Board of Directors

Matt Matthews



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



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

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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.

Robyn L. Gobin

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Chair of External Affairs Committee
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.

Rebecca Ginsburg

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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.

Demario Turner

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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.

Lara Hebert, Ph.D.

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Public Engagement and Outreach Coordinator
Worldwide Youth in Science & 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.

Lou Turner

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Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Urban and Regional Planning
University of Illinois

Lou 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.