Larry Coyle retired January 2 after 35 years of professional service in technology and distance education. He was a strong early voice in promoting technology-enhanced outreach work.
Recently in the New Retirees Category
Maxine Norman retired September 7 after eight years of contributions to Extension's leadership and civic engagement programs, focusing on adult education, curriculum and evaluation. She helped communities face change by engaging them in technology adoption, leadership development, and poverty reduction.
Welcome to the new retirees who retired in August, 2011 through January, 2012
Rose Allen, Extension educator in family relations. For 26 years, her contributions centered on helping families during major transitions in their lives, teaching parents the impact of divorce and new family strategies through educational tools, such as We Agree: Creating a Parenting Plan.
Shirley Anderson-Porisch retired after a 39-year career in family resource management education that included developing curriculum and training to address the issue of financial literacy. Her ground-breaking work with addicted gamblers and their families is being used across the country.
Melvin Baughman, Extension forester and natural resources program leader, retired after serving 36 years in numerous roles ranging from educator and researcher to leadership at state and national levels.
Neil Broadwater, Extension educator in livestock and dairy education, served the people of Waseca, Winona and Houston counties for 36 years of dedicated service.
James Carlson, Extension regional director, 35 years of service. In addition to leadership in Morrison County and Brainerd regional office, he held educator positions in agriculture and 4-H youth development.
Rita Colchin, Community Nutrition Educator, Dakota County, provided 14 years of service for the Simply Good Eating East Metro Program.
Shirley Doering , regional Extension educator, 4-H Youth Development, worked 28 years starting in Blue Earth County and continued as a regional educator and co-authored "Operation Military Kids" and "Self-Care for Kids" curricula to name a few.
Timothy Dolan, Extension educator who worked in Sibley County for 21 years and provided leadership for food, agriculture and natural resources and community development programs.
Mary Duncomb, Extension education, provided 40 years of service and leadership to the 4-H youth development programs on the county, regional and state levels, working to assure young people had opportunities to learn.
Kendall Dykhuis, Extension educator in St. Louis County, worked 24 years with agricultural production systems and horticulture, addressing landfill problems and increasing the productivity for the area.
Nancy Frosaker Johnson served as an Extension regional director in Moorhead and Fergus Falls in addition to roles as an educator in family development and county Extension director in Clay County, retired with 32 years of service to Extension.
Colleen Gengler, Extension educator, family relations, with 38 years of service in Cottonwood, Nobles, Murray Counties and as regional educator in Worthington where she provided online teaching for families with teens as well as in areas of family and nutritional needs.
Janene Hodges Gilman, worked 32 years as an extension educator in family resource management, and focused on communities, families, new immigrants, unemployed and youth.
Elaine Greenfield, associate administrator for Extension, providing support for 46 years to all aspects of Extension administration from unit directors to information technology.
Kent Gustafson, community vitality, Extension educator in Tourism Center, was passionate about educating people about the world of events, the opportunities for agri-tourism and community leadership.
Jayne Hager Dee, Extension regional director for the Regional Office in Farmington, provided 13 years of building strong relationships with county officials to meet community needs.
Jo Ann Hardy retired after nearly 27 years of service to Extension Human Resources; she contributed her skills in many aspects of work--payroll and data management, employee relations, problem solving, advocacy, and coaching for employees and supervisors, work team management, and policy advising.
Chery Hays Day, Extension organizational training unit coordinator, retired after 26 years as a video production specialist. She was a major player early on in technology-enhanced outreach and received awards for her initiatives.
Susan Hooper retired after seven years as a family resource management educator. Her educational offerings were accessible in diverse settings such as jails, correctional facilities and workforce centers.
Robert Hursh, Extension information technology specialist, with 33 years of service beginning as a programmer and concluding with central system support as database administrator.
Karen Lilley began her Extension career in 1972 as a graphic designer. Her professional skills were utilized in the multiple roles she served through the years: art service coordinator, consulting communicator, computer strategist, information and technology head, print and electronic publishing leader, web coordinator, business advisor and Extension website manager.
James Linn, Extension Specialist and former department head in Animal Science, was nationally known for extensive educational programs in dairy cattle nutrition, feeding management, and replacement heifer nutrition and management.
Rae Montgomery, Extension professor and technology literacy coordinator, through her 29-year career she created distance education technology, online resources, and helped communities integrate technology advances.
Patricia Morreim served Extension for 32 years starting as 4-H agent in Anoka County and moving into leadership roles as a County Extension Director and most recently as the regional director in Andover.
Robert Mugaas, regional Extension educator, 33 years of contributions to education in turf management, weed control, integrated pest management, pesticide education and all aspects of the Master Gardner Program.
Robert Olen, Extension educator, St. Louis County, 35 years of research-based education and contributions in fields of consumer and commercial horticulture; his cold-climate horticultural field research helped increase productivity and profitability.
Kathleen Olson, Extension educator, 40 years of service starting with Goodhue County and concluding as a regional educator centering on educational programs in family relations, teaching parents the skills to raise their children in a complex world.
Phyllis Onstad retired after 26 years as an Extension educator in family development. Her work led to the development of educational programs for, immigrants, and children experiencing their parents' divorce and those impacted by disaster
Barbara Piehl, Extension educator, retired after 34 years providing leadership to the 4-H Youth Development Program on the county, regional and state levels, providing contributions to volunteer and partnership development
G. Lee Raeth, Director of Field Operations, worked in many areas of Extension for 38 years serving as a county agent to district director, lastly developing the regional director team and field operations.
Willa Reed, executive office and administrative specialist, contributor to many areas of Extension including the Center for Community Vitality, Farmer Lender Mediation program, operations and communications teams and dean's office.
June Rhoads, principal office and administrative specialist for 19 years, worked in several different capacities, most recently assisting the many clients in Extension's research development unit.
Barbara (Bobbie) Roberts, executive office and administrative specialist, worked for 35 years to support many administrative functions for Extension, including district operations, human resources and coordinating HR data systems.
Dorothy Rosemeier, Executive Director, West Central Sustainable Development Partnership, retired after 33 years in community development and civic engagement. She started her Extension career as an educator in Swift County and it evolved to leadership, dedication to sustainability and active citizen leadership.
Byron Schneider, associate professor, youth development, retired after 30 years of service to the University, teaching, research and leadership in both national and international contexts for understanding youth development.
Wayne Seidel, Extension educator for Lake County, serving 29 years, teaching natural resource education, storm water management and erosion control and bringing University resources to the region.
Russell Severson, Extension educator, 38 years of dedication to agriculture and the Northwest Minnesota community; his career included work as a research scientist, county and regional educator, with contributions to educational programs in crop improvement and soil and water conservation.
Joan Sigmundik, Executive administrative specialist, for over 27 years she provided administrative assistance to Ramsey County and the Extension Center for Community Vitality, helping program leaders, many volunteers and regional educators.
Carol Skelly, community program associate, 39 years of working with 4-H youth development programming and contributing to Cloverbud educational materials used across the state and county.
Jaclyn Smith, 24 years of service as a Master Gardener volunteer and coordinator, programs in Carver and Scott Counties grew, meeting community needs with horticulture and environmental education.
Toni Smith, Field Operations Outreach Director & Liaison to Association of Minnesota Counties, 35 years of contributions from an educator in Murray, Pope, Wabasha Counties to Extension director to outreach director for field and government relations.
Barbara Sorensen, Extension Educator, Volunteer and Partnership Development, 32 years of leadership to 4-H youth development programs at the county, regional and state level. Resource to colleagues in volunteer and partnership development.
Minnell Tralle, Extension educator, family relations for over 36 years, served as a 4-H youth development agent in Washington County, home economist agent in Sherburne County and program leader and regional educator in family relations.
Joyce Walker, Extension Professor and Assistant Director, Extension Center for Youth Development, 28 years of service to youth development, created critical and innovative programs bridging research and practice in youth work.
William Wilke, Extension specialist, developed a regionally renowned and nationally-recognized program on the post-harvest handling of crops, including grain drying and storage. His programs have widespread use by grain farmers throughout the state.
Cindy Bigger retired after 30 years in Extension that included an early role as a Clearwater County 4-H summer assistant and more recently, an educator in Leadership and Civic Engagement. Her contributions have been many for 4-H youth, volunteers, Farmer Lender Mediation partners and local government and community leaders.
Raymond A. Bisek, after 21 years of work in the fields of agriculture and natural resources, will retire at the end of May. Ray's career spanned work as a county agent, original farm info line and more recently, collaboration as an Extension educator on corn and soybean trials in northwest Minnesota.
Donna Geiser, Extension educator who has worked with 4-H youth development program for over 25 years, retired in May.
James Kurtz retired at the end of June from his nine year appointment as an Extension educator in agricultural business management. He also served as the field representative for the Southwest Minnesota Farm Business Management Association, working out of the Extension Regional Office in Worthington.
David A. Nelson retired in July after 13 years of Extension programming in community vitality. His contributions were many, most known were in the development of the Economic Impact Analysis offerings and in-depth analysis of Rural Health Works.
Harlan Rosendahl provided leadership in regional 4-H youth development programs, both with North Dakota Extension Service as well as in Anoka and Douglas Counties, and most recently in the Extension Regional Office in St. Cloud. He retired on June 30 with 30 plus years of service.
Carlyle D. Holen, Extension associate professor, entomology and integrated pest management specialist retired on January 1, completing 33 years of research, education, and leadership in the field of integrated pest management. He worked on the Crookston campus.
Joanne Musich, with 24 years of service and contributions in fields of home economics, family development and family relations, retired on December 31. Jo was instrumental in implementing a number of programs, including Partnering for School Success, Powerful Tools for Caregivers, Parents Forever, and Positive Parenting.
Lou Ann Jopp, Extension educator who began her career in home economics, Wright County, retired on August 13 after 18 years of service. Her career with Extension included developing and teaching programs in food science, Cooking Safely for a Crowd, Food Safety Employee Training, and Serve It Up Safely.
Sherri Gahring, Professor and Extension specialist in the University's Department of Design, Housing, and Apparel, and member of the Center for Community Vitality, retired June 1 after 40 years of service. Sherri began her career in 1970 as an Extension home economist in Iowa and became an Extension specialist in textiles and clothing for University of Minnesota Extension in 1975.
Kay Stanek, retired August 3. Kay's leadership positions in her Extension career began at the University of Wisconsin Extension in 1968. In 2000, she was appointed as the West Central District Director for University of Minnesota Extension, and later as the Extension Campus Regional Director at University of Minnesota Morris.
Madge Alberts, associate Extension professor and program coordinator, University of Minnesota Children, Youth and Family Consortium, retired on December 31 after 20 years of leadership and service for programs in the area of children, youth and families.
Carol Ann Burtness, regional Extension educator and active veteran of the National Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences, retired after 34 years of contributions to Extension program areas of family and consumer science, food science and food safety; her retirement was effective on January 31.
James Deidrick, retired on November 30, 2009 with more than 30 years in youth development, holding 4-H leadership roles at county and state levels. In January, he began a new position as national program coordinator for Operation: Military Kids.
Carl Hoffman, retired on April 30 after more than 20 years as Stearns County's Extension educator in horticulture. His Extension horticulture livelihood followed a long career as a vocational and school teacher, although he had been gardening since he was a child on his family's farm near Clearwater. Read more about Carl Hoffman's retirement on the AgriNews website.
Juan Moreno, diversity and inclusion specialist for Extension, retired on January 31, after 31 years with the University of Minnesota, 12 of which were with Extension. He is most known for contributions to community building through diversity and inclusion in local, state, national and international arenas. He will spend his retirement in Florida and Ecuador.
Robert Quinlan, Extension educator with 34 years of service and contributions in county and regional roles for 4-H Youth Development, retired on May 3. He also was co-chair of the Minnesota 4-H Camping Program Initiative Team.
Mary Laeger-Hagemeister retired on October 6 after 12 years of service as a regional Extension educator in Community Vitality. She served as the primary contact for the leadership and civic engagement programs in the 13-county service area, working out of the Albert Lea regional office.
Harlan Petersen, Extension specialist in forest products, retired in August after 32 years of dedicated service and life-long contributions. His early research focused on utilizing Dutch elm disease killed trees; teaching and outreach programs included wood-moisture relations and wood drying, Future Farmers of America and Partners of the Americas.
Jerry Wright, Extension engineer, associate professor, and interim head of the West Central Research and Outreach Center, retired on October 1 after 33 years of teaching and research. His major areas were irrigation water management and agricultural tile drainage.
Mark Ascerno, Extension educator, entomology, retired on July 3 after 33 years of service to the University. Mark's most recent appointment was as professor and department head, Department of Entomology.
Barbara Liukkonen, water resources education coordinator and Extension professor retired from her position on May 31. Her 24 years of contribution ranged from safe drinking water and volunteer monitoring to shoreland education and invasive species.
Valerie Prax, Extension educator in water resource management and policy at the Extension Regional Office in Mora, retired on July 31. Her 34-year career spans the natural resources and environment field.
Gail Tischler retired on June 30 after 34 years of service. Gail held a number of communication positions within Extension from the development of educational slide sets to writer, editor and project manager.
Patrick Weicherding, regional Extension educator in urban forestry at the Regional Office in Andover, retired on June 30 after 16 years of service in the natural resources and environment field.