Extension Leadership Team Meeting Minutes January 25, 2019

Extension Leadership Team Meeting
January 25, 2019
102B Libby Hall

Facilitator: Richard Brzozowski
Notetaker: Fran Sulinski

Please note: Due to the confidentiality and sensitivity of some agenda items, these ELT minutes do not represent the full content of each meeting.

  • The webinar “New Competencies for the 21st Century Educator” is planned for next Monday, January 28, 2019.
  • A day-long seminar titled “Mental Health First Aid” is scheduled for Thursday, May 30 in Augusta (8:30 am to 4:30 pm). All Extension staff who interact directly with the public are encouraged to register for this workshop. Space is limited.


4-H staff will be moving to 491 College Avenue on February 15th. Grand opening will be scheduled after the exterior work is completed in the spring/early summer.


Congratulations to PI Wesley Neff who has been awarded $267,937 by The Maine Children’s Trust (by way of the Maine Department for Health and Human Services) for the continued support of the Maine Families Program.   Maine Families is a Home Visiting program with a focus on family strengths and uses an evidence based, internationally certified Home Visiting model (Parents as Teachers) designed to promote child and family well-being.  Maine Families believes that parents are their children’s first and most important teachers.

Congratulations to PI Gary Anderson who has been awarded $8,720 by the George Walker Fund/Appleton Partners, Inc. for his “Improving Milk Quality Diagnostics on Maine Dairy Farms” project.  The funding for this project will primarily support the purchase of new lab equipment. This equipment will enable the development of culture procedures for dairy farm samples which will aid in the investigations on milk quality issues.

Congratulations to PI Ryder Scott who has been awarded $10,000 by the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance (MMSA) for his “SCC STEMports: Community Workforce Development through Augmented Reality STEM Learning Experiences” project sub award funded by the National Science Foundation (Year 1 of 3).  The funding for this project will primarily support Ryder’s participation in an advisory group for MMSA’s project and focus on the development process of STEMports in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Search Updates

Extension Crops Entomology Specialist – Interviews scheduled for early February
Assistant Director – Tanglewood – Interviewing
EFNEP CEA (2 positions) – Rita Stephenson – hired (Washington County)
Parent Educational Professional (Sagadahoc) – Advertising
Temp CEA CL2 – Maine 4-H Community Central – Advertising
Program Coordinator – Bryant Pond – Advertising
Administrative Specialist CL1 (Cumberland) – Advertising

2019 ELT Meeting Dates

Meetings are from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm, unless otherwise noted

Dates Facilitator Notes Location
February 15 Sulinski Phelps Orono: 102B Libby Hall
March 13 Phelps Prichard Augusta: Farmhouse 11
April 12 Prichard Harrington Orono: 102B Libby Hall
May 2 Harrington Brzozowski Orono: 102B Libby Hall