Extension Council

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. Councils advise unit Extension personnel on a variety of matters, but Extension personnel remain responsible for the final decisions necessary to the development and administration of the local program. Members assist Extension staff with planning, implementing and marketing educational programs designed to meet the needs, interest and resources of the local communities. Additionally, members help secure financial resources and recruit volunteers. Members serve as liaisons between the public and Extension. Some responsibilities of Council Members include:

  • Assess community needs
  • Serve as a communication channel between the community and the Extension offices
  • Identify and utilize community leaders
  • Provide a forum where dissenting viewpoints can be discussed
  • Turn negative criticism into positive programs
  • Help insure broad-based programs are available

*Please see information about Public Comments during Extension Council.

Meeting Schedule

September 12, 2023 - Livingston County Extension Office, 1412 S. Locust St., Pontiac, IL

November 7, 2023 - Woodford County, Monical's Pizza, 850 W. Main Street, El Paso, IL 

March 12, 2024 - McLean County Extension Office, 1615 Commerce Parkway, Bloomington, IL

May 14, 2024 - Unity Community Center, 632 Orlando Ave., Normal, IL

2023-2024 Members


  • Ms. Tera Graves
  • Ms. Grace Kaisner (Youth)
  • Ms. Mara Knobloch
  • Ms. Debbie Ruff
  • Ms. Amy Schlipf


  • Mr. Dylan Cook
  • Mr. Glenn Harbin
  • Ms. Alana Whitfield (Youth)
  • Mr. Jeff Woodard


  • Mr. Mark Baran
  • Ms. Lisa Maynard
  • Ms. Jodi Upchurch
  • Mr. Paul Wilkins
Member Information

Extension Council Guide

Open Meetings Act - Training and How to Register and Complete Training

Council Agendas & Minutes