NEAFCS-MN Officer Candidate Bios

We have two wonderful candidates for NEAFCS  President-Elect and Secretary. Anita Harris, based out of St. Cloud, is running for President-Elect and Mary Schroeder, based out of Marshall, is running for Secretary. Please take a moment to read their bios which are posted below. Elections will be held at the annual meeting in Duluth. If possible, please plan to attend.


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President-Elect: Hello!  My name is Anita (Harris) Hering and I have been a member of NEAFCS for one year.  I am running for NEAFCS- MN President-Elect.

I was hired in May of 2005 by the University of Minnesota Extension as a Regional Extension Educator for the Center of Youth Development.  In March of 2015 I joined the Center for Family Development- Family Resiliency as Extension Educator Military Families working as the Social Media Specialist in a cooperative agreement with eXtension, the Department of Defense, USDA, and the Military Families Learning Network.  My expertise is in the area of youth, families, volunteer and partnership development, curriculum development, program quality, social media, and working with military service providers, Service Members, their families and Veterans.

I attended the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University for my undergraduate degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Special Education.  In 1990 I received my MA in Non-Public School Administration/Educational Leadership from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul.

Upon coming to the University of MN Extension, I had 23 years of professional experience in Pre-Grade 12 education, 10 years as a classroom teacher and as a Principal for 13. I worked with school renovations, building projects, school mergers, and involved with strategic planning, grant writing and financial management (5 yearly budgets), fundraising and public relations, before and after school programs, curriculum development and implementation, just to name a few.

My husband and I live on five acres of wooded land in St. Joseph, where every day we host the “Hering Party” with deer, wild turkeys, coyote, other small animals and birds.  Since 2007 I have been involved with the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon in the St. Cloud area and as a volunteer Chairperson for the largest Regional BTYR (9 cities) in MN, the Central MN Warrior to Citizen.

As President-Elect I will use my leadership and management skills to serve in a leadership capacity and work hard to promote excellence and scholarship, assist in providing innovative professional growth and development opportunities, and serve as a resource for education, information, networking and partnerships.


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Secretary:Mary Schroeder has worked as an Extension educator since 1999. Prior to Extension, Mary worked as a registered dietitian in medical settings. As a clinical dietitian, Mary observed that people’s eating habits are influenced by factors such as stress, physical activity, time, and food access. Recently Mary’s work has focused on nutrition and well-being of children and youth, especially youth who live in low-income areas. She has worked with team members to develop and deliver trainings to school foodservice directors and child care providers with the goal of ensuring these environments prepare and serve high quality, nutritious foods. Mary earned a Masters degree in Public Health, Community Health Education at the University of Wisconsin — LaCrosse, WI and her Bachelors degree in Food and Nutrition from North Dakota State University.

NEAFCS MEMBERSHIP

Fall is a wonderful time of year to assess your professional growth. On behalf of the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (NEAFCS) – MN Affiliate, Awards and Membership Committee, I invite you to consider membership in our professional organization.  NEAFCS-MN Affiliate membership is open to any Extension employee working within family and consumer sciences programming and has a minimum of a bachelor’s degree.

NEAFCS – MN Affiliate provides an opportunity to network with other Family and Consumer Science Educators locally and nationally. Refer to the attached document for a form to join. Please complete your membership form and mail to Sara Van Offelen, 715 11th St N Ste 107C,
Moorhead, MN 56560 by October 4, 2016.  You can even divide the payments into two if that makes it easier.  See the membership form for details.

NEAFCS – MN Affiliate is an active organization.   Please consider joining us as a member of the NEAFCS – MN Affiliate!

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NEAFCS Awards Due (Feb. 15, 2016)–MN Affiliate

NEAFCS MN Affiliate Award applications are due February 15, 2016.

Award applications & all supporting material need to be uploaded into the national on-line system.  Here are some tips for submitting your application(s):

  • All NEAFCS Awards information is available on the Awards web page
  • Identify which award categories your project fits into by reviewing the Awards-at-a-Glance
  • Check out the step by step instructionson how to submit an application.
  • Please note — MN Award applications will be accepted up until February 15. 
    • IF YOU DECIDE TO EDIT YOUR APPLICATION prior to our February 15 deadline, YOU WILL NEED TO RE-UPLOAD ALL OF YOUR FILES AGAIN.  YOU CANNOT DELETE A FILE THAT HAS BEEN PREVIOUSLY SUBMITTED. TO REMOVE THE FILE, RE-UPLOAD THE FILES YOU WANT INCLUDED, AND UPLOAD A BLANK PAGE FOR THE FILE YOU WANT TO DELETE.
    • There will not be an opportunity to edit/change your application after the Minnesota February 15 deadline
  • To ensure high quality applications it is strongly recommended that submitters have their application materials reviewed prior to submitting online by someone else to ensure that the application is complete, easy to read & understand and contains no typos or grammatical errors.

If you have questions about the awards submission process please feel free to contact a MN awards/membership committee member:

  • Sara Croymans – croym001@edu
  • Mary Schroeder – hedin007@edu
  • Mary Caskey – caske002@edu
  • Sharon Powell – spowell@edu