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Welcome new retirees (March 2019)

William Angell, professor and Extension specialist in housing, retired on Dec. 14. Over his 47-year career, his expertise in the field of radon led to numerous outreach efforts, including an appointment to the World Health Organization's International Radon Project, appointments as a visiting scientist at federal laboratories, and an expert witness on state and federal criminal trials.

Naaz Babvani began her Extension appointment in the Dean’s Office in 2000 and completed her career as a human resources assistant on Dec. 7. Naaz provided outstanding support in Extension's hiring processes.

Merritt Bussiere, an educator in community economics in the Regional Office in Brainerd, retired on Dec. 4. His strategic analysis guided counties to make informed decisions on local sales tax and helped communities understand the talents and skills of seasonal residents.

Marna Butler-Fasteland retired on Jan. 4 after 16 years as a 4-H program coordinator for Carlton County. Her work with youth, volunteers, parents and community stakeholders fostered positive youth development that engaged youth in their own learning and leading.

Philip Glogoza, an Extension regional crops educator with expertise in entomology and integrated pest management, worked in the Regional Office in Moorhead and retired Feb. 1. His problem-solving approach and mentoring of mid-career educators was greatly appreciated.

Karen Shirer was appointed associate dean for the Center for Family Development in 2007. Under her leadership, the center grew with major grants from diverse funding sources and strategic investments addressed critical issues facing families. She retired on Jan. 2.

Gloria Wolf, SNAP-Ed educator, Hennepin County, retired on Jan. 4 after 24 years of helping families improve their lives through nutrition, exercise and behavior change. Gloria built strong and trusted relationships with multiple external agencies and stakeholders.
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