ELT Minutes, April 15, 2015

Extension Leadership Team Minutes
April 15, 2015

Facilitator: John Rebar

Note taker: Jon Prichard


  • Extension’s new Accounting and Reporting Professional, Megan Tardiff, is settling in and working out wonderfully. She has been amply welcomed by Extension staff.
  • John Rebar and Susan Jennings met recently with Congressman Bruce Poliquin to orient him to Cooperative Extension and UMaine.

4-H Foundation Update: Susan Jennings provided the ELT with an update on her work with the 4-H Foundation. The Foundation’s annual meeting this year has a theme “all about water”. The 4-H Camp and Learning Centers will be featured. Speakers will include John Rebar, President Sue Hunter and Provost Hecker. The Foundation board will honor donors and retiring board members. There will also be named scholarships. The Foundation-sponsored Lunch and Learn on April 6 was well attended. Susan will be exploring new ways to encourage staff to invite her to their client meetings as a development activity. The Foundation is exploring cause marketing, and has been exploring relationships with a variety of organizations. Susan continues work on other grants and appeals including Maine NextGen, Davis Family Foundation, United Way, 21st Century Grant (for Tanglewood), Fields and Ponds, Ham Foundation, Community Foundation, and others. The Foundation has played a key role in the ELLMS bill before the Maine legislature. The bill would fund the ELLMS collaborative $500,000 for each of two years with $100,000/yr dedicated to Bryant Pond and to Tanglewood.

Extension Fleet of Vehicles: The ELT reviewed the current fleet of Extension vehicles and where they are assigned. The ELT discussed relocating one of the Orono-based vehicles to the Falmouth office, where there has been high demand.

Congratulations to the Maine 4-H Camp and Learning Centers on the announcement that ELLMS has been selected as a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 1 Environmental Merit Award Winner. ELLMS (Environmental Living and Learning for Maine Students) is a collaboration including Bryant Pond and Tanglewood 4-H Centers, The Ecology School, Chewonki, and Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park. Since 2011 the project has allocated over $1 million to support environmental education programming for over 10,000 Maine public school students.  The EPA award recognizes outstanding environmental advocates who have made significant contributions toward preserving and protecting our natural resources.  ELLMS was nominated by Cathy Elliott who joins Ryder Scott and Heather Francis in representing Extension’s 4-H Centers on the collaborative. Lyndsey Smith and Leah Trommer provide leadership in programming.

Announcement Invitation:
The ELT invites you to submit items to be included in the minutes/announcements of the next regularly scheduled ELT meeting.  This is an opportunity to share with the ELT and the rest of the organization any of the following:

  • Notable programmatic accomplishments
  • Development or fundraising success
  • Significant new partnerships and/or opportunities
  • Important transitions

Please take the opportunity to share your good works through this avenue.  Keep it brief… approximately two to four sentences would be appreciated. To submit an announcement, please contact your PA or appropriate member of the ELT.

Please remember to visit University of Maine’s news site for additional University of Maine Cooperative Extension highlights.

Search Update:
Community Education Assistant CL2 – Horticulture Coordinator – Cumberland County

     – Hired Kathleen McNerney – Start date April 15, 2015

Accounting & Reporting Professional – Orono – Hired Megan Tardif – Start date

April 6, 2015

Program Administrator – Maine Food System, Assoc Ext Prof or Ext Prof – Interviewing

Sustainable Ag Asst Ext Prof & Asst Prof – Presque Isle – Accepting applications

4-H STEM Program Prof (2 positions) – 4-H Learning Ctrs at Tanglewood (Lincolnville) or

   Bryant Pond – Interviewing

Administrative Specialist CL2 – Franklin Cty – Pre-advertising/Processing paperwork

4-H Youth Development Professional – 4-H Office Orono – Accepting applications

4-H Youth Development Professional – Kennebec – Accepting applications

Research Associate in Vegetable Production – Highmoor Farm – Pre-advertising/Processing


Community Education Assistant CL2 – Penobscot County – Accepting applications

Community Education Assistant CL2 – Piscataquis County – Accepting applications

4-H Youth Development Professional – Franklin County – Pre-advertising/Processing

Temporary Food Service Assistant – Lincolnville and Tenants Harbor – Accepting


Temporary Food Service Technician (Culinary Assistant or Cook) – Lincolnville & Tenants

   Harbor – Accepting applications

Temporary IT Specialist CL 1 – Orono – Accepting applications

ELT Meeting Dates –2015: Meetings are from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted.

April 28 Prichard Harrington 103 Farm House – Augusta
May 20 Harrington Sulinski Orono -102B
June 3 Sulinski Phelps Orono – 102B
June 29 Phelps Rebar Augusta – 218 Richard Randall Student Center
July 29 Rebar Prichard Orono – 102B
August 20 Prichard Harrington Orono – 102B
September 16 Harrington Sulinski Augusta – TBA
October 6 Sulinski Phelps Orono – 102B
October 20 Phelps Rebar Orono – 102B
November 12 Rebar Prichard Augusta – TBA
December 2 Prichard Harrington Orono – 102B
December 21 Harrington Sulinski Orono – 102B