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Janice McCoy

Janice McCoy
Assistant Director, Region 2

12923 Lawrence Road Sterling IL 61081

Program Areas
Extension Administration and Leadership

Janice McCoy defines the vision for University of Illinois Extension in the 39 counties that make up Region Two. Janice leads a passionate staff of 10 county directors committed to changing lives and improving communities. Her role includes strategic planning for programming, staffing, and budgeting. Janice has a bachelor's degree in mass communications and a master's degree in college student personnel from Western Illinois University.

Janice has spent her career working with educational and not-for-profit organizations. She worked for the YWCA of the Sauk Valley for nine years as the director of crisis services. She was responsible for supervising the domestic violence and sexual assault programs. This experience has made her very familiar with the needs of at-risk families.  She spent 14 years as a family life educator and six years as a county director with University of Illinois Extension demonstrating expertise in family living content and program development.

Janice participates as a member of the Lee County Board of Health, the Whiteside County Healthier Communities Partnership, the Blackhawk Hills Regional Council, and the North Central Leadership Conference Planning Committee.

Included among her awards are state and national program excellence awards for the Your Young Child curriculum and the Distinguished Service Award from the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Scientists. She has also presented curriculum and research findings at numerous national conferences.

Janice's professional affiliations include Epsilon Sigma Phi, Illinois Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. McCoy also serves on numerous local boards including Blackhawk Hills Regional Council, Lee County Board of Health, Area Health Education Center, and the Whiteside County Healthier Communities Partnership. Janice is a native of the Sauk Valley area and graduated from Dixon High School. She and her husband Jim live in Dixon with their daughter.