"4-H helps build a good foundation of responsibility and learning to be a good team player."

Years in 4-H

A.S. '02 Highland Community College; B.S. '04 Meteorology, Northern Illinois University; '05 GIS Certificate, Northern Illinois University


Chief Meteorologist, Nexstar Broadcasting

Favorite 4-H Projects:  Gardening, Baking

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

While in 4-H there were times others in the group felt a little discouraged because they didn't get as far as what they wanted to, or thought they should. But encouraging them to continue to work hard for the following year, as well as being a good role model for the younger kids in the group, has played a role in some of my leadership skills today.

Did 4-H instill a career path for you?

My 4-H projects didn't instill my current career path, but did help grow my interest quite a bit in gardening

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

Self employment is challenging. Don't be as naive as I was, get some experience in the area you think you want to make a career out of before you jump in head first. Learn where you excel and what you are naturally good at. Surround yourself with other people who are good in the areas you are not. Invest 100% of your time and energy mastering what you are good at and 0% working on the areas you don't enjoy or excel in - there are other people who love those areas!

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

The sky is the limit. Being involved in 4-H allows people to meet and interact with others who have the same interests, hobbies, and perhaps the same goals in life. It helps build a good foundation of responsibility and learning to be a good team player.

Why should young people join 4-H today?

Young people should join 4-H because it allows them to meet and interact with kids that may be their same age, gets them involved in other areas or interests that they may not have had an opportunity to participate in otherwise. It is also very rewarding and can give some a sense of feeling proud of themselves, knowing that they can continue to grow and learn about things they may not be exposed to everyday.