Shawn Burke, MS
Land Grant Director
Professional or Research Interests: Food and farming systems, food sovereignty, integrated community wellness programs, natural resources management, ecology, environmental education.
Training/Education/Experience: BSc Education, University of South Dakota; MSc Earth Resources (Watershed Management), Colorado State University; Masters Certification in Project Management, George Washington University. Thirty years of experience in community engagement and education overseas and with various communities and cultures in the United States.
Personal Interests: Hiking/backpacking, reading, music, cultural learning, travel.
Iris Francisco, BS
AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer
Professional or Research Interests: Climate change awareness, tribal resiliency, ecology, environmental health, historical trauma, and population economics.
Training/Education/Experience: BS Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona
Personal Interests: Participating in UTTC Health Promotion workout classes during the week, campus events like fun runs, going to the movies, and assisting the UTTC Extension and Nutrition Outreach department.
Agroecology Extension Assistant
Focus areas: traditional gardening, food sovereignty, financial matters, seed saving
Jana Millner, RD, LRD
Extension Nutrition Educator
Professional or Research Interests: Promoting healthy eating habits and food preparation, chronic disease prevention, healthy communities, worksite wellness, food sovereignty, food access, food safety, health and wellness policy
Training: BS Dietetics, North Dakota State University, AAS Science, AAS Arts, Bismarck State College, Registered ServSafe® Proctor, Indian Health Services Food Handler Certificate, Certified Work Ethic Trainer, First Aid & CPR Certified
Personal Interests: I really enjoy most anything in nature; camping, hiking, biking, walks with friends and family, outdoor volleyball and of course days on the beach at the Missouri River. I’m infamously known to many as “the hula hoop girl,” respectively, I enjoy spending a great deal of time hula hooping outdoors. Healthy eating is naturally a hobby of mine, and I enjoy looking up new recipes and incorporating them into my cooking preparations. Yoga has become a fundamental practice to my life, helping transcend patience and understanding into everyday life.
Mara Yborra, RD, LRD
Extension Nutrition Educator
Professional or Research Interests: Nutritionally relevant program development for college students, childhood nutrition education, promoting healthy eating habits and food preparation, chronic disease prevention, healthy communities, worksite wellness, food sovereignty, food access, food safety, health & wellness policy
Training: BS Dietetics, North Dakota State University
Personal Interests: My interests include spending time with my family and our dog Wrigley. The majority of my time is spent outdoors; hiking, golfing, snowboarding, running, working in my yard, and walking my dog. I’m also a lover of food, cooking, nutrition, and traveling.
Wanda Agnew, PhD, RD, LRD
Community Health Instructor/Extension Nutrition Educator
Classes: Mother Earth, Food Sovereignty and Health; Fundamentals of Nutrition; Medical Nutrition Through the Lifecycle; Community Nutrition; Worksite Wellness; Lifeskills and Relationships; Practicums (Foodservice and Community Health)
Professional or Research Interests: Breastfeeding Support and Advocacy, Family Meals, Hunger and Poverty, Healthy Community Assessment and Policy, Native Plants and Antioxidants, World Cultural Practices, Lifeskills and Family Values, Coalition and Partnerships
Training: Food and Nutrition Bachelor Degree from University of North Dakota, Internship in Foodservice Administration through LDSH in Salt Lake City, Utah; Doctoral Degree in Biological Science with Food and Culture emphasis from South Dakota State University; Dissertation in Family Meal Impacts on Weight Perception amongst Adolescents, and Certifications in ServSafe®, Worksite Wellness, and Lactation Consultation
Personal Interests: Grandchildren’s activities, travel with my husband, landscaping on my farm and house, growing, gathering and preserving food, raising peacocks and chickens, connection to friends with common interests and beliefs that support the future
Annette Broyles, BS
Department Chair and Culinary Arts/Foodservice Instructor
Classes: Introduction to Nutrition and Foodservice Employee Success, Culinary Calculations, Managing Food Protection, Food Science and Cooking Skills, Culinary Fundamentals, Culinary Baking, Quantity Food Production, Managing Foodservice Operations
Professional or Research Interests: To experiment with new cooking techniques and cooking equipment in order to better prepare culinary arts/foodservice students for gainful employment.
Training: BS Food and Nutrition, North Dakota State University; BS Home Economics Education, North Dakota State University; various Culinary Workshops Le Cordon Bleu, Minnesota and Johnson &Wales, Colorado and Rhode Island.
Personal Interests: I drive 40 miles from New Salem each day to teach classes or as I like to say, “play” in the commercial teaching kitchen on campus. When at home I enjoy cooking, gardening, reading, and quilting. Zumba is one of my favorite forms of exercise. I play in the handbell choir and am the pianist for the choir at church. When I have time I enjoy traveling, especially to warm tropical locations. The highlights of my career so far were teaching high school for the Department of Defense in Belgium for two years and working with the Sioux Chef and crew at Red Lake, MN during the Great Lakes Intertribal Food Summit.