Congratulations on Your Retirement Jo Musich!

Jo Musich will retire on December 31st after a 24 year career as an Extension Educator with the University of Minnesota Extension. She has contributed a great deal to the profession and we salute her for her dedication and hard work. Jo has provided educational programming for families throughout northeastern Minnesota first in St Louis County and later at Regional Offices in Cloquet and Grand Rapids. Jo also taught Home Economics in Virginia prior to her work with Extension.
Jo’s current programming includes Partnering for School Success where she conducted focus groups, wrote curriculum, trained school-parent teams, worked with cultural guides in the Native American community, and assisted in developing the Spanish curricula for parents. Jo also serves on the Parents Forever program team, most recently revising The Impact of Divorce on Children, conducting webinars with colleagues on We Agree: Creating a Parenting Plan, and providing training and consultation for northeast Minnesota communities offering Parents Forever programming.
Jo is a Master Trainer for the Powerful Tools for Caregivers curriculum and recently conducted training in northwest Minnesota for staff from a variety of agencies who want to teach the class. She has also offered a number of Powerful Tools for Caregiver sessions and Matter of Balance classes over the past two years.
As a member of a cross disciplinary team, she helped to initiate five regional Minnesota Women’s Woodland Networks across the state.
Jo served on the Positive Parenting curriculum development and training team and co-authored three curricula: Positive Parenting I, Positive Parenting II and Positive Parenting of Teens. These curricula received a number of awards including the Dean and Directors Distinguished Team Award, NEAFCS Florence Hall Award and the Minnesota Association of Extension Educators Team Award.
Balancing work, life and family and shift workers education has been an important piece of her work. She has also made important contributions to work with aging families with the programming on “Adult Children and Aging Parents: Conversations between Generations”.
Professional development and contribution is important to Jo and she is a member of the following organizations: National Council on Family Relations, Minnesota Council on Family Relations, Joint Council of Extension Professionals (National), Minnesota Association of Extension Educators, National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Science, Minnesota Extension Association of Family and Consumer Science, Iron Range Home Economist Program, Phi Upsilon Omicron, and National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE).
Jo is a valued member of the Family Relations program team and we’ll miss her a lot!

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