University of Illinois Extension staff are available in every county in Illinois. Choose your county below, or select one of the staff in the State 4-H Office to assist you.
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Dr. Bouillion Diaz leads the University of Illinois Extension 4-H program that serves nearly 200,000 youth across the state. She provides the vision and support for a statewide network of 4-H youth professionals who deliver youth development programs addressing college and career readiness, science and technology innovation, health and wellbeing, food access, and environmental stewardship. She also creates campus-community and public-private partnerships that translate into cutting edge learning opportunities for youth ages 5-18, preparing them for future careers and community life.
Carla Blue works alongside state 4-H staff co-creating state-wide events where Illinois youth can participate in a fun, exciting, safe environment. Through these events, youth gain valuable life skills, network with other participants, explore careers, learn how to give back to their community, and proudly demonstrate and/or display their creative inventions and projects. Learning in such positive environments develops personal growth impacting youth for a lifetime.
Andy Davis assists with the management of 4-H Memorial Camp. He has built the team-building programs up into a highly valued asset used by middle school, high school, university, and professional participants, serving over 35,000 participants since 2005. These programs focus on bringing groups together to work effectively, help individuals learn to become better leaders, and create a bond between participants that fosters respect and understanding for the differences we all possess. He helps to assemble the 70+ member staff team each year who are trained to run programs for youth and adult campers during the summer months. Andrew Davis earned his Bachelor of Science in Recreation, Park, and Tourism Administration in 2000 and his Master of Business Administration in 2002 from Western Illinois University.
Carissa Nelson manages strategic marketing and communications priorites for the 4-H program. She oversees the 4-H brand identity, social media presence, and supervises the production of strategic messaging materials and processes for the program for use by all Extension units.
Amy Henschen provides statewide 4-H program leadership in the areas of evaluation and staff development. She works in collaboration with Extension staff and partners to leverage data to communicate program impacts, identify needs and improve processes. In conjunction with work teams, she also designs and facilitates staff development opportunities that build overall employee capacity.
Keith Jacobs provides state-wide leadership in Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math, or STEM programming. As the STEM specialist, Keith works with educators in the field to implement, improve, and expand programming opportunities for youth interested in STEM. In addition, Keith works with local and national partners to deliver cutting edge technologies, and one-of-a-kind experiences unique to 4-H. With over 200,000 STEM related projects each year, Keith is constantly searching for new ways to deliver STEM content that is memorable and impactful. Keith earned his B.S. in Psychology Pre-Med with a minor in Neuroscience from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga. and his Masters of Public Health Program at University of Illinois, Springfield.
Dan Jennings provides leadership to the statewide 4-H Youth Livestock program for all species and subsequent disciplines, providing a platform of mastery level events where youth can learn, socialize, and compete beyond the county experience. Dan’s expertise allows for innovative programs and events in skillathons, quality assurance, evaluation/judging, exhibition, and youth leadership conferences. Dan also provides support to all county staff, volunteers, and youth for animal science projects, teaching life skills and creating educational pathways and future career opportunities for thousands of youth annually. Dan holds a bachelor of science from the Ohio State University in animal science and a masters of science from Michigan State University in swine nutrition. Dan has been with Illinois Extension since 1993.
Patricia C. McGlaughlin provides statewide leadership for volunteer management systems, 4-H Club management; and citizenship and civic engagement. She also supports 4-H and youth programs addressing healthy relationships, social and emotional learning, and oversees programming for youth of military families across Illinois designed to promote resiliency. McGlaughlin earned a bachelor degree in agriculture communications and her masters in extension education, both from University of Illinois.
Sheila Powers is a 4-H Resource and Policy Analyst in the State 4-H Office, University of Illinois Extension. She assists staff throughout Illinois with questions regarding 4-H policies and procedures including fiscal, risk management and more. She manages several 4-H Club fiscal tasks including a master database of EINs, tax filings and annual financial reporting to the IRS. She assists the Illinois 4-H Foundation with funding awards that provide assistance for many 4-H programs in counties throughout Illinois.
Curt Sinclair received his B.S. in Forestry from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale in 1982 and his Master's in Recreation Resource Administration from North Carolina State University in 1988.
Tina grew up in Illinois 4-H in Knox County. She launched her career path studying Agricultural Education at the University of Illinois. She was the 4-H youth development educator in McLean County for 12 years, then returned to her alma mater to work with the loyal College of Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences alumni base as the ACES Alumni Director for 14 years. Her two passions of 4-H youth development work and developing relationships with alumni brings her to this new role to launch the Illinois 4-H Alumni Association.