Shannon Stassen

CERTs welcomes Shannon Stassen as new Northwest Coordinator

Welcome, Shannon!

 

The Northwest Clean Energy Resource Team (NW CERT) and University of Minnesota Extension Northwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership (Northwest RSDP) are pleased to welcome longtime community leader Shannon Stassen as the new Program Associate for clean energy and resilient communities.

In his new role, Stassen will work with local governments, nonprofits, foundations, and partners across Northwest Minnesota to connect local sustainability projects to research, education and resources at the University of Minnesota.

 

I am absolutely thrilled to begin my work in Northwest Minnesota at the University of Minnesota Extension. Working for RSDP and CERTs aligns with my personal and professional goals to be a part of the process of creating a more sustainable world.

Shannon Stassen

We asked Shannon to share a little more about himself:

Professionally, I spent 18 years as a college football coach at Valley City State, North Dakota State and University of Minnesota Crookston. My next career move was as Executive Director of the Crookston Area Chamber of Commerce, which included being director of the United Way of Crookston and Crookston Convention and Visitors Bureau.  That opportunity led me to working as City Administrator for the City of Crookston the past six years.

Crookston has been my home for over 20 years and we really enjoy the community.  I have four children Marcus (19), Grace (15), Jaxon (11) and Jakob (11).  We all enjoy a wide variety of sports, being outdoors fishing, biking, camping and paddling.  Jaxon, Jakob, and I started a business two years ago growing and selling vegetables, potted plants, and fresh cut flowers.  We sell on social media and at Farmers Markets.  It has been so fun to spend quality time with them in the garden.

I enjoy volunteer work and am involved in several organizations in the area, serving on the board of the Crookston Youth Foundation, Crookston Lions Club, Polk County Wellness Coalition, and coaching youth baseball and football.

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