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Welcome new retirees (Nov. 2018)

Neil D. Anderson, director of e-commerce and registration, retired in July after 25 years of contributions advancing Extension technology and resource development. Neil was a troubleshooter of complex systems and sought the collaboration of cross-disciplinary research, teaching and engagement across the University.

Dorothy McCargo Freeman’s visionary leadership revitalized Minnesota 4-H during her 15-year tenure as associate dean for Extension Center for Youth Development. Her many contributions included innovative programs like the Science of Agriculture and the First Generation initiative. She celebrated her retirement on July 26.

LuAnn Hiniker retired on July 27 after 15 years as a district director and then regional director in the Rochester and Mankato regional offices. She is recognized for her leadership and passion for the University and connecting the needs of the Southeast region with Extension resources and programs.

Janice L. Mowry, with 16 years of service as an executive office and administrative specialist in 4-H, retired on July 6. For the past nine years, she worked in the Extension Regional Office in St. Cloud, supporting 4-H with enrollment, newsletters, club chartering and state fair entries.

Lynn M. Ogard balanced multifaceted systems between county priorities and Extension programming in her 28 years as an executive assistant and office manager in Hennepin County Extension. She ensured support for Extension events and day-to-day operations. Her retirement was on July 6.

Mary Vitcenda joined Extension in 2008 as an editor with the Center for Community Vitality and concluded her career in September as a senior editor with the Center for Family Development. Mary raised the overall quality of educational and communication resources and helped tell clearer and more impactful stories.
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