Jill Cook serves as the 4-H program coordinator in Henderson and Warren Counties supporting the promotion, expansion and implementation of University of Illinois Extension 4-H Youth Development program in the schools and local communities. This role gives her the opportunity to be involved with an organization who helped shape who she is today.
Cook works to coordinate the planning of educational activities for the program with collaboration from the 4-H Youth Development educator. She identifies critical priority needs and issues, with the assistance of other staff, to be addressed through Extension 4-H youth programs, including under-served youth audiences.
Jill grew up on a farm in McDonough County and was actively involved in the 4-H program there. She was a 4-H member, Blandinsville Blue Ribbons Cloverbud Leader, and Blandinsville Blue Ribbons Leader. Once a 4-Her, always a 4-Her.
Cook earned her bachelor’s of science degree in interdisciplinary studies from Western Illinois University. She began working in Extension in 2020. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband while helping on the family farm.
Jill’s passion for youth leadership and community involvement also shines with her volunteerism in the community. She is involved with Macomb Centennial Morning Rotary, West Prairie FFA Alumni, McDonough County CEO Program, and McDonough Power Operation Round Up.
Jill strives to help 4-Hers make the best better!