Board of Trustees
Kandace Turner, Chair
Kandace Turner is the Associate Director for Public Engagement for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She works to advance the University’s public engagement mission by assisting with strategic planning and the development and execution of strategic initiatives and building and managing relationships across a wide range of constituents, including the university, community, corporate, and government partners. These include major campus-wide public engagement initiatives, interinstitutional collaborations, and statewide networks. Ms. Turner holds an M.S. in Information Management from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a B.S. in Organizational Leadership from Millikin University. Kandace also serves on the Promise Healthcare Board of Directors and is a member of Leadership Illinois’ Class of 2020.
Mark C. Palmer, Vice Chair
Mark C. Palmer is the Chief Counsel of the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism where he facilitates the promotion of professionalism, civility, and integrity among the legal and judicial systems in Illinois. Prior to the Commission, Mark was in private practice at the downtown Champaign law firm Evans, Froehlich, Beth & Chamley where his law practice focused on areas including commercial litigation, municipal law, and banking law, among others. He represented private and appointed clients in both civil and criminal cases in state and federal courts. Mark grew up in Champaign and stayed for college prior to moving to Chicago for a full-time corporate job and part-time law school. After six years in the Windy City, Mark returned to practice law in Champaign while taking on several volunteer roles including as a mentor and the past president of the CU One-to-One Mentoring Foundation. Mark received his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his law degree from the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law. He is active in numerous legal and civic organizations including as a Board Member for the Illinois State Bar Association and as the Chair of the Public Interest Law Initiative’s 6th Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee. When not in the office, you will likely find Mark and his wife busy raising their twin daughters.
Terra Mullins, Secretary
Terra Mullins was raised in Champaign County on a farm and has been involved in the community through outreach efforts, business strategy and development. Her key areas of focus consist of healthcare, event planning, management, marketing, team engagement and relationship building. Early in her career, Terra served as a Respiratory Care Practitioner with a focus on Pulmonary Function and lung health, with a short time as Faculty at Parkland College for the Pulmonary Function course of the Respiratory Care program. In 2008 she, alongside her husband, started Champaign Urbana’s first multi-restaurant marketing and delivery service before selling it in 2011. She has a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration and a Master of Business Administration Degree. Currently, Terra manages Community Outreach and earned the 2019 Annual Way to Be Leader at Health Alliance/Carle Health. She serves on the Age-Friendly Steering Committee supported by CHAD at the U of I, participated in the inaugural class of the Aspirating Philanthropist Giving Circle hosted by CFECI and serves on the Grants Committee for CFECI. Terra, her husband Eddie and daughter Kelsee reside in Urbana. She loves nature, learning new things, and appreciates that “It takes a village to create the type of change to make things better.”
Jon Coffman, Treasurer
Jon Coffman is a CFO in the outsourcing division for CliftonLarsonAllen. He is a native of Mansfield, Illinois, and attended North Central College in Naperville before passing the CPA exam. Jon has worked professionally in the Champaign-Urbana community for more than 20 years. He has an excitement for helping organizations succeed that has led him into several entrepreneurial side-projects over the years alongside his accounting practice. Jon has served many nonprofit organizations during his career as either a board member or consultant and currently serves on the finance committee at Grace Church of Mahomet. He resides in White Heath with his wife, Brook, and twin sons, Austin and Camden.
Austin Hill, Past Chair
Austin grew up in Piatt County. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (B.A. Philosophy/Political Science, 2008), and The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois (J.D., 2013). He currently serves as Assistant University Counsel in the Office of University Counsel at the University of Illinois, where his responsibilities include contracts, purchasing, financial accounting, financial aid, licensing, real estate, student government, and tax matters. In addition to his service with the Community Foundation, he has served as the president of the Eastern Illinois Estate Planning Council; as a committee member for the Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation’s “Bringing Justice Home” capital campaign committee; as a campaign coordinator for the United Way’s Workplace Campaign; and as an organizer for Developmental Services Center’s “Oktoberfest” fundraising event; and also as a member of the Rotary Club of Champaign from 2013-2019, serving on their supporting foundation’s board in 2019. He proudly participated in the Community Foundation’s inaugural “Aspiring Philanthropist Giving Circle.”
Holly Clemons graduated from Lake Forest College with a BA with honors in History (1979). She also holds a JD from DePaul University (1984) and an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management (1985). Beginning her legal career as an associate attorney at Ross and Harrington in Chicago, she later became a Champaign County assistant public defender. She continued her career as an attorney at Beckett and Associates until she was appointed as an associate circuit judge in 1996. She retired from the bench in 2017. Following her retirement, she has served on the Champaign County CASA Executive Board and the Board of Post 71 Urbana American Legion Auxiliary. She also served on the leadership team of the Champaign County Humane Society capital campaign.
Michelle Gonzales works in Public Engagement for the Chancellor’s Office at the University of Illinois. Prior to this position, she was a third-grade teacher in Champaign’s Unit 4 School District for twelve years, then served as the Chief of Staff for State Senator Scott Bennett. Throughout her career and involvement with various volunteer groups, she has learned a great deal about what makes Champaign-Urbana the resource-rich community that it is. She admires the services we can provide to our most vulnerable neighbors and the strong leaders of the numerous non-profit organizations in our area. Michelle is the mother to her 16-year-old son, Sam, and an energetic 3-year-old miniature dachshund, Leo. She is thrilled to join the board for CFECI and looks forward to continuing her trajectory of giving back to this wonderful place she calls home.
Deb Klein is originally from Okawville, Illinois. She works with her sons, their spouses and her husband, Bill, on a six-generation family farm located southwest of Champaign. Her responsibilities include insurance, compliance, taxes and accounting functions. A graduate of the University of Illinois in Ag Econ, Deb met her husband Bill when they were students and never left Champaign County. She is active at St. Boniface Church and is a past member of the Monticello School Board and Champaign Farm Bureau Board of Directors. Deb and her family enjoy supporting and attending Illinois sporting events. They have six grandchildren who keep them busy with their events, including showing cows at County Fairs. She loves reading and spending time with family and friends centered around events that include delicious food.
Wynne Korr retired in 2017 after serving 15 years as Dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a long career as a social work educator and researcher. At Illinois she supported initiatives that promoted social innovation and entrepreneurship and community engagement. She is on the board of the Community Foundation of East Central Illinois and serves as the volunteer director of its Community Solutions Incubator. She also serves on the Community Impact Committee of United Way.
Beth Mathews grew up in Philo, Illinois, graduating from Unity High School. She lived in the Effingham area for 24 years but has since moved back to east central Illinois. She is a nurse practitioner and has worked for Carle, Kirby Medical Center and Gibson Area Hospital. She is married to Jay Mathews who works as a grain accountant and is COO at Midwest Grain in Bloomington, Illinois. They have one daughter, Kathryn, who works at the University of Illinois in AITS (Information Technology). In her spare time, Beth loves to read and knit. She also loves playing golf in the summer.
Terrica Miller is a corporate Vice-President of Compliance and Marketplace Compliance Officer for Molina Healthcare, Inc., headquartered in Long Beach, CA. In this role, she provides executive leadership to Compliance and Marketplace Government Contracts, offers regulatory guidance and interpretation, implements compliance strategy and initiatives as well as oversees enterprise compliance operations for corrective action plans, key performance indicator reporting, and the Compliance Alertline. She has over 16 years of compliance and regulatory experience of which she has worked in various roles and risen through the ranks for companies including United Behavioral Health (IL), Blue Cross and Blue Shield (IL), WellCare (FL), America’s First Choice (FL) Centene (MS) and Health Alliance (IL). Ms. Miller is a native of Champaign and graduated from Central High school. She then attended the University of Illinois and received a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies and also holds a Master of Jurisprudence in Health Law from Loyola University, School of Law in Chicago, IL. Ms. Miller enjoys community service, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. She is very excited to have this opportunity to serve on the CFECI Board and looks forward to giving back to the community that she grew up in.
Mr. Royse works with communities and anchor institutions on community and economic development strategies to bring about a more sustainable future. In his role he works to initiate projects in renewable energy, transportation and land use, and community health. Mr. Royse also focuses on encouraging entrepreneurial initiative in the communities he serves with an eye for bridging age, culture, and economic gaps. Mr. Royse was President of One Main Development, LLC. until January of 2013 In his role, Mr. Royse worked closely with city leaders and partners to ensure the success of each project and the continued growth of One Main Development. Mr. Royse’s experience is as a business generalist, and he has served professionally as a business strategist both organizationally and financially. He has been extensively involved with a sixty million-dollar residential property portfolio owned by his family. As CEO of Royse Wagner (a small national branding firm), Mr. Royse consulted on teams leading high growth activities within a variety of industries. His crowning achievement was the development of the environmental communications platform for the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, 2002. Mike is tireless in his service to the local business and academic community. He frequently takes time to meet with students and young professionals who are just beginning to define their careers or refine their business vision. Mike currently serves as President of the Center for Community Adaptation which aims to help communities come together around strategies and initiatives that build health, wealth, and sustainability.
Joe A. Stovall is the youngest of four children of the late Claudyne Stovall and Robert L. Stovall. He was born on the south side of Chicago and moved to Champaign when he was 3 years old. He attended Booker T. Washington Elementary School, Edison Jr. High School and graduated from Central H.S. in 1982. Joe was involved in various activities, was an honor roll student and lettered his junior and senior year in basketball. He and his brother Robert Jr. were two of the original members of the Boys Club in Champaign. Joe attended Quincy College and played on their varsity basketball team. He majored in Mathematics while attending Quincy. He transferred to Illinois State University, to graduate with a degree in Chemistry. Joe worked for Dow Chemical before becoming an employee with State Farm Insurance. He has held several positions with State Farm and was the first African-American State Farm agent in Champaign in 1997. Joe is heavily involved in the community, supporting many nonprofits. He was the President of the Urban Business Network and Board President of Don Moyers’ Boys & Girls Club and served as a board member for 13 years. He is a sponsor, coach and volunteer for 1st String, Inc. which is the Little League program in Douglass Park and basketball program at Douglass Center and the Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club. He has been an instructor for the Junior Achievement program. He has mentored through the “Talks Mentoring” program run by Reverend Harold Davis. He currently assists Devon Turner with the “Boyz2Men” mentoring program. Joe is married to the wonderful “Song Bird” Mamie Stovall. Together they have 4 adult sons (Antonio, Dontiel, Jamir and Jamal) and six Grandsons.
Trina-Wright Dixon currently is an experienced Teaching Assistant Professor with the University of Illinois and has a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. She previously was a lecturer with UCLA and taught graduate courses in Afro-American Studies and undergraduate courses in Communication, Gender, Afro-American Studies and The Anderson School of Management. She is skilled in Nonprofit Organizations, Event Planning, Training Needs Analysis, Organizational Development, and Diversity Training. She is a strong education professional with a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) focused in Organizational Communication, Intercultural & Interpersonal Communication from Howard University.
Angie Hatfield Marker, President and CEO
Angie Hatfield Marker was hired as the Development Director for the Community Foundation of East Central Illinois in March of 2018. She became its President and CEO in June 2021, succeeding Joan Dixon. Born in Danville and raised in Champaign, Angie is a graduate of Centennial High School and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Communication in 2003. She also won four Varsity I Letters while working as a student equipment-manager for the University of Illinois football team from 1999-2002. Angie graduated with her Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Management in 2020. Angie has more than 18 years of sales, marketing and development experience. Prior to joining CFECI, Angie worked as Director of Development and Communications for Crisis Nursery in Urbana. She also worked for O’Brien Auto Park of Urbana for 13 years as Director of Business Development and Toyota Sales Manager. She has been actively volunteering in her community for more than two decades, serving on boards for the Urbana Business Association and the Crisis Nursery. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of Fundraising Professionals of East Central Illinois, the By-Laws Committee of the Executive Club of Champaign County and is Chair of the Community Service Committee for Champaign West Rotary. Angie and her husband, Dan, live in Champaign with their sons, Johnny and Dean.
Genevieve Kirk, Center for Nonprofit Excellence Director
Genevieve Kirk is a locally-focused, globally-minded nonprofit leader and educator. With nearly 20 years of professional experience in the nonprofit and public sectors, her goal is to build, nurture and promote a strong community through effective nonprofit management. Most recently, she was the Executive Director of the Champaign Center Partnership and is currently an adjunct instructor in the School of Social Work at the University of Illinois where she teaches courses in Social Entrepreneurship and Social Change, and Nonprofit Sector and Society. Genevieve has worn a variety of hats in nonprofit organizations of varying sizes and scope in the U.S. and Africa, including program director at Kids In Danger, volunteer coordinator at the United Community Center and the City of Las Cruces, and grant team manager at Women’s Initiative for Self-Employment. Genevieve holds a BA from the University of Chicago and a MA in Public Service with a focus on nonprofit management from Marquette University, where she was awarded a Trinity Fellowship. She credits her two years of service as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mauritania, West Africa for developing her resiliency as a leader. She has lived in Champaign-Urbana since 2014 with her husband and two children.
Kristen Duesdieker, Grants & Scholarships Manager
Kristen Duesdieker moved to Mahomet with her family and joined the Foundation in October 2013. A Springfield native, she had eight years of experience in Grants & Scholarships management at the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin before joining us.