Avis Skinner grew up in Illinois where she graduated from Black Hawk College with an associate degree in business information technology. In her job as an office support assistant for Knox County, she works directly with the public and the entire Illinois Extension staff on a regular basis by serving as the office receptionist, supporting office activities, and assisting with and providing program support.
If asked, she will tell you that it is the most gratifying job ever to be able to connect people with the knowledgeable staff that she works with. She also loves that she learns something new almost every day, such as when she found out why her "Christmas Cactus" never bloomed at Christmas.
Avis finds it too hard to choose a favorite Extension program. From Welcome to the Real World, 4-H, robotics, shooting sports, Master Gardener training, nutritional programs for families, Master Naturalist training, disaster preparedness, Gardener’s Day, Monarch Migration Festival, Pesticide Safety Education, natural resources education, home gardening and nature workshops, workforce preparedness, senior programs, take home kits, Home Extension, the list goes on and on and Avis enjoys telling people about each of them. She is proud to be a support for these programs, all the good that comes from them, and appreciates that most come at no cost, little cost for individuals and families.
In her spare time, Avis enjoys recommending Extension programs to anyone she has a chance to talk with, keeping up with her friends and family on Facebook, and helping with the judging at the 4-H Fair. While she shares her husband’s love of antique cars, she mainly fills it with family time between her seven children and twenty-eight grandchildren.