County Extension Director
University of Illinois Extension
815 North Orlando Smith Road
Oglesby, IL 61348
Phone: 815- 224-0889
Jill Guynn has been County Director in Bureau County since 1992. In her role as County Director, Jill provides leadership to the Bureau County Unit by providing guidance, support, and direction to the Extension Advisory Council, fiscal and educational program management, and staff development. She works with the Unit Council and committees to complete local needs assessments, and then to develop, implement and evaluate educational programs in the areas of youth development, family and consumer sciences, community and economic development, agriculture and natural resources, and nutrition and wellness.
Jill works with staff, Extension educators, university specialists, Extension administration and local program partners to deliver quality educational programming and ensure that the needs of the local people are addressed. Resource development/fund raising, marketing/public relations, and networking and creating partnerships with local professionals for the betterment of children, families, schools, the agricultural sector and communities in Bureau County are also her core responsibilities. Jill writes and manages grants including the Family Nutrition Program Grant for Bureau County as well as special grant programs for youth summer camps, youth at risk programs and more.
Jill holds a master of science degree in education with a major in curriculum and instruction from Illinois State University, and a bachelors degree in social work from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She has over 20 years of experience in education and administration. She has worked in both the public and private sectors.