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

Anna Peterson joined the University of Minnesota Extension as an Executive Administrative Assistant in 2012, where she supported the NW Regional Sustainable Development Partnership among other Extension Educators until transferring to her current position with OneOp in 2022.  She reached a long-time goal of graduating with her Bachelor of Science from the University of Minnesota while being a mother to 4 children, helping her husband on their family farm, and working full time.  Anna brings a wealth of digital and communications background to the Family Transitions team.

University of Minnesota Extension Regional Office Crookston, 510 County Hwy 71 Suite 119 Crookston, MN 56716


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, OneOp, and as the host of the “Working Differently in Extension” podcast.

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

Jenny is an Assistant Professor of Practice in the Department of Human Services and Director of the Certificate in Military Families at the University of Arizona. As a faculty member, she helps students become future-focused and career-ready, preparing them to become high-caliber Human Services professionals. Jenny also serves as a Wellness Ambassador, where she plays a key role in promoting workplace wellness and strengthening a culture of well-being at the University of Arizona. Since 2019, Jenny has provided military family service providers with research-based strategies to better assist them in their work with military families. This has been in the form of blog posts, podcasts, and webinars on topics related to resilience and military-related transitions. Jenny holds a Doctorate in Family Social Science from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. When she is not teaching her students online, Jenny can be found spending time with her friends and family – her spouse, who is an Active-Duty Marine pilot, and her four children (all under 6 years old), and snuggling her ten-year-old pug, Bandit.