Candidates 2012

Following is information for candidates that are running for office. The first paragraph is from Kathy Olson, who is running for national NEAFCS President- Elect. Minnesota is extremely proud of Kathy and wish her the very best as she runs for this important office!
The next two bios are for NEAFCS-MN Affiliate positions of President-Elect (Kathy Brandt) and Secretary (Connie Burns). Elections will be held at our Annual Meeting in October in Bloomington.
KOlson.jpg NEAFCS provides an amazing network of professional colleagues and friends that one can develop through involvement with this incredible organization. My Extension career has provided me with leadership and professional development opportunities where I can serve our membership in a leadership role. I have attended 21 Annual Sessions in addition to other state and national conferences, holding numerous leadership positions. I have served on the Board as Co-liaison, Secretary and Vice President for Professional Development and have gained considerable knowledge and experience, and have a good handle on all aspects of the Association. I enjoy meeting Extension educators from all over the country, learning more about their work and building relationships and networking. We have an outstanding group of professionals serving on the Board and I would be honored to continue to be part of the team. I am committed to continuing the advancement of the well-being of the organization and to create and support new and exciting initiatives for NEAFCS and its members. I would be honored and humbled to fill such an important role for the association.
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Candidate for President-Elect
Kathy Brandt, Extension Educator, Food Safety
Greetings NEAFCS-MN Members!
During my career I’ve had the opportunity to work in a variety of positions, in and out of Extension. Included in the opportunities are teaching public school in the area of Family and Consumer Sciences in Crookston and Worthington; being a W.I.C. coordinator and nutrition educator with Cottonwood-Jackson Public Health; managing the Home Service Marketing test kitchen for the Schwan Food Company; and positions with NDSU Extension and U of M Extension in Cottonwood County, Nobles County, and currently as a regional educator based in Marshall. All totaled, I’ve had about 20 years with Extension. During those years I’ve served on many committees for our association but haven’t said yes to a leadership position. You might be thinking “it’s about time” and that’s what I thought too! It’s an honor to be asked to run for president-elect and I’m looking forward to working with all of you to keep good things going.
On a personal note – I’ve been married to Brian for 33 years; we have two sons, Erik and Chris; and one wonderful grandson, Aiden. These guys are the lights of my life! We keep busy with competitive BBQ, community and SMSU involvement, family and friends.
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Candidate for Secretary
Connie Burns, Extension Educator, Health & Nutrition
Dear Members and Friends of NEAFCS-MN Affiliate,
My name is Connie Burns, and I’m the Extension Educator in Health and Nutrition for the West Central (Morris) Region.
I am writing to express my interest in becoming Secretary for the 2012-14 term.
All organizations work best when communication is accurate and timely, and I feel that I can provide this in the role of Secretary. I have worked in the secretarial position before for other organizations, and feel I have the knowledge and background to help our organization move forward.
I’ve been with Extension for five years and have especially enjoyed the variety of work that is involved with the position. We are making great strides ‘out on the prairie’ with families and communities in need!
Before coming to Extension, I worked as a Registered Dietitian in hospitals, nursing homes and the WIC Program. I have taught basic nutrition courses at the community college level, both face to face and online. I have a special interest in staff development and facilitative teaching methods, and have designed online courses for our Community Nutrition Educators across the state.
I live north of Alexandria with Fred, who is retired from over 30 years with USDA/NRCS (Natural Resources). He consults now with Ducks Unlimited. I’m currently half-way through the Masters of Education Program through UM-Duluth, so that keeps me busy. If I’m not working on a class, you’ll find me hiking or biking in the local state park (Lake Carlos) with a camera in hand. I’ve taught yoga for years, and continue to offer classes when I have time.
Thank you for considering me for the Secretary position with NEAFCS-MN!
Connie Burns, MS/RD


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