Extension leadership

Office of the Dean

Extension dean Beverly Durgan

Beverly R. Durgan

Dean

mnext@umn.edu
612-624-2703

240 Coffey Hall
1420 Eckles Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108-6070


Brent Hales

Brent Hales

Senior Associate Dean

bdhales@umn.edu
612-626-8256

 

 


Sarah Greening

Sarah Greening

Chief of Staff

greening@umn.edu
612-625-1972

 

 


David Werner

David D. Werner

Chief Financial Officer

werne012@umn.edu
612-625-7688

 

 


Michael Schmitt

Michael Schmitt

Associate Dean, Extension Center for Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

schmi009@umn.edu
612-625-7098

 

 


Jennifer Skuza

Jennifer Skuza

Interim Associate Dean, Extension Center for Youth Development

skuza@umn.edu
612-624-7798

 

 


Karen Shirer

Karen Shirer

Associate Dean, Extension Center for Family Development

shire008@umn.edu
612-626-3971

 

 


Kent Olson

Kent Olson

Associate Dean, Extension Center for Community Vitality

kdolson@umn.edu
612-625-7723

 


Bob Byrnes

Bob Byrnes

Director of Field Operations

byrne007@umn.edu
507-337-2809

 

 


Kathryn Draeger

Kathryn Draeger

Program Director, Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships

draeg001@umn.edu
612-625-3148

 

 


Leslee Mason

Leslee Mason

Human Resources Director

lam@umn.edu
612-624-4205

 

 


Amy Baker

Amy Baker

Chief Technology Officer

amy@umn.edu
612-626-2897

 

 


Becky Beyers

Becky Beyers

Director of Communications & Public Relations

bbeyers@umn.edu
612-625-1759
 

 


John Vreyens

John Vreyens

Director of Extension Global Initiatives

vreyens@umn.edu
612-625-7779

 

 


Advisory committees

Citizens' Advisory Committee

This volunteer committee provides consultative support to the Extension Dean. They meet two times a year to discuss Extension priorities. 

Committee members

  • Rick Anderson, Lyon County, Balaton
  • Jerry Arneson, Clay County, Moorhead
  • David Benson, Nobles County, Bigelow
  • Anna Brekke, Scott County, Shakopee
  • Robert Cline, Olmsted County, Rochester
  • Wade Fauth, Itasca County, Grand Rapids
  • Jacqueline King, Dakota County, Apple Valley
  • Douglas Killian, Washington County, Lake Elmo
  • Bryon Kittleson, Martin County, Welcome
  • Barb Liukkonen, Lake County, Two Harbors
  • Jeane Pearson, Ramsey County, St. Paul
  • Thom Petersen, Pine County, Pine City
  • Fatima Said, Winona County, Winona
  • Darlene St. Clair, Stearns County, St. Cloud
  • Noreen Thomas, Clay County, Moorhead
  • Matthew Wolle, Watonwan County, St. James
  • Laura Wyatt, Anoka County, East Bethel
  • Don Yutrzenka, Marshall County, Argyle
  • Marvin Zutz, Red Lake County, Red Lake Falls

County Extension Committee

Extension engages citizen stakeholders and county commissioners across the state. State law requires that all 87 counties have a County Extension Committee that includes county citizens and two county commissioners.

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