Program Coordinator, 4-H and Youth Development
University of Illinois Extension
205 Cadillac Court
Belvidere, IL 61008-1733
As 4-H Program Coordinator, Melissa's goal is to help 4-H members develop leadership and citizenship skills and to help them learn about various projects in the 4-H curriculum.
She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture education from Illinois State University. She spent five years teaching agriculture and serving as an FFA advisor before leaving that job to raise a family.
Melissa, her husband Mark and their three children operate a 65-cow milking dairy herd in Boone County. With her youngest child now in school full time she decided to re-enter the workforce. Melissa was a 10-year 4-H member and served as a Cloverbud and 4-H organizational leader, so 4-H is a natural fit for her. Melissa's children are also involved in the Boone County 4-H program.
She also works with youth in the Illinois Junior Holstein Association and has served as the state advisor for that group.
Melissa enjoys working with youth and helping them develop into well-rounded individuals. Her strong background in agriculture helps her work well with the 4-H youth in Boone County as many of them carry a livestock project. Melissa strives to help each 4-H member "Make the Best Better!"