4-H welcomes new interim program co-directors

Wisconsin 4-H Youth Development is excited to welcome our new interim co-program directors, John de Montmollin and Julie Keown-Bomar, who began their appointments Sept. 1.

John de Montmollin, Interim Co-Program Director, will provide overall administrative leadership including operations related to program development and evaluation, supporting a scholarly environment, human resource matters and financial resource management. He will be the primary contact for state specialists, statewide teams, and budgetary decision making. He will also co-lead the 4-H Youth Development Liaison team with Associate Program Director and Volunteer Specialist Kandi O’Neil.

Dr. Julie Keown-Bomar, Interim Co-Program Director for Expanding Access, is responsible for providing innovative leadership in identifying organizational structures and functions that will ensure access to 4-H Youth Development programming. She will be the lead in addressing issues related to Federal Civil Rights Compliance, including the recent 2017 NIFA Civil Rights Review. She will also be the state contact in working with the 4-H Youth Development Expanding Access Team.

In addition to the day-to-day operations, the interim co-program directors and associate director will play a key role in informing and transitioning the current program area into institutes in the new organizational model.

John de Montmollin most recently served as 4-H Youth Development Educator in Green Lake County, a position he’s held since 2013. There, John has worked with both youth and adult audiences in the areas of leadership, team building, community service and personal development.

John began his career with UW-Extension in 1995 working as a 4-H Youth Development Agent with Sheboygan County. In that role, John worked to develop educational programming, enhance 4-H promotion efforts and expand 4-H opportunities to both youth and adults.  In 2003, John joined the Kenosha County UW-Extension Office as a Youth and Family Educator.  While in Kenosha County, John worked with several 4-H Youth Development programs including the Kenosha County 4-H program, the Youth As Resources program and the Youth in Governance Program.

John earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Education from UW-Milwaukee and has completed post-graduate work in counseling from Winona State University. The Ozaukee County 4-H alum is married and has two sons and one daughter.

Julie Keown-Bomar most recently served as the Northwest Regional Director with University, as co-chair of the County/Tribal Workgroup, and as a member of the Integration Work Group tasked with developing a new organizational model for UW-Extension.

With her background in anthropology, Julie works to understand the needs of communities, engage with diverse stakeholders and develop culturally relevant programming. For example, she works with Hmong and Latino communities in Wisconsin to develop young leaders, improve workforce readiness, increase civic engagement and create spaces for community dialogue and collective action. Scholarship remains very important to her. Kinship Networks Among Hmong-American Refugees, her first book, was published in 2004. She recently wrote a chapter in a path breaking volume, Claiming Place: On the Agency of Hmong Women based on research about Hmong women, family assets and community cultural wealth.

Julie’s work with youth includes teaching middle schoolers with Upward Bound and elementary aged youth at a community recreational department. Her hands on experience includes providing direct daily support to youth residing at a community-based crisis center where she learned a great deal about risk management and adverse childhood experiences. Helping develop agency capacity has been a primary programming focus for Julie in Extension. She has used LEAN and organizational development principals to help county child protective services improve processes and reduce barriers for families and individuals in the juvenile justice system. As a organizational development facilitator, she has led workshops and strategic planning for Feed My People Food Bank, Beaver Creek Reserve, Eau Claire County Humane Society, the Eau Claire County Board, Casa de la Mujer (a domestic abuse shelter in Nicaragua) and the Ministry of Agriculture in Guyana. Julie regularly provides professional development workshops and presentations to local, state and national audiences on effective community responses to social problems and opportunities.

As a youth, Julie was a member of Kactus Kids club program in Laramie, Wyoming and had projects in rabbits, photography and foods. She was also an adult volunteer with the 4-H dog program in Dunn County for several years and is the parent of two former 4-H’ers.