About Farm Family Resource Initiative (FFRI)

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The Southern Illinois University School of Medicine Center for Rural Health and Social Service Development (CRHSSD) is leading the effort to build a network of support and resources for Illinois farm families. The purpose of the initiative is to provide a range of resources including a helpline to assist with farmer and farm-related issues that include mental and physical health needs. Additionally, the initiative offers ongoing outreach, education and training to rural clients and partners working to improve the health and safety of farm families.

Financial support for FFRI is provided by the Illinois Department of Human Services, the Division of Mental Health and the Illinois Department of Agriculture in cooperation with USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.


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    Karen Stallman

    Karen Stallman
    Program Coordinator
    Ag Resource Specialist

    A double alumna of SIU Carbondale, Karen Stallman earned her Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Science in Agriculture Education with a minor in Animal Science.

    She worked 20 years with University of Illinois Extension in Randolph County, including a decade as unit leader and earlier as youth development extension adviser. Stallman then served as the Director of the Sustainability Initiative and Vice Provost of the Red Bud Campus at Southwestern Illinois College for 9 years. Stallman served as Director of Continuing Education and Outreach Director at SIU Carbondale for 6 years.

    Today Stallman is the Agriculture Resource Specialist for the Farm Family Resource Initiative managed by SIU School of Medicine's Center for Rural Health and Social Service Development. She and her husband farm in Randolph County where they raise corn, soybeans, wheat, and beef cattle.

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    Lynn Weis
    Community Health Worker 

    Lynn Weis comes with 30 years of experience in education, agriculture and community development. After earning her B.S degree in Agricultural Education from Southern Illinois University - Carbondale, she worked in the private agriculture sector.  During her tenure with University of Illinois Extension served as 4-H/Youth Program Coordinator, Agriculture Adviser and County Director in southwestern Illinois.
    Weis recently became a Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor and completed the QPR Gatekeeper Training. Her Community Health Worker responsibilities include facilitating Youth Mental Health First Aid Training and offering informational presentations on the Farm Family Resource Initiative. 
    A native of rural Madison County, Lynn is involved in several community organizations. She and her husband enjoy exploring the US, building/refinishing furniture and golf.