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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Welcome new retirees (Nov. 2015)

Kim Boyce’s 26-year career with Extension included a range of leadership responsibilities— regional director in the central region and educator in Ramsey and Hennepin counties, co-chair of the Center for Community Vitality and professor in leadership and civic engagement. Kim retired on Aug. 26.

Trudy Dunham, Extension research fellow and project evaluator for 4-H youth development programs, retired on Aug. 31 after a 23-year career. Her pioneering work in embracing technology, youth development online collaboration and database development contributed to building strong programs with evaluation components.

Maggie Fuller, Crow Wing County Extension support staff, retired July 9. As a team member she provided support to 4-H, nutrition, water resources and horticulture programs. She also created processes and streamlined office methods.

Thomas Halbach, Extension educator and professor in the department of soil, water and climate, completed his 28-year career on June 30. His research and contributions focused on the beneficial use of waste materials in agriculture, forestry and horticulture.

Betsy Leverty retired Aug. 7 after serving as the finance professional for the Center for Family Development since 2006. She was a key resource for budget oversight, contract management and problem solving on accounting matters affecting the center.

Howard Person, Extension educator, agriculture, food and natural resources in Pennington, Polk and Marshall counties, will conclude his 37-year career in November. His impact and leadership included programs in crops and livestock, farm business management, youth development and Master Gardeners.

Elizabeth Pukenis, finance professional, Extension finance & planning, retired Oct. 2. She managed the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) and the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) grants process, providing many fiscal improvements.

Barbara Radke, Extension educator, leadership and civic engagement, retired Sept. 30 after an 18-year Extension career. She led the development of a research-informed civic engagement model focusing on water quality through civic engagement with state and local agencies and citizens.
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