Tina grew up in Illinois 4-H in Knox County. Tina attended Carl Sandburg Community College and transferred to the University of Illinois to study Agricultural Education, which launched her career path. She served as 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 brought her to serve as the 4-H Alumni Constituent Engagement Manager to launch the Illinois 4-H Alumni Association in 2020.