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Board of Directors

The members of the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln reflect a cross-section of the community. The board has representation from community and business leaders with long histories of volunteerism and philanthropic support. The Community Foundation benefits greatly from the collective experience of this impressive group of community leaders.

2019 Board of Directors

 
Bruce E. Thompson – Community Foundation Board Chair and Tax Partner, Sikich LLP
Bruce E. Thompson, CPA, CFP, is a tax partner at Sikich with more than 31 years of experience in tax compliance and estate planning. Prior to his work at Sikich, he was director of tax services at McGladrey & Pullen, LLP. Bruce has served as a board member for several non-profits including Crisis Pregnancy Center; Knights of Columbus 4179; Downtown Springfield Heritage Foundation, where he served as treasurer; and St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Chatham.


 

Tricia Nelson Becker Community Volunteer

Mrs. Becker previously worked in medical research administration, specifically in the area of human research subject ethics and in the generation of medical research protocols. She is a board member of the Springfield Art Association and the Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony, is an active member of District 186 Parent Teacher Organizations, and is a troop leader for Girl Scouts of Central Illinois. Within the Community Foundation community, she has been a member of Young Philanthropists, Women for Women and the Advisory Council.

 Harry Berman
Harry J. Berman, Ph.D. – Community Volunteer
Dr. Berman is professor emeritus of human services at the University of Illinois Springfield. Prior to his retirement in June 2011, Berman served for 5 years as provost and then interim chancellor of the University of Illinois Springfield. Since March 2008, he has served as chair of the Steering Committee of the Continuum of Learning, a partnership aimed at increasing educational attainment and maximizing economic opportunity for the people of Sangamon County. He also serves on the board of the United Way of Central Illinois.


Jen DeJong – Vice President at Ministry Architects
Ms. DeJong is Vice President of Connections at Ministry Architects, a church consulting firm based out of Nashville, TN, that has partnered with over 900 churches in 25 different denominations. She has also been a youth director at various Presbyterian churches over the last 15 years and is a regular volunteer in the youth ministry at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Jen currently is on the board of Illinois Women in Leadership and Wooden It Be Lovely. Within the Community Foundation, she has been a member of Young Philanthropists and the Advisory Council.

 
Jane N. Denes – Partner at Posegate & Denes, P.C.
Ms. Denes is a partner at Posegate & Denes, P.C. in Springfield. Among her many volunteer activities, Ms. Denes is a founding member of the Women for Women giving circle, including serving as chairperson of the Steering and Grant Committees.

 
Wendi Wills El-Amin – Associate Dean, SIU School of Medicine
Wendi Wills El-Amin, M.D. is on the faculty at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine as an associate professor of family medicine. She provides care at the Center for Family Medicine in Springfield. She is dually appointed to SIU's Department of Medical Education and is an academic strategist. She is also on the board of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Illinois. Dr. El-Amin was recently appointed the associate dean of Equity Diversity and Inclusion at SIU School of Medicine. She has a passion for addressing disparities and inequities in healthcare.

 
Jennifer Schoats Flack – Capital City Deal Lawyer
Jennifer Schoats Flack is the founder and principal of The Capital City Deal Lawyer. Jennifer holds law licenses in Illinois, Michigan and Minnesota, and practices in the areas of general business transactions and relationships, mergers and acquisitions and strategic alliances. Jennifer was the first African American to serve as a law clerk for the Minnesota Supreme Court, clerking for the Honorable Rosalie Wahl. Jennifer and her husband, John M. Flack, M.D., Chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine for SIU School of Medicine, have five daughters, three sons-in-law and six grandchildren.


 
Allen Grosboll - Public Policy Advocate and Community Volunteer
Mr. Grosboll is a Legislative Director for the Environmental Law and Policy Center focusing on clean energy development, energy efficiency and natural resource protection. He was active in Illinois state government for 26 years, serving as Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to Governor Jim Edgar, as well as other positions. Mr. Grosboll and his family live in Petersburg where he is active in local and statewide non-profit organizations, including New Salem Lincoln League, PORTA Education Foundation, The Wetlands Initiative and Edgar Fellows Program. 

 

Cynthia Lamar - Community Volunteer
Ms. Lamar is an attorney and government affairs officer at Horace Mann Insurance Companies. She is active in professional and trade associations, addressing issues at the local, state, and national levels. Ms. Lamar is an experienced community volunteer, with many years of leadership with the Junior League of Springfield. She is a founding member of Women for Women, and has served on its grants and program committees. She is active in Blessed Sacrament Parish, where she chaired its 2016 annual auction and serves on its school advisory board and development committee.




 

Dennis C. Miner – Community Volunteer
Mr. Miner served the State of Illinois for 30 years, most recently as chief financial officer at the Illinois Department on Aging and chief financial officer at the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. He has also served on several boards including the Mu Delta Lambda Charitable Foundation, Lincoln Land Community College Board and Financial Partners Credit Union. He is a graduate of Southeast High School and Illinois State University, and he and his wife Rebecca reside in Springfield.
 
Bruce A. Sommer – Bluestem Ventures
Mr. Sommer has been teaching a variety of graduate courses over the past ten years at the University of New Hampshire’s Whittemore School of Business and Economics. He is currently a visiting lecturer and entrepreneur-in-residence at the University of Illinois Springfield leading initiatives in innovation and family business at the Center for Entrepreneurship. He has been a member of the Young Philanthropists giving circle at the Community Foundation since 2008. 

 
Roseanne M. Stone – Community Volunteer 
Ms. Stone spent her entire career working in agriculture, mainly focused on the seed industry. She is currently involved with her family’s farming entities. Roe has been a community volunteer and served on several non-profit boards, including the Lincoln Land Community College Foundation.
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