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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Welcome to New FD Staff Members

Welcome New Member to Family Resiliency Program


By Mary Jo Katras, Program Leader — Family Resiliency

I’m pleased to welcome Veronica Deenanath to our Family Development — Family Resiliency (FR) program. Veronica is joining the Applied Research and Evaluation team to support our FR programming. A majority of her time will be spent helping to manage the Parents Forever™ project, but she will also support other FR projects as needed.

Veronica is a doctoral student in the University of Minnesota Department of Family Social Science. She has been a student at the University for almost 10 years working on her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and now her doctoral degree.

Veronica’s research interests focus on first-generation college student success, immigrant families, financial capability, and money management. She is passionate about applying research to help communities and is very excited to be working in Extension. Veronica’s hobbies include spending time with family, cooking, baking, and watching international movies.

Please join me in welcoming Veronica to our team!

New Graduate Research Assistant Joins ARE Team


Please welcome Patricia (Patty) Arellano who joined Family Development’s Applied Research and Evaluation team as a graduate research assistant on August 29. Before coming to Extension, Patty worked in clinical nutrition in private and public hospitals in Mexico City focusing on nutrition’s role in preventing disease. Patty also worked with low-income communities in Mexico as a health and nutrition advisor.

Patty earned a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Food Science from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico and is pursuing her master’s degree in nutrition at the University of Minnesota.

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