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Welcome new retirees (March 2018)

Roger E. Dahmen served as a community nutrition educator in Hennepin County for 35 years. His focus was teaching youth who were living at or below the poverty line. He expanded this work to Minneapolis public schools and integrated nutrition education into summer school programs. He retired Jan. 5

Milan J. Drewlow, Wilkin County 4-H program coordinator, retired Dec. 21. His innovative programs created a culture that focused on high quality youth-led programming, a site-based 4-H program at a boy’s transitional care home and partnerships with local businesses.

Michael J. Liepold, Extension educator, leadership and civic engagement, retired Nov. 6. During Mike’s 33 years of service, his accomplishments included the development of the Minnesota Agriculture and Rural Leadership Program, the U-Lead Advisory Academy, and the international effort to bring leadership education to Morocco.

Lynette M. Lothert, executive office and administrative specialist, Morris Regional Office, provided dedication and service to the fish, wildlife and conservation team, and statewide Master Naturalist volunteers. She retired in December after eight years of service.

Judy Meyers retired Dec. 5 from her position as an educator with the Extension Children, Youth and Family Consortium. Judy was a strong leader for public engagement projects and a facilitator between higher education and Minnesota community members.

Glenyce Peterson-Vangsness, Extension educator, Mankato Regional Center, retired on Dec. 4 after 39 years of service. Her career included many roles and most recently as an educator in food safety, where she built partnerships with internal and external collaborators to educate parents, children and the public.

Mark W. Seeley retired in February after 40 years as an Extension climatologist. Mark made science “understandable,” raised awareness of climate change, and spoke to many audiences on how citizenship and science can unite us.

Kim R. Swanson, office manager for the Pennington County Extension office, retired Dec.15. Her 35 years of service included conference planning, garden tours, county fair displays and serving on a committee to redesign the Minnesota State Fair registration process.

Van E. Swanson served as the 4-H program director for Marshall and Pennington counties for 28 years and retired on Dec. 15. His contributions and commitment to 4-H provided leadership skills for older youth through service opportunities as camp counselors, teen teachers, and club and county officers.

Chee X. Yang, Ramsey County community nutrition educator for the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program, retired Jan. 2. For nearly 30 years, she taught countless families about the importance of nutrition, physical activity and food safety, working in homes and low-income communities.