Lee Raeth, director of field operations, will retire in early January after 38 years with the University of Minnesota Extension. Lee was a county agent and county Extension director in Aitkin, Wright and Carlton counties and executive director of the Central Region Sustainable Development Partnership before becoming a district director in 1999. He has been director of field operations since 2003.
Lee has played a vital role in strengthening Extension's impact across Minnesota by building and nurturing relationships among county partners, University leaders, and Extension faculty and staff. Through his leadership with Extension's regional directors, he has built an efficient statewide field operations system that supports Extension education and research. Through his work as a member of the Dean's Leadership Council, leader of the regional directors and face of Extension administration with county commissioners, Lee has been instrumental in ensuring that Extension makes a difference in Minnesota.
Lee is looking forward to sharing retirement with his wife Juli. Travel and more time with family and grandchildren is the plan!
After 34 years with Extension, Barbara Piehl, Extension educator in volunteer and partnership development, will retire on December 29.
During her Extension career, Barb has provided leadership to 4-H Youth Development programs, primarily in Chisago County, where she also served as the county extension director. In 2004, Barb moved into a regional educator role, working with both Chisago and Isanti counties. Barb has a keen sense in working with volunteers and has provided significant leadership to public presentations and curriculum development.
Barb has been recognized by her colleagues at the state, regional, and national level. She received the Dean and Directors Outstanding Field Faculty Award in 2009. Barb has also received the NAE4-HA Distinguished Service Award, Meritorious Service Award, 25 years of service, and National Communicator Awards.
Barb's retirement party will be held on Thursday, December 15, 3 p.m.-6 p.m. at the Bunker Hills Activities Center, 550 Bunker Lake Blvd, NW Andover, MN 55304. Please RSVP by December 8 to email@example.com.
Program Leader, 4-H Youth Development
Rose Allen, Extension educator in family relations, will retire on December 30 after 26 years service to University of Minnesota Extension. Rose started her career in Ramsey County in 1986. Since 2003, she has been housed at the Extension Regional Office in Farmington.
A key part of Rose's work with the Parents Forever program has been helping families during major transitions in their lives. She provided leadership in developing, "We Agree: Creating a Parenting Plan," an educational tool used by divorcing parents, parents living apart, never married parents, and parents where there is military deployment.
Her recent ground-breaking work in Hennepin County is setting the stage in Minnesota and nationally on how courts facilitate successful co-parenting support and arrangements.
In addition to several national awards, Rose had the honor of being invited to present internationally with Minnell Tralle in the United Kingdom at the International Conference on Children and Divorce in 2006.
A retirement reception will be held on Friday, December 16, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Extension Office in Ramsey County, 2020 White Bear Avenue, St. Paul. View the reception evite for more information.
Program Leader, Family Resource Management
After 36 years with Extension, Minnell Tralle, Extension educator in family relations, will retire on January 3.
Minnell started her career as an acting Extension agent in 4-H Youth Development in Washington County in 1975. From 1976 to 2003, she was a county Extension agent in Home Economics in Sherburne County. Since 2003, Minnell has been housed at the Extension Regional Office in Andover. During her career she has held a variety of roles, including program leader and Parents Forever coordinator.
A major part of Minnell's work has been in the development and implementation of Parent's Forever, an educational program that teaches parents about the impact of divorce/separation, and gives them strategies to adjust to a new way of being a family. Due to Minnell's committed work and leadership, Parent's Forever, is mandated by the Minnesota Supreme Court Minnesota Statute 518.157 and requires judges to court order parents with contested custody and visitation issues into an approved parent education program. Through this important program thousands of families have been positively impacted.
Parents Forever is utilized nationally. Under Minnell's leadership the program received international recognition with Minnell and colleague, Rose Allen, being invited to present about their important work at an International conference on Children and Divorce in the United Kingdom in 2006. Minnell has also received 17 other awards and recognitions throughout her career.
Minnell's retirement party will be held on Thursday, December 15, 3 - 6 p.m. at the Bunker Hills Activities Center, 550 Bunker Lake Blvd, NW Andover, MN 55304. A program will begin at 4:45 p.m. Please RSVP by December 8 to firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions, call 763‐767‐3836.
Program Leader, Family Resource Management
Russ Severson, Extension educator in crops, will be retiring on December 29, after 38 years with the University of Minnesota. Russ began his career in 1973 as a Research Scientist at the Northwest Research and Outreach Center in Crookston. In 1986, Russ joined University of Minnesota Extension where he served as a county educator in Polk County, eventually serving both Polk and Red Lake counties. Since 2008, Russ has served as Extension educator for crops programs in the Extension Regional Office in Crookston.
Over the past 38 years Russ has planned and participated in numerous educational programs and has coordinated and conducted applied research in crops vital to the economic and environmental sustainability of the people in Northwest Minnesota. Russ has been active in the West Polk County Crop Improvement Association and Soil and Water Conservation District and the Minnesota & National Association of County Ag Agents.
A retirement reception, celebrating Russ's career will take place on Tuesday, December 20, 3 - 5 p.m. in Bede Ballroom on the UMC Campus. This event will be taking place at the end of the Soybean College Workshop held that day.
Professor of Agronomy and Weed Science
After 39 years of service to Extension, Carol Skelly, 4-H community program associate, will be retiring on January 11. Carol initiated her Extension career with two consecutive summers as an assistant in LeSueur and Anoka Counties, which led her to her first position as home economist in Rice County. Carol served as the 4-H agent in Scott County and then Rice County early in her career. For the past 23 years, Carol has been dedicated to her position as the 4-H community program associate in Anoka County.
Carol was pivotal in expanding a grant into a sustainable and award winning cross-age teaching program known as Youth Teaching Youth. During her tenure in Anoka County, Carol has trained more than 8,000 teen teachers who have taught prevention and awareness skills to nearly 71,000 youth participants in elementary and middle schools across the county. In addition, Carol has been instrumental in developing curriculum and marketing materials that have been implemented across both the state and country.
Carol has a long list of personal awards and recognition and has provided leadership to numerous program awards for her work with Youth Teaching Youth. Highlights of her career include: IFYE Delegate to Nepal (1971-72); Teen Caravan Program to the Netherlands-National leader (1979); NAE4-HA Distinguished Service Award (1981); Program of Distinction, Youth Teaching Youth, NAE4-HA (2006); and, 2009 NAE4-HA Meritorious Service Award.
A retirement party will be held on Thursday, December 15, 3 p.m.-6 p.m. at the Bunker Hills Activities Center, 550 Bunker Lake Blvd, NW Andover, MN 55304. A program will begin at 4:45 p.m. Please RSVP by December 8 to email@example.com. For questions, call 763‐767‐3836.
Extension Educator, Regional 4-H Youth Development Programs
Pat Morreim will retire on January 3, 2012 after 32 years of service to Extension.
Pat began her Extension career in 1979 as the 4-H Agent in Anoka County and became the County Extension Director in 1987. For the past eight years Pat has served as the regional director in Andover, currently working with six counties. In her regional director role, she has also served as the liaison from the regional directors to 4-H Youth Development.
Pat is known for her ability to work and communicate effectively and collaboratively with Extension Committees and County Commissioners. She has continued to stay connected to 4-H through her work with Financial Stewardship, the Healthy Living team, and was one of the authors of "Keys to Quality Youth Development."
Pat has been recognized by her colleagues on state, regional and national levels including receiving the NAE4-HA Distinguished and Meritorious Service Awards.
Please join us in celebrating Pat's Extension career at an open house on Thursday, December 15, 3 - 6 p.m. at the Bunker Hills Activity Center, Andover. Please RSVP to Kristi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Director of Field Operations
Jim Carlson, regional director, will retire on Jan. 3, 2012 with over 35 years with the University of Minnesota Extension.
During his time in Extension, Jim has held several positions: as an 4-H/youth development educator, Agriculture educator and county Extension director in Morrison County for 27 years; and for the past eight years, as regional director in the regional office in Brainerd.
Jim is recognized for his ability in creating a work climate in county Extension offices and at the regional office that is efficient, effective and a pleasant place for staff to do their work. Throughout his career, he has encouraged and empowered countless individuals to excel in their personal or professional lives. In 2000, Jim and other team members from cluster nine received The Dean and Director's Distinguished Team Award.
Director of Field Operations
After over 35 years of dedicated service to University of Minnesota Extension, Bobbie (Barbara J.) Roberts will be retiring on January 11. Throughout her career Bobbie has provided administrative support for Extension Agriculture, District Operations and Human Resources. She is known and respected for her high attention to detail, excellent customer service skills and her dedication to Extension and the needs of its staff.
An open house for Bobbie will be held on Friday, January 6 from 1-4 p.m. in room 125 Coffey Hall. Please stop by and join us in wishing Bobbie well in her retirement.
Human Resources Director