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2019 4-H HOUSE DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARD
Since 2009 the 4-H House Alumni Association has presented the 4-H House Distinguished Alumni Award to one of our outstanding alumni to recognize contributions she has made to her community, her profession, her sorority and /or her university. Winners of this award are an example and a source of pride for all members of the 4-H House sisterhood.
The 2019 4-H House Distinguished Alumni Award is Holly Spangler.
Holly Spangler has covered Illinois agriculture for more than 20 years, beginning her career with Prairie Farmer before graduating from the University of Illinois with a degree in agricultural communications. As editor of Prairie Farmer magazine, she brings meaningful production agriculture experience to the magazine’s coverage, including a variety of agronomic, financial and issue-oriented stories. She currently serves as editor of Prairie Farmer magazine, and Executive Editor for Farm Progress, managing editorial staff at seven magazines throughout the [ … ]
Bobbi Toepper will be working for Morton Buildings as a Project Engineer Associate in Morton, IL.
Christy Allen will be working as an Associate Territory Manager for Corteva Agriscience in Kansas City covering Kansas and Missouri.
Hannah Miller will be Teaching 5th grade at Prairie Central Upper Elementary in Forrest, IL.
Harley Carlson will be teaching Agriculture at Central Community High School in Breese, IL.
Jalyne Herren will be pursuing her Master’s degree in Family and Consumer Sciences with a concentration in Child Life at Illinois State University.
Jillian Monier will be working in Redwood Falls, MN as a Production Associate for Bayer CropScience
Kara Brokamp will be working for BSNF Railway as a track engineer.
Lauren Southwood will working in an underfunded school planning after school program, mentoring etc. in Denver Colorado for a year before heading to Law School.
Katie Zelechowski will be an Associate at Illinois Farm Bureau in Bloomington, IL.
Meghan Clodfelter will [ … ]
Hello, my name is Diane (Meyer) Nottmeyer. I was a member of the fall 1975 pledge class of 4-H House and graduated in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Education (Mathematics & Accounting). I presently serve as the Secretary on the 4-H House Alumni Board. My duties include keeping accurate records of all meetings and organizing the New Member Luncheon and the Senior Brunch. I’ve learned so much in the past year about the inner workings of 4-H House and I have enjoyed serving with fellow alumni on the Alum Board.
I grew up on a dairy and grain farm near Addieville, Illinois. As a young adult I was very active in 4-H and attended various events at Champaign involving 4-H. It was during that time, that I decided I wanted to attend the University of Illinois. My freshman year I lived in a dorm and was unaware [ … ]
Anne F. Hathaway
Anne has a lifetime of experience and has built a record of success from the grassroots all the way to the very highest levels of American politics and government. From crucial state and local races to issue campaigns and grassroots initiatives to congressional and presidential politics, Anne brings to every task she faces a unique knowledge of the latest advances in modern technology and voter persuasion techniques, coupled with an unrivaled array of personal and professional contacts from coast-to-coast.
Currently President of Hathaway Strategies, an innovative grassroots public affairs consulting firm, Anne continues to work at both the state and national level providing government affairs, grassroots strategy and management and public relations support to state and national organizations, issue campaigns and Fortune 100 companies.
Most notably, Anne served as Chief of Staff of the Republican National Committee from 2007-2009 where she was responsible for directing the day-to-day operations of the [ … ]
Hello! My name is Michelle (Uken) Mitchell. I was a member of the ’94 pledge class of 4-H House and graduated from the U of I with a degree in Elementary Education. Currently, I am on the Alum Board and serving on the Property Committee. I have learned a lot from being on this committee and really appreciate their hard work. A big thank you to all of the alums who donate their time, talents, and/or money in making 4-House a special place for young women at the University of Illinois!
I grew up on a farm near St. Joseph, Illinois and I also enjoyed working on my grandparents’ dairy farm, as well as showing dairy cattle. My sister, Tammy (Uken) Kimmel was in the ‘87 pledge class. As her younger sister, it was always so fun to visit her at the house and get to know her house sisters. I [ … ]
Hello. I am Pat Nelson, pledge class of fall 1976/graduating class of 1980. It feels like yesterday, but when I see those years on paper, wow! It is my honor to be serving on the 4-H House Alumni Board. As the marketing/recruitment officer, I support the House Interviewing Chair with disseminating information, recruiting, and selecting prospective members. As privacy concerns increase and information shared through the university decreases, we rely strongly on our alum base to link young ladies in your communities with the opportunity of living cooperatively at 4-H House. I will make one more shameless plug. If you know any high school young lady that would make a great addition to 4-H House, please email the interviewing chair at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For me, there was really only one university choice and it led me straight to 4-H House. Perhaps my family brainwashed me into attending the University of Illinois [ … ]
Member of 4-H House and lived in the house for 4 years (fall 1976 – spring 1980)
4-H House president, House Manager and several other house offices and committees
BS in Home Economics Education, May 1980, University of IL
MS in Education, July 1993, Western IL University
Volunteer/Auxiliary Manager at Hammond-Henry Hospital, Geneseo, IL. April 2003 – present
Coordinate efforts of 230 adult volunteers and 58 teen volunteers in rural community hospital.
In my “spare” time, I am also self-employed doing clothing alterations for a Four Seasons/GWK Enterprises and for individuals.
University of IL Extension, 4-H Youth Development, in Whiteside County, Rock Island County, Extension Educator- Youth-at-Risk/Prevention
Iowa State University Extension, 4-H Youth Development, in Scott and Muscatine Counties
First Congregational Church, Geneseo – member, secretary of Church Council, past Church Council chair and trustee, and current choir member.
Served on the local board of the Geneseo International Thanksgiving Fellowship Program (GITFP). It is a non-profit group that hosts [ … ]
Greetings. It’s Beth
Patterson – your Alumni relations connection on the board. When the House women look to meet, mix, and
mingle with our illustrious alums for networking opportunities, I’m the one to
call! The Homefront also falls under my
responsibility. As Joyce Riskedal (web
site maven) has previously mentioned, please update your profile on the House
web site as we are moving to more digital communication in January of 2020.
A little about me. I hail from Carroll County in Northwestern Illinois and was determined to attend the UI no matter what. My folks were concerned that this small-town girl would get lost in the shuffle of the University and they were right. Thank goodness for learning about 4H House through the connections I made while showing projects at the state fair. The night that Natalie Webb Dougherty and Nancy Blankenship Ottosen called me to join 4H House and the pledge class of 1978, I was [ … ]