University of Illinois Extension

Cheryl Geitner
Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development
Henry/Mercer/Rock Island/Stark Unit
358 Front Street
Galva, IL 61434
Phone: 309-932-3447
FAX: 309-932-3454

Cheryl Geitner provides leadership for 4-H youth development programming in Henry, Mercer, Rock Island and Stark counties including program quality, expansion and evaluation as well as volunteer delivery systems.

Programming highlights include positive youth development, volunteerism, youth leadership, youth in governance, science and engineering, character education and community development involving youth.

Geitner holds a bachelor of science degree in home economics education from Western Illinois University and master of science degree in educational and interdisciplinary studies from Western Illinois University. She has previous work experience with the Job Training Partnership Act and American Home Economics Association, Washington DC.

Her University of Illinois Extension work began in 1987 in Knox County (Galesburg) through June, 2010. Geitner recently was recognized with an Individual Excellence in Extension Award for staff with more than ten years of experience.

Leadership with many organizations in Knox County included the Knox County Healthy Youth Alliance, Knox County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition Advisory Committee and Underage Alcohol Prevention Task Force, Blue Ribbon Child Abuse Prevention Committee, Human Services Council, Galesburg Exchange Club, and Chamber of Commerce Education Task Force.

Organizations she is currently providing leadership with include the Kewanee Community Alcohol and Drug Task Force along with the Laws and Policies Committee, Cambridge School Health Council, Henry County Human Services Council and the Mercer County Human Services Council.

Geitner's professional associations include National Association Extension 4-H Agents and Illinois Extension Professionals for Youth Education, serving as president for the state organization in 2009. As president, she served on the Joint Council for Extension Professionals in Illinois. She has received the NAE4-HA Distinguished Service Award.

Program Offerings

Youth Development

  • Teen Leadership and Involvement
  • Science, Engineering & Technology
  • 4-H Community Clubs
  • Character Education
  • Positive Youth Development
  • Volunteerism


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