Samantha Koon
Director of Communications

111 Mumford Hall
1301 W Gregory Dr
Urbana, IL 61801
United States


Samantha Koon is an experienced marketing and communications practitioner, educator, and entrepreneur. She currently serves as the director of communications for Illinois Extension. In this role, she provides strategic direction to a team of professionals who are charged with creating impactful, engaging communication products that enhance the Illinois Extension brand.

Prior to joining Extension, Samantha worked for nearly 20 years leading the marketing and communications function for several non-profit and higher education organizations, including Millikin University, the International Society of Arboriculture, and the Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University.

Samantha lives in Monticello, Illinois, with her husband, Mike, and daughter, Stella. She actively involved in a variety of community and professional associations. Along with her husband, Samantha owns and manages two businesses in the Monticello area—the Zybell House and the Greenhouse Café. She also teaches communications and entrepreneurship courses at the University of Illinois.