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Agriculture

Gilligan named youth development director

Breanne Gilligan is the new youth development director at the University of Illinois Extension.

Gilligan will work with youth development and 4-H staff in Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall and Putnam counties. She will provide leadership for the unit in delivering the plan of work to meet local needs, collaborate with colleagues and University staff and specialists to bring new programs and research-based materials to the area, and serve as a liaison with University of Illinois State 4-H Office, staff and resources.

“Previously, Breanne held the position of 4-H Extension program coordinator in LaSalle County. Breanne has successfully worked with 4-H youth members in Community Clubs and SPIN Clubs, coordinated committees of volunteers, and partnered with community agencies and schools to build strong programming to meet local needs,” said Jill Guynn, county director.

Gilligan’s professional experience also includes elementary teacher; preschool teacher; after-school site coordinator; and foster care case aide. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in
communication studies and Master of Arts in teaching.

“Since beginning my career with Extension, I have had the pleasure of working alongside dedicated volunteers to build the local 4-H Youth Development program,” GilIigan said. “I am looking forward to expanding our research-based educational programs to address issues and concerns and that will continue to expand 4-H services, and to assist other agencies, schools and community partners in meeting their goals as well. The 4-H Youth Development Program has so much to offer to children, teens and families. I am pleased to provide the resources and services of University of Illinois Extension to communities across our four county area. Please feel free to contact me to learn more about all we have to offer.”

Gilligan was raised in Peru and graduated from LaSalle-Peru High School. She can be reached at 815-433-0707 or by email at bngilli@illinois.edu .

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