Illinois Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (IEAFCS)

Illinois Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences

The Illinois Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (IEAFCS) educates and recognizes Extension professionals who improve the quality of life for Illinois individuals, families, and communities in the areas of:

Mission Statement

The Illinois Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences promotes professional growth, camaraderie and pride for Extension professionals who empower individuals, families, and communities with critical life skills.


IEAFCS holds regular membership meetings each year.  Additional meetings are determined by the Board. Members are encouraged to actively participate in Association activities and consider serving on the Association Board. Both membership and board meeting minutes are available to read.


  • Monthly eCommunication is sent to members via email to provide updates on upcoming meetings, professional development opportunities, important information from NEAFCS, and more.
  • Journal of NEAFCS is NEAFCS' annual, referred journal of FCS research and program evaluation.
  • eNEAFCS is a monthly online newsletter available to all members.
2021 IEAFCS Board


  • President: Susan Glassman
  • President-Elect: Staci Coussens
  • Immediate Past President: Karla Belzer
  • Secretary: Louise Hyneman
  • Treasurer: Tayler Wheatley-Louscher
  • VP of Awards and Recognition: Diane Reinhold
  • VP of Public Affairs: Robin Ridgley
  • VP of Member Resources: Cheri Burcham


IEAFCS Committee Chairs
  • Awards and Recognition Committee:  Diane Reinhold
  • Membership/Recruitment Committee:  Cheri Burcham
  • Communications/Website Committee:  Louise Hyneman
  • Audit Committee:  Karla Belzer
Prospective Members - JOIN TODAY

IEAFCS is a professional association serving the needs of Family and Consumer Sciences staff at University of Illinois Extension. Read about member benefits, due costs, and more from the IEAFCS Membership Booklet.

For additional information about NEAFCS, visit our national organization's website at

Professional Development Opportunities


  • NEAFCS (National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences
  • JCEP (Joint Council of Extension Professionals)
  • PILD (Public Issues Leadership Development)
  • AAFCS (American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences)
Recognition and Awards

Congratulations to our past IEAFCS award winners

To access the NEAFCS Awards Manual, go to and click on the Awards Section. If you have any questions, please feel free to email or call the current Vice President for Awards and Recognition.