated individual. Her past experiences working with community partnerships and her ability to create and deliver programs are just a few of her many strengths. Janelle started her new position on January 14.

Deb Hadley
Regional Extension Educator 4-H Youth Development

Bob Koch began his new duties as an Extension soybean entomologist and assistant professor on January 3, following a national search. The position was made possible by a unique partnership among Extension, the Minnesota Soybean Growers, and the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences.

Bob received his B.S. in biology from St. John's University in Minnesota, and earned his Ph.D. from the Department of Entomology at the University of Minnesota in 2005. He worked as a post-doc at the University of Minnesota, studying the impact of biological control and cover crops on soybean aphids.

Bob has been with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture's Invasive Species program for the past 6 years, leading a variety of outreach programs. He brings a wealth of information to the position, including a foundational understanding of ecosystem complexity, and the applied aspects of integrated pest management (IPM). His initial plans include establishing an Extension/research program to address the risk of economic loss and/or pesticide resistance in pests such as soybean aphids and spider mites. He also plans to meet with growers, Extension educators and crop consultants to hear more about current IPM needs. Bob is located in Hodson Hall, St. Paul campus.

Bill Hutchison
Professor, Department of Entomology

Wan Tansatit began as principal office and administrative specialist, a shared position for Extension Development and the 4-H Foundation, on January 7. She most recently worked as administrative assistant in the Foundation and Alumni Relations Office at St. Paul College in St. Paul, and prior to that, as administrative assistant for the dean and faculty members in the Business, Computer Careers and Communications programs at St. Paul College.

Wan is a graduate of Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand, and Western Michigan University. She will be located in 9 Coffey Hall, St. Paul campus.

Jane Johnson
Development Director
Cara Miller
Executive Director, 4-H Foundation

Allie Lyman joined Extension on January 16 as 4-H program coordinator in the Extension Office in Carver County.  In her new role, Allie will be responsible for the overall leadership of the Carver County 4-H youth development program.   

Allie is a graduate of Winona State University with a B.S. in community and health promotion.  Most recently, Allie worked full time as a community and education outreach specialist where she developed and provided innovative programming to audiences on the topics of sexual and reproductive health. Allie is a former 4-H'er and an active committee member for the Defeat of Jesse James Day, where she served as the 2009 ambassador and continues to support committee work.

Allie has diverse practicum and work experience and has demonstrated the ability to adapt programming and identify the key people or organizations that can create a successful partnership. She has great ideas about infusing quality into the 4-H youth development program in Carver County.

Tammy McCulloch
Regional Director, Farmington

Kerry Marsolek, sponsored project accountant, Finance and Planning, St. Paul, 1/14/2013

Richard McAtee, executive accounts specialist, Extension Regional Office, Grand Rapids, 1/2/2013

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