Happy Retirement to Carol Ann Burtness!

Congratulations and Best Wishes Carol Ann!
After a thirty-four year career with the University of Minnesota Extension Carol Ann Burtness is retiring on January 31, 2010. On behalf of NEAFCS, Minnesota Affiliate, I want to thank Carol Ann for her commitment to our organization and her dedication to improving lives of families and communities.
Carol Ann was an active 34 year veteran of NEAFCS and other Extension professional organizations. She has served in many leadership roles, including president and currently serves as our secretary. Involvement in professional organizations was a way for Carol Ann to develop lifelong friendships and gain leadership skills.
 Minnesota Voting Delegate to NEAFCS – 2002, 2003, 2009
 Represented Minnesota at the North Central JCEP Meeting – 2002 and 2003
 Distinguished Service Award: 2004
 NEAFCS Annual Conference Tour Committee Member – 2006-07
 Continued Excellence Award, 2009
NEAFCS – MN Affiliate:
• Member: 1975-Present (34 years)
 President-Elect – 2002
 President – 2003
 Secretary – 2008-10
 Committee Involvement: Revenue Generation; Membership; Cluster Representative; Public Affairs; By-Laws Review Ad Hoc
Minnesota Association of Extension Educators
 Employee Benefits
 District/Cluster Representative
Epsilon Sigma Phi
 Membership Committee Co-Chair
Mentoring and fostering relationships is a skill and strength that very few master. Carol Ann was one of these masters. When I started in Extension, just 12 years ago, one of my first phone calls was from Carol Ann. She served as my mentor and friend ever since. When I wanted to jump into something, she would slow me down by saying, “let’s just think about this.” I often heard Carol Ann say this mantra while teaching too. What a useful problem solving strategy.
Here are just a few recent examples, within the past three years, of Carol Ann’s program scholarship:
• Food Safety Employee Training – 2007 and 2008: Team-presented an overview of curriculum we developed for food service employees. Presentations were made at the Upper Midwest Food Service Show; NEAFCS National Conference, Minnesota Environmental Health Association conference, and conducted a train-the-trainer session with food safety educators. The curriculum provides all food service employees (chefs, wait-staff, dishwashers, hosts, etc.) the basic need-to-know skills to foodborne illness. The delivery method includes a variety of hands-on activities to meet a variety of learning styles.
• Food Safety Updates to Nutrition Education Assistants – 2004-2008. Presented food safety updates to regional Nutrition Education Assistants in north central; northeast; southeast; southeast/south central and north western Minnesota. Provided background information about foodborne illnesses; how to prevent foodborne illnesses and recommendations for food safety education for NEA’s to share with their program participants.
• Peddling Your Pickles Safely – 2006-2008. Co-presented regulatory updates and recommendations to MDH/MDA food inspectors and vendors selling acidified home-canned food products at Farmers’ Markets and local events.
These are just a few examples of Carol Ann’s commitment to meet needs and improve programs and build capacity.
Thanks Carol Ann for spending your career with us! We wish you much happiness in your next journey.


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