Susan O’Connor started working for Illinois Extension in 1998. Although she currently enjoys the role as Marketing and Fund Development Program Coordinator for Carroll, Lee and Whiteside counties, she began her career as part-time clerical in Carroll County, followed by 4-H Secretary and in 2007 transitioned to the Ag and Natural Resources Program Coordinator. Full-time employment became available in 2012 and she added the role of Marketing and Fund Development for all three counties to her position.
Susan earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Northern Illinois University in Merchandising and Business Administration. Following her college graduation, she spent five years working for K-Mart Corporation as a Softline’s Manager in Rockford, IL, Beloit, WI and Arlington Heights, IL. After marriage and children, her family decided to relocate back to her hometown area of Polo, IL. They felt fortunate to find an eight-acre farmette in Carroll County, and Susan began her part-time career with Extension.
Over the next 20 years, Illinois Extension became a family affair as her 3 children became involved in 4-H, she became a 4-H leader and her husband took advantage of Master Naturalist opportunities. Susan treasures the countless friendships she has made throughout her career as an Extension employee.
On and off the job, Susan is a tireless advocate for the incredible experiences and opportunities Extension provides along with all its educational programming and community connections. To learn more about Extension take a look at the Carroll-Lee-Whiteside impact report.