Honoring our spring tradition of recognizing the graduates among us, we offer our best wishes to the following:
Blair Preston, daughter of REAP Administrative Assistant Kim Preston, is graduating from Lyons Decatur Northeast High School. Blair plans to attend South Dakota State University in Brookings, S. D. She will major in nutrition and dietetics.
Katie Starkweather, daughter of Farm and Community Program Director Kathie Starkweather, is graduating with a Ph. D. in anthropology from the University of Missouri. Katie has accepted a post-doctorate position at the Max Planck Institute in Leipzig, Germany.
Traci Bruckner, Senior Policy Associate, is heading to the Women’s Fund of Omaha as their Research and Policy Coordinator. She will be working on public policy around economic self-sufficiency, women leadership, domestic violence and sexual literacy.
Marie Powell, Communications Associate, is retiring from the Center after 21 years of service. She looks forward to traveling with husband, Tim, and black lab, Tucker, and having more time to enjoy the great outdoors. Marie says, “It’s been my great pleasure to bring the Center for Rural Affairs newsletter to you. It will be in good hands, as former intern and board member Rhea Landholm has joined the staff in a new communications role.”