Lee Kouski joined the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)-Education team in October of 2001. Through her time with Extension, she has enjoyed the outreach in her communities. Beginning as a community worker in Lake County, she provided direct education to qualified audiences. She learned a lot about her communities and enjoyed teaching positive nutrition behaviors and safe, fun physical activity options.
Lee moved into the SNAP-Education Program Coordinator position in August of 2017 with unit-wide responsibilities. This role comes with the ability to expand her positive impact through work that helps improve the policies, systems, and environments that influence healthy eating and physical activity. Lee collaborates with partners such as food pantries, schools, health departments and other community organizations. Her work helps to impact families where they eat, learn, live, shop, and play so the healthier choice can become the easier choice to make.
She has a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin- Parkside where she majored in History with a 1st through 9th grade teaching certificate. She earned a M.S. of Ed in Workforce Education and Development from Southern Illinois University- Carbondale.
When not at work, you can find Lee spending time with her family, friends, and dogs. She is so happy to be a part of University of Illinois Extension and the great work being done in the communities.