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Denise Stromme



Northeast Minnesota


Phone: 218-828-2680
Fax: 218-828-2424

Extension Regional Office, Brainerd
322 Laurel Street, Suite 21
Brainerd, MN 56401-3500



  • B.S., Physical Education with Speech Communication and Coaching, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN
  • M.A., International Management, emphases in project development, training and advising, School for International Training, Brattleboro, VT

Work Experience

Denise works to build the leadership and civic engagement capacity in individuals and organizations in North Central Minnesota communities. She has over 30 years of experience in formal and nonformal education and project management in the United States, Europe and Africa. Currently, Denise co-leads the U-Lead Advisory Academy, a statewide leadership cohort for stakeholders, partners and volunteers of Extension. She is also involved in regional programs focused on environmental issues. Finally, Denise believes in using positive psychology research and practices in the design and deliverance of her programs to increase the well-being of individuals and in turn, their communities.

Affiliations, Honors and Community Service

  • Awards: Dean's Award for Distinguished Diversity and Inclusion; Excellence in Programming (Team) Minnesota Association of Community and Leadership Education Professionals.
  • Member: International Association of Positive Psychology; National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals; Community Development Society; International Leadership Association
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