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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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Lisa Bouillion Diaz

4-H Assistant Dean and Director
(217) 333-0910

Lisa Bouillion Diaz serves as Director of 4-H Youth Development and Assistant Dean in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES). She has also has adjunct faculty positions at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the ACES Department of Human Development and Family Studies and College of Education. She is trained as a learning scientist and received her doctoral degree from Northwestern University. She brings diverse experiences to her current role including K-12 school reform, informal STEM education, youth leadership, public-private partnerships, and the design of culturally-relevant learning experiences. She has worked in the Illinois of Extension State 4-H Office since 2006.

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Judy Mae Bingman

Marketing & Media Specialist
(217) 300-2113

Judy Mae Bingman creates marketing campaigns to promote Illinois 4-H. She is the liason between county offices and the state 4-H office, ensuring county staff have the most current information. She administers the state's 4-H social media efforts, online web presence, and print marketing. She earned her bachelor degree in agricultural communications and her masters in human resource education, both from University of Illinois.

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Carla Blue

Event Communication
(217) 244-6916

Carla Blue provides oversight and communication to Illinois 4-H statewide events, including Illini Summer Academies, 4-H Road Trip, 4-H Jr. Leadership Conference, 4-H Teen Leadership Conference, and the State Robotics Competition. She previously worked with Illinois Sea Grant and the Illinois Water Conference. 

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Andrew Davis

Extension Educator, 4-H Memorial Camp
(217) 762-2741

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.  His major responsibilities include managing all team building/leadership development programs at 4-H Memorial Camp, working with the director to develop/implement the Summer Youth Camp program, assisting with the management of day-to-day operation of the facility, and serving as the liaison for a diverse set of organizations utilizing both the camp facility and Extension’s educational programs.

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Ricardo Diaz

4-H Latino Program Coordinator
(217) 333-0910

Ricardo Diaz works to develop outreach models to Spanish-speaking communities, develop new funding sources, and help county offices strengthen their presence and programs with Latinos. His work in technology, educational and sociolinguistics at the National Center on Adult Literacy and the International Literacy Institute at the University of Pennsylvania serve to manage the development of software to disseminate key projects in developing countries.

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Alvarez Dixon

Extension Specialist, 4-H Youth Development
(217) 300-9079

Before joining University of Illinois Extension, Alvarez spent nearly 10 years working for and with youth in Washington, DC; Baltimore, Maryland; and Davenport, Iowa. In his current role, Alvarez provides leadership to enhance youth develop outcomes with a primary focus on helping youth get Ready for Life through career, entrepreneurship, and post-secondary education exploration.

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Dan Horn

Extension Information Technology Analyst, 4-H
(217) 333-0826

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.

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Keith Jacobs

Extension Specialist, STEM
(217) 206-6158

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, He has a wealth of experience scratch building UAVs, robots and 3-D printers.

Daniel J. Jennings

Extension Educator, 4-H Animal Systems
(815) 218-4358

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. Dan has responsibility for administering the Illinos 4-H animal science program, including curriculum, judging contests, workshops, and livestock exhibitions.

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Patricia C. McGlaughlin

Extension Specialist, 4-H Youth Development
(217) 333-0910

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.

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William Million

Extension Specialist
(217) 333-0910

Bill Million provides leadership for statewide 4-H and youth programs addressing Food Access, Environmental and Natural Resource Education and Citizen Science programming. 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.

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Sheila Powers

4-H Resource and Policy Analyst
(217) 265-4918

Sheila Powers is a 4-H Resource and Policy Analyst in the State 4-H Office, University of Illinois Extension, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois.  Her responsibilities include fiscal and policy changes that impact the 4-H Youth Development Program, 4-H Management Handbook and 4-H volunteer procedures, assist 4-H clubs in maintaining tax-exempt status and providing oversight in managing the Illinois 4-H Foundation grant applications.  Sheila received her Associates Degree from Lake Land College and Bachelor in Arts Degree from Eastern Illinois University. 

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Curt Sinclair

Camp Director
(217) 762-2741

Curt Sinclair has served as an Extension Educator since 1993 working primarily as the Camp Manager/Program Director of 4-H Memorial Camp at Allerton Park near Monticello, Illinois. 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. He currently administers all the program and facility needs for 4-H Memorial Camp which serves over 7,000 Illinois residents annually with various residential camp programs.

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Debra Stocker

Extension Specialist, 4-H Youth Development
(217) 333-9291

Debra Stocker provides leadership for the Illinois State 4-H Youth Leadership Team, youth leadership activities and programs including Speaking for Illinois 4-H, Legislative Connection, National 4-H Conference, Citizenship Washington Focus, and the Illinois 4-H Recognition program. Her expertise includes youth voice and leadership, team-building, recognition and awards, and event management. Deb received her M.E. degree from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville in Educational Technology and her B.S. degree in Home Economics from the University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana.

Madonna Weese

Extension Specialist, 4-H Youth Development
(217) 333-9289

Madonna Weese is an Extension Specialist for 4-H Youth Development with the University of Illinois Extension. She has responsibility for curriculum development and healthy living youth education programs. She worked with a cohort of youth development educators to develop the SPIN club model and SPIN volunteer resources and continues to provide leadership for that delivery model. Madonna is a certified national 4-H curriculum reviewer and serves on the National 4-H Learning Work Group.