Mary Jo Katras-Candidate for President-Elect
Hi my name is Mary Jo Katras and I am an Extension Educator and Associate Professor in Family Resiliency and Health and Nutrition. I am located at the Andover Regional Office. I have been an Extension Educator in Family Development for 2 ½ years. Prior to coming to Extension, I was a Research Associate for the Rural Families Speak Project, a lecturer in the Department of Family Social Science teaching classes such as Family Policy, Family Research from an Economic Perspective and an online Personal and Family Finance course, and the coordinator for the Minnesota Financial Fitness Network. My work has concentrated in the area of family economic well-being, family resources management and family policy. I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology for the College of St. Benedict, a Master’s Degree in Sociology from Loyola University Chicago and a PhD from the Department of Family Social Science, University of Minnesota.
Throughout my formal education and my work experience, I have always had a passion for research, teaching and outreach. Currently I am part of several research projects including the Elder Family Financial Exploitation project and the Military Family Learning Network. I am part of two national education/research initiatives—Smart Choice for Health Insurance and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) toolkit—Your Money, Your Goals. In addition to teaching face-to-face classes in the community, I am also am instructor for two online courses—Targeted Food Marketing to Youth and the Financial Educator Certificate Program. I am involved in several networks at the state level—I coordinate the Minnesota Financial Fitness Network, am a member of the Nutritious Food Coalition and Twin Cities Hunger Initiative. At the national level, I am a member of AFCPE. As I put my name forward as a candidate for President-Elect of NEAFCS-MN, I am excited about the possibility of taking my passion to a new level. I have thoroughly enjoyed my role as an Extension educator and feel it is time to take on a new role and new experiences in NEAFCS-MN.
Outside of work, I have another passion—my family! My husband Steve and I have three daughters (ages 11, 8, and 5) who make everyday a joy and a new adventure! And to add even more excitement to our household, we have a 1 ½ year old Golden Retriever! Thank you for the opportunity to introduce myself and am looking forward to the possibility of expanding my role in NEAFCS-MN
Margaret Haggenmiller-Candidate for Secretary
Hello, my name is Margaret Haggenmiller and I have been a member of NEAFCS for two years. I served on the membership subcommittee since I joined NEAFCS and now I have put my name in the hat for secretary. The secretary role would provide an opportunity to learn more about our organization and all it has to offer. I have worked with Health & Nutrition programs for the last six years as a coordinator with SNAP Education. I live in Waconia with my husband and two children, Trip a senior at Waconia High School and Ellie a student at Normandale Community College. I am currently working on my graduate degree in education, so any interests and hobbies I have are on the back burner – homework rules my spare time!