MSU Extension names Carter coordinator

EAST LANSING — Michigan State University (MSU) Extension has named Erin Carter as the organization’s District 2 coordinator, effective Aug. 1. District 2 is made up of Alger, Chippewa, Luce, Mackinac, Marquette and Schoolcraft counties.

Carter will work with local governments, nonprofits, school systems and neighborhood groups to help identify community challenges and to propose and implement successful solutions to them. She will also mentor MSU Extension staff members under her leadership in program planning, delivery and evaluation, as well as professional development.

“Erin has been a dynamic educator and we’re confident that she will be a dynamic district coordinator,” said Patrick Cudney, MSU Extension associate director. “Erin has an authentic passion for the communities she works with in District 2 and excels at collaborating with her colleagues and community partners.”

Carter has spent her career serving in health and development positions in the Upper Peninsula. Carter worked in youth development programs for the BHK Child Development Board based in Houghton for over 10 years, rising from wellness coordinator, to assistant director, to site director, to regional director. She also worked as a health educator with the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department before she joined MSU Extension as a health and nutrition educator in 2015.

“I am elated to be offered this opportunity within Extension and look forward to working with these counties to meet their needs through our experts located in the Eastern UP,” Carter said.

Carter received both her bachelor’s in health and fitness management and her master’s degree in exercise science with emphasis on health education and promotion from Northern Michigan University. She replaces Paul Putnam who served as the interim district coordinator after the former coordinator, Jim Lucas, retired in 2017.

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