Matt Matthews, President

Senior Pastor

First Presbyterian Church, Champaign

A congregation of the Presbyterian Church (USA)

 

Matt has served as pastor of First Presbyterian since 2018. Matt works with an energetic congregation to make First Presbyterian a sanctuary for all people to gather to worship, study, dream, work for justice, sing, and build friendships that will heal the world. Matt and Rachel have two grown sons and one in college. He has served churches in South Carolina, Virginia, and Arkansas, and has written Mercy Creek, a novel, and the memoir One Thousand Miles: Following My Fathers WWII Footsteps.

Deloris Henry, Vice President and Chair Governance Committee
Retired Assistant Superintendent
Champaign Unit 4 School District


Deloris P. Henry is a former Assistant Superintendent of schools.  She has devoted her life to equity in education, social justice, and community advocacy work. Dr. Henry has served on the Board of several community organizations, such as the Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club (President), Girl Scouts Council, the Champaign County Mental Health Board (President for two terms), and is a member of the Champaign Rotary Club.

Joe Bradley, Treasurer

Clinical Assistant Professor, Bioengineering
Teaching Assistant Professor, Carle Illinois Medical School
Lecturer, Gies College of Business 
University of Illinois


Joe Bradley completed a Master’s in Business Administration and a PhD in Systems and Entrepreneurial Engineering at the University of Illinois where he is now a faculty member. He also works with the Grainger Engineering First-Year Experience unit within the Academy for Excellence in Engineering Education (AE3) Department.

Robert Kirby, Secretary
Retired Physician  and Medical Educator


Robert Kirby is a retired Carle physician and University of Illinois College of Medicine educator. He served as Clinical Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs. Since retirement, he has been engaged as a volunteer working with the immigrant community.

Rebecca Ginsburg
Associate Professor and Director, Education Justice Project
University of Illinois


Rebecca Ginsburg is Director of the Education Justice Project (EJP), a comprehensive college-in-prison program that provides academic programs to incarcerated individuals and outreach services to the families of incarcerated people and returning citizens. EJP programs operate in Danville, Champaign, and Chicago, IL.

Robyn L. Gobin, Chair of External Affairs Committee
Assistant Professor
Department of Kinesiology and Community Health
University of Illinois


Robyn L. Gobin is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is the Director of the Transforming Trauma and Mental Health Research Lab where she investigates interpersonal trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder interventions, cultural facilitators of trauma recovery, and treatment engagement. Dr. Gobin also maintains a private practice at Grace Blocher, Ph.D. & Associates where she addresses trauma and diversity issues among adults and couples.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Board members serve 3-year terms and meet monthly on the second Thursday at 9:00am. 

DREAAM House is always looking for passionate, community-oriented individuals to join the Board.  

 

Demario Turner
Human Resources Contingent Labor and Volunteer Services Assistant
Volunteer Services Team
Carle Hospital


Demario Turner assists Human Resources and Volunteer Services with all aspects of on-boarding contingent labor that includes students in their clinical, observational, and internship roles, contractors, and temporary workers. He is native to the Champaign-Urbana area and has a strong passion for both civic engagement and the growth and development in the human resources profession. Mr. Turner also serves on the Champaign County Racial Justice Task Force and is a United Way Emerging Community Leader.

Lou Turner
Assistant Professor
Department of Urban and Regional Planning
University of Illinois


Mr. Turner previously served as the Academic Advisor & Curriculum Coordinator for the Department of African American Studies at the University of Illinois. He was  an Assistant Professor of Sociology at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois for 14 years. He also served as the Research & Public Policy Director for the Developing Communities Project (formerly led by President Barack Obama), on Chicago’s far South Side.

Nancy Willamon

Retired - Parkland College

 

Ms. Willamon is recently retired after working for the President/Board of Trustees at Parkland College for 20 years. Nancy has been involved with the One Peoples Art Camp, Ripple Effect, Books for Prisoners, as well as helping with or attending many social and fundraising activities held by Parkland College. She is an avid golfer, and enjoys reading, knitting, playing the piano, and enjoying outings with family and friends. 

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