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Welcome Two New SNAP Ed Educators to Family Development

Leticia Rodriguez joined the southwest region team on July 11 as the new SNAP-Ed Educator located in Nobles County. Letty has worked for the University of Minnesota in various ways since 1996. She worked with the Worthington Community Connectors; the Rainbows 4-H group in Nobles County (first 4-H group for kids of color); and as a CNE in Nobles County for 14 years. She is very involved in her community as a committee member for the International Festival and a member of the Blandin Leadership Program. She is excited to be back on board and looking forward to working with previous groups as well as meeting with new ones.

Debra Bearskin Hawthorne from Puposky, MN has recently been hired as the new Extension SNAP-Ed Educator, with an American Indian program focus. She began her regional position on Thursday, July 10th at the Beltrami County Extension Office. Debra has a degree in Indian Studies & English from Bemidji State University and is currently working on completing a Masters of Arts degree in English at BSU. As a graduate student, she taught English while also working at the Bemidji Food Shelf as an interviewer and manager of volunteers. She is an avid gardener, seamstress, and writer. Debra is a member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe.
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