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Board Members

The Illinois 4-H Foundation Board consists of volunteers from around the state with a variety of professional backgrounds and 4-H experiences. In addition to making gifts to the Illinois 4-H Foundation themselves, board members provide advice, counsel, and expertise to the fundraising, marketing, and communication operations of the Foundation.

Board members assist the Illinois 4-H Foundation in raising more private funds and recruiting new individuals, corporations, and organizations to provide financial support towards Illinois 4-H. Each board member has a personal commitment helping equip Illinois 4-H youth with leadership, citizenship, and life skills.

Our Board of Directors

Karl Barnhart

Karl Barnhart

Sangamon County
A farm-boy from Pennsylvania, Karl is the Chief Marketing Officer of BRANDT in Springfield, IL. In that role, he leads the company’s corporate marketing efforts across the organization’s three global operating divisions. He is also a board member of Brandt Consolidated, Inc. Karl recently moved to the Midwest after 21 years in New York City. There, he held leadership positions in a number of strategic branding agencies, serving as partner and president of CoreBrand for the last several years. At CoreBrand, Karl was responsible for the company’s direction, client relationships and marketing while managing several of the firm’s most prominent clients including Cisco Systems, AT&T, Delphi Automotive, Ranger Boats, NASCAR, Ciba Specialty Chemicals, and MasterCard. Karl has a B.S. in technical writing and editing from Carnegie Mellon University.
Kara Brockamp

Kara Brockamp

Christian County

Kara Brockamp was an 11-year member of the Lads & Lassies 4-H Club in Christian County, IL. Some of her favorite projects included vegetable gardening, public presentations, cooking, and natural resources, and her favorite part of being in 4-H was attending 4-H Memorial Camp for several summers. She is currently studying Agricultural and Biological Engineering at the University of Illinois where she is a member of 4-H House. Kara has a passion for agriculture and hopes to work in the soil and water conservation field upon graduation. She credits her interest in agricultural engineering to her 4-H experiences.

Kevin Carey

Kevin Carey

Grundy County
Kevin Carey was an 11 year 4-H member in Grundy County. He served as a representative and chairman of the Illinois State 4-H Youth Leadership Team and a Speaking for Illinois 4-H trainer. Kevin is a local volunteer in his home county, Grundy, where he serves on his county fair board. While being a 4-H member, Kevin had the chance to hold offices on the club, local, and state level, which allowed him to explore leadership development to its fullest potential. Currently, Kevin serves as the Assistant Director of Student Life at Ball State University, primarily working with the Greek community. Kevin completed his Bachelor of Arts in English at Illinois Wesleyan University and his Master of Arts in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education at Ball State University. In his free time, Kevin enjoys writing and researching, serving as a volunteer for his fraternity, and exploring the Indianapolis and Muncie, Indiana area.
Barbara Rundquist Clark

Barbara Rundquist Clark

Cook County
Barb has had diverse work experience ranging from teaching to working the night shift with the United States Postal Service to working for a management consulting firm. She graduated in 1972 from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Arts in the Teaching of German. Barb grew up on a farm near Butler, Illinois in Montgomery County. At the time that Barb joined 4-H, there were boys' clubs for agriculture and girls' clubs for home economics in her county. Barb was a 6-year member of the Prairie Rangers, an agriculture club and a 10-year member of the Butler Grove Lassies, a home economics club. In the summer of 1970, she was a member of the 4-H Teen Caravan to Austria. Barb remembers the trip opening up her eyes to the benefits of experiencing cultures through relationships with local people. The travel bug had bitten Barb, she has enjoyed travelling domestically and internationally ever since her experience. Along with traveling, Barb has spent years volunteering. She has volunteered for church and community activities such as literacy programs, the Ronald McDonald House, soup kitchen work, and community assistance programs. She currently volunteers as a docent with the Chicago Architecture Foundation and leads walking tours in and around the Chicago Loop. Barb has also recently completed the Master Gardener Training in winter of 2009. After her training, she enjoyed volunteering with the Master Gardener team who cares for the Smart Home Garden at the Museum of Science and Industry.
Roger Clark

Roger Clark

Cook County
Roger has been involved in fiduciary real estate management for 33 years and currently is a Senior Asset Manager with The Northern Trust Company in Chicago concentrating on acquisitions, liquidation, and management of personal residences for high net worth clients.  Raised on a corn/soybeans and beef cattle farm near Homer, Illinois (Champaign County), Roger was an active member in the Royal 4-H Club and showed purebred Polled Hereford cattle at numerous central Illinois fairs.  After graduating with an Ag Economics degree from the University of Illinois in 1979, Roger joined Continental Bank in Chicago as a farm manager.  

Current interests and volunteering involve a diverse range including Gerber/Hart Library & Archives, the Chicago Farmers, and University of Illinois Library Friends Board as well as a strong interest in European history & travel.
Jessie Crews

Jessie Crews

Clark County
Jessie Crews has been providing leadership to 4-H members, volunteers and local 4-H programs for more than 25 years. She currently serves as the Youth Development Educator in Unit 20 which includes Clark, Crawford and Edgar counties. Crews has served in leadership roles at the local, regional and state levels. She has served as chairperson of the Illinois 4-H Youth Development Team, President of the Illinois Extension Professionals for Youth Education, and chair of state and regional Extension committees. She is a member of the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents (NAE4-HA), the Illinois Extension Professionals for Youth Education and has been awarded the Distinguished Service Award by NAE4-HA.

Crews received both her bachelor and master of science degrees from Eastern Illinois University. She is a native of Clark County and continues to reside there with her husband and three children.

Renee Deuth

Renee Deuth

McLean County
Renee is the Membership and Program Manager for the Illinois Farm Bureau. She received her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Illinois with a degree in Agricultural Communications with an emphasis in Advertising. Renee grew up on a diversified grain and livestock farm in Polo, Illinois. She was active in the Pine Creek Valley 4-H Club in Ogle County, was a member of 4-H Cooperative Sorority, and has now relocated to McLean County. Renee works with Illinois Farm Bureau's Youth Education, Collegiate Farm Bureau and Young Leader Programs.
Brian Deverman

Brian Deverman

St. Charles, MO

Raised on a farm in west central Illinois, with 18 years of agribusiness experience, Brian Deverman is a Vice President at Osborn Barr in St. Louis, MO.

Brian was raised in Greenview, Illinois, (Menard County) on a small grain operation.   A fifth generation farmer, he grew up working land that has been in his family for over 100 years.  He studied agricultural economics at the University of Illinois, and has spent his career working in just about every level of agriculture including sales, marketing, product development, management, training, distribution, strategy, advertising and marketing communications.  He is passionate about agriculture and gives his experience in 4-H as an important contributor to his career successes.  Brian is married to his lovely wife Kristin and has three children, Kenton, Brant, and Katelyn.

Paul Hadden

Paul Hadden

DuPage County
Paul is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago with a bachelor's in Kinesiology, with a specializion in athletic training. He went on to Concordia University Wisconsin, where he received his master's in Physical Therapy. Paul has always taken an interest in how health care and agriculture are related. Hadden Farms, in Jacksonville, annually provides farm tours and education for approximately 500 children yearly. A key component of the education they provide lies on explaining where their food comes from and the importance of healthy living. In addition, they have started a business in which they sell their farm raised beef and pork to customers in Chicago, where Paul resides. Paul is a partner and regional manager for Athletico Physical Therapy, an orthopedic and sports medicine company. He and his wife Kristen have a son and a daughter. Paul was an 11 year member of North Side Ag 4-H Club in Morgan county. He attended the National Club Congress in Chicago in 1987 and was a Illinois FFA Star Farmer finalist.
Jerry Hicks

Jerry Hicks

Sangamon County

Jerry is co-owner of Agrivest, Inc., Springfield, IL. This farm management and real estate sales company manages farmland all over central Illinois. Growing up in Lee County on a grain and livestock farm, Jerry raised and showed Angus cattle, show steers, and Quarter horses and was a 10 year 4-H member. His BS and MS Animal Science degrees from the U of IL led him into the Extension Service as an Ag 4-H Advisor and later as a Regional Livestock Specialist. He joined the IL Pork Producers as Executive Vice-President before moving to the farm management business with First National Bank of Springfield’s Trust Department.

Jerry was also a 23 year 4-H leader and has received the Friend of IL 4-H Award. He volunteers as President of Extension Partners, a volunteer group supporting IL Extension. He is active in many organizations and enjoys singing, gardening and raising rabbits. Rabbits began as a 4-H project for his children. All three are 10 year 4-H members and have exhibited 4 Champion Pens at the IL State Fair. Jerry and his wife, Jill, are both alums of U of IL.

Dan Kelley

Dan Kelley

McLean County

Dan Kelley, former Chairman of the Board and President of GROWMARK, Inc was a 10 year member of Linden Lead'Em 4-H club in McLean County, Illinois earning the KEY Club award.  He continued his involvement with 4-H by serving twenty-three years as a co-leader of Linden Lead'Em and served on the McLean County Fair board for six years.  He also served as a trustee for the Mosbacher Scholarship Fund, named after the former McLean County Extension Advisor Eugene Mosbacher.

Dan farms in McLean County with his brothers and son and serves on the boards of CoBank headquartered in Greenwood Village, Colorado and Nationwide Mutual Insurance company headquartered in Columbus, Ohio.  Dan also chairs the board of the Illinois Ag Leadership program, serves on the board of Trustees of the Illinois State University Foundation, and is a past president of ISU's alumni association.

In 2015 he received the Illinois 4-H Alumni Award.  Dan and his wife Pam have three children and seven grandchildren, all of whom live in the Bloomington -Normal area.

Brittney Muschetto

Brittney Muschetto

Will County
Brittney Muschetto is a 4-year member of the Prairie 4-H Club in Will County, IL.  Brittney is currently serving as the Illinois State 4-H Youth Leadership Team Representative. Brittney has taken over 30 different 4-H projects in the last 4 years, but her favorites are cake decorating, rabbits, leadership, and cooking. Brittney has held many offices in her club, County Federation, and County Ambassadors. She is a Speaking for Illinois 4-H member and has represented 4-H at two National 4-H events. Brittney credits 4-H for helping her to chose a major in Agricultural Science and Leadership Education at  the University of Illinois  Urbana- Champaign, where she will be a 4-H House sorority member. 
Dave Randall

Dave Randall

Lake County
Dave was raised on a grain and livestock farm near Chrisman, Illinois. He was a ten year 4-H club member in Edgar County. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in Agriculture and Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant. Upon graduation, Dave began a career in public accounting in Chicago where many of his clients were agribusinesses. For the last 20 years, he has served in CFO and CEO positions for large and midsized companies in the plastic packaging industry. His companies make plastic containers for companies such as Procter & Gamble, JM Smucker, Kraft Foods, SC Johnson, Clorox and Chick-fil-A. Dave lives in Deer Park, Illinois with his wife, Sue. They also own and maintain the family farm near Chrisman that has been in the Randall family for 186 years. Sue and Dave have 4 children.
Jan Sibley

Jan Sibley

Lake County

Jan has been involved with large financial institutions her entire career, both as an executive officer and currently as a consultant with KPMG in Chicago. Raised on a cattle/corn farm near German Valley, IL in Stephenson County, Jan was an active member of the Golden Eagles 4-H club and served as summer intern for Stephenson County extension program, leading 4-H activities. She enjoyed showing cattle and participating in state level livestock judging contests.

Jan received her B. S. degree from Bradley University in Finance and her MBA from JL Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University in Economics and Finance. Jan and her husband, Jeff (a U of I AGR alum), live in Barrington, IL and have two daughters in college (one at U of I). Jan is also active in her local parish, St. Anne, and travels extensively, both through her profession as well as personally.

Sharon Tenhouse

Sharon Tenhouse

Adams County

Sharon recently retired after working for 34 years in public schools teaching elementary, Pre-K and Pre-K special education students.  She grew up on a livestock and grain farm near Champaign, Illinois, and was a ten year 4-H club member chosen to attend National Club Congress.  Sharon earned her B.S. and M.Ed. degrees from UIUC and is a 4-H House alumna.  A 4-H leader and Extension volunteer for 40 years, Sharon was honored with a 2013 Illinois 4-H Hall of Fame Award.  Sharon is an active volunteer in her church and community.  She is a past Board Member of the Illinois Math and Science Academy and is a member of the Adams County Children’s Mental Health Partnership Steering Committee.  Sharon and her husband, Art, live and farm near Liberty, Illinois, and have two children. 

Heather Thompson

Heather Thompson

McLean

Heather grew up on a farm in McLean County, Illinois and was a 10-year member of the Downs Top Notchers 4-H club. Heather was actively involved with 4-H Federation and was a delegate to 4-H Congress. She also served as the McLean County Fair Queen and went on to represent county fairs and agriculture as the 2006 Illinois County Fair Queen.

Her experiences in 4-H led Heather to pursue a career in agriculture. She currently serves as the Manager of Young Producer Programs with GROWMARK. In this role, she is responsible for helping members build long-term relationships with the next generation of farmers. Heather has a B.S. in Communications and Political Science from Illinois College and an M.S. in Strategic Management from Indiana University.  She and her husband, Reid, have one son, Abe.

Cheryl Wormley

Cheryl Wormley

Board President, McHenry County
Cheryl grew up on a dairy farm in Kendall County and was an 11-year member of the Oswego Future Stockmen and La Menu Modelle 4-H clubs, led by her dad and mom, respectively. She was partnered with fellow 4-H’er Jim Wormley for the OFS Share-the-Fun square dance team in 1958, and they married in 1969. Cheryl attended 4-H Dairy Conference and Club Congress and was a member of the Continuation Committee for leadership camp. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Home Economics Education from the University of Illinois and is a 4-H House alumna. In 1987, Cheryl and a partner started The Woodstock Independent weekly newspaper, serving the community. She has served as president of the Illinois Press Association and is currently president of the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors. She also has served on the Illinois Press Foundation Board and is a founding board member of the McHenry County Community Foundation. The Wormleys support the McHenry County 4-H Youth Foundation and the Illinois 4-H Foundation.

Board Member Emeritus

Lila Jeanne Eichelberger

Lila Jeanne Eichelberger

Champaign County
Lila Jeanne Eichelberger had a 40 year career as a home economics teacher. She retired in 1989 as department head from Centennial High School in Champaign. A member of 4-H House cooperative sorority, Lila Jeanne earned a Home Economics undergraduate degree and master’s degree from the University of Illinois. Lila Jeanne was a member of the Four Leaf Clover 4-H Club in Mason County. Lila Jeanne was elected to the Illinois 4-H Foundation Board in 1993 and served from 1993-1999. In 1999, she was named “Board Member Emeritus” in recognition of her effective leadership and tireless work in successfully transitioning the Illinois 4-H Foundation operations into the Office of Advancement in the College of ACES. Lila Jeanne is a charter member of the Illinois 4-H Hall of Fame, was recognized with the Friend of Illinois 4-H Award in 1999, and was a 2016 inductee into the National 4-H Hall of Fame.

Ex-Officio Members