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University Extension Council candidates are profiled

Platte County citizens are en-couraged to visit their libraries during Extension Council elections: Jan. 18-25th to vote for their representatives.

Ballots will also be available from the candidates and at Platte County Administration Building and Platte Woods Annex, Extension office, USDA offices in Platte City, and Farley State Bank in Farley.

West Platte School District
(2 openings)

Rosie Fulk: Married for 44 years to Frank. Now retired, but has worked at Hallmark Cards, TWA, Platte County R-3 School District and has owned 2 clothing stores. Member and volunteer at Platte City Baptist. Community activities: GFWC in Platte City Study Club, and served on District Board and now on State Board; American Business Women, Platte County Democratic Women’s Club, PTA, Girl Scouts and Pet Power.

Maureen Hunt: Works at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Kansas City, Kansas. Education: Loretto Academy, B.S. Ed, B. A. Philosophy, and MPA with special training in paralegal and geology. She is interested in bringing educational resources of EPA to Extension groups, 4-H, tourism development, small acreage and rural environmental issues.

Peggy B. Strickland: Employed part time at Strickland Properties and Weston Family Medical Center. Education: Benson High School, Kansas State University and Bachelors in Nursing from University of Kansas. Community activities: Weston United Methodist Church Sunday school teacher and vacation Bible school director; Coordinator of Thrifty Pantry Food Co-op, 4-H parent and project leader, and Children’s Activity sponsor at AppleFest Committee. By being a member of the Extension Council “I feel this would be a valuable way of being involved in the community”.

Joe Taloff: Pastoral ministry for 20 years in several Missouri parishes; has been chaplain with Platte County Sheriff’s Department for 6 ½ years; Worked at crisis counselor during the ’93 Flood and has served as Platte County Coordinator with Community 2000 program. Other community activities include serving on West Platte Board of Education, Board of KCMC Child Development Corporation, and Platte City VFW chaplain

North Platte School District & Platte County residents in Smithville & East Buchanan School Districts
(1 opening)

Lona Fowler: Employed at the Platte County Circuit Clerk office as a deputy clerk in the child support division. Education: North Platte graduate and specialty courses through Missouri Farm Bureau. Community activities: Platte County Farm Bureau financial and fair committees, American Royal Volunteer for their farm/city tours, and 4-H project leader.

Jeff Goodnight: Works at UMB Bank in Kansas City, MO. Education: Shawnee Mission Northwest, Park University. Community activities: Officer at St. John’s Lutheran Church, member of American Dairy Goat Association, American Pastured Poultry Producers, and Northland Lutheran School Association board of directors.

Corky Reineke: Parent Educator with R-3 Parents as Teachers program; Education: Bachelors of Science in Vocal Music, NWSU; Masters in Early Childhood Education, UMKC.

State Trainer for Region B Parents as Teachers. Community activities: 4-H parent, Competition Dance Parents Support Group

Sondra Stubbs: Works at North Platte School District. Education: North Platte and Hillyard Vo-Tech graduate. Community activities: North Platte PTA where she has been President, Vice President, Secretary and Parliamentarian, North Platte Booster Club, Sunday School teacher and in the choir at Mt. Zion Baptist Church. She serves as basketball & softball coach with the Platte County Sports Inc.

Park Hill School District
(2 openings)

Su Bacon: Self-employed as freelance journalist with Susan Bacon Enterprises, Inc. She is a former faculty member of Kansas State Extension Service. Education: Masters in Journalism. Community activities: Member of Parkville branch of American Association of University Women, president, 1999-2003, Pet Power volunteer.

Harold Edelbaum: Account executive for Brown and Bigelow Advertising Specialties for 17 years and been a Fire Engineer and EMT for Fire Department for 27 years. Education: Associates Degree from Metropolitan Community Junior Colleges. Harold is a parent of Park Hill student. “I’d like to contribute my time for the betterment of our community."

Doris Gerner: Retired Platte County Clerk. Education: BA in Political Science from Park University. Community activities: League of Women Voters, Park University Alumni Council, Platte County AARP Secretary, Platte County Democratic Central Committee, 4-H alumni, and served on Park Hill Board of Education for 6 years. She has lived in Platte County since 1958 and “believes strongly in UOE programs”

Kim Cooper-Sloan: Self-employed; water fitness instructor, tour guide at Harley Davidson. Education: North Kansas City High School & University of Missouri-Columbia. Has served 8 years with the U.S. Army Reserves. Community activities: PTA, Big Brothers & Sisters, church, Southern Platte County Athletic Association coach. Life-long resident of the Northland.

Fred Whisman: A Principal at GMI Research and Consulting and has worked at Federal Reserve Bank. Education: Masters in Organization Communications from UMKC. Community: American Cancer Society, Boy Scouts; Park Hill parent, PTA.

Platte County R-3 and Platte County Residents in NKC School District
(1 opening)

Gale Cantu: Codes Administrator for Platte County Planning and Zoning. Education: Platte County R3 graduate, 2 years at NWMSU, Certified Building Inspector with special training in Code Enforcement, Flood Plain Management Construction and Emergency Preparedness. Community activities: Tiffany Fellowship Church, Sunday school teacher, and help with nursery & vacation Bible school; Music Parents Association.

Mary Reder: Employed at Platte City License Bureau. Education: Academy of Mt. St. Scholastic, Longview Community College, and NEK Technical College. Community activities: Cub Scouts Den Leader, PTA Volunteer coordinator. “I would like to serve on the Platte County University Extension Council because this would give me an opportunity to contribute to the community”.