MSU Extension names Julie Pioch district coordinator in southwest Michigan

posted on August 24, 2015 1:20pm

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EAST LANSING, Mich. – Julie Pioch has been named district coordinator for Michigan State University Extension District 13 – covering Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph and Van Buren counties. Pioch has served as the interim district coordinator since November 2014, and will officially begin in the permanent capacity of district coordinator September 1, 2015.

“District coordinators are an essential bridge between MSU Extension and local governments, nonprofits, communities and other stakeholders to identify community needs,” said Patrick Cudney, Extension associate director of operations.  “Julie Pioch brings her strengths in local government, leadership and management and a successful track record as educator and as interim district coordinator that will allow her to build and facilitate these essential partnerships. We are confident that she will continue her successful work and outreach to the communities of District 13.” 

Before stepping into her interim role, Pioch served as an MSU Extension educator since 1994, specializing in government and public policy and in leadership, community and economic development. Pioch currently serves as the vice president of the Michigan State Association of Parliamentarians and served as the past president of the Paw Paw Area Chamber of Commerce. She said she values being highly involved in the community.  

“I have enjoyed serving as interim district coordinator, exercising my management and communication skills, mentoring educators in the district and working closely with county government leadership. I look forward to continuing this important leadership role in southwest Michigan,” Pioch said.

Pioch received her bachelor of science in psychology and environmental studies and her masters in industrial psychology from Western Michigan University.

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