Connie was born in Missouri and raised on a farm in Iowa. She has lived in Missouri for the past 40 years. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Northwest Missouri State University in Family and Consumer Science Education with an emphasis in interior design and a master’s degree from the University of Missouri Kansas City. She taught at both the high school and college level mostly in the area of housing. While teaching at the high school level, she combined her housing program with the Building Trades program and they built a turn-key home each year with 5 of those being Universal Design homes.
Connie joined the University of Missouri Extension in 2011. She has earned a Healthy Homes certification through the National Environmental Health Association. She has worked with flood victims during the 2011 flood along the Missouri River. She provides programming on a wide variety of topics including energy, water conservation, weatherization, mold & mildew mitigation, green cleaning, sustainability, H.O.M.E. (Home Ownership Made Easier), Rent Smart and universal design. She has partnered with other agencies to provide a workshop on universal design for those in the building industry as well as citizens in need of that information. She was asked by her MU Extension colleague, Housing & Environmental Design Specialist, Marsha Alexander to join her in serving as primary authors for the 2013 Home IDEA Book developed by the Mid-America Regional council (MARC) of Kansas City focusing on communities, homeowners and renters in the Metropolitan Kansas City area. She also serves 19 counties in the Northwest region.
Connie Neal, M.A., H.H.S.
Housing & Environmental Design Specialist
University of Missouri Extension – Nodaway County