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Developmental Disabilities Training Series From Rutgers Cooperative Extension


Michelle F. Brill
Michelle Brill

Michelle F. Brill is a family and community health sciences educator and associate professor at Rutgers Cooperative Extension. She provides programming in the areas of food, nutrition, and health for diverse urban and suburban audiences. She is an experienced educator of children and young adults with multiple developmental disabilities. Michelle provides professional development at local, state, and national levels for Extension personnel, volunteers, school and early care personnel, and nutrition professionals to help them effectively meet the needs of people with developmental disabilities. Her publications on this topic have appeared in the Journal of Extension and The Forum for Family and Consumer Issues.

Michelle has received awards from the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, and Epsilon Sigma Phi for her work with diverse audiences. She is a member of the eXtension Diversity and Inclusion Issue Corps, eXtension Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Community of Practice, and the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents Diversity Task Force. Michelle holds a Master of Public Health degree from Columbia University.

Jeannette Rea-Keywood
Jeannette Rea-Keywood

Jeannette Rea-Keywood is an associate professor with the Department of 4-H Youth Development in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences at Rutgers University. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics Education from Rutgers University and a Master of Science in Agricultural and Extension Education from The Ohio State University.

Jeannette has worked with a variety of diverse audiences, including individuals with developmental disabilities and emotional and behavioral disorders. As the Cumberland County 4-H Agent for 23 years in the most economically depressed county in New Jersey — with an extremely high prevalence of issues related to drugs, teen pregnancy, school dropout and more — her program reached 1,500 traditional 4-H club members and between 4,000-5,000 youth annually through school-enrichment, special interest, and camping programs. With regard to the ethnic composition of the county, more than 50% of the population is Hispanic and Black.

In the county, Jeannette focused on traditional 4-H programming as well as on developing community partnerships, coordinating 21st Century grants, working with diverse audiences, and conducting a variety of experiential and inquiry-based STEM education programs. She was successful in securing funding and developing gardening and science programs with an emphasis on developing workforce preparation skills for children with autism at the Devereux School.

Since 2012, Jeannette has been a member of the state 4-H staff and works primarily in the areas of marketing, communications, and teen leadership and personal development.