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Introducing New SNAP-Ed Educators

Please join me in welcoming five new staff members to welcome to Extension and Family Development:

Kanko Akakpovi began her position as a SNAP-Ed Educator on June 2. Her office is located in Rice County. She previously served as a Community Nutrition Educator in Steele and Rice counties since 2010 and most recently was with EFNEP in Ramsey County. Kanko holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health from St. Cloud State University. In addition to her time with University of MN Extension, she has previous experience in residential care for disabled clients and food service. Kanko immigrated to the United States in 2004 from Togo West Africa.

Nancy Brewster earned a Business Degree from Boston University with a concentration in Food Administration and Hospitality. She comes to Extension with experience as a Cultural Liaison with the Hispanic Community; working with children and adults in the Educational Field. Nancy enjoys leading an active lifestyle, dancing to tropical rhythms and interacting with people of different cultures.

Andrea Kronbach joined the Southeast Region in her new role as a SNAP-Ed Educator based out of Steele County on June 9. Most recently, Andrea was with Rice County Public Health as a public health educator. Andrea began her U of MN Extension Health and Nutrition work in 2006 as a nutrition education assistant and as program coordinator for the South Central area in 2008. Andrea holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Family Life and Child Development from Minnesota State University Mankato. In addition to her time with University of MN Extension, she has previous experience with Nicollet County Social Services.

Samantha Stewart received her undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota, Duluth in Community Health Education with a minor in Biology. She went on to receive her Master's in Public Health in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Both her academic and professional interest includes working with youth in the area of chronic disease prevention. She grew up in central Minnesota area in the small city of Cold Spring near St Cloud and is looking forward to working back in the state of Minnesota to tackle the issue of obesity/chronic disease prevention.

Anne Ulrich has accepted the SNAP-Ed Educator position housed in Mahnomen County. She has previous work experience teaching school age children at the Wee-Care Early Learning Center in Bagley and interning with Clearwater County Nursing Service. Annie holds a Bachelor's degree in Community Health from Bemidji State University.

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