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.

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.

Kevin D. Day                                                 Peoria, IL
Juris Doctor Northern Illinois University College of Law, Bachelor of Arts In Political Science Augustana College Rock Island, IL, Hasselberg Grebe Snodgrass Urban & Wentworth. Associated Attorney Peoria, IL, Former Vice President of the American Constitution Society, Winner of the 2010 Billy Budd Essay Contest-Defense, Environmental Law Society Member.

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
Chief Naturalist/Manager

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.

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