County Extension Director
University of Illinois Extension
P.O. Box 158
208 E. Main
Vienna, IL 62995
Mr. Jody Johnson is the County Extension Director for University of Illinois Extension in the Alexander/Johnson/Massac/Pulaski/Union Unit. He has a master's degree in business administration and a bachelor's degree in business management from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.
In his role as County Extension Director, Johnson supervises over 12 staff conducting programming in four broad areas: community and economic development; agriculture and natural resources; nutrition, family and consumer sciences; and 4-H/youth development.
In 2006, Jody was appointed by the Governor to the newly created Broadband Deployment Council; whose purpose is to aid the processes and evaluate to expand Illinois broadband infrastructure across Illinois; in 2013, he was reappointed to the board. Jody was a founding member of the Connect SI initiative in southern Illinois. Connect SI started in 2006 as a 20-county broadband initiative, serving the 20 southernmost counties in southern Illinois. The intiative has expanded to cover several key areas: Healthcare, Natural Resources, Tourism, and recently Youth Leadership.
In June 2007, Jody graduated from the Delta Regional Authority's - Delta Leadership Institute were he completed a project concerning the use of Telemedicine in the Delta region. While attending the training, Jody was inspired during a tour of New Orleans destruction from hurricane Katrina. He has since hosted three disaster preparation conferences for six midwest states. Currently, Jody accepted the role as chairman of SPARC, the Shawnee Preparedness and Response Coalition (SPARC). DLI graduates from the region have populated this board in an effort to better prepare southern Illinois for the next disaster.
Since 2002, Jody has served as an elected official for the Village of Goreville. While on the village board, Jody has assisted with several development projects in Goreville; negotiated water contracts with water districts, and been directly involved with the creation of both of Goreville's TIF districts. Currently, Jody is leading an effort to see Goreville participate in strategic planning process to prepare the community for long-term development and be better prepared for short-term problems.
Jody is an active-father of three boys -- Connor, Tyler, and Peyton "AJ" Johnson of Goreville. He says "They are the fuel in my tank! Working to make Goreville and southern Illinois a better place and creating potential employment opportunities for them is what drives me forward..."