Center Staff Transitions

Posted: November 6, 2012

As the Center's Director, I regret having to report that Pamela A. Hearn will be transitioning into retirement effective June 30, 2012. We look forward to welcoming our new Administrative Support Assistant, Kathleen (Katey) Burke, to the Center.

Pam has been a cheerful, reliable and steady force at the Center since almost the beginning of my tenure as Director, and she is known to virtually all of our collaborators and stakeholders in the Northeast region. She has gathered an immense amount of knowledge about USDA and Penn State policies and procedures, over the last 12 years. To say that she will be sorely missed does not begin to describe the void that her departure leaves, as the many administrators, faculty and educators who have had the pleasure of working with her over the years will confirm. We wish Pam the very best in this new phase of her life. If you would like to drop Pam a personal note of congratulations, her e-mail is

We look forward to welcoming our new Administrative Support Assistant, Kathleen (Katey) Burke, to the Center. Katey previously worked in the Office of the Dean for the College of the Liberal Arts, also at Penn State University, and will join us on July 5, 2012. She was attracted to this position in part because she has personal interests in local and regional foods. Look for more information about Katey in a future newsletter.


A few years ago, we had the pleasure of hosting Yicheol Han for 18 months as a visiting international pre-doc from Seoul National University, Korea. Dr. Han successfully defended his dissertation in the Department of Rural Systems Engineering, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences last February and will be re-joining The Center in July 2012, as a post-doc. He is again funded by the Government of Korea and will conduct research on networks as they relate to emerging mega-regions and other topics