Welcome to Elizabeth McCrank – Community Development Educator

Lincoln County Extension (Division of Extension, UW Madison) is pleased to announce the arrival of Elizabeth McCrank as its new Lincoln County Community Development Educator. She joins a dedicated team of professional educators serving the residents and organizations of the county. Besides Elizabeth, current staff include Debbie Moellendorf (Health & Well Being/Positive Youth Development Educator), Melissa Yates (FoodWIse Nutrition Educator), Tammy Hansen (FoodWIse Nutrition Coordinator), Becky Kludy (Office Program Assistant), Jeni Burton (Office Program Assistant), and Art Lersch (Area Extension Director).

Educated at Lawrence University (Appleton, WI) and Boston University, Elizabeth has experience in curriculum development, has coordinated distance learning and community – based education opportunities, and has served as a professor of history and political science. Since moving to the Merrill area six years ago, Elizabeth has worked in the field of library sciences. She has also engaged in local government by serving as a Lincoln County Board Supervisor. Elizabeth is also a former president of Live Sustainable Lincoln County, an Extension developed but now independent program that works to help people lead more environmentally friendly, fair and economical lives for the good of their families, their community, and the planet. Elizabeth has also worked as a volunteer and part – time staffer for the Merrill Historical Society.  Elizabeth will be helping to strengthen nonprofit organizations and government agencies. Strategic and organizational planning will be key focus areas. She will also work with businesses and economic development entities to help grow the Lincoln County economy. Leadership development will also be an area of interest. Conducting and using systematic, valid, and reliable research findings will form the basis of much of her efforts.

Elizabeth can be reached in the Extension office at 715-539-1078 or at mccrank@wisc.edu.

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