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.
Judy Mae Bingman uses powerful words and photography to tell the Illinois 4-H story. She builds communication capacity in Extension staff to help them show the impact of the local 4-H experience. She creates digital content that demonstrates the impact of 4-H programming in real time, resulting in more than 3 million social media impressions and thousands of website visitors. She engages members, volunteers, stakeholders, legislators, and donors in dialogue through personal contact, digital content, and traditional media, resulting in increased member and volunteer recruitment, alumni support, and donor contributions to the University of Illinois Extension 4-H program.
Judy Mae earned her bachelor degree in agricultural communications and her masters in human resource education, both from University of Illinois.
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.
Alvarez Dixon provides leadership for programs aimed at helping youth across Illinois find and pursue fulfilling career pathways. He works to build a youth development ecosystem that connects youth to educational opportunities beyond high school, potential employers, and resources for entrepreneurship. The constellation of experiences under Alvarez’s Ready4LIFE pathways initiative help youth develop and practices skills that are in high demand in every industry such as design thinking & innovation, collaborative project development, team leadership, and more, which will give them a competitive edge in emerging markets. Before joining University of Illinois Extension, Alvarez spent nearly 10 years working for and with youth in Washington, DC; Baltimore, Maryland; and Davenport, Iowa.
Dan Horn provides leadership to the 4-H online enrollment system throughout the state. Dan has a BS in Business from Eastern Illinois University, with a major in Computer Management.
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.
Dr. Amy Leman answers questions about the effectiveness and efficiency of 4-H programs in Illinois by working in collaboration with Extension field staff. She also develops and facilitates plans to enhance the professional development offerings to 4-H Youth Development field staff across Illinois. She attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for her bachelor's degree in human development and family studies and the University of Illinois at Springfield for her master's degree in public administration. She is a certified advanced facilitator of the Matrixx System/Real Colors program by the National Curriculum and Training Institute.
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.
Bill Million encourages teens to respond to hunger and food insecurity in their local communities by becoming hunger ambassadors, learning best practices of successful programs from their peers. Working together, they are becoming equipped with a working knowledge of youth/adult and community partnerships, teamwork, workforce development skills and empathy for others less fortunate. Bill feels by effectively engaging teen leadership and valuing the importance of community engagement; youth will become more active and engaged citizens. Million received a B.S. in Agriculture Education from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and a M.S. in Agriculture Education from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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 connects kids to nature in a social-group setting of peers from different locations while supervised by caring adults. 4-H Memorial Camp youth experience belonging to a group, actively discovering the outdoor world, and are exposed to positive role models as they reach the top of a rock-climbing wall; reel in a big catfish; hitting the center of the target with an arrow; or receive applause by participating in their first talent show held at the campfire ring. He 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.