ELT Minutes, August 20, 2015

Extension Leadership Team Minutes
102B Libby Hall, Orono
August 20, 2015

Facilitator: Jon Prichard

Note taker: Dennis Harrington

Plant, Animal, and Insect Lab (PAIL) update: Dennis reported that the planning effort for the PAIL facility has entered the schematic phase during which the first draft of a floor plan will be created. This phase will last through fall.

Camps Update: Jon reported that the camps are experiencing a positive year with all three at or near maximum enrollment; and projections for a strong fall school program.

Supervisory changes: With the addition of Richard Brzozowski as program administrator on September 1st the ELT renegotiated the matrix of supervision for campus and county-based staff. John Rebar will send out an announcement during the last week of August.

Non-represented Professional Promotion Process: Given the growth in the number of professional positions within Extension in recent years, and specifically an increase in the number of non-represented professionals, John, Lisa and Jon agreed to extend the professional promotion process to non-represented professionals. Criteria for promotion, classifications and the format for the packet that will be required will be developed by John with input from the Program Administrators. John will contact UMaine Human Resources regarding the appropriate approvals that will be required by the upper administration of UMaine and the UMS.


Caragh Fitzgerald
Maine AMSTA Project
Congratulations to Caragh Fitzgerald who has been awarded $4,957 from USDA to receive training on the AMSTA project, organize and conduct participant training, and provide individual consultations with potential grant applicants. She will also collect participant demographics and report findings to the funder.

Leilani Carlson
National Association of County Agriculture Agents (NACAA) Award winner
Congratulations to Leilani Carlson for receiving NACAA recognition and award
National Award – Search for Excellence in Farm Health and Safety

Kathy Hopkins
National Association of County Agriculture Agents (NACAA) Award winner
Congratulations to Kathy Hopkins for receiving NACAA recognition and awards
Northeast Regional Communication Award – Promotional Piece
Northeast Regional Applied Research Award  – Poster Session
National Award – Search for Excellence in Forestry and Natural Resources

Marjorie Peronto
National Association of County Agriculture Agents (NACAA) Award winner
Congratulations to Marjorie Peronto for receiving NACAA recognition and awards
Northeast Regional Communication Award – Bound Book
Northeast Regional Communication Award – Fact Sheet
National Communication Award Finalist – Video Recording

Employee Year of Service Recognition
The ELT decided to start recognizing staff who reach a years of service milestone. The following people reached such a milestone in 2015. In the future this information will be listed in the minutes as the anniversary occurs.

Employee Years of Service
Louis Bassano, Extension Educator – Hancock County 35
Richard Kersbergen, Extension Educator – Waldo County 30
Clay Kirby, Associate Scientist/Insect Diagnostician – Pest Management, Orono 30
Jonathan Prichard, Program Administrator – Orono 25
Diane Russell, Parent Educator Professional – Waldo County 25
Judy Smith, Community Education Assistant, – Franklin County 20
Lisa Fishman, Regional Supervisor (Eat Well) – Aroostook Cty, Fort Kent 20
Richard Bouchard, Facilities Maintenance Supervisor, Tanglewood 4-H Camp 15
Dennis Harrington, Assistant Director & Finance Administrator, Orono 15
Patricia Chapman, Administrative Specialist, Tanglewood 4-H Camp 15
Heather Francis, Environmental Education Program Coordinator – Tanglewood 15
Dana Rickman, Administrative Support Supervisor – Androscoggin/Sagadahoc County 15
Jennifer Lobley, Extension Educator – Washington County 15
Joyce Weaver, Community Education Assistant – Waldo County 15
Mark Hutchinson, Extension Educator – Knox-Lincoln County 15


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:

4-H Youth Development Professional – York County – Interviewing

Administrative Specialist CL2 – Cumberland County – Position filled – Mallory Martin

Administrative Specialist CL2 – Franklin County – Accepting applications

Community Education Assistant CL2 4-H Clubs – And/Sag – Accepting applications

Community education assistant CL2 4-H – Community Central grant – Penobscot County –Screening applications

Community education assistant CL2 Home Hort & Social Media – And/SagPosition offered

Parent Education Program Manager – Knox-Lincoln – Accepting applications

Research Associate in Vegetable Production – Highmoor Farm – Position filled – Jason Lilley

Sustainable Ag Asst Ext Prof & Asst Prof – Presque Isle – Position offered

Telstar 4-H Professional – Bryant Pond – Position offered

Ag & Food Systems – Oxford – HR review

Community Education Assistant CL2 4H Youth STEM Program– Washington – HR review

Community Education Assistant CL2 4-H Youth Club Program – Hancock – HR review

ELT Meeting Dates –2015 – Meetings are from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm – unless otherwise noted

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