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    • Rural Minnesota Journal 2012 Who Lives in Rural Minnesota: A Region in Transition © Center for Rural Policy and Development www.ruralmn.org/rmj/ About the AuthorsRobert Franklin, a Philadelphia native, is a retired journalist,community volunteer, and member of RMJ’s editorialcommittee. As a reporter and editor, Bob worked for theMinneapolis Tribune and Star Tribune for nearly 40 years andfor the Associated Press before that. He was city editor, stateeditor, and a reporter mostly covering philanthropy andMinnesota outside the metro area. He taught journalism for24 years as an adjunct faculty member of the University of St.Thomas in St. Paul. In the early 1970s, Franklin was a VillageCouncil member and chief of police for Medina, then a smalltown on the fringe of the Twin Cities. In retirement, he hastaught as an inner-city volunteer for ThreeSixty Journalism,a high school program, and has been a judge for three yearsfor national investigative reporting contests for the Society ofProfessional Journalists. He and his wife, Norma Jean, a farmgirl from Wright County, have lived on Lake Independencesince 1966.Ben Winchester is currently a ResearchFellow for the University of MinnesotaExtension, Center for Community Vitality,where he concentrates his research effortson two topics that are vital to ruralMinnesota: documenting “newcomers”to identify the social and economicopportunities of this migration; andanalyzing rural community leadership. Overall, he workson cultivating connections between institutions of higherVolume 7 1
    • Rural Minnesota Journaleducation and rural places by involving university faculty,staff, students, and programs in everyday community life.Before joining Extension, he worked at the Center for SmallTowns at the University of Minnesota, Morris. Mary Quirk is the Executive Director for the Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration (MAVA). She manages MAVA’s statewide initiatives to increase training and resources for leaders of volunteers. In this position Mary led the development of a system for delivering best practices information that has reached over 1,000 leaders of volunteers acrossMinnesota. She also manages MAVA’s initiatives on engagingBoomers as volunteers, volunteerism in a shifting environmentand volunteerism in immigrant communities. Mary’s interestin rural volunteerism goes back to volunteering growing upin Nebraska. She has a master’s degree from the HumphreyInstitute of Public Affairs and a master’s degree from theSchool of Public Health at the University of Minnesota.Katie Bull is the Membership,Communications, and Services Managerfor the Minnesota Association for VolunteerAdministration (MAVA). Katie has been onMAVA staff since 2008. She is responsiblefor managing a MAVA membership of800+, arranging workshops, and handlingMAVA communications. Katie hasexpanded MAVA’s AmeriCorps*VISTAprogram and has been to all corners of the state to presenttrainings on MAVA initiatives. Previously she was a VISTAmember at CommonBond Communities and a VISTA Leaderat the Minnesota Literacy Council. She has a bachelor’sdegree from the University of Minnesota in English. Shehas volunteered as an English teacher in the U.S. and Africaand received her Certificate in Teaching English as a ForeignLanguage from Hamline University.2 Volume 7
    • About the AuthorsElizabeth Ellis has successfully developedand managed volunteer programs in boththe private and nonprofit sector, includingthe Girl Scouts, Minnesota Departmentof Corrections, Face to Face Health andCounseling Services, and the YWCA of St.Paul. Elizabeth is a national trainer, author,creator of www.volunteerservus.com, andfounding member and instructor for theMinnesota Association for Volunteer Administration (MAVA)Volunteer Resources Leadership (VRL) series. At the 2011Minnesota Conference on Volunteer Administration, Elizabethco-authored and presented Rural Volunteerism with HeatherThormodson addressing cultivating community in ruralareas and planting seeds for a sustainable future. She holds aB.A. in Nonprofit Administration & Resource Development,an MMBA in Nonprofit Organization from St. ThomasUniversity, and is a proud recipient of the Mary Wiser Awardin recognition for Excellence in Volunteer Administration. Heather Thormodson has her M.S. in Experiential Education from Minnesota State University Mankato and over 17 years of experience in the volunteer management field. Heather works at West Central Minnesota Communities Action Inc., where she serves as the RSVP Director. She has developed and delivered training sessions to volunteers and staffin previous jobs surrounding a variety of topics: orientationto volunteerism, sensitivity training, and workplace safetyto name a few. Currently she also serves as a VolunteerResources trainer for the Minnesota Association for VolunteerAdministration in which she has covered topics such as:recruitment, retention, supervision, recognition, managingrisk, and motivation/interviews of the volunteer managementfield. Heather has a passion for being a strong advocate forreducing the effects of poverty in rural west central Minnesotaand takes pride in her country roots.Volume 7 3
    • Rural Minnesota Journal Valerie Shangreaux has been the Director of the Blandin Community Leadership Programs for the Blandin Foundation since 2007. Previously she worked as a Grants Manager and the Campus Coordinator for the Oklahoma Alliance for Minority Participation in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Program at Oklahoma State University. Valeriewas also faculty in the Department of Family Relations andChild Development at Oklahoma State University. She hasbeen a consultant providing leadership training, interculturalcompetency training, and strategic planning assistance tocommunities and organizations throughout the United States.Dr. Shangreaux holds a Ph.D. from Oklahoma State Universityin Educational Psychology. Her master’s degree, also inEducational Psychology, and her Bachelor’s degree in HomeEconomics are from the University of Nebraska. Valerie isOglala Lakota and originally from Pine Ridge, South Dakota.Malissa Bahr has been on staff withthe Blandin Foundation’s leadershipprograms since 1999, and currently she isresponsible for their development, design,and implementation. Malissa also managesand coordinates activities of internal andexternal program consultants and hasbeen a leadership trainer since 2003. Priorto working with the Blandin Foundation,Malissa spent seven years in the field of law, specializingin class action litigation. She holds a master’s degree inorganizational/industrial psychology, where she focused herstudies on effective small groups and leadership development.She is currently working on her dissertation to complete herPh.D. in educational psychology with emphasis on adultlearning and program assessment. Malissa is originally fromEveleth, Minnesota.4 Volume 7
    • About the AuthorsJoyce Hoelting is the assistant directorfor the Extension Center for CommunityVitality, managing communications andadministrative staff for the Center. Shehas written and published articles aboutthe Center’s work in New Directions forHigher Education, Community Dividend(a publication of the Federal Reserve Bankin Minneapolis) and other publications.She is co-editor of Vital Connections, the Extension Center forCommunity Vitality newsletter for Minnesota communities.Joyce is a member of the board of directors of the CommunityDevelopment Society and is the editor of CD Practice, theCommunity Development Society’s on-line journal, whichpublishes articles about successful practices in the field ofcommunity development. Joyce holds a Master’s of PublicAffairs from the U of M’s Humphrey Institute and received abachelor’s in English and speech communications in her homestate of Nebraska. Mary Ann Gwost Hennen is the program leader for Leadership and Civic Engagement programs at the University of Minnesota Extension, supporting regional educators as they develop, design, deliver, and evaluate leadership and civic engagement programming across the state. Mary Ann joined Extension in January of 2005 after leading, for sixyears, Community Leadership Initiatives for the WilderCenter for Communities, managing leadership developmentprograms for the St. Paul neighborhood. In the ‘90’s, she wasan Extension Leadership Development State Specialist, co-creating leadership education programs around the state.Mary Ann has a master’s degree in educational psychologyand social foundations from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a bachelor’s in personnel services from MoorheadState University.Volume 7 5
    • Rural Minnesota Journal Peter Caldwell currently works as a child protection social worker in New Zealand. In 2010 and 2011, he was a graduate research assistant for the Extension Center for Community Vitality, evaluating Leadership and Civic Engagement programs. While in Minnesota, Peter also worked for the Hmong American Partnership and Neighborhood House.He received his master’s in social work at the University ofMinnesota.Susan Stehling is a CommunicationsAssociate at the Minnesota Councilon Foundations (MCF), a regionalassociation that works actively to expandand strengthen a vibrant community ofdiverse grantmakers who individuallyand collectively advance the commongood. At MCF, she edits Giving Forum,a quarterly print publication that keeps staff of nonprofitscurrent on what’s new with philanthropy in Minnesota. Inaddition, she does other writing and editing and handlesmedia relations. Prior to joining MCF, Stehling was a long-time employee at Park Nicollet Health Services, where shehandled internal communications and led the organization’sintranet development team. Previously, she managed andmarketed fundraising special events for the American LungAssociation of Hennepin County. She has her bachelor ofbusiness administration from the University of Wisconsin, EauClaire. Stehling is an active volunteer in several communityorganizations.Wendy C. Wehr is Vice President of Communications andInformation Services at the Minnesota Council on Foundations(MCF). At MCF she leads a team of communicationsand research professionals who focus on gathering anddisseminating information that increases individual andorganizational philanthropy throughout the state. Prior to6 Volume 7
    • About the Authorsjoining MCF, Wehr served as DevelopmentDirector of the Minnesota LiteracyCouncil, and as an Adjunct Professorin the Department of Journalism andMass Communication at the Universityof St. Thomas. In the for-profit sector,Wehr was Senior Vice President, GroupManager, at Colle & McVoy MarketingCommunications, where she led a multi-disciplinary account team that deployed research, advertising,public relations, sales promotion, direct marketing andinteractive communications to build client brands and exceedbusiness objectives. Wehr also has prior experience as acorporate advertising manager, public relations writer andagriculture trade industry journalist. Wehr earned a master’sdegree in leadership from Augsburg College and a bachelor’sdegree in communications studies from Pennsylvania StateUniversity.LaRhae Grindal Knatterud is Director of Aging Transforma-tion for the Continuing Care Administration at the MinnesotaDepartment of Human Services, where she has worked for thepast 15 years. She has a B.A. from Augsburg College in Minne-apolis and an M.A.P.A. from the Humphrey Institute of PublicAffairs, University of Minnesota, with major concentrations ingerontology and health care policy. She began her career at theArea Agency on Aging for the Twin Cities, and her responsi-bilities have included leading Project 2030 and Transform 2010,efforts to identify the impacts over the next 30 years of Minne-sota’s aging population; chief staff to the state’s long-term caretask force; and coordinator of Minnesota’s efforts on long-termcare financing reform. Currently, she is staff leader for a fed-eral/state effort, Own Your Future, a project encouraging andenabling Minnesotans to create a plan for their long-term care.Kyle Uphoff is the Regional Analysis and Outreach Managerat the Minnesota Department of Employment and EconomicDevelopment (DEED). He is responsible for the collection anddissemination of labor market expertise through DEED’s fourVolume 7 7
    • Rural Minnesota JournalRegional Labor Market Analysts locatedthroughout the state. Kyle has bachelor’sdegrees in biochemistry and geneticsfrom the University of Minnesota. Aftercompleting graduate work in chemistry atIndiana University, he received a master’sdegree in public policy from the HumphreyInstitute at the University of Minnesota.Kyle has worked with DEED since 2000and previously worked with other state agencies, includingthe Legislative Commission on Minnesota Resources and theMinnesota Department of Education.Joan Jarvis Ellison traded big city life for the country andbegan a lifetime of adventures in animal husbandry, smallscale farming, and fiber artistry. Her first book, Shepherdess:Notes from the Field, a book on “how not to raise sheep,”won a Minnesota Book Award in 1996. Her second book, TheFaces of Change, on the transformation of Pelican Rapids, waspublished in 2007. Ellison writes creative nonfiction, essays,fiction and poetry. She has taught writing to elementary agestudents, high school students, and adults. Ellison holds aB.A. in chemistry from Macalester College and an M.S. inbiophysical sciences from the University of Houston. She hasspent most of her adult life working as a mother, shepherdess,and finally, freelance writer.8 Volume 7