Sun Foundation Board of Directors 2014-2015
Shae Birkey Washington, IL
Water Resources and Dangerous Goods Transportation
Global Environmental Affairs, Health and Safety
Law and Public Policy, Legal Services Division
Caterpillar Tractor, Inc.
Rebecca Cottrell Pekin IL
Recycling and Resource Conservation Department Educator Peoria County Government, Sustainable Team chairperson, Green Crew Chairperson, former educator and interpreter and intern supervisor and evaluator Wildlife Prairie Park and Natural Resources interpreter Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Member of the Environmental Education Association, Illinois Counties Solid Waste Management and Relying Association.BA in Parks and Recreation Program Management
Mary Corrigan Peoria, IL
Vice Chairman, Finance Committee Chair
BA English and Government, Monmouth College, Monmouth. Juris Doctor, John Marshall Law School, Chicago. Partner with the Law Firm of Howard and Howard. Former member of Board of Directors of Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce Education Committee, and Illinois Network of Child Care Resouce and Referral Agencies.
William H. Crotz Chillicothe, IL
BA History & Cinema Production, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Master Control Department Technical Specialist Channel 47 WTVP PBS Peoria, IL Volunteer for Peoria Contemporary Art Center, Driftless Film Festival, Co – Founder of Evill Pictures Video productions, videographer for “ Together We Shine” documentary for the Sun Foundation Art and Science in the Woods program, Peoria Art Guild committee member.
Emily Jean Dawson Peoria IL
Riverview CCSD#2 Junior High Science Teacher 2009 to present
Junior and High schools Special Education teacher 2004 to 2009. Awardee, published writer and presenter for educational associations, public television and conferences.
Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois-Masters in STEM Education, in progress
Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois- Bachelors of Science in Education, December 14, 2003
Major: Special Education High Incidence Disabilities, Minor: Art
Illinois Type 03/ Illinois Type 09
Endorsements: General Science (Middle School), Art (HS), LBS1, Learning Disabilities, and Mental Retardation
Member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Educator Association, Chicago Council on Science and Technology, Civil Air Patrol, Environmental Education Association of Illinois Peoria Academy of Science, Society of Woman Engineers.
Stephanie Gehrig Germantown Hills, IL
BA, Integrative Biology, University of Illinois; Habitat for Humanity; Kids & Chem International Illini. Horticulture Club. Has a passion for working with charities!
Doug Holmes Peoria, IL
AA, Illinois Central College. Professional Herpetologist at the Peoria Glen Oak Zoo. Endangered Species Specialist and Art and Science in the Woods instructor for 15 years. Member of the Peoria Academy of Science.
Preston Jackson Dunlap, IL
Artists Resources Advisor
MFA University of Illinois, Champaign. Recipient of the State of Illinois Lincoln Award. Nationally exhibited sculptor, and professional musician. Head of Sculpture Department, Art Institute of Chicago. Art and Science in the Woods instructor.
Jo Lakota Pekin, IL
MA Bradley University of Lakota and Yakima heritage.
Taught in Central Illinois and Santa Fe Indian School.
Artist and storyteller
On the Board of IC 4-H Youth Program Development.
Amy Lambert East Peoria, IL
Director of Learning/One Fire
Founder Central Illinois Creative, Leader, Employer of Choice Initiative/Volt Technical Resources, For manager, Public Educational Programs/Employers’ Association, eLearning Liaison Norwood promotional products International. University of Phoenix, Business and Organizational Innovation, Associates of Applied Science and Graphic Design, Illinois Central College
Sarah J. Noack Peoria, IL
Bachelor of Communications and Minor: Music, Graduated Magna Cum Laude with Upper Division Honors, Western Illinois University, Peoria Park District “ RiverFront Events- Assistant Coordinator, former Marketing Intern Peoria Park District, Public Relations Director, Student Society of America, Fundraising Chair, Music Business Association.
Jon D. Russell, CPRP Metamora IL.
Peoria Park District – Forest Park Nature Center, Peoria, Illinois
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois-Master of Science in Education in Outdoor Recreation Management
Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois-Bachelor of Science in Recreation and Park Administration
With an emphasis in Program Management
- Former Naturalist, Missouri Department of Conservation, IDNR/ President of the Board of the Directors for the non-profit organization Friends of the Illinois River
- President of the Board of the Directors for the non-profit organization Peoria Wilds
- Board Member for the non-profit organization Peoria Audubon Society
Lorraine Schwass Wenona, IL
State of Illinois Humanities Rhode Scholar, guidance counselor, Notre Dame High School, BS in Secondary Education, Masters in Counseling and Guidance from Western IL University, Post Graduate studies at Illinois State University. Past President Illinois Valley Food co-op. Volunteer, Lincoln’s New Salem State Histories Site.
Eve Studnicka Chillicothe, IL
Co Founder of the Evill Picture video production, videographer, Board Member of the Contemporary Arts Center, CAC , Driftless Film Festival, Riverfront Fine Arts Fair, Alley Stage, volunteer, Peoria Art Guild committee member.
Jackie White Wolfe Monticello, IA
Accountant Manager for CS Toyota Financial
Degree in biology from Cornell College where she established the college
recycling and sustainability program.
Currently Sun Foundation Art in the Woods Czar and volunteer staff member,
former ASIW student and teaching assistant.
Jonathan Wright Peoria IL
Managing Editor, Peoria Magazine
Denver Technical College, systems programing. BA Bradley University. Graduate Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce Community Leadership School Former computer programmer and systems analyst. Independent publisher, freelance writer, musician and concert promoter. Current board member WCBU_FM and Arts Partners of Central IL.