Board Members

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.

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.



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


William  H. Crotz                                    Chillicothe, IL
BA in History & Cinema Photography, Southern IL Univ., Carbondale, IL.
OneFire Media Project Coordinator, Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation volunteer, Independent Videographer.
Assistant on “Together We Shine” documentary for Art and Science in the Woods 2011

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.

Kevin D. Day                                                 Peoria, IL
Juris Doctor, Northern Illinois University College of Law, Bachelor of Arts In Political Science, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL; Associate Attorney for the law firm of Hasselberg Grebe Snodgrass Urban & Wentworth – Peoria, IL

Member of the Illinois State Bar Association, Peoria County Bar Association, PCBA Young Lawyers Committee, Young Professionals Organization of Greater Peoria, and Independent Sports Club of Central Illinois; Former Vice President of the American Constitution Society – Northern Illinois University, Former Environmental Law Society Member – Northern Illinois University

Stephanie Gehrig                                         Peoria, IL
BA, Integrative Biology, University of Illinois; Real Estate Broker & Realtor with Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell; Habitat for Humanity; Kids & Chem, International Illini. Horticulture Club. Has a passion for working with charities!

Doug Holmes                                                   Peoria, IL
Graduate of Illinois Central College; Peoria Park District Employee, Illinois Park and Recreation volunteer award for volunteerism, Peoria Zoo Herpetologist, Peoria Zoo Green Team Leader

Sun Foundation Board Member, Sun Foundation Treasurer Sun Foundation Art & Science in the Woods since the early 1980′s, Sun Foundation Clean Water Celebration Speaker

Central Illinois Herpetological Society, President; Peoria Academy of Science, Board Member; Peoria Heart of Illinois, American Zookeeper Association, founding member, Fundraising for Conservation

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
Managing Director/Startup Peoria

Founder/Startup Peoria, Director of Learning/OneFire Media, Creative Rockstar/ Heart Technologies, Inc. Leader/Central Illinois Creative, Leader, Employer of Choice Initiative/Volt Technical Resources, Manager, Public Educational Programs/Employers’ Association, eLearning Liaison Norwood promotional products International. BA Business with emphasis on Organizational Innovation, 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
Chief Naturalist/Manager – Peoria Park District – Forest Park Nature Center, Peoria, Illinois

Master of Science in Education in Outdoor Recreation Management – Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois, Bachelor of Science in Recreation and Park Administration with an emphasis in Program Management – Illinois State University, Normal, IL

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.

Jody Tockes                                                East Peoria, IL
Master of Education-Curriculum & Instructions Olivet Nazarene University,  Bachelor of Science-Education Bradley University, 30 years as Special Educator & Case Manager East Peoria District (1989-2013), Peoria District 150 (1980- 85 & 1986-87),  Owner & instructor of the Hive Studio & Gallery on Peoria’s Riverfront 2013- to present),  Instructor for the Sun Foundation AISW program 2014 , Peoria Art Guild Fair  muralist 2013-2014 ,  Fundraising events for local charities at her Hive Studio and Gallery.  Member of the Sun Foundation’s Clean Water Celebration Environmental Classroom Navigating Committee.

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.



 Rusty Dunn
Marketing Advisor

David Marshall
Educational Advisor

Mike Lied
Planning Advisor

Eve Studnicka