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Staff Announcements

Yoha Christianson returned to Ramsey County on November 16, to bring our Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) to the Karen immigrant population, many of whom have settled in St Paul. Yoha is an innovative and enthusiastic community nutrition educator. He is concerned about the health of his community and has strong ties with agencies and community leaders. Welcome back, Yoha!

Sharon Mulé will start as the Staff Development Coordinator for Family Development on January 4. This is a new position and she will work closely with Family Development leadership to map out staff training needs and create a plan to meet those needs. Sharon has been working at the University for over six years at the  Institute on Community Integration as a project coordinator and national trainer. Prior to coming to the University, she worked at Arc Greater Twin Cities as a program specialist and trainer on special education law. She has over 25 years of experience working with children and families including work as a school readiness home visitor and a parent education instructor. Sharon is looking forward to meeting all of you and working with our teams in Family Development!

Family Development is happy to announce that a hire has been made for the Health and Nutrition Associate Program Director position. Teri Burgess-Champoux earned her Bachelors degree in Dietetics from Michigan State University, her Masters degree in Nutritional Sciences from San Diego State University, and her Doctorate in Nutrition from the University of Minnesota. She completed postdoctoral training to conduct public health research in adolescent health at the University of Minnesota. Her areas of expertise are nutrition education and child and adolescent health and obesity prevention. Over the course of her career, Dr. Burgess-Champoux has worked in a variety of practice settings as a clinical dietitian and dietetics educator. Most recently, Dr. Burgess-Champoux was an assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Sciences at St. Catherine University teaching undergraduate nutrition students and conducting research. She also serves as an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Food Science and Nutrition at the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Burgess-Champoux has been awarded the Public Health Nutrition Division Research Award from the Society for Nutrition Education (2007), the Outstanding Dietetic Educator Award from the American Dietetic Association (2003), and the Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year Award from the American Dietetic Association (1992). She currently serves on the journal committee for Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior and has been a program reviewer for the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics since 2005.

Teri L. Burgess-Champoux will start January 4 and will be housed in Coffey Hall.
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