Wisconsin 4-H Leadership Council

The Wisconsin 4-H Leadership Council (WLC) provides a statewide forum for youth and adult volunteer leaders to discuss ideas and provide input to enhance UW-Extension 4-H Youth Development programs at the state, county, and local levels. WLC members:

  • Serve as leaders and role models for 4-H youth and adults
  • Advocate for Wisconsin 4-H
  • Provide input for enhancing the 4-H program
  • Provide educational opportunities to 4-H members and leaders
  • Connect the county, regional, and state levels of Wisconsin 4-H, as well as the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation

Elected at the annual Fall Forum, the WLC helps to plan that annual event, along with the State Youth Leader Conference and UW-Extension Day and Meat Products Auction at Wisconsin State Fair.

Wisconsin 4-H Leadership Council Bylaws

2020-21 Wisconsin Leadership Council Applications

2021-2022 WLC Application(Word Document)

Example Youth Resumes and Cover Letters

WLC Applicant Evaluation Form

Current Council Membership

Co-Presidents – Adaire MacSwain (St. Croix County – Youth) and Teresa Pelletier (Dane County – Adult)
Co-Vice Presidents – Ben Brown (Brown County – Youth) and Lisa Sprangers (Outagamie County – Adult)
Secretary – Maddie Kleist (Walworth County – Youth)
WI 4-H Foundation Representatives –  Kathy Brubaker (Pierce County – Adult) and Ben Brown (Brown County – Youth)
Hall of Fame Representatives – Kenzie Tuura (Bayfield County – Youth), Maria Zillges (Winnebago County – Youth), Agnes Wagner (Washington County – Adult), Emily Strahota (Green Lake County – Adult)

East Metro Region:

Ben Brown (Brown County – Youth)
Mark Deutschmann (Kenosha County – Adult)
Stephanie Hartwell (Washington County – Youth)
Melissa Kescenovitz (Washington County – Adult)
Emmalyn Sprangers (Outagamie County – Youth)
Lisa Sprangers (Outagamie County – Adult)
Rebecca Volz (Fond du Lac County – Youth)
Agnes Wagner (Washington County – Adult)
Maria Zillges (Winnebago County – Youth)

North Central Region:

Samantha Budtke (Wood County – Youth)
Romelle Bymers (Wood County – Adult Volunteer Advisor)
Elizabeth Colwell (Juneau County – Youth)
Cassandra Gerbitz (Green Lake County – Youth)
Paige Lowery (Juneau County – Youth)
Brenda Oft (Green  Lake County – Adult)
Emily Strahota (Green Lake County – Adult)

Northwest Region:

Kathy Brubaker (Pierce County – Adult)
Bennett Hatfield (St. Croix County – Youth)
Adaire MacSwain (St. Croix County – Youth)
Cindi Syverson (Eau Claire County – Adult)
Danny Wahlstrom (Polk County – Youth)

Southwest Region:

Holly Adams (Monroe County – Youth)
Cody Gerber (Dane County – Youth)
Maddie Kleist (Walworth County – Youth)
Ellie Lankey (Sauk County – Youth)
Teresa Pelletier (Dane County – Adult)
Nathaniel Witherow (Monroe County – Youth)


JD Engelhardt (Military Partner – Adult)
McKenzie Tuura (Bayfield County – Youth)


Kandi O’Neil – 4-H Associate Program Director/Volunteer Specialist
Amber Rehberg – 4-H Educational Programs Specialist & WLC Coordinator

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