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Deb Zak
Northwest District Extension Director  
University of Minnesota Extension Service 

Office:  251A Owen Hall Annex
Phone:  218-281-8684
E-mail:  dzak@umn.edu

Deborah Zak has been the Northwest District Director since 1997. Before that she was a Pennington County Extension Educator for 20 years.  Current educational programs include a focus on the aging population in northwest Minnesota with a goal of increasing their educational and employment opportunities.  

A special area of interest has been working with the Ojibwe Reservations, cooperating with the College of Natural Resources and various tribal and community organizations to design and deliver a science and math summer program for students in grades 8-12 on the White Earth Reservation.  The program is designed to improve students' academic achievement using a natural resources based curriculum that incorporates Ojibwe culture and traditions.

Awards and Honors:

  • U of M President's Award for Outstanding Service, 2002

Educational Background: 

B.S. degree in Vocational Home Economics Education and M.S. in Education/General Studies, both from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND


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