Board Members

Board of Directors 2018-2019


Mandy K Chadwick, CHMM         

Washington, IL

  • Master of Science in Environmental Management IIT

  • Bachelor of Science In Environmental Health ISU

  • L.E.A.D Powering Up! BU

  • Caterpillar Inc. Advanced Components Systems Division, Mossville, IL

  • Environmental Health Tech Steward. Divisional Position (2013- present.)

  • Certifications and Training:

  • Certified Hazardous Material Manager (CHMM)

  • Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER), 29

  • CFR 1910 120 Hazardous Materials Technician

  • OSHA 30 hours trained, Certified in RCRA and Dangerous Goods (USDOT and IMDG)

Stephanie Chaon

Germantown Hills, IL

  • Illinois Valley Community College

  • Present Goodfield State Bank Branch Manager

  • Former Assistant Manger Rhythm Kitchen Music Café

  • Former Elmwood Brewing Company House Manager

  • Active elementary school and volleyball team volunteer

  • Member Kiwanis, Germantown Hills and Chamber of Commerce

Kevin D. Day

Peoria, IL


  • Juris Doctor, Northern Illinois University College of Law, Bachelor of Arts In Political Science, Augustana College in Rock Island, IL

  • Associate Attorney with the law firm of Hasselberg Grebe Snodgrass Urban and Wentworth

  • Member of the Illinois State Bar Association, Peoria County Bar Association, PCBA Young Lawyers Committee, Young Professionals Organization of Greater Peoria, and Independent Sports Club of Central Illinois

  • Former Vice President of the American Constitution Society – Northern Illinois University, Former Environmental Law Society Member – Northern Illinois University

Sally Jo (Sarah) Eastman

Washington, IL

Board Secretary

  • BA, Communications and Minor in Music, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL

  • Marketing Manager at Junior Achievement of Central Illinois.

  • Communications Coordinator at the Junior Achievement of Central Illinois.

  • Peoria Park Districts Riverfront Events Assistant Coordinator, Former marketing intern at Peoria Park District, former Public Relations Director at Student Society of American and a fundraising chair for Music Business Association

Doug Holmes

Peoria, IL


  • Graduate of Illinois Central College, East Peoria, IL.

  • Peoria Park District Employee, Illinois Park and Recreation volunteer award recipient for volunteerism, Peoria Zoo Herpetologist

  • Peoria Zoo Green Team Leader, Sun Foundation Board Member, Sun Foundation Treasurer, Instructor for Art and Science in the Woods since the early 1980’s, Clean Water Celebration Speaker

  • Central Illinois Herpetological Society, President, Peoria Academy of Science, Board member Peoria Heart of Illinois, American Zookeeper Association, Founding member of Fundraising for Conservation

Zachery G. Fiddles

Peoria, IL

  • Bachelor of science in Psychology – Bradley University, Cum Laude

  • Commercial lines underwriter-auto-owners insurance

Kira Santiago

East Peoria, IL

  • Organic flower farmer and floral designer who is the fifth generation in a family of academics, writers, and organic farmers

  • After studying studio art at the University of Iowa, she is currently working on her certificate of sustainable food and Farming through the University of Massachusetts Amherst

  • UMass Amherst, 2014 to present

Lorraine Schwass

Toluca, IL

  • BS, Secondary Education, MS Counseling and Guidance, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL. Post Graduate studies, Illinois State University, Bloomington, IL.

  • Retired High School Guidance Counselor

  • Former President Illinois Valley Food Co-op, Volunteer with Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site, and former Illinois Humanities Council Road Scholar Program member

Jody Tockes

East Peoria, IL

  • Master of Education-Curriculum and Instructions, Olivet Nazarene University, Bachelor of Science- Education, Bradley University

  • Owner and instructor of the Hive Studio and Gallery on Peoria’s Riverfront (2013- to present)

  • 30 years as Special Educator and Case Manager East Peoria District (1989-2013), Peoria District 150 (1980- 85 and 1986-87), Instructor for the Sun Foundation AISW program 2014, Peoria Art Guild Fair muralist (2013-14), Fundraising events for local charities at her Hive Studio and Gallery, Member of the Sun Foundation’s Clean Water Celebration Environmental Classroom Navigating Committee

Jonathan Wright

Peoria IL

  • Graduate of Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce Community Leadership School

  • Denver Technical College, Information Systems programming certificate

  • BA in Business Management with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship, Bradley University, Peoria, IL.

  • Managing Editor, Peoria Magazines, Central Illinois Business Publishers

  • Former computer programmer and systems analyst, independent publisher, freelance writer, musician and concert promoter

  • Former board member of WCBU_FM, Peoria Radio and Arts Partners of Central IL

Angie Ostaszewski

  • Communications specialist at Ameren Illinois

  • Formerly employed by greater peoria LISC





Shae L. Birkey

Washington, IL

  • MS, Restoration Ecology and Conservation Biology

  • Caterpillar Inc. global water resources manager

  • Greater Peoria Economic Development Council Water Resources Team co-chair, IL Wastewater Operator’s Certification board member, Middle IL Water Supply Planning-Industry representative, Central IL Groundwater Protection Committee member

  • Water Resources and Dangerous Goods Transportation, Global Environmental Affairs, Health and Safety, Law and Public Policy, Legal Services Division, Caterpillar Tractor, Inc.

Rusty Dunn

Marketing Advisor

  • BS, Illinois State University, Bloomington, IL

  • Chief Corporate spokesperson for Caterpillar, Inc.

  • Spent many years in TV and radio broadcasting

Preston Jackson

Dunlap, IL

Artists Resources Advisor

  • MFA, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL.

  • Professional painter, sculptor, and musician

  • Recipient of the State of Illinois Lincoln Award, nationally exhibited sculptor, Head of Sculpture Department at the Art Institute of Chicago, Art and Science in the Woods Instructor

Mike Lied

Peoria, IL

Planning Advisor

David Marshall

Educational Advisor

  • BS, Junior High Education, MS, Education Admin, OAS Education Admin, Illinois State University, Bloomington, IL

  • Retired Superintendent of Schools: Marshall, Putnam and Woodford counties, Directorship with the Sun Foundation, Hult Health Center and church

Eve Studnicka

  • Board member at Peoria Contemporary Arts Center

  • Co-founder of Evill Pictures Video Production

  • Volunteer at: Driftless Film Festival, Riverfront Fine Arts Fair, Alley Stage, Committee Member at Peoria Art Guild

  • Coordinated 3 documentaries including “Together We Shine” for Art and Science in the Woods 2011

Stephanie Gehrig

Peoria, IL

  • BA, Integrative Biology, University of Illinois

  • Real Estate Broker and Realtor with Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell

  • Habitat for Humanity; Kids and Chem, International Illini, Horticulture Club

  • Was a Montessori School teacher, Interned at ARS USDA Agricultural Lab, has a passion for working with charities!

Jo Lakota

Peoria, IL

  • MA, Bradley University, Peoria, IL

  • Artist and storyteller

  • Lakota and Yakima heritage, taught in Central Illinois and at Santé Fe Indian School, Board Member for University of Illinois 4-H Youth Program Development, Art and Science in the Woods instructor and former student

Jackie Wolfe

Monticello, IA

  • Biology degree from Cornell College where she established the college’s recycling and sustainability program. MA

  • Accountant Manager for CS Toyota Financial

  • Sun Foundation Art and Science in the Woods Czar and volunteer staff member, former ASIW student and teaching assistant