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Welcome these New SNAP Ed Educators to Family Development

New SNAP-Ed educators continue to be hired and I am pleased to report that we have added 15 new staff since early April. Below are the names and information about 10 new and returning employees. In addition, these individuals have also been hired and their bio sketches will be included in an upcoming blog: Samantha Stewart (Cass County, May 27), Andrea Kronbach (Steele, June 9), Kanko Akakpovi (Rice, June 2), Anne Ulrich (Mahnomen, June 9), and Nancy Brewster (Hennepin, June 2).

Deanna Beaulieu began on May 12, 2014 and is located at the Hennepin County Extension Office in Eden Praire. Deanna is in the process of completing courses for the Community Health Worker Certificate through Minneapolis Community and Technical College. Deanna comes to Extension from the Native American Community Clinic where she has worked as a community health outreach worker. Deanna teaches beading classes and has helped facilitate the Women's Health Beading Workshops, where women gather to bead and cancer education and nutrition education are woven into the class, creating a relaxed and open learning environment.

JoDee Christianson started work on May 12, 2014 in Stearns County Extension Office. JoDee has a ten year work history with Extension, seven years as a 4-H Program Coordinator and three years as a Community Nutrition Educator. Through her work with Extension JoDee has demonstrated great skill as an educator. She has valuable experience working with agencies and has built many great relationships with in both Stearns County and Benton County.

Abdikadir Ibrahim started May 5, 2014 and is located at the Hennepin County Office in Eden Prairie. Abdikadir is a U of MN graduate and is currently working a M.S. degree in Educational Leadership through Mankato State University. Abdikadir has years of experience teaching within the East African community; working with youth, parents, adults and older adults. He comes to us as an instructor for I Can Prevent Diabetes. He holds a certificate as a Bilingual Parent Facilitator (fluent in both English and Somali).

Megan Janssen joined the team in the Northwest Region as a SNAP-Ed Educator. She is housed in the Crookston Regional Extension Office. She has experience as an Extension Agent-in-Training and as an Extension Associate with NDSU Extension Service, Grand Forks County. Megan holds a degree in Community Nutrition from the University of North Dakota. Megan starts as a SNAP-Ed Educator on May
The Southeast Region is pleased to welcome back Rachel Jones! Rachel began her position as Blue Earth County Health and Nutrition Educator on April 14. She previously served as a Community Nutrition Educator with SNAP-Ed since 2008. Rachel holds a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from Minnesota State University, Mankato. In addition to her time with University of MN Extension, she has substitute teaching experience with the New Richland and Mankato school districts. Rachel is a native of the Mankato area and lives with her family in rural Lake Crystal.

The Northwest Region welcomes Kathryn Lien as a new SNAP-Ed Educator housed in the Clearwater County Extension Office. Kathryn worked for eight years as the Community Nutrition Educator in Clearwater County. She has completed college course work in the areas of gerontology, social work and home economics. She is excited about the future of the SNAP-Ed program and is looking forward to new challenges with SNAP-Ed. Kathryn started as a SNAP-Ed Educator on April 23, 2014.

Carolyn McQueen started April 7 as the new SNAP-Ed Educator located in Crow Wing County. She worked as a Community Nutrition Educator in Cass County for a little over a year. Before that, she was employed as a substitute teacher, teacher assistant, management assistant, and as a Title One assistant for her hometown school for eleven years. Carol is looking forward to making new contacts throughout Crow Wing County and the surrounding area, and to embark on their mutual goal of helping others to a healthier lifestyle.

Elizabeth Quillo is the newly hired SNAP-Ed Educator in Todd County. She will be working with agencies in Todd County and the surrounding Counties. She is proficient in Spanish and is happy to provide classes in both English and Spanish. Elizabeth currently lives in Long Prairie; however she grew up in Ecuador. Her past experiences in Nutrition Education include her work in Ramsey County with the EFNEP program (primarily among Spanish-speaking participants), Spanish Breastfeeding educator for CentraCare in Long Prairie, and many programs in Ecuador and Peru. She is excited to begin a bilingual community garden class which will incorporate nutrition and cooking with a focus on seasonal and local produce.

Darlyce Rangaard, SNAP-Ed Educator, Health and Nutrition, works in the southwest regions and is located in Redwood County Extension Office. Darlyce is energetic, self-motivated with 20 years' experience in foodservice management in school settings. Darlyce enjoys cooking, gardening and having fun in the kitchen and helping people. Since August 2009, Darlyce was the SNAP-Ed Community Nutrition Educator in Lyon County promoting health and nutrition education through classroom nutrition education, and cooking and shopping classes.

Shirley Vang started her position as SNAP-Ed educator for the Central Region on May 12th and will be working out of the Ramey County Extension office. She has a background in nutrition and most recently worked as a Lifestyle Coach with the Diabetes Prevention Program at the YMCA. She has also worked as a diet tech in area hospitals. She is very excited to join SNAP-Ed where the focus is education and can teach in both English and Hmong.

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