The Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) experienced a year of growth and change in 2014. The established concentration areas of personal finance, military caregiving, family development, and network literacy continued to expand their reach and engagement with webinars, social media, and ongoing content development. Childcare completed the remainder of its deliverables this year via a no-cost extension, finishing its formal participation with the network.
In September, MFLN was awarded competitive funding to continue its work. With this funding, the learning network will more than double in size. New concentration areas will include community capacity building, transition, early intervention special needs, lifespan special needs, and nutrition and wellness. New programming will get underway in January 2015.
Staffing changes also occurred across the MFLN during 2014: Kyle Kostelecky, National Program Leader, moved into a new position at University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign in June as Director of the Chez Family Foundation Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education. He continues to work with MFLN on a 15% appointment as the National Program Director. Sarah Baughman became the National Program Leader in a full-time appointment. In March, Anne Adrian transitioned to a 50% appointment with eXtension as Associate Director, while remaining with MFLN at 50% time as Social Media Strategist. As a part of the 2014 competitive funding award, Anne has since transitioned into a new role as New Programs Leader at 50% time. Karen Jeanette’s 75% appointment as Professional Development Coordinator became a full-time position in March 2014. Karen will be transitioning into her new role as Social Media Strategist in early 2015, as soon as a new professional development coordinator is hired.