With the new year come opportunities to be a presence for MU Extension in your role as advocates.
The first opportunity falls on Thursday, Jan. 26, when we support the Mizzou Alumni Association and the 15th year of the association's Legislative Forum. A registration form is on the MAA website, and MAA members can register to attend, meet the new legislators and some of their staff, and talk to them about their support of MU Extension and what we do that brings value to their constituents' lives and communities. It includes the Boone County delegation, so is mainly aimed at folks locally. We have traditionally been there with several of you, and it’s a terrific opportunity. It is again being held at Grand Cru off South Providence Road. More information is available on the MAA website at www.mizzou.com/s/1002/alumni/interior.aspx?pgid=7638.
Secondly, please mark your calendar right now while it is at the top of your mind: Tuesday, Feb. 28, is the 2017 Legislative Day at the Capitol, hosted by the UM System, our four campuses and our university partner organizations. MU Extension has traditionally had “strength in numbers” on that day and we’d love to have a large turnout again this year. There are some changes on the horizon, and the registration, which is free, will open soon. Please watch the MU Extension website for all the details.
As always, YOU make the outreach we do possible. Lend your voice and help us continue to demonstrate the important work MU Extension does across our great state.
James Jackson, associate extension professional and 4-H youth specialist, Lafayette County, NW Region.
Nicolette Lonjers, youth program associate, Buchanan County, NW Region.
Tracy E. Campbell, FNEP program manager, SE Region.
Misty Hitch, youth program assistant, Oregon County, SE Region.
LaNesha Robinson, business support specialist, SBTDC.
John Wood, family financial education specialist and CPD, Douglas County, SW Region.
Melissa Davison, business support specialist, statewide administration.
Denise Sullivan, extension professional and nutrition specialist, Jackson County, Urban Region.
Nancy Burns, nutrition program associate, Reynolds County.
Tony DeLong, statewide councils coordinator.
Nancy Coleman, youth specialist and CPD, Ray County.
Janet LaFon, family financial education specialist, Jasper County.
Mary L. Gosche, human development and family science specialist, Cape Girardeau County.
Teresa L. Mareschal, human development and family science specialist, St. Charles County.
Lisa Wallace, human development and family science specialist, Henry County.
Diana Milne, human development and family science specialist, and co-CPD, Clay County.
James Wirth, human development and family science specialist, Taney County.
Karen Dickey, executive staff assistant, communications and marketing.
David Schmidt, extension associate professor and state specialist, SBTDC.
Carolyn Ann Jones, PTAC specialist and program manager, SBTDC.
Nina Yuh Hsien Chen, extension professional and human development and family science specialist, Jackson County, Urban Region.
Louella Kay Sparks, 4-H youth specialist and co-CPD, Pettis County, WC Region.
Saralee Jamieson, human development and family science specialist, and CPD, St. Clair County, WC Region.
Roberta DeCocq, former SW Region HES specialist, died June 19, 2016, at the age of 79. Full obituary.
William H. Maxon died Dec. 10, 2016, at the age of 82. Before retiring from MU Extension in 1984, Maxon worked more than 20 years as a local government specialist based in Independence. Full obituary.
Kenneth Porter Morris, father of Pike County 4-H youth development specialist Patty Fisher, died Dec. 12, 2016, at the age of 93. Memorials may be made to Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Vandalia. Full obituary.
Ben Rainsberger, brother of retired Labor Education program director Paul Rainsberger, died Dec. 21, 2016, at the age of 60. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Southern Ohio Survivors, 33 ½ S. Paint St., Chillicothe, OH 45601. Full obituary.