Alison Myers has been named the Program Director for the Illinois Agricultural Leadership Foundation. She will be responsible for designing, implementing and evaluating educational seminars and the program curriculum for the agricultural leadership program. Her assignments also include developing alumni events and recruitment for program classes.
Myers has served as the Coordinator of Community Service for Washington University in St. Louis, MO. In that capacity she has recruited and trained participants to work in the university’s outreach and mentoring programs, and has facilitated leadership development programs for student organizations. She has worked as a legislative assistant for then-U.S. Representative (now U.S. Transportation Secretary) Ray LaHood in Washington, D.C. and for Congressman Timothy Johnson of Illinois. She has a Master’s of Science degree from Western Illinois University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies and Political Science from the University of Iowa.
“Alison’s skills in leadership training and outreach will be valuable assets to developing our educational seminars,” said Don Norton, IALF President & CEO. “Her agricultural and legislative staff experience complements her program development skills.”
Myers grew up on the family farm near Colchester, Illinois. She’s the daughter of Christine and the late State Representative Richard Myers, who was also a 12-year member of the Illinois Farm Bureau Board of Directors. In addition to her professional accomplishments, Myers has volunteered as a facilitator at summer leadership conferences for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and volunteers with summer camps for Children’s Cancer Connection.
The Illinois Agricultural Leadership Foundation was founded in 1981 and is based in Macomb, Ill. It is a non-profit educational corporation under Illinois law. A board of directors, comprised of recognized leaders in agriculture and business, oversees the program. Candidates for the leadership program are selected during a competitive application process. Men and women 25 to 49 years of age working full-time in production agriculture or agri-related occupations are encouraged to apply.