Extension Professional Staff
Extension Educator, Community and Economic Development
180 S Soangetaha Rd, Ste 108
Galesburg, IL 61401-5595
Expert in: participatory planning, facilitation, disaster education, nonprofit management, grant writing technical assistance
Carrie McKillip, a native of Knox County, holds an Associate of Arts from Carl Sandburg College, a Bachelor of Science from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, and an MBA from Western Illinois University. Prior to joining Extension in 2006, McKillip spent 20 years in not-for-profit management, including six years in higher education administration and business development. She currently serves as co-chair of the University of Illinois Extension Community and Economic Development Team.
McKillip works directly with community groups and agencies in participatory community planning, strategic planning, community development, resource development, and business development education. Partnering with other state agencies and local communities, McKillip has facilitated the development of multi-jurisdictional Natural Hazard Mitigation Plans, and serves as a delegate to the Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN). Additionally, she is leading the Extension portion of a partnership with Illinois State Water Survey in hosting and facilitating a FEMA-funded "Risk MAP" discovery process, which facilitates information-gathering on flooding risks based upon watersheds rather than political boundaries. She can also provide specialized training for not-for-profit agencies in program development, evaluation, fiscal management and board development.