Anthony serves as the Extension Communications & Marketing Program Coordinator serving Grundy, Kankakee, & Will counties. In this role, he leads outreach efforts for the tri-county unit as Extension moves to innovate, empower communities, and grow programs in a post COVID world. Through compelling stories, partnerships, media, & innovation, Anthony works to impact the communities Extension serves by supporting the GKW team of talented staff & educators in the mission to harness the power of the University of Illinois.
Anthony holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resources with individualized study in Environmental Research & Informal Interpretation (i.e. Informal Communication) from Oregon State University.
Prior to joining the communications team, Anthony served as the Will County 4-H Program Coordinator where he focused on innovative outreach strategies to grow programs while managing volunteers, coordinating events, and overseeing club management among other things.
Anthony is a proud homeschool alum and was an 11-year 4-H member. Throughout his 4-H career and into college, Anthony was heavily involved in 4-H – serving a four-year term on the Illinois State 4-H Youth Leadership Team, a two-year term on the Illinois 4-H Foundation board of directors, and was on many other state and national committees.
In addition to his work with Extension, Anthony is also an accomplished freelance journalist and science writer, with pieces appearing in Scientific American, Massive Science, and many other publications.
Anthony has done extensive work in informal education, specializing in informal models of environmental education designed for long-term and sustained learning in youth and young adults – developing a learning method called Real World Experiential Problem Solving which focuses on real-world problems and solutions with a goal to create a more equitable learning methodology when used in environmental education while also reducing the burden that environmental education often places on educators.