Extension Professional Staff
Chelsey Byers Gerstenecker
Extension Educator, Family Life
801 North Country Fair Drive
Champaign, IL 61821
Expert in: Aging Issues, Brain Health, Alzheimer's/Dementia, Caregiving, Managing Stress, Maintaining Balance in Life, Lifestory Writing
Chelsey Byers is the Family Life Educator for University of Illinois Extension, serving Champaign, Ford, Iroquois and Vermilion Counties. Her specialty is in aging issues with a focus on brain health and Alzheimer's/dementia. Chelsey provides community-based training and education on life issues affecting families, adults and individuals as they age. She works closely with community groups and organizations serving families, adults and seniors.
Chelsey was first hired as an Adult Life and Aging Educator for Kankakee County (2007-2011) and then served as a Family Life Educator for Grundy, Kankakee and Will Counties (2011-2012). As an integral part of the Family Life Team, she develops and teaches innovative programs on brain health, caregiving, grandparents raising grandkids, managing stress, maintaining balance in life and lifestory writing.
Her educational background includes a Bachelor's Degree in Therapeutic Recreation and a Master's Degree in Gerontology from Eastern Illinois University.
Prior to her service with Extension, Chelsey Byers worked as a Professional Education Coordinator for the Alzheimer's Association, St. Louis Chapter. In that role, she was responsible for curriculum development and education for healthcare workers, emergency responders, and family members about various aspects of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. She was actively involved in the planning of and presenting at regional and state conferences. Before getting her Master's Degree, Byers was an Activity Therapist on the Alzheimer's/Dementia Unit at the Illinois Veteran's Home in Manteno, IL.
National Extension Association Family & Consumer Sciences, American Society on Aging, Sigma Phi Omega, Epsilon Sigma Phi