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Board of Directors

Alfred Green
Chair of Human Resources Committee
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US Navy Veteran | Navy Achievement Medal - Desert Shield/Desert Storm 

Product Owner at Ford Motor Company | Consumer Driven Six Sigma Black Belt 

Alfred Green is an accomplished Senior Engineer, Entrepreneur, Consultant, Advisor, and Thought Leader with more than 30 years of success across the military, manufacturing, automotive, computer software, and the information services and technology industries. Alfred holds a leadership position as the Product Owner in Software Feature Management for Ford Motor Company where he is responsible for cultivating user community and increasing Vehicle Software Electrical Management (VSEM) adoption to deliver the promise of Ford Mobility efforts. Prior to his current role as, Product Owner at Ford Motor Company, Alfred led as the Exterior Ornamentation Quality Vehicle Function Group Leader for Ford Motor Company. Alfred also served Eight years in the US Navy and is a veteran honorably discharged. For his exceptional leadership, he received the Navy Achievement Medal - Desert Shield/Desert Storm. He has also patented the following products: LIDAR Windscreen Vibration Control System for Detecting Windshield Wiper Noise and Related Methods, and Humidity Estimation device. In his spare time, Alfred is an avid martial arts practitioner, achieving a 4th Dan black belt in the World Traditional Tang Soo Do Federation. The Brooklyn, New York native is a husband and father of two children.

Azark David Cobbs
Board Member
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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.

Brett Anderson
Treasurer 
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CPA

Financial Advisor, Portfolio Manager

Cozad A sset 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.

Deloris Henry
Vice President and Chair of Governance Committee
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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
Board Member and Finance Committee 
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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, a global company that develops, builds, and commercializes thermal energy storage technologies.    

Lara Hebert
Secretary
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Assistant Director of Engineering Outreach and Public Engagement -- University of Illinois

 

Lara has been an educator in Champaign-Urbana since 1991. She taught math and science at Urbana Middle School for 13 years before returning to school full-time to pursue a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with expertise in teacher education and professional learning. Since 2018, she has been leading the College of Engineering's Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering programs, providing opportunities for youth and families to experience the joy and wonder of science, engineering, and mathematics. She is an active member of the McKinley Memorial Presbyterian Church, serving on the Christian Education Committee and the Green Team. She also co-manages the McKinley Giving Garden each year, growing fresh produce for distribution at the Garden Hills Food Pantry.

Margareth Etienne
Board Member
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Professor of Law and Nancy Snowden Research Scholar | University of Illinois

Associate Dean for Graduate and International Programs | University of Illinois

 

Margareth teaches Children and the Law and Education Law and publishes widely. A s 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, been a high school teacher, served on several school boards, and was a Trustee on the College Board.

Matt Matthews
President and Chair of Development Committee
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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.

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