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Update on Children, Youth & Family Consortium

On July 1, Trish Olson assumed the role of interim director of the Children, Youth & Family Consortium (CYFC). As noted in an earlier blog post, Cathy Jordan is moving into a specialist role.

Trish has worked for the University of Minnesota since the mid-1980s in various roles in College of Human Ecology and Extension. She took time out to complete her Ph.D. at the Ohio State University in Family Resource Management. Since the early 2000s, she has served as a program leader in Family Development for Family Resource Management and Family Relations. Since 2007, she has been Karen Shirer's assistant in overseeing the center.

In her interim role with CYFC, Trish supports and promotes the mission of CYFC , the programming conducted by staff, supervises the staff, and oversees the budget. She also will work with Dean Durgan and Associate Dean Karen Shirer on determining the long-term leadership needs for CYFC. You can reach Trish at

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