"In my first job at 4-H Memorial Camp, I was able to increase my leadership abilities working with campers and scheduling and devising activities for campers and counselors in Recreation."

Years in 4-H

A.S. '96 Biology, Lake Land College; B.S.'98 Biology, Ecology, Ethology & Evolution - University of IL; M.S. '04 Biological Sciences, Illinois State University


Ecologist/Conservation Biologist, University of IIlinois

Favorite 4-H Projects:  Sheep, Rocketry, Cooking & Baking, Tree Identification, Public Speaking/Demonstrations, Biking

How did 4-H contribute to your leadership skills today?

I held many offices in my 4-H club and at the county level. I learned Roberts Rules of Order and had my first job at 4-H Memorial Camp.

Did 4-H instill a career path for you?

My 4-H projects combined fit into my career as an ecologist and herpetologist with an interest in animals, nature, being active outdoors and following repeatable processes (those baking skills paid off!)

What advice do you have for someone who is interested in your career path?

Maintain your natural curiosity about the world. Spend time in nature. Come up with questions, devise ways to answer those questions. Focus on science and math courses but also practice your writing skills.

What advice would you give a current 4-H member?

Get as involved with your 4-H club and county extension program. Try out any project that interests you. Attend 4-H Camp!

Why should young people join 4-H today?

The sky is the limit for how much you can get out of 4-H. The volunteers in 4-H are some of the best people & they love nothing more than seeing your success and will do what they can to help you. 4-H builds great experiences for your resume and college applications.