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New faces at the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development

Posted: December 15, 2014

This fall marked some exciting changes at the Northeast Center, including the addition of two new staff members, Frank Ge and Stacie Vance.

Frank Ge joins us as a postdoctoral scholar working primarily in the Center’s signature food systems project, Enhancing Food Security in the Northeast through Regional Food Systems.

Frank’s research focuses on the dynamics of food production, distribution and consumption in the United States food system and on developing efficient strategies to enhance the regional food supply chain sustainability in the Northeast. Prior to joining the Northeast Center, Frank worked as a research associate at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Frank obtained his Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, and his doctoral research focused on food security and agriculture policy analysis. His research interests include computational economics, production economics, regional economics and energy economics.

Also joining the Center this fall is Stacie Vance, who will be providing administrative support to the national Agricultural Marketing Service Grant Writing Workshops and Technical Assistance (AMSTA) program that the Northeast Center is leading. Prior to joining the Center, Stacie worked as a receptionist at The Arc of Centre County, and as a marketing coordinator for Carey On Photography. Stacie received her BS degree in Interior Design from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Please help us in welcoming Frank and Stacie to Penn State!