Extension Professional Staff
4-H Program Coordinator
1404 E Main
Rt 50 East
Salem, IL 62881
Kara Cox is the 4-H Program Coordinator for the University of Illinois Extension in Marion County. As the Marion County 4- H Program Coordinator, Kara’s primary responsibility is providing leadership to 4-H groups and communicating the mission of 4-H with local citizens, members, leaders, and volunteers. Ms. Kara Cox is the local representative of 4-H and University of Extension with responsibility to facilitate and establish relationships within the community to promote and develop valuable life skills in your people through 4-H.
Ms. Cox holds two bachelor’s degrees from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL. She studied both Agriculture Education and Animal Science. Although Ms. Cox is originally from Oakland, IL located in East Central Illinois, she has spent most of her adult life in Southern Illinois. She has recently relocated to Marion County residing in Kell, IL.
Kara Cox comes to the Marion County Extension team with a background in 4-H, FFA, agriculture education, and youth programming. Most recently, Ms. Cox was teaching agriculture in Columbia Illinois from January 2015-September of 2016. She continued growing a new FFA program from 25 FFA members to 55 FFA members and an agriculture education department of 90 students to 135 students. Kara was an active 4-H and FFA member in Oakland and throughout college. Her 4-H and FFA project was sheep production.
Ms. Cox is excited and motivated to help continue and excellent 4-H tradition in Marion County. She is excited to work in the Marion County Communities as well as the excellent young people, parents, and volunteers. Please feel free to contact Ms. Cox with your ideas, feedback, and questions about 4-H in Marion County.