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Meet the Board Extension Council Articles

Our Newsletter Articles  gives our current Board Members an opportunity to interact with the public and share how they got into extension! Read below to see our current member's brief interviews! 

Peter Rinn
Board Chair

Why did you get involved in extension services?  

I had recently returned to Lawrence after being away for 30 years and, when Marlin Bates asked me to become involved with Extension Services, I found it was a great opportunity to engage with the life of the community. However, Marlin had conveniently failed to tell me that I would quickly become seduced by the work of an incredible organization. And, as the old cliché says, the rest is history.Peter Rinn.png

What has surprised you the most about being on the Extension Board? 

I was surprised by the scope of involvement that the Extension Service has with our community: A short and non-inclusive list - 4H, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education, LiveWell, Youth Futures, Master Gardeners, CORE Collaborative, Farm Tour, Farmers Markets, Emergency Response Services, Incubator Farm, Food Policy Council. And so much more!

What other community activities are you passionate about? 

I am a founding member of CORE (Connections, Opportunities and Resources for Entrepreneurs). CORE is a grassroots economic development collaboration focused on empowering entrepreneurs and energizing a vibrant and sustainable entrepreneurial ecosystem in Douglas County with an emphasis on inclusion and diversity.  

I am also passionate about the arts and am a supporter of Theatre Lawrence.

 

Autumn Bishop
Board Vice-Chair

Why did you get involved in extension services?

I didn't know much about extension before my former colleagues Heather Krase-Minnick and Linda Koester-Vogelsang shared my name with the nominating committee. It sounded like a great opportunity to get involved with the larger Douglas County community.

Autumn Bishop.pngWhat has surprised you the most about being on the Extension Board?

Learning about the breadth and depth of ways Extension works in the community has been eye-opening. Before I joined, I thought Extension was only involved in things like 4-H and the Douglas County Fair. There's so much more than I ever knew.

What other community activities are you passionate about?

Living with the pandemic has been rough, especially with my role on the communications team at LMH Health. I love to take in a show at Theatre Lawrence and spend time walking & running on the Lawrence Loop.

 

Mary Kirkendoll
Board Member 

Why did you get involved in extension services?  

 I got involved with Extension through my work with the Eudora Giving Garden. The Executive Director, multiple agents, and Master Gardeners made themselves available for strategic planning, advice, and volunteer work. I continue to be impressed with their efforts to help our small community garden.

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What has surprised you the most about being on the Extension Board? 

What has surprised me the most is how much I’ve learned about the vast array of programs and services Extension offers. The staff and leadership are incredible and I am grateful to be a part of the team!

What other community activities are you passionate about? 

I am passionate about health & wellness, community organizing & resource navigation, and witnessing & supporting small acts of kindness that create a ripple effect throughout our community and beyond. Deeply grateful to live and work in our wonderful community!

Stephen Kalb
Board Member

Why did you get involved in extension services?  
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Growing up, my family was always actively involved in 4-H. Later, through my professional career, extension has continued to provide me with education to keep us current with research and advancements. 

What has surprised you the most about being on the Extension Board? 

The vast amount of services that the extension staff provides for the community. 

What other community activities are you passionate about? 

Community health and with three children in grade school, education has become very important.

Ginny Barnard
Board Member

Why did you get involved in extension services?  

As a life-long learner and educator, I am passionate about sharing research-based, hands-on learning for people of all ages and abilities. My passion matches perfectly with Extension's mission and vision. 

What has surprised you the most about being on the Extension Board? 

 ALL the board members are passionate and dedicated to helping support the agents and staff.

What other community activities are you passionate about? 

Any of our local schools and youth organizations; SafeKids Kansas.