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Retirees in retirement: Sharing your story (June 2016)

This issue highlights Sharon Rezac Andersen, Cindy Bigger, Juanita Reed-Boniface, Jayne Hager Dee, Glenice Johnson, Barbara Piehl, and Ann Walter

Sharon Rezac Andersen, former executive director, Central Region, Sustainable Development Partnership, has taught seven semesters through the University of Arizona Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) adult learning courses plus attended many classes. Sharon remarked, “I have begun to know at this age what I don't know. With teaching and taking classes, one has an opportunity to meet people from a variety of cultures, professions and locations.”

Cindy Bigger, retired regional educator in community vitality, Fergus Falls region, volunteers at the Alexandria Housing and Rehabilitation Authority and currently is serving a third term as commissioner. She also chairs the Citizens Advisory Committee for Pioneer Public Television. She still finds time to do a bit of 4-H county fair judging. Cindy is also busy with Bigger Associates, a consulting firm working with many clients in leadership education, facilitation, planning and coaching.

Juanita Reed-Boniface, retired Extension specialist in 4-H youth development, is active in community volunteerism with, to name a few: president of Minnesota CattleWomen; education chair for American National CattleWomen; chair of Anoka County Extension Committee; and vice-president of Anoka County Farm Bureau. She has received numerous awards, most recently: the Minnesota Farm Bureau Golden Apple Award (2016); National Agriculture in the Classroom Ag Advocate (2015); National Association of Extension 4-H Agents Life Member (2014). In 2007, she was inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame and named the University of Nebraska Women’s Leadership Network Alumna of the Year.

Jayne Hager Dee, is now serving as president of the Northfield Community Action Center and just completed two years as the coordinator of Northfield ACT on Alzheimer's. Jayne had worked as a regional director for Extension’s Farmington Regional Office.

Glenice Johnson, who served as a regional educator in family development in Crookston, now works on the local hospital auxiliary board and as president. She has guided the board through chaotic times with two hospital ownership changes within three years. She has been the topic of several news media stories, was honored as a “community builder” by Northwest Minnesota Foundation and was named Pennington County Outstanding Senior Citizen. She is still pursuing her lifelong goal of visiting all seven continents, with only one left to go!

Barbara Piehl, former educator in youth development in Andover, is now busy volunteering in North Branch at Ruby Pantry food distribution. She also leads discussions for a book club, volunteers at a local assisted living center, is a North Branch Lioness and published two stories in Country Extra magazine.

Ann Walter works as the Southland School District media center specialist and academic success coach. She noted, “I love working directly with youth again! I also have always wanted to work at a library or bookstore, so that dream has come true too.” She had been a regional 4-H educator in Rochester.

If you have news or a story to share with fellow Extension retirees, please share the news by completing this Google Form or email Gwen Gmeinder at

We hope to hear from many of you. Don’t be shy—tell us about your activities and successes!
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