The Extension Council is authorized by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees, in accordance with state law, to be actively involved in the operation of University of Illinois Extension; Extension Councils cooperate with Extension staff in planning, promoting, developing, implementing, evaluating, and financing an Extension program designed to meet the needs, interests, and resources of the local communities served.

Our Unit Council membership has representation from each of the counties we serve.

Edwards County

  • Kathy St Ledger
  • Kelley Biggs
  • Doug Raber

Lawrence County

  • Jim Brewer
  • Kacie Haag
  • Don Robbins

Richland County

  • Terry Bruce 
  • Jan Ridgely

Wabash County

  • Rhiannon Anderson 
  • Haleigh Buchanan
  • Tonya Potts

Wayne County

  • Justine Basnett
  • Paul Bruinsma
  • Sara McGehee


For contact information please contact Tara Buerster, County Director at 618-445-2934 or by email at

Meeting Dates

Meeting Dates 9-29-2021

Meeting Dates 11-3-2021

Meeting Dates 1-26-2022

Meeting Dates 3-22-2022