Amanda Cole works to assess needs within the communities of Christian, Jersey, Macoupin and Montgomery Counties. She then works to connect individuals, families, businesses, organizations and communities to unbiased research through Extension programs, with the goal of empowering those served to make better-informed decisions. Her interests includes educating communities on issues facing those living in poverty, and on the resources available through Extension.
As County Director, Cole provides the overall programmatic leadership in Christian, Jersey, Macoupin and Montgomery Counties. She is additionally responsible for personnel management and resource development to support the work within the multi-county unit. The research-based programs address the most pressing issues within Illinois: food, health, environment, community and economy.
Cole is a native of Central Illinois and earned both her bachelor of science and master of business administration from Eastern Illinois University. Her primary focus of study was in business - finance.
Amanda is a member of the Illinois Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (ILACDEP).
University of Illinois Extension: Excellence In Divsersity Award, Excellence in Diversity, Team, Race Matters Series, 2020
National Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences: Excellence in Teamwork Award, - “Eat Local Initiative: A Challenge to Increase Awareness of Local Food in Central Illinois” - 3rd Place Central Region Winner, 2020