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.

The Extension Council provides advisory input for the three county unit. Members serve as volunteers for Extension.

First Name Last Name County Represented End of 2nd Term
Council Members      
Elise Ransdell Sangamon 2024
Bill Bree Logan 2022
Nancy Dixon Menard 2023
Phil Sidles Sangamon 2023
Jennifer Taylor-Brown Sangamon 2021
Dave Opperman Logan 2023
Brian Satorius Menard 2023
Gary Letterly Logan 2021
County Board Extension      
David Mendenhall Sangamon 2021
Craig Hall Sangamon 2021
Ed Whitcomb, Jr. Menard 2021
Janet Estill Logan 2021
Youth Members      
Rachel Fishburn Sangamon 2021
Zach Dixon Menard 2021
Sophia Schneider Logan 2022


Due to the pandemic, at this time we do not yet know if these meetings will be held virtually online via ZOOM, or in person. Please email for public access instructions.

Thursday, January 14, 2021 – 7 PM (ZOOM)
Thursday, March 18, 2021 – 7 PM (ZOOM)
Thursday, June 17, 2021 – 7 PM (ZOOM or Sangamon County Extension Office, Springfield)
Thursday, October 21, 2021 – 7 PM (ZOOM or Logan County Extension Office, Lincoln)


  • Call to Order
  • Previous Meeting Minutes
  • Introduction of Guest
  • Financial Report
  • Program Updates
  • Staffing Update
  • Reaching New Audiences/Meeting Community Need
  • Public Input
  • Future Meeting Dates
  • Adjournment