Dean Larkin has over forty years of experience working with community groups on a wide variety of issues. He is currently a County Engagement Specialist in Community and Economic Development for University of Missouri Extension, located in Montgomery County Missouri. The work is to engage with community and regional groups and develop community-based strategies to address high priority local goals.
This involves a wide range of issues including Workforce Development, leadership development, organizational development and entrepreneurship. Data analysis and large group processes are applied to create effective action plans. Dean has used Strategic Doing principles and techniques in various settings around Missouri.
Dean worked at the Missouri Department of Economic Development in the Community Block Grant Program (CDBG) and Business Retention and Expansion (BR&E).
Dean has a BA in Sociology and a MS in Community Development. He is a Strategic Doing Workshop Leader.
Sharon brings over 30 years of experience in economic, small business and community development, most recently at the University of Missouri in Cooperative Extension, where she was Co-Director of Extension’s Community Economic and Entrepreneurial Development (ExCEED) program. Prior to joining the University, she worked for the Missouri Department of Economic Development as the department’s small business specialist and manager of the Missouri Business Assistance Center, where she specialized in business counseling for start-up and early stage small businesses. She has presented numerous workshops and seminars and developed publications and training materials.
Sharon is also the Executive Director for the Missouri Rural Development Partners (MRDP) Missouri’s federally authorized rural development council. She is past-president of the international Community Development Society (CDS) and has served on several boards including the Missouri Economic Development Council (MEDC). She is a leader in the Community Change Network.
Sharon holds an undergraduate degree in business and an MBA. She is a certified Professional Community and Economic Developer (PCED) and Strategic Doing™ Workshop Leader.