Jo Ann E. Hardy
, Extension human resources manager, will be retiring on August 10, after nearly 27 years of service to Extension. Jo Ann was exemplary in assisting administration, payroll management, employee relations, problem solving, advocacy and coaching for employees and supervisors, data management, policy advising, work team management, networking, and building relationships and trust. She is well-known for her extremely caring personality and for going above and beyond expectations in problem solving with and assisting her clients. Also a lover of the arts, particularly music, Jo Ann is appreciated for bringing that enjoyment into our work place and conversations.
Leslee G. Mason
Human Resources Director
After 39 years of service, Karen Lilley, communication specialist, will be retiring on Sept. 1.
Karen began her career in Extension in 1972 as a graphic designer, producing art for slides, overheads, posters, exhibits, flip charts, and print. She became the art service coordinator in 1977. Other titles included: consulting communicator, computer strategist, information and technology head, print and electronic publishing leader, web coordinator, and business advisor. She has been the Extension website manager since 2006.
Karen has been involved in the communication side of Extension's information technology development since 1983, including instructional design and documentation for educational software, the national CD-ROM project of educational materials, the start-up of the Gopher site which developed into the Extension website, and several generations of website redesign.
A retirement celebration will be held on Wednesday, August 17, 3 to 6 p.m., Coffey Hall, rooms 120-125, St. Paul campus. Submit cards and letters to Catherine Dehdashti by August 15. A long-time supporter of The Blue House, an orphanage for girls in Uganda, Karen prefers donations to The Blue House in lieu of any gifts.
Assistant Dean, Communications and Public Relations
Mel Baughman, Extension educator in forestry, retired July 31 after more than 36 years with Extension, the last 29 of those at the University of Minnesota. Mel served three years as program leader in natural resources, four years as program leader in forestry, seven years as assistant dean for undergraduate programs in the former College of Natural Resources, and one year as associate dean for undergraduate programs in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences. As an Extension educator in forestry, he offered a broad range of expertise to family forest owners, but was known recently for his expertise on income and property tax laws and recreational trail design. Mel held many national posts and received many honors during his career, including the USDA Honor Award and the SAF National Technology Transfer and Extension Award.
A retirement reception for Mel Baughman will be held on September 1 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in 110 Green Hall on the St. Paul campus, with a recognition ceremony at 4:45 p.m. Send letters for a book of remembrances and/or contributions to a gift fund to Janelle Schnadt, Department of Forest Resources, 1530 Cleveland Avenue North, St. Paul, MN 55108, email@example.com.
Associate Dean for Extension and Outreach