As a new member of the team serving DuPage, Kane, and Kendall counties, Tina enthusiastically steps into the role of 4-H Youth Development Program Coordinator supporting the promotion, expansion, and implementation of University of Illinois Extension Youth Development Programs in local schools and communities.
As a local Extension Council member, Expansion and Review committee member, 4-H leader and parent, Tina is well acquainted with how the 4-H program positively impacts youth, adults, communities, and the world. In tandem with 4-H and Extension staff, some of Tina’s volunteer endeavors have included: creating and implementing innovative outreach opportunities, tapping into community resources, connecting key information to the public, and engaging in service and leadership through workshop offerings and the 4-H Teen Science Ambassador program.
Tina’s professional experiences include a diverse background in marketing, programming, and business administration. Prior to joining Extension, Tina served the local community for nearly a decade as the Oswegoland Park District’s Little White School Museum manager, promoting, preserving, and sharing the area’s rich history through engaging, educational, inclusive experiences.
Tina holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Illinois, Gies College of Business; a Professional Certificate in Museum Studies from Northwestern University; and Certificates in Museum Education and Outreach, Financial Structures and Strategy, Financial Management, and Museum Collections Care from the American Association of State and Local History.
In recognition of her dedicated volunteer efforts to the 4-H program, Tina was named a WBBM News Radio Chicago Difference Maker (2020), earned the distinction of National 4-H Salute to Excellence Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer, North Central Region (2020), and was inducted into the Illinois 4-H Foundation Hall of Fame (2019).
Noting the Illinois 4-H program imparts a lasting imprint upon the fabric of youth, families, and communities, for which she can personally attest, Tina looks forward to engaging others in a program that truly succeeds in “making the best better.”