Family Transitions

Meet our team

The OneOp Family Transitions Concentration Area provides education and resources for professionals working with military families to build resilience and navigate life cycle transitions

Sara Croymans joined the University of Minnesota Extension as an Extension educator in 1992 where she is committed to assisting individuals develop critical life skills. She works with youth, adults, educators, and community agency staff on a variety of issues, including youth and money, decision-making, tenant education, learning styles, disaster financial recovery, and military family transitions. As an Accredited Financial Counselor through the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education, Sara has extensive financial counseling experience with gamblers, as well as military service members and their families. Sara earned a master’s degree in education from the University of Minnesota. Sara is a proud military spouse and mother. She serves as the PI for OneOp Family Transitions Team.

  • Extension Educator, Family ResiliencyRegional Office MorrisExpertise: Family Resiliency
  • University of Minnesota Extension Regional Office MorrisWC Research/Outreach Ctr, 46352 State Hwy 329Morris, MN 56267
  • 320-589-1711

Anita Harris Hering joined the University of Minnesota Extension as a Regional Extension Educator for the Center of Youth Development in May of 2005. In March of 2015 she joined the Center for Family Development- Family Resiliency as Extension Educator Military Families, and OneOp-Family Transitions Social Media Specialist. Her expertise is in the area of youth, families, volunteer and partnership development, curriculum development, program quality, working with the military, Veterans, and Operation Military Kids.

Anita attended the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University for her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Special Education. She received her MA in Non-Public School Administration/Educational Leadership from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul.

When coming to the University of MN Extension, Anita had 23 years of professional experience in Pre-Grade 12 education, 10 years as a classroom teacher and a Principal for thirteen. She worked with school renovations, building projects and mergers, and involved with strategic planning, grant writing and financial management, fundraising and public relations, before and after school programs, curriculum development and implementation, just to name a few.

Since 2007 Anita has been involved with the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon in the St. Cloud, MN area and as a volunteer Chairperson for the Regional (9 cities) Beyond The Yellow Ribbon – Central MN Warrior to Citizen.

  • Extension Educator, Military Families Regional Office St. Cloud Expertise: Family Resiliency
  • University of Minnesota Extension Regional Office St. Cloud Office Complex, 3400 1st St N Ste 400 St. Cloud, MN 56303
  • 320-203-6106


Program Analyst

Ms. Anderson joined the Office of Secretary of Defense (OSD), Office of Military Family Readiness Policy in August 2020 as a program analyst on the Children, Youth and Families team.  Prior to joining OSD, she was assigned to Headquarters Air Force, Airman and Family Readiness Policy Branch where she served as the Air Force subject matter expert for the Transition Assistance and the Spouse Employment programs.  While employed by the Air Force, she managed various military family readiness programs and services, providing direct support to military members and their families to help them build resilience, improve quality of life and face the unique challenges of the military lifestyle.  Ms. Anderson is a member of OneOp Family Transitions team and also serves as the OneOp Department of Defense Project Lead.  As a proud spouse of an Air Force veteran, she is passionate about supporting military members and their families.


Office of Military Family Readiness Policy, Alexandria, VA

After more than 20 years in communications, education and web technology, Bob has found a passion for building human networks, especially those focused on collective action. He seeks and shares insights on weaving collaborative networks and on developing a culture of innovation through his work with North Dakota State University Extension Service, OneOp and as the host of the “Working Differently in Extension” podcast.

  • Web Technology Specialist / Agriculture Communication
  • North Dakota State University
  • 701-231-7381

Jennifer Rea, PhD and military spouse to an Active Duty Marine.

Jenny consults with the OneOp Family Transitions team to support professional development for military family service providers