Board of Directors
Les Willis (President)
Les Willis is currently an Executive for State Farm Insurance Companies in Bloomington, Il. He is originally from Chicago and in addition to Illinois, he’s worked in Texas, Indiana and Toronto, Canada. Les received a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Bradley University. He earned the Chartered Property and Casualty (CPCU), Chartered Financial Consultant (CHFC), Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU), Fellow Life Management Institute (FLMI) and Associate in Premium Auditor (APA) designations. He also serves as Operations Chair on the Auto Insurance Plan Services Office (AIPSO) Board and on the Executive Committee for the Property Insurance Plan Services Office (PIPSO) board.
Dr. Taunya Jenkins (Vice President)
Taunya is the Executive Director of Quest Charter Academy. She hails from Dallas Texas where she earned her double major undergraduate degree from Texas Woman's University in Education and Dance. She danced professionally for Dallas Black Dance Theatre and The Dallas Cowboys. Here in Illinois she works with many arts organizations in various capacities from director, to choreographer to board member. Her Master's degree is in Educational Administration and her Doctorate degree earned in 2016 is also in Educational Administration from Illinois State University.
Angela Bolden (Treasurer)
Angela Bolden is a certified Housing Development Finance Professional with approximately 15 years of nonprofit and leadership experience collectively. Her professional background consists of experience in analyzing revenue data, managing programs, computer programming and teaching mathematics at Illinois Central College. She currently serves as a Senior Program Officer at Local Initiative Support Corporation(LISC)in Central Illinois. At LISC, She is responsible for capacity-building, grant management, project management, donors’ contribution management and overseeing affordable housing development activities. She also serves as the Fiscal Director of the Pentecostal Church of Jesus Christ. Angela is a proud alumna of Bradley University where she studied Mathematics and Psychology.
Deborah Roethler (Secretary)
After a number of years in the private sector Deborah Roethler has moved back to public sector work as the Assistant City Manager for the City of Peoria. In this role she is responsible for leading the teams that work on Economic Development on behalf of the city, the Emergency Communications Center, and Information Systems.
Shanell L McGoy PhD MPH (Board Member)
Shanell L. McGoy Ph.D MPH, a Peoria native, is a product of programming at George Washington Carver Center, Peoria Tri County Urban League, ICC, Bradley University, Peoria Park District and Peoria Players Theatre. She has spent nearly 20 years working in a variety of public health settings across the country. Shanell obatined a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Women's Studies at Spelman College and a Master of Public Health degree in Community Health Sciences from the University of Illinois Chicago School of Public Health in Community Health Sciences. She completed a Doctor of Philosophy degree at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and was a Health Policy Leadership Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at the Morehouse School of Medicine.
Deveraux Hubbard (Board Member)
Deveraux R. Hubbard is the Senior Pastor of St. Paul Baptist Church in Peoria, Illinois. Pastor Hubbard has served at St. Paul Baptist Church since May of 1997. Pastor Deveraux R. Hubbard was licensed as a minister of the gospel in 1993, ordained in 1997. He received his B.A. from Bradley University in Peoria, IL and his Masters of Divinity from Lincoln Christian Seminary in Lincoln, IL in 2004. Pastor Hubbard has served on several community boards in Central Illinois and continues to lead the St. Paul family in partnering with Churches and community agencies to transform the city of Peoria.
Mae Gilliland Wright, PhD (Board Member)
Mae Gilliland Wright holds a Master’s Degree and Doctor of Philosophy in the digital humanities field from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. She is the Director of Marketing and Communications at the Peoria Symphony Orchestra and the Director of Business Development at Peoria Magazines. Mae is also a freelance writer, ghostwriter, and consultant, and has a teaching background in the sciences and humanities. She is the Editor-in-Chief for Big Picture Initiative's Giving Voice online magazine. In addition to serving on the ART, Inc. board, Mae sits on the Public Relations Association of Central Illinois Board of Directors. In the past, she served on the ArtsPartners of Central Illinois and Acorn Equality Fund Board of Directors. Mae is a member of Americans for the Arts.
Dr. Keith Knepp (Board Member)
Dr. Keith Knepp serves as President & CEO of UnityPoint Health – Central Illinois. He began his clinical career as a physician in Eureka, Illinois in 2000, then came to Methodist Medical Center in Peoria in 2007 to join the faculty of the Family Medicine Residency Program. He subsequently served as Chief Medical Informatics Officer and then Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, before moving into his current position.
Andy Rubenstein (Board Member)
Any Rubenstein is the President, CEO, & Director of Accel Entertainment, Inc. Prior to Accel, He was the Owner and Operator of the largest liquor store chain in Central Illinois by revenue after starting his career at Arthur Anderson Consulting. Andy has vast experience of successfully introducing progressive retail and customer service strategies. He received a BA (Economics) and MA (International Finance & Economics) from Brandeis University.
Carolina Huser (Board Member)
Carolina has been involved in different fundraising events within multiple organizations during the last couple of years. She’s a program coordinator at Peoria Friendship House of Christian Service where she dedicates her time in serving the community and impacting people’s life in a daily basis. Carolina is currently the Head Leader of PAME, a nonprofit organization that teaches kids the art of Philanthropy. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the State University of New York. On her free time Carolina enjoys traveling with her husband and two daughters.
Amanda Campbell (Board Member)
Amanda Campbell has been involved in the Peoria community for many years. She has given her time to many organizations over the years. Some of those include reading buddies, Participation in Kellar’s reading week, D150 pantry sponsor & D150 Strategic Planning leader, Ronald McDonald House, Easter Seals, United Way, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Peoria Affiliate, Peoria FC United Board, WTVP Board, Red Cross Board - co-chair of Celebrating Heroes event, Tribute to the Stars of St. Jude Gala committee. So many commitments, but she puts her heart into every one of them.