Board Members

Sun Foundation Board of Directors 2015-2016

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.

Stephanie Chaon                   Germantown Hills, IL

*   Illinois Valley Community College

*   Midstate College Paralegal

*   Present  Goodfield State Bank  Branch Manager

*    Former Assistant Manger Rhythm Kitchen Music Café

*    Former Elmwood Brewing Company House Manager

*    Active elementary school and volleyball team volunteer


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

Emily Jean Dawson                              Dunlap IL
Junior High Science Teacher Saint Mary’s Metamora, IL
Former Riverview CCSD#2 Junior High Science Teacher
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

Amanda Gordon-Sandberg                   Peoria, IL

*       Bachelor of Arts In English University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois
*       Associate of Arts and Sciences Illinois Central College
*        Present Legal Assistant Howard & Howard Attorneys PLL
*       Former Legal Assistant Hinshaw & Culbertson and Paralegal and                at      Stenger&Stenger P.C. Grand Rapids , Michigan and Account Executive at Unes Newspapers, Peoria IL.

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                                                   Morton, IL

University of Phoenix, Business Organizational Innovation
Associates of Applied Science, Graphic Design, Illinois Central College
Director of Learning, One Fire Media
Founder of Central Illinois Creative
Leader, Employer of Choice Initiative for Volt Technical Resources
Manager of Public Educational Programs for Employers Association
Learning Liaison for Norwood Promotional Products International

Angela P. Madison                             Pekin, IL

*   J.D Vermont Law School
*   B.A. Purdue University
*   Certification In Family Mediation
*   Present  Assistant  Public Defender Private Practice Family Law Attorney and Mediator
*   Former Assistant State’s Attorney Tazewell County, DCFS Contract Attorney, Guardian AD Litem Peoria County., Assistant State’s Attorney Peoria County, Staff Attorney U.S. Trustees Office

Sarah J. Noack-Eastman                                                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. Marketing Manager at Junior Achievement of Central Illinois.

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.

Kira Santiago                                               Eureka, IL

UMass Amherst, Sustainable Food and Farming
University of Iowa, Studio Art and Spanish
Kira’s Flowers, Farm Owner and Operator
Hutchins Farm, Market Sales (2014)
Cambridge Center for Adult Education, Assistant Registrar (2013-2015)
VIM Fitness, Reception Manager (2013-2015)

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