Extension Professional Staff
Program Coordinator, 4-H
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864
Ramona Girtman is the 4-H and Youth Development Coordinator for the University of Illinois Extension serving Jefferson county. In this position, Ramona is primarily responsible for facilitating the planning of education activities in the 4-H and Youth Development area in conjunction with other staff and volunteers based on priority needs and issues within the community.
Ramona holds a bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in Zoology, with extensive studies in the field of education. Ramona currently lives in De Soto, Illinois with her husband and was blessed to grow up on a farm amongst the beautiful rolling hills near Makanda, Illinois where she still works with her family to this day. Ramona, like many, is a proud alumni of the Boskydell Hustlers 4-H Club of Makanda.
Ramona comes to the Extension team with a diverse background in youth program development and leadership including professional development, life-skills education, social services, fund development and community development. Most recently, she has worked with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Illinois and with Centerstone of Illinois. Her recent affiliations include serving on the Jackson County and Franklin-Williamson County Healthy Communities Coalition, Jackson County Positive Youth Development Coalition and United Way of Southern Illinois – Jackson County.
Ramona has a strong passion for improving the lives of people who live in and around her community. Her goal is to make a positive impact on the children within the County in a collaborative manner to elevate their health, wellness and sense of community. She truly understands the impact of 4-H and is excited to work with the Extension and community members to make the best better.