New faces at central CFANS

This summer, three new staff members joined the CFANS family: Kathy Krum, Tim Loesch, and Barb Thees.

Kathy KrumKathy Krum is the new CFANS finance manager, to taking the place of retiring Jackie Lee. Kathy comes to us from UMN's Sponsored Financial Reporting unit and has a strong financial background with a process-improvement and customer-service focus. She’s been with UMN since 2009 after five years at LandAmerica. She’s also a gopher alumna, with degrees in German and international relations. Krum notes, “I’m excited to work at CFANS not only because of its outstanding reputation in research, education, and outreach, but also for the opportunity to work with the excellent staff and faculty. I am in awe of the work that is done here and if I can contribute in some way to the missions of CFANS, I would be so proud.”

Tim LoeschTim Loesch started at the end of June as the director of communications. During the last seven years, Tim was director of external relations within animal nutrition and director of communications and media relations in the corporate affairs office of Cargill, Inc. Prior to Cargill, he spent almost 20 years at Tunheim Partners in various capacities. He brings to the position experience building and leading diverse teams; designing strategic communications to advance campaigns; and leveraging digital, social, and traditional channels to champion department and organizational goals. He’s “excited about the opportunity to help connect the meaningful research and work done in CFANS with key internal and external stakeholders to help them understand the impact and difference it makes in our lives.” Loesch continued, “I'm looking forward to cultivating, nurturing and fostering those connections to create meaningful engagements for our students, alumni, faculty and partners.”

Barb TheesBarb Thees joins the CFANS Office of International Programs as the communications and international program specialist. She will work across the college to develop and execute communication and marketing strategies for international programs and provide programming support for learning abroad programs. With extensive knowledge and experience in the field of international education and communications, Thees earned her B.A. in Spanish liberal arts with minors in Latin American studies and teaching English as a foreign language from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Most recently she was the associate director of outreach with Xperitas in Minneapolis. Thees is “very excited to work for a college whose subject matter so directly relates to study abroad programming. On a personal level, I am passionate about environmental sustainability and conservation, and I am inspired by the innovative environmental research that CFANS is leading both on campus as well as on a global scale.”

By Gabe Sinner