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New Staff Join FD to Assist Military Families Learning Network

By Hannah Jastram, Communications Associate

Extension Center for Family Development was selected to help with the work of the Military Families Learning Network (MFLN), which serves military family service professionals around the world. FD is assisting MFLN in the area of Family Lifecycle Transition Support for Families and has hired two staff members who started March 16: Anita Harris Hering and Amy Majerle.

Anita comes to us from the Center for Youth Development and brings with her a wealth of experiences as an educator and as a volunteer and chair of one of Minnesota’s largest Beyond the Yellow Ribbon regional initiatives. She also has volunteered with Operation Military Kids. She will be working as an Extension educator out of the St. Cloud regional office.

Amy comes to us as a retiree from the Minnesota Air National Guard, with 22 years of service including overseas deployment. She will work part time on this project while continuing her graduate studies in the Department of Family and Social Science.

Anita and Amy will identify, develop, and deliver professional development, resources and tools to increase the capacity, knowledge, and skills of professional staff who work with military service members and their families. Anita and Amy also will compile information on research and best practices in assistance to military families.

The new staff members will work closely with Extension educators Sara Croymans (principal investigator of the cooperative agreement), Ellie McCann, and Mary Jo Katras, as well as MFLN state and national teams.

To learn more about this project, read FD Selected to Help Military Family Service Professionals Worldwide,
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