2018 Jackson County Extension Council Election Candidate Bios

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District 1

District 1 Candidate: Tim Kruse

What is your interest in being on the Jackson County Extension Council?

I currently serve on the MU Extension of Jackson County council and am looking to be re-elected for another two year term.  I am a civic minded, All Things Missouri advocate, mentor and forward thinking leader looking to reach a wide array of individuals, initiatives and innovative opportunities for improvements in quality of life for our neighborhoods and communities.

Please provide a short personal/professional Bio:

I currently serve on the MU Extension council of Jackson County and am looking to be re-elected for another two year term. I am engaged in a non-profit organization, Communities of Excellence 2026, whose mission is to address challenges at the community level of key social factors including health, safety, education and economic development.

I have lived in the Kansas City area for 25 years, currently reside in the River Market District.  I am very engaged in the community serving on various boards such as the River Market Community Improvement District, Kansas City Downtown Neighborhood Association and the River Market Community Association.

District 1 Candidate: D. Jensen Adams

What is your interest in being on the Jackson County Extension Council?

I believe in the importance of life-long education, and I am passionate about creating compelling opportunities for residents of Jackson County to pursue practical knowledge and wisdom. My experience fits well with the work of the Extension Council, especially my professional work in home repairs, program implementation, public education, and neighborhood outreach. My family and I highly value public service.

Please provide a short personal/professional Bio:

Jensen completed undergraduate studies with the Metropolitan Community Colleges and the University of Missouri Kansas City with a focus on Urban Studies, Environmental Studies, and Geography. He is pursuing graduate studies with the Bloch School Department of Public Affairs. Jensen is the district manager of Kansas City Public Schools' Office of Energy and Sustainability. He is a City Commissioner by mayoral appointment with the Kansas City Environmental Management Commission. Jensen has nearly twenty years of experience with building and environmental science, including field experience as a mechanical technician, and nonprofit experience with local, state, and federal energy program implementation and neighborhood outreach.

District 2

District 2 Candidate: Marvin Estill

What is your interest in being on the Jackson County Extension Council?

I find your mission to be in line with many of my beliefs. Several of the focus areas of the Extension Council are things that I care about deeply both professionally and personally. These include public service, education, nutrition, and agriculture as it relates to the food service and wine production sectors that are part of my professional background.

I look forward to successfully contributing to the leadership role that the Extension Council plays in our community. I’m interested in exploring meaningful partnerships, problem-solving, and moving forward the vision of the MU Extension for the people it serves.

Please provide a short personal/professional Bio:

Marvin Estill has been working in Leadership and Management positions in the food and restaurant industries for over two decades. This experience has included many roles involving the training of staff, often new hires fresh out of college or high school.

He recently dove into the world entrepreneurship, founding Audiio’s, a service-based narration platform specializing in the needs of the restaurant industry. The service allows restaurants to adapt their menus into customized audio and video presentations in a number of languages, including sign language. With a mobile app, patrons can heighten their dining experience by gaining a greater appreciation of the menu and culinary philosophy behind it.

Consensus-building, creative problem-solving, budget management expertise, operations management acumen, and entrepreneurship are the areas that Marvin is most proud of professionally. He is eager to bring these skills to the Extension Council of Jackson County.

His most recent food industry position was as Concessions Supervisor at Kauffman Stadium, home of the Royals. Immediately prior to that, he was Executive Director of the Food and Beverage Association Kansas City.

He was Food and Beverage Director at The Oread Hotel in Lawrence when it won the 2015 Wine Spectator Award. Marvin’s professional experience also includes being the Restaurant and Outlets Manager at The Hilton President in Kansas City and Site Supervisor at Aramark Business and Industry Group in Denver, Colorado.

Community and professional service are not new to Marvin. He’s currently a member of the Alliance for Economic Inclusion in Kansas City and the Guild of Sommeliers.

In the past, he’s served as an associate board member of the Food Bank of the Rockies, and former member of Colorado Black Chamber of Commerce, and the Colorado Restaurant Association. He’s also served as a Food Safety and Alcohol Educator for the National Restaurant Association and National Registry for Food Safety Professionals. He helped found the Food Pantry KC Facebook group, whose goal is to make food pantries in Kansas City more accessible via social media networks.

District 2 Candidate: Deborah Jensen

What is your interest in being on the Jackson County Extension Council?

My interest in serving on the council involves giving back to the community that I love in a field which I understand and respect.  Extension Services can enhance lives and help keep homes safe.  State Education has put less and less emphasis on traditional FACS classes and this gap can be filled by Extension. My interest would be to advocate for the people of Jackson County to have access to the wealth of information available through University Extension, be it through a search for extra funding, education or participation.

Please provide a short personal/professional Bio:

My career before retirement primarily was spent as a Family and Consumer Science Teacher and as a WIC  Nutritionist  (Women, Infants and Children nutrition program). Both fields have enabled me to help improve lives through improved nutrition and personal and vocational skills.

I grew up on a farm near a small town and observed my friends in 4-H accomplishing life skills and learning to make good decisions. I have a continuing respect for this fine program. Since graduation from NWMSU, I have lived and worked in Jackson County, enjoying an active role in church, community and professional organizations. I look forward to serving on this council.


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