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									                                                                              Sara R. Croymans
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                       Sara R. Croymans, M.Ed., AFC
        Regional Extension Educator and Associate Extension Professor
                                   Vitae
           University of Minnesota Extension Service - Regional Center, Morris
                       46352 State Highway 329, Morris, MN 56267
                         320-589-1711 ----- croym001@umn.edu


                                     EDUCATION

Accredited Financial Counselor, Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education;
2000

MEd Youth Development Leadership, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN; 1998

BS Home Economics Education and BS Home Economics Extension, minors in Child
Development & Family Relations and Home Management & Consumer Studies, South Dakota
State University, Brookings, SD; December 1988


                                    EMPLOYMENT

Regional Extension Educator and Associate Professor, Family Development Capacity Area –
Family Resource Management, U of M Extension Service – Regional Center Morris, January
2004 – present

Financial Consultant, Vanguard Gambling Treatment Center; Granite Falls, MN; January 2004
- present

Regional Extension Educator and Associate Professor, Family Development Capacity Area -
Family Resource Management, U of M Extension Service – West Central Region; July 2003 -
December 2003

Regional Extension Educator and Assistant Professor, Family Development Capacity Area -
Family Resource Management, U of M Extension Service – West Central District; January 2001
– June 2003

Extension Educator and Assistant Professor, Family & Youth Development Capacity Area, U
of M Extension Service – Chippewa County; August 2000 – December 2001

Extension Educator and Instructor, Financial & Business Management Specialization, U of M
Extension Service – Chippewa County; July 1998-July 2000




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Extension Educator and Instructor, Child & Youth Development Specialization, University of
Minnesota Extension Service – Goodhue County, October 1992 – June 1998

Adult Services Coordinator, Arc, Olmsted County, Rochester, MN; August 1990 – September
1992

Case Manager, Huron Area Adjustment Training Center, Huron, SD; September 1989- May
1990

Assistant Home Manager, Huron Area Adjustment Training Center, Huron, SD; May 1989 –
August 1989

4-H Summer Assistant, MN Extension Service – Kandiyohi County: June 1988 – September
1988; Chippewa County, June 1987 – September 1987


              PROFESSIONAL GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT

Credit Courses
   Introduction to Statistics; STATS 1601; University of Minnesota Morris; 4 credits; 4.0
    GPA; Fall Semester 2004; course beneficial in designing evaluation tools and evaluating
    research

Conferences Attended
   National Endowment for Financial Education High School Financial Planning Program
    National Launch 2007. Denver, CO; Registered. March 12-15, 2007
   Operation Military Kids; Kansas City MO; November 28 – December 2, 2005
   Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education Conference; Scottsdale,
    AZ; November 16-18, 2005
   Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education Conference; Denver, CO;
    November 17-19, 2004
   University of Minnesota Extension Service Annual Conference/Program Summit; 2003-
    present

Staff Development
   Podcasting in Higher Education: Exploring Its Uses in Professional Development and the
    Classroom Forum; Presenter D. Arendale, University of Minnesota; Minneapolis, MN;
    November 15, 2006
   Rural Families Speak Out: Laboring Towards Economic Self-Sufficiency. National
    Breeze Live Webcast. Presenters: M.J. Katras, University of Minnesota; C. Huddleston-
    Casas, University of Nebraska; B. Braun, University of Maryland; and M. Shark, Annie E.
    Casey Foundation. May 3, 2006
   Junior Achievement Instructor Training; Montevideo, MN; February 14, 2006




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   “Why Do Poor Women Put Motherhood Before Marriage? University of Minnesota 1st
    Annual Family Policy Forum; February 9, 2006
   Parents Forever – Money Issues in Divorce; University of Minnesota Extension Service;
    January 18, 2006
   Microsoft Office Excel; beginner November 22, 2005; graphics December 6, 2005
   New Bankruptcy Laws; Minnesota Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention Association, St. Paul,
    MN; November 3, 2005
   How Extension Educators Can Use Library Resources Remotely; Breeze Live training.
    University of Minnesota Extension Service; August 8, 2005
   Bridges Out of Poverty: Strategies for Professionals and Communities - Culture of
    Poverty Workshop; Lakes and Prairies Community Action Council; Fergus Falls, MN; April
    11, 2005
   To Your Benefit training on Earned Income Tax Credit; Minneapolis Legal Aid Society, U
    of M Extension Service, and Children’s Defense Fund; Fergus Falls, MN; February 10, 2005
   Community Educator Mentorship Program Training; University of Minnesota Extension
    Service Family Development Capacity Area; January 12-13, 2005
   Learning the Language of Money; Alexandria, MN, September 21, 2004; Willmar, MN,
    September 22, 2004
   Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention Association Training; Minnesota Mortgage Foreclosure
    Prevention Association; St. Paul, MN; April 14, 2004
   Teaching at a Distance – From Concept to Practice; Dr. J. Levine, Michigan State
    University; March 3-26, 2004
   Tax Credits for Low-Income Workers; Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis, University of
    Minnesota Extension Service and Children’s Defense Fund of Minnesota; January 8, 2004
   Southwest Minnesota Workforce Summit; Southwest Minnesota Workforce Council;
    Marshall, MN; September 19, 2003
   Understanding & Using Minnesota’s Tattered Safety Net; Affirmative Options Coalition;
    August 14, 2003
   College of Human Ecology Scholarship Dialogue; University of Minnesota Extension
    Service; focus on issues facing families during uncertain times; St. Paul, MN; May 22, 2003
   University of Minnesota Extension Service Family Resource Management Staff
    Development Trainings; 2003-present


                          PROFESSIONAL DISTINCTION

Scholarly Activities (names are listed in order of contribution to the work.)
Invited Presentations
 Croymans, S. College & Money- Financial Literacy; Alexandria Technical College; three
   50 minute presentations; 50 participants; September 14, 2006
 Croymans, S. College & Money – Identity Theft; Alexandria Technical College; one fifty
   minute presentation; 170 participants; September 14, 2006
 Croymans, S. College & Money: Identity Theft; Ridgewater Community College; Willmar,
   MN; 6 participants; April 27, 2006



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   Croymans, S. College & Money: Financial Literacy; Alexandria Technical College;
    Alexandria, MN; two 50 minute sessions; 82 participants; April 5, 2006
   Croymans, S. College & Money: Financial Literacy; Minnesota State Community &
    Technical College; Fergus Falls, MN; 9 participants; March 9, 2006
   Croymans, S. Who Gets Grandma‟s Yellow Pie Plate; two 90 minute presentations;
    Barnesville, MN; 15 participants; March 25, 2006
   Croymans, S. Parents Forever Money Issues in Divorce; Willmar; February 16, 2006
   Croymans, S. Time Management; Annie’s Project; Fergus Falls, MN; 30 participants;
    January 31, 2006
   Croymans, S. Money Management; Vanguard Gambling Treatment Center; Granite Falls,
    MN; 175 participants; January 30, February 27, March 27, April 24, May 22, June 26, and
    August 28, 2006
   Croymans, S. Home Stretch: Money Management for First Time Home Buyers; Prairie V
    Community Action Council (Montevideo, MN) and Heartland Community Action (Willmar,
    MN); taught eight 90 minute sessions and distributed quarterly newsletters to participants;
    2006: February 7, May 2 & 12, June 9, July 11 &14, September 12 & 15, 2006
   Croymans, S. Check Diversion Program, Retailers Protection Association; provided
    education to individuals writing bad checks, Fergus Falls, MN; four 3 hour sessions; 39
    participants; June 23, 2005; November 9, 2005; March 21, 2006; August 8, 2006
   Croymans, S. Parents Forever: Money Issues In Divorce; Willmar, MN; 10 participants;
    February 16, 2006
   Croymans, S. Who Get‟s Grandma‟s Yellow Pie Plate?; Chippewa County Caregiver
    Support Group, Clara City, MN; 10 participants; November 21, 2005
   Croymans. S. Teaching Children Money Skills; Swift County Parents Night Out; 11
    participants; April 12 & 19, 2005
   Croymans, S. Money Management; Vanguard Gambling Treatment Center; Granite Falls,
    MN; five one hour sessions; 125 participants; January 31, March 28, August 29, September
    26, October 24, 2005
   Croymans, S. Home Stretch: Money Management for First Time Home Buyers; Prairie V
    Community Action Council (Montevideo, MN) and Heartland Community Action (Willmar,
    MN); taught eleven 90 minute sessions and distributed quarterly newsletters; 65 participants;
    January 14, February 8, April 15, May 2, June 10, July 12, August 12, September 15 & 20,
    October 14 and November 1, 2005
   Croymans, S. Who Get‟s Grandma‟s Yellow Pie Plate?; Carlos, MN; 23 participants;
    October 26, 2004
   Croymans, S. Identity Theft; Alexandria, MN; Business Women Professionals; 25
    participants; June 23, 2004
   Croymans, S. Getting Through Tough Times: Living on a Reduced Income; Southwest /
    West Central Minnesota Workforce Center Job Clubs; four 2 hour presentations; 60
    participants; Montevideo, MN August 13, 2003; Willmar, MN December 11, 2003, February
    13 and March 25, 2004
   Croymans, S. Consumer Decision Making; Grant County 4-H Adventures Learning Day; 10
    participants; February 13, 2004




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   Sheehan, T. and Croymans, S. Money Camp; New London School District; Renville
    County West School District; St. Mary’s, Bird Island; and Buffalo Lake/Hector School
    District; 247 - 6th grade student participants; January 4, 20, 21 & 26, 2004
   Croymans, S. Money Management; Vanguard Gambling Treatment Center, Granite Falls,
    MN; 150 participants; March 29, April 26, May 24, August 30, October 25, December 29,
    2004
   Croymans, S. Money Management; Project Turn About Chemical Dependency Treatment
    Center, Granite Falls, MN; six one hour sessions; 105 participants; February 16, April 12,
    May 10, June 7, July 19, August 9, 2004
   Croymans, S. Home Stretch: Money Management for First Time Home Buyers; Prairie V
    Community Action Council (Montevideo, MN), Heartland Community Action (Willmar &
    Hutchinson, MN), Swift County HRA (Benson, MN) and Western Community Action
    (Marshall, MN); taught eleven 90 minute sessions and distributed quarterly newsletters to
    participants; February 6, April 16, May 14, June 3 & 11, August 13 & 23, September 10 &
    21 and November 8, 2004
   Croymans. S. Teaching Children About Money; MOPPS, Bunde, MN; 16 participants;
    November 26, 2003
   Croymans. S. Parents Forever: Money Issues in Divorce; Montevideo and Willmar, MN;
    75 participants; February 4, March 20, April 22, October 7, October 16, 2003
   Croymans. S. Consumer Decision Making; Lac qui Parle County Fair; four 45 minute
    sessions; 100+ youth participants; September 5, 2003
   Anderson-Porisch, S. & Croymans, S. Financial Security in Later Life; Farm Fest;
    Redwood Falls, MN; 50 participants; August 6, 2003
   Croymans. S. Who Get‟s Grandma‟s Yellow Pie Plate?; Alexandria, MN; 3 hour
    presentation; 20 participants; June 3, 2003
   Croymans. S. Record Keeping; Montevideo High School; Montevideo, MN; 20
    participants; March 6, 2003
   Croymans. S. Money Management; Project Turn About Chemical Dependency Treatment
    Center, Granite Falls, MN; 140 participants; eight one hour sessions; February 20, March 21,
    April 25, July 25, August 22, October 1, November 14 and December 5, 2003
   Croymans, S. Home Stretch: Money Management for First Time Home Buyers; Prairie V
    Community Action Council (Montevideo, MN), Heartland Community Action (Willmar,
    MN), Western Community Action (Marshall, MN) and Swift County HRA (Benson); taught
    fourteen 90 minute sessions and distributed quarterly newsletters; 110+ participants; January
    10, April 10 & 11, June 6, 9, & 13, July 14, August 1, 15 & 16, October 3 & 10, November
    18, December 4, 2003
   Croymans, S. Who Get‟s Grandma‟s Yellow Pie Plate?; Bremer Bank; Willmar, MN; 100
    participants; October 28, 2002
   Croymans, S. Regional 4-H Club Treasurer Officer Training; Madison, MN; 8 participants;
    October 17, 2002
   Croymans. S. Parents Forever: Money Issues in Divorce; Montevideo and Willmar, MN;
    October 8 & 10, 2002
   Croymans, S. Money Management; Project Turn About Chemical Dependency Treatment
    Center, Granite Falls, MN; four one hour sessions; 70 participants; September 20, October
    24, November 22 and December 20, 2002



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   Croymans. S. Home Stretch: Money Management for First Time Home Buyers; Prairie V
    Community Action Council (Montevideo, MN), Western Community Action (Marshall, MN)
    and Heartland Community Action (Willmar, MN); taught four 90 minute sessions and
    distributed quarterly newsletters; October 3, November 12, November 19, December 5, 2002

Juried Presentations at Professional Conferences
 Croymans, S. & Gilman, J. RentWise Tenant Education; Minnesota Council for the Social
   Studies Conference; submitted proposal; March 8-9, 2007
 Croymans, S. & Gilman, J. Tenant Education; Minnesota Association of Alternative
   Programs Conference; submitted proposal; February 21-23, 2007
 Olson, C. & Croymans, S. Increase Your Green – Consumer Education; 2006 4-H North
   Central Region Leaders Forum; Rochester, MN; 20 participants from five states; October
   13, 2006
 Hagen Jokela, R. & Croymans, S. Financial Literacy; Minnesota Adult Basic Education
   Conference; 27 participants; August 3, 2006
 Hagen Jokela, R. & Croymans, S. RentWise Tenant Education; Minnesota Adult Basic
   Education Conference; 15 participants; August 3, 2006
 Croymans, S. & Gilman, J. RentWise Tenant Education; Minnesota Association of
   Alternative Programs; 20 participants; February 24, 2006
 Croymans, S. Consumer Education; University of Minnesota Extension Service 4-H Youth
   Development ‘YOUth & U XI’ Staff Development Conference; 24 participants; January 31,
   2006
 Asche, K., Olson, C., & Croymans, S. Consumer Decision Making Evaluation; University
   of Minnesota Extension Service Fall Program Summit Evaluation Workshop; Brooklyn Park;
   25 participants; October 11, 2005
 Croymans, S. Financial Literacy & Youth; Central Minnesota Business Education Institute
   Conference; 23 participants; September 30, 2005
 Croymans, S. Take the Road to Financial Security in Later Life; Central Minnesota Business
   Education Institute Conference; 13 participants; September 30, 2005
 Croymans S. & Anderson-Porisch, S. Mastering Your Money; Southwest West Central
   Minnesota Educational Service Cooperative Day of Excellence; March 14, 2005
 Hendrickson, L., Hagen Jokela, R., & Croymans, S. Financial Literacy: Connecting the
   New Standards to Personal Finance Content; Minnesota Council for the Social Studies
   Conference; 11 participants; March 3, 2005
 Croymans, S. Mastering Your Money; Southwest Minnesota Private Industry Council Life
   Skills Workshop; three 40 minute sessions; 59 alternative school participants and 8
   alternative school teachers; December 3, 2004
 Olson, C. and Croymans, S. Consumer Education Leader Training, 4-H Curriculum
   Training; St. Cloud, MN; 25 volunteer leader participants; November 9, 2004
 Croymans, S. & Geiser, D. Consumer Education: Let the Buyer Beware! 4-H Curriculum
   Training; St. Cloud, MN; 30 participants; November 6, 2003
 Croymans, S. Mastering Your Money; SW Minnesota Private Industry Council Survival
   Skills Fest Conference; Worthington, MN; October 9, 2003 and Granite Falls, MN; 100
   alternative high school student participants; October 10, 2003




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   Olson, C. & Croymans, S. Consumer Decision Making 4-H Judging; Minnesota 4-H Adult
    Volunteer Association; two 75 minute presentations; 20 participants; St. Paul, MN; February
    21, 2003

Poster Presentations and Displays
 Olson, C. & Croymans, S. Consumer Decision Making Poster Presentation; 2006 National
   Association for Extension 4-H Agents Conference; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; October 24, 2006
 Croymans, S. & Schroeder, M. University of Minnesota Extension Service Resources
   Display: Youth & Money, Health & Nutrition, Operation Military Kids; Southwest/West
   Central Minnesota Educational Service Cooperative Teaching & Learning Day; 1100
   conference participants; August 30, 2006
 Croymans, S. & Hendrickson, L. University of Minnesota Extension Service Resources
   Display: Youth & Money, Health & Nutrition, Operation Military Kids; Minnesota State
   Parent Teacher Association Conference; 200 conference participants; August 11-12, 2006
 Olson, C. & Croymans, S. Consumer Education Display; University of Minnesota
   Extension Service 4-H Youth Development ‘YOUth & U XI’ Staff Development
   Conference; St. Cloud, MN; January 31, 2006
 Croymans, S. & Anderson-Porisch, S. Mastering Your Money Display: RentWise and
   NEFE High School Financial Planning Program®; Southwest West Central Minnesota
   Educational Service Cooperative Day of Excellence; March 14, 2005

General Teaching
 Croymans, S. Minnesota Jump Start Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy; Metro
   Career Pathways Conference; panel member describing University of Minnesota Extension
   Service Youth and Money programs; 25 participants; November 15 2006
 Croymans, S. & Gilman, J. Hands On Banking; team member planned, implemented and
   evaluated three sessions; co-taught two 3 ½ hour sessions; 40 participants; Marshall, MN -
   June 13, 2006; Rochester, MN - June 15, 2006
 Croymans, S. Junior Achievement; Sanford Elementary, Montevideo, MN; five 50 minute
   sessions; 26-3rd grade participants; March 28, 29, 30 & April 7 & 10, 2006
 Croymans, S. Family Resource Management Update; University of Minnesota Extension
   Service Nutrition Education Assistant trainings; developed curriculum with S. Anderson-
   Porisch; compiled evaluations from 8 trainings held state wide; taught two 90 minute
   sessions: Morris, MN February 27, 2006 & Moorhead, MN via Breeze February 28, 2006
 Croymans, S. National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) High School Financial
   Planning Program (HSFPP) ® Teacher Training Update “What‟s New in Credit & Debt?”
   October 3-7, 2005. Team member, assisted with material development; planning, promotion,
   coordination and evaluating 13 training sites; 150+ participants; taught St. Cloud, MN; 16
   participants; October 6, 2005
 Croymans, S., & Schwab, L. Mentor Program, collaborated with Lourdez Schwab, West
   Central Integration Collaborative; financial literacy training; three 2 hour sessions; 15 youth;
   September 7-9, 2005
 Croymans, S. & Olson, C. Coaches Training for General Livestock, Dairy, Rabbit &
   Consumer Decision Making Team Judging Coaches; Co-developed & co-taught consumer
   session; 7 participants; April 9-10, 2005



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   Croymans, S. Affluenza Learning Circle Lesson Leader Training; Detroit Lakes, MN; 10
    participants; October 5, 2004
   Croymans, S. Family Resource Management Update; University of Minnesota Extension
    Service Nutrition Education Assistant Training; developed materials with J. Gilman & S.
    Anderson-Porisch which were used across the state; taught in Benson, MN; 6 participants;
    June 28, 2004
   Croymans, S. National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) High School Financial
    Planning Program (HSFPP)® Teacher Training Update “What‟s New in Credit & Debt?”;
    April 2004; Team member, developed materials, planned, coordinated and evaluated 10
    training sites; 150+ participants; taught Fergus Falls, MN April 27, 2004, 6 participants; and
    St. Cloud, MN April 29, 2004, 10 participants
   Hendrickson, L., Danes, S., Croymans S., and Hagen Jokela, R. Family Resource
    Management Staff Development Training: HSFPP Teacher Training: What‟s new in Credit
    & Debt?”; April 16, 2004
   Croymans S. Family Resource Management Update; University of Minnesota Extension
    Service West Central Minnesota Nutrition Education Assistant training; Benson, MN; 7
    participants; June 23, 2003
   Croymans, S. Managing Finances in College; Alexandria Community Education;
    Alexandria, MN; February 27, 2003
   Croymans. S. 2002 Highlights; Montevideo Area Cultural Diversity Council Annual
    Meeting; Montevideo, MN; February 25, 2003
   Croymans, S. RentWise Tenant Education Train the Trainer; Fergus Falls, MN; 12
    participants; January 21, 2003
   Croymans S. & Petersen, C. RentWise Tenant Education Train the Trainer; Willmar, MN;
    13 participants; February 18, 2003
   Anderson-Porisch, S. & Croymans, S. RentWise Tenant Education Train the Trainer;
    Marshall, MN; 15 participants; November 7, 2002
   Anderson-Porisch, S. & Croymans, S. RentWise Tenant Education Train the Trainer;
    Marshall, MN; eight southwest/west central Minnesota agencies in attendance; September
    26, 2002

Journal Manuscripts
 Olson, C. & Croymans, S. (2006). Strengthening 4-H Youth Consumer Decision Making
   Skills: Contest to Community Service. Manuscript submitted to Journal of Extension for
   publication
 Bruin, M.J., Cheple, C., Croymans, S., & Niemeyer, S. (In Process) Focus Groups with
   Landlords: Assessing Need for Outreach Education. Developing article for submission to
   Journal of Extension.

Educational Materials
 Olson, C. & Croymans, S. (2006) 4-H Consumer Decision Making On Your Own Backpack.
   (in process).
 Croymans, S. & Allen, R. (2006) Operation Military Kids Learning Circle Lesson
 Anderson, M., Anderson-Porisch, S., Bauer, J., Croymans, S., Gilman, J., Hooper, J., Lee,
   H., Olson, P. (2006). Dollar Works Workbook: A Guide for Managing Personal Finances.



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   Croymans, S., Harrington, B., Loegering, S., Gonzalez, R., Oelke, K., Hochhalter, J.,
    Skunberg, K., VanOffelen, S., & Handegaard, S. (2005) Summer Survivor “Show Me the
    Money” Day Camp lesson plans. provided lead in development of lesson plans for six 1 ½
    hour sessions, parent materials and evaluation
   Hendrickson, L., Croymans, S., Hagen Jokela, R., & Gilman, J. (2005) Financial Literacy:
    What‟s New in Credit & Debt? Revised CD teaching tool supplement to the National
    Endowment for Financial Education® High School Financial Planning Program®
    curriculum, Unit 5;
    http://www.extension.umn.edu/distribution/familydevelopment/DE8126.html
   Croymans, S., Hendrickson, L., Hagen Jokela R., Gilman, J. & Lilley, K. (2005) University
    of Minnesota Extension Service Youth & Money Web Page. Provided leadership for web
    page content. http://www.extension.umn.edu/Youth&Money/
   Hendrickson, L., Croymans, S., Hagen Jokela, R., & Danes, S. (2004) Financial Literacy:
    What‟s New in Credit & Debt? CD teaching tool supplement to the National Endowment for
    Financial Education® High School Financial Planning Program® curriculum, Unit 5
   Croymans, S. & Hendrickson, L. (2004) Consumer Decisions In Your 4-H Project.
    http://www.fourh.umn.edu/programs/ConsumerDecMaking/ConsumerDecisionsInYour4HPr
    ojects.doc
   Hendrickson, L., Hagen Jokela, R., & Croymans, S. (2004) Affluenza Learning Circle
    Lesson; Served as team member providing support and editing during lesson development
    and evaluation report; 2004
   Bauer, J., Bird, C., Anderson-Porisch, S., Hagen Jokela, R., Hendrickson, L., Croymans, S.,
    Bruin, M. (2004) Building Awareness of Culture and Resources Training Manual for
    Service Providers, Educators and Volunteers
   Croymans, S., Olson, C. & Mehrkens, T. (2004) Minnesota 4-H Youth Development
    Consumer Decision Making Web Page. Provided web page content.
    http://www.fourh.umn.edu/programs/ConsumerDecMaking/index.html

Media
News Releases distributed through the University of Minnesota Extension Service:
   Croymans, S. (July 26, 2006) Save back-to-school supplies receipts for tax returns. St.
      Paul, MN: University of Minnesota Extension Service.
      http://www.extension.umn.edu/library/internal/ScriptsFolder/Save%20back-to-
      school%20supplies%20receipts%20for%20tax%20returns.doc
   Croymans, S. (March 7, 2006) Help Children Learn About Money, Avoid Affluenza. St.
      Paul, MN: University of Minnesota Extension Service.
      http://www.extension.umn.edu/library/internal/ScriptsFolder/03076crymns.doc
   Croymans, S. (February 17, 2006) Youth Spending Power. St. Paul, MN: University of
      Minnesota Extension Service.
   Croymans, S. (August 17, 2005) Save school shopping receipts for educational tax
      benefits. St. Paul, MN: University of Minnesota Extension Service.
      http://www.extension.umn.edu/library/internal/ScriptsFolder/08156crymns.doc
   Croymans, S. (August 10, 2005) Education Tax Credits. St. Paul, MN: University of
      Minnesota Extension Service.
   Croymans, S. (March 31, 2005) Planning a Successful Garage Sale. St. Paul, MN:
      University of Minnesota Extension Service.


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      Croymans, S. (February 22, 2005) Minnesotans Can Receive Free Credit Reports. St.
       Paul, MN: University of Minnesota Extension Service.
       http://www.extension.umn.edu/library/internal/ScriptsFolder/02215crymns.doc
      Croymans, S. (January 11, 2005) Adding Financial Resolutions to Wedding Vows. St.
       Paul, MN: University of Minnesota Extension Service.
       http://www.extension.umn.edu/library/internal/ScriptsFolder/01115croyms.doc
      Croymans, S. (December 15, 2004) Newlyweds and Money. St. Paul, MN: University
       of Minnesota Extension Service.
      Croymans, S. (January 19, 2005) Some „money questions‟ for your betrothed. St. Paul,
       MN: University of Minnesota Extension Service.
       http://www.extension.umn.edu/library/internal/ScriptsFolder/01185croymans.doc
      Croymans, S. (March 22, 2004) Planning for Prom Costs. St. Paul, MN: University of
       Minnesota Extension Service.
      Croymans, S. (January 16, 2004) New Years Resolutions. St. Paul, MN: University of
       Minnesota Extension Service.
      Croymans, S. (2003) Wrote eight columns and several special news releases which were
       distributed to all newspapers throughout the 14 county district.
      Croymans, S. (February 12; March 3; April 28; June 23 & 26; September 15; November
       17 & December 1, 2002) Press releases distributed to media in ten county West Central
       MN district on variety of Family Resource Management topics

Interviews:
     Huff, Francine L. (August 2006) Raising Money-Wise Kids: What you model for your
        kids about financial management will stick with them for a lifetime. [Croymans
        interviewed for article in Nashville based national Christian magazine.] Home Life
        Magazine, 60(12), 14-15.
     Hammerand, Jim. (May 2006) [Croymans interviewed for article on survival guide for
        student finances; University of Minnesota] Minnesota Daily
     Falk, Jim and Moore, Rick. (August 8, 2006) [Croymans interviewed for radio spot on
        saving receipts for education related purchases] Back to School Supplies. University of
        Minnesota Moment; University of Minnesota;
        http://blog.lib.umn.edu/urelate/radio/back_to_school_supplies.mp3

Television - Live Interviews on KSAX, Alexandria, MN (reaching 31 counties, 182,000
households & 2,500,000 people):
    Croymans, S. (January 23, 2006) Earned Income Tax Credit. Alexandria, MN:
       KSAX.
    Croymans, S. (February 28, 2005) Free Credit Reports. Alexandria, MN: KSAX.
    Croymans, S. (November 1, 2004) Family Resource Management. Alexandria, MN:
       KSAX.
    Croymans, S. (July 12, 2004) Education Tax Credits and Subtractions. Alexandria,
       MN: KSAX.
    Croymans, S. (April 19, 2004) Family Resource Management. Alexandria, MN:
       KSAX.




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Radio Releases distributed through the University of Minnesota Extension Service:
    Croymans, S. (Speaker) (February 25, 2005) How to Maintain a Good Credit Report.
       St. Paul, MN: University of Minnesota Extension Service.
       http://www.extension.umn.edu/library/internal/ScriptsFolder/crymns2.mp3
    Croymans, S. (Speaker) (February 23, 2005) How are Credit Reports and Scores Used?
       St. Paul, MN: University of Minnesota Extension Service.
       http://www.extension.umn.edu/library/internal/ScriptsFolder/crymns5.mp3
    Croymans, S. (Speaker) (February 23, 2005) What is a Credit Score? St. Paul, MN:
       University of Minnesota Extension Service.
    Croymans, S. (Speaker) (February 2, 2005) Plan to Order a Free Copy of Your Credit
       Report. St. Paul, MN: University of Minnesota Extension Service.
       http://www.extension.umn.edu/library/internal/ScriptsFolder/crymns3.mp3
    Croymans, S. (Speaker) (February 21, 2005) Fair & Accurate Credit Transaction Act of
       2003 Summary. St. Paul, MN: University of Minnesota Extension Service.
       http://www.extension.umn.edu/library/internal/ScriptsFolder/crymns1.mp3
    Croymans, S. (Speaker) (July 23, 2004) Financial Management Tips for College
       Students. St. Paul, MN: University of Minnesota Extension Service.
    Croymans, S. (Speaker) (July 22, 2004) Be Prepared to Handle Finances During
       College. St. Paul, MN: University of Minnesota Extension Service.
    Croymans, S. (Speaker) (July 21, 2004) Importance of Credit Scores for Young Adults.
       St. Paul, MN: University of Minnesota Extension Service.
    Croymans, S. (Speaker) (July 20, 2004) Tips for College Students Using Credit Cards.
       St. Paul, MN: University of Minnesota Extension Service.
    Croymans, S. (Speaker) (July 19, 2004) State Tax Benefits for K-12 Supplies. St. Paul,
       MN: University of Minnesota Extension Service.
    Croymans, S. (Speaker) (September 22-26, 2003) Family Resource Management topics.
       St. Paul, MN: University of Minnesota Extension Service.
    Croymans, S. (Speaker) (May 5-9, 2003) Family Resource Management topics. St.
       Paul, MN: University of Minnesota Extension Service.
    Croymans, S. (Speaker) (January 6 & 27; February 10; March 10; April 7 & 21; May 5;
       June 9; July 7; August 4; September 8 & 29; October 20; November 3 & 10, 2003)
       KDMA Radio; 15 minute interview format; Montevideo, MN; reaching three county
       area on variety of Family Resource Management topic areas.
    Croymans, S. (Speaker) (May 5, 6, 7, 8 & 9; September 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 2003)
       Provided ten 2 ½ minute radio programs that were aired on radio stations across the 14
       county district on variety of family resource management topics.
    Croymans, S. (Speaker). (October 7, 14 & 28, November 4 & 18, December 2, 9, & 16,
       2002) KDMA Radio; 15 minute interview format; Montevideo, MN; reaching three
       county area on variety of Family Resource Management topic areas


Participation in Professional Organizations
   Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education, member, 2000 - present
   Minnesota Association of Extension Educators, 1998 – present



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   Minnesota Extension Association of Family and Consumer Science, member 1998 –
    present; Secretary, 2004-present; Membership Committee Co-Chair, 2000-01
   National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Science, member 1998 – present;
    2007 NEAFCS Annual Meeting In-depth and Workshops on the Move Committee member
    2006-present
   Epsilon Sigma Phi Pi Chapter, member 1998-present; newsletter co-editor 2005-present


Grants & Contracts
External
 Croymans, S., Hendrickson, L., Gilman, J., & Hagen Jokela, R. Hands On Banking Teacher
   Training. Minnesota Council on Economic Education. $6,000. (2006)
 Asche, K., Croymans, S., & Olson, C. Consumer Decision Making Educational Activity –
   “The Cost of Food. Minnesota 4-H Foundation. $1,000. (2005)
 Croymans, S., Hendrickson, L., Gilman, J., & Hagen Jokela, R. NEFE High School
   Financial Planning Program Teacher Training. MN Credit Union Network; Family
   Involvement Council & Select Credit Unions. $3,000. (2005)
 Croymans, S. Getting Through Tough Times – Living on a Reduced Income. Minnesota
   Workforce Center. $1,600. (2004).
 Croymans, S. & Anderson Porisch, S., Home Stretch. SW Minnesota Housing Partnership.
   $2000 (2005); $2000. (2006).
 Croymans. S. College & Money. Alexandria Technical College, Fergus Falls Community
   College & Ridgewater Community College – Willmar. $600. (2006)

Internal
 Hendrickson, L., Hagen Jokela, R., Gilman, J. & Croymans, S. Investigating Use of Pod
    Casting with College Students. University of Minnesota Extension Service Family
    Development Investment Fund Grant. $8,000. (2006-2007)
 Croymans, S., Olson, C., Asche, K., Hendrickson, L., Gilman, J., & Hagen Jokela, R.
    Consumer Decision Making. University of Minnesota Extension Service Family
    Development Investment Fund Grant. $15,000. (2006-2009)
 Schroeder, M., Asche, K., Croymans, S., Olson, C., & Gengler, C. Understanding &
    Responding to Youth Targeted Food Marketing, University of Minnesota Extension Service
    Family Development Investment Fund Grant. $15,000. (2006-2009)



Awards, Citations & Other Recognitions
   2006 National Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences Educational
    Curriculum Package Award - Central Regional Finalist – 3rd Place. “Are You Infected by
    Affluenza?” Learning Circle Lesson. Team Award: Gilman, J., Hagen Jokela, R.,
    Hendrickson, L., Croymans, S., Johnson, G., Olson, P., Heins, R., Danes, S., Petersen, C.,
    Onstad, P., & Anderson-Porisch, S.
   2006 National Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences 4-H Excellence in
    Afterschool Programming Award – Central Region Finalist. “4-H Consumer Decision
    Making.” Team award: Croymans, S., Hendrickson, L., Hagen Jokela, R., Gilman, J.,


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    Asche, K., Olson, C., Stolen, K., Kruisselbrink, L., Price, R., Rugg, B., Becker, D., Whisney,
    L., & Mehrkens, T.
   2006 National Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences Florence Hall
    Award – Central Region Finalist. “Financial Literacy: What‟s New in Credit & Debt?”
    Team award with Hagen Jokela, R., Hendrickson, L., Gilman, J., & Croymans, S.
   2006 National Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences Marketing
    Package Award – Central Region Finalist. “Marketing Teacher Trainings in Financial
    Literacy. Team award with Hendrickson, L., Hagen Jokela, R., Gilman, J., & Croymans, S.
   2006 National Association of Extension 4-H Agents Excellence in Teamwork Regional
    Award. “Summer Survivor Show Me the Money Day Camp”. Team member: Harrington,
    B., Loegering, S., Oelke, K., Gonzalez, R., Hochhalter, J., Skunberg, K., Handegaard, S.,
    VanOffelen, S., & Croymans, S.
   2005 National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (NEAFCS)
    Dean Don Felker Financial Management Award – Central Regional Winner. “Financial
    Literacy: What‟s New in Credit and Debt? Update: Statewide Teacher/Credit Union
    Trainings.” Team award: Hagen Jokela, R., Hendrickson, L., Croymans, S., & Danes, S.
   2005 American Association of Family and Consumer Science (AAFCS) Excellence in
    Extension Award. “Financial Literacy: What‟s New in Credit and Debt? Update:
    Statewide Teacher/Credit Union Trainings.” Team award: Hendrickson, L., Croymans, S.,
    Hagen Jokela, R., & Danes, S.
   2005 University of Minnesota Extension Service Distinguished Diversity & Inclusion
    Award. “Learning the Language of Money” project. Team award: Bird, C., Bauer, J.,
    Bruin, M., Olson, P., Tulashie, S., Birttnen, J., Alba-Meraz, A., Anderson-Porisch, S., Burk,
    G., Hendrickson, L., Hagen-Jokela, R., Croymans, S. & Onstad, P.
   2004 Minnesota Association of Extension Educators Teamwork Award. “Financial
    Literacy: What‟s New in Credit & Debt?” Team award: Hendrickson, L., Croymans, S.,
    Hagen Jokela, R., & Danes, S.


                              SPECIAL CONTRIBUTIONS

National
   National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) High School Financial Planning
    Program® (HSFPP) National Teacher Training Committee. 2006-2007; team member
    assisting to plan national teacher training to be held in Denver, CO, March 2007
   National Extension Financial Security for All Community of Practice Youth Financial
    Literacy Subgroup, 2005-present; FAQ subgroup representative
   Credit Union National Association (CUNA); “Thrive by Five : Teaching Your
                                                                   TM


    Preschooler About Spending and Saving.” Content Reviewer. 2004
   National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) High School Financial Planning
    Program® (HSFPP) National Evaluation Project Advisory Board; board member
    provided input on development of survey questions and review of project report; 2003-2004




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State and Regional
   Search Committee; U of M Extension Service Health & Nutrition Regional Extension
    Educator, Regional Center, Morris; June – July 2006
   Minnesota 4-H Consumer Decision Making Committee; co-chair with C. Olson, 2002 -
    present; plan, implement and evaluate various trainings and state & regional contests;
    committee member 1998-present
   U of M Extension Service Bankruptcy Debtor Education, team member, 2005-present.
    Assist with compiling materials, promotion, registration, evaluation, course instructor
   West Central Initiative Family Economic Success project, Collaborative member; 2005-
    present; Asset committee chair, 2006 – present; Keep It and Grow It committee member,
    2005-2006
   To Your Benefit EITC Training; facilitated Alexandria, MN satellite conference site; 10
    participants; January 19, 2006; facilitating Morris, MN satellite conference site January 17,
    2007
   Junior Achievement; Advisory Committee Member, Montevideo; 2006-present
   Red River Valley EITC (Earned Income Tax Credit) Collaborative; coordinated by
    Lakes and Prairies Community Action Council; member & education committee member;
    2005-present
   Minnesota Operation Military Kids Committee Member; 2005 – present
   Co-Supervised 4-H Consumer Education Summer Intern; with C. Olson; June – August
    2005
   Mentored Lourdez Schwab, Community Integration Collaborative; U of M Extension
    Service Community Educator Mentorship Program; Willmar, MN; 2005
   RentWise Landlord Focus Group; Coordinated focus group participants for Dr. Marilyn
    Bruin, University of Minnesota Extension Service; Morris, MN; December 16, 2004
   U of M Extension Service Youth & Money Team, team member; provide leadership for
    planning, promotion, implementation and evaluation, web page content; 2004 – present
   U of M Extension Service College & Money Team; team member; assist with promotional
    materials, material development, evaluation; 2004 – present
   4-H Consumer Education Design Team, co-leader providing direction for consumer
    education project, 2003-2004
   U of M Extension Service Family Development Capacity Area Leadership Team;
    member, 2003-2004
   Southwest Minnesota Regional Home Ownership Advisory Committee; member, 2002-
    2004
   RentWise Landlord Focus Group; Coordinated focus group participants for Dr. Marilyn
    Bruin, University of Minnesota Extension Service; Montevideo, MN; September 26, 2003
   West Central Minnesota Parents Forever Collaborative; 1998-2003
   Montevideo, Minnesota Community Education Advisory Committee; 1998-2003




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