The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.

Meet Your Neighbor

by Jessica Boyle, Quill Reporter


Meet your neighbor, Linda Tobias, who teaches prevention education at schools around Hancock County for the Hancock County Mental Health Center.

Linda lives on a farm near Basco with her husband Bill. They have two kids, Jonathon, who will be a freshman next year at Illini West, and Shelby, who will be a 5th grader next year at Carthage Middle School.

Some of her hobbies include singing and organizing events. In fact, Linda has helped organize the Youth gatherings for the future students of Illini West High School. She also is the sponsor for the high school youth at her church, the Emanuel Lutheran.

Linda is the chairperson of the committee for the Hancock County Youth Coalition consisting of 10 to 12 members who are mostly school social workers and school counselors.

The committee decided to do something for the converged high school students when the convergence was passed last year. They decided to apply for a grant from the Tracy Family Foundation to get money to rent a facility to be used for the convergence gatherings. They picked Lamoine Christian Camp for the location since it was not located at any one of the schools.

Linda is very excited about the educational opportunities that Illini West is offering the students. She thinks that this will help students prepare for college and the real world. 

Pictured with Linda is Doug Hamer, the director of Lamoine Christian Camp and is a member of the Hancock County Youth Coalition also.