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Two new metro area SNAP-Ed regional coordinators join FD

By Margaret Haggenmiller, associate program director in SNAP-Ed metro

Two new SNAP-Ed regional coordinators have joined the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Family Development. Ayolanda Evans is based at the U of M Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center in Minneapolis. Janice Horsager Rasmussen is based at the Ramsey County Extension office in St. Paul.

Ayolanda comes to Extension from the Northside Achievement Zone. There she was a strategy manager and early childhood navigator. As a strategy manager, she supervised staff in partner organizations, managed after-school programs, and contributed to the organization’s academic strategy.

Ayolanda Evans sitting by a window.

As a navigator, she guided parents through systems affecting early childhood. She also facilitated early childhood development classes for parents. Those classes included content on the importance of nutrition in children’s health.

Ayolanda is engaged in a variety of community initiatives. They include the:
  • Appetite for Change Fresh Corners urban agriculture program.
  • Minnesota Department of Health Community Voices and Solutions Team.
  • Youth Coordinating Board Afterschool Advisory Network.
  • Black Women’s Wealth Alliance. 
She also is a member of the Governor’s Early Learning council.

Ayolanda says she is passionate about giving children a safe and healthy start in the world. She looks forward to meeting the people of SNAP-Ed and contributing to group efforts.

Janice returns to Extension after 22 years living and working in East Africa. She previously worked as an:
  • EFNEP program manager in Ramsey County.
  • Extension educator in health and nutrition in Ramsey and Redwood counties.
  • Extension educator with the Center for Youth Development in St. Louis and Brown counties. 
While in East Africa, Janice taught topics such as nutrition, family, marriage, and human development, evaluation and critical thinking. She also taught English-language classes. And she worked with women on income-generating projects such as solar cooking, batik making, and charcoal-oven baking.

Janice Horsager Rasmussen smiling in front of window blinds.

In Africa, Janice also helped develop train-the-trainer sessions to protect people accused of practicing witchcraft in Tanzanian villages. This project took her to the United Nations office in Geneva, Switzerland, this past fall.

Janice says she is passionate about helping people improve the quality of their lives. She is excited about working with the people who make SNAP-Ed a success.

Please welcome Ayolanda and Janice to the SNAP-Ed team!
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