Anita Wilkinson has been serving University of Illinois Extension since 1998, currently in the role of Communications Program Coordinator for the Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Unit. She began her career in Marshall-Putnam counties leading the 4-H program and transferred to Tazewell County 4-H in 2011. Her 4-H experiences began as a youth member and later 4-H volunteer in Stark County where she was born and raised.
Anita stayed close to home for her college education in which she received an associate degree at Black Hawk East and a bachelor of science degree from Illinois State University majoring in home economics with a focus in fashion design, apparel product development.
Following her college graduation, Anita spent two years working in the newspaper industry where she received on the job training in photography, layout design, and writing. When the new communications position was created in 2014, Anita transitioned into the role smoothly. Her years of experience in Extension has given her a good understanding of all of the program areas in which she assists staff. Together they work to not only promote the upcoming events and educate youth and adults, but also share the positive impacts Extension makes in people’s lives and communities.