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B O A R D   O F
D I R E C T O R S

Brett Anderson
Finance Committee

CPA

Financial Advisor, Portfolio Manager

Cozad Asset Management

 

Brett Anderson is a financial advisor and portfolio manager at Cozad Asset Management, where he helps individuals and businesses with financial planning, investing, tax preparation, and more. He is an alumnus of the University of Illinois as well as Lincoln Christian University Seminary, where he completed a Master of Divinity program. In addition to his financial advisory practice, Brett enjoys serving local churches through a variety of volunteer ministry opportunities and serves on the finance committee for several non-profit organizations, including DREAAM.

Joe Bradley
Treasurer and Chair of Finance Committee

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


Joe teaches courses in engineering and business at the University of Illinois. His research focuses on product development-how information is used and managed within complex-product development systems. He builds quantitative and qualitative models to study these systems. He is a co-founder of Sun Buckets, Inc. (www.sunbuckets.com). Sun Buckets is a global company that develops, builds, and commercializes thermal energy storage technologies.    

Margareth Etienne

Professor of Law and Nancy Snowden Research Scholar | University of Illinois

Associate Dean for Graduate and International Programs | University of Illinois

 

Margareth teaches courses including Children and the Law and Education Law and publishes widely in her field.  As a mother of two, her interests in education at all levels are both personal and professional.  She has directed a tutoring program for middle school students, taught as a high school teacher, served on several school boards and was a Trustee on the College Board.

Rebecca Ginsburg
Board Member

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 based at Danville Correctional Center. As a faculty member at the University of Illinois, she teaches courses on the history of prisons and prison abolition.

Robyn L. Gobin
Board Member

Assistant Professor Department of Kinesiology and Community Health

University of Illinois


Professor 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.

Lara Hebert
Chair of Human Resources Committee

Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering Program | Grainger College of Engineering

University of Illinois

Lara Hebert taught math and science at Urbana Middle School for 13 years, followed by grad school and a career in teacher professional development. She now applies the skills gained from those experiences to build partnerships between The Grainger College of Engineering and community organizations across the state to collaboratively encourage young people to pursue STEM majors and careers. Lara is an active member of McKinley Presbyterian Church where she serves as a youth group leader and manages the McKinley Giving Garden.

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.

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.

Matt Matthews
President and Chair of Development Committee

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.

Demario Turner
Board Member

Human Resources Contingent Labor and  Volunteer Services Assistant | 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 served on the Champaign County Racial Justice Task Force and is a United Way Emerging Community Leader.

Lou Turner
Board Member

Clinical Assistant Professor | Department of Urban and Regional Planning

University of Illinois


Lou Turner previously served as the Academic Advisor and 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.

Azark David Cobbs
Board Member

Azark Cobbs was born and raised in Champaign, and is currently a resident of Garden Hills. He is retired from a career at DHL Airway Inc. and Chicago Manufacturing Institute. He has served the community as a member of the Unit 4 Education Equity Excellence Committee, Prairie Rivers Network, Promise Healthcare, North First Street Business Club, and 5th and Hill Neighborhood Rights Group.

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