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We are proud of the accomplishments and dedication of our executive team at the Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln.


 

John G. Stremsterfer - President and CEO

stremsterfer@CFLL.org

As President and CEO of the Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln (CFLL), John Stremsterfer oversees the development, grant making, expansion and leadership activities of the Community Foundation.  

John came to CFLL from the University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS) where he worked for the University of Illinois Foundation. Prior to UIS, he worked for his high school alma mater, Ursuline Academy in Springfield and also spent two years working in the Illinois Governor’s Office, where he was a Dunn Fellow and Legislative Liaison for the Department of Corrections. 

In 2006 John was a participant in the American Memorial Marshall Fellowship, a trans-Atlantic exchange program for future European and American leaders, through the German Marshall Fund.  In 2012 John was among the inaugural class of the Edgar Fellows, a fellowship designed by former Illinois Governor, Jim Edgar, focusing on the requirements and responsibilities of leadership and governing for emerging leaders across Illinois.

John was the 2007 recipient of the “Outstanding Fundraising Professional” award of the Springfield, IL chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and in 2008 was recognized by the Springfield Business Journal by receiving the “Business Ethics Not-For-Profit” award.  In 2012 John received the Rail-Splitter Public Service Award from the American Society of Public Administration, Central Illinois Chapter. In 2014 he received the Young Alumnus Award from his alma mater, Illinois College.

Mr. Stremsterfer has served as the Vice-President of the Alliance of Illinois Community Foundations and on the Board of Directors of Donors Forum. He is a past-chair of the board of Leadership Springfield and currently serves on the board of the Citizens Club of Springfield.

John is a Springfield native. He holds a BA in Political Science from Illinois College. John lives in Springfield with his wife Trina and children Ileana, Dean and Cora.



  

Stacy Reed - Vice President for Programs

reed@CFLL.org

Stacy joined the Community Foundation in February 2009 after a ten-year career in public affairs. At CFLL Stacy works closely with the president and CEO to develop and implement Foundation strategies. She manages day-to-day grantmaking activities in keeping with current policies and procedures, coordinates special initiatives such as the Women for Women and Young Philanthropists giving circles, develops and maintains strong relationships with community leaders and peer foundations, and articulates foundation goals and programs. 

Stacy came to the Community Foundation from Public Communications Inc. in Chicago where she served as an account supervisor managing public awareness campaigns for a variety of nonprofit, education and health care clients. Prior to that role she coordinated internal and external communications efforts for Peoples Energy and was a senior account executive at Jasculca/Terman and Associates in Chicago.

She currently serves on the board of directors for Leadership Springfield and Springfield Figure Skating Club. Stacy earned her BA degree in journalism and mass communication from the University of Iowa and her MA degree in organizational communication from DePaul University. A native of the Springfield area, Stacy lives in Chatham with her husband Scott and two daughters.


Betsy Weidner - Director of Accounting & Finance

weidner@CFLL.org

Betsy joined the Community Foundation in June 2014. Betsy is responsible for organizing, planning, directing, and evaluating the Community Foundation’s financial functions.

Betsy came to the Community Foundation from H. D. Smith in Springfield where she served in many roles for nearly seventeen years, the most recent position being Manager of Treasury Operations. Prior to that role she worked in the nonprofit sector for Bradley University in the Controller’s office.

Betsy holds a BA degree in Accounting and an MBA, both earned from the University of Illinois Springfield. Betsy and her husband Mike reside in Rochester with their two sons, Zane and Sawyer. 





Kimberly Eck - Office Manager


eck@CFLL.org


Kimberly came to the Community Foundation after six years as a stay-at-home mother and a caregiver to other children. Prior to starting her family, she worked as a School Relations Director for a college funding company where she served as a liaison to financial aid officers and college students throughout the Midwest. 

Kimberly has also enjoyed working as a science teacher and adjunct professor. She earned her BS degree in Zoology from the State University of New York at Oswego and her MS degree in Elementary Education from The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY. 

Originally from upstate New York, Kimberly moved to Springfield in 2006. She lives in Springfield with her husband Al and two children, Cady and Albert.




Maggie Adkins - Program Associate

adkins@CFLL.org


Maggie came to the Community Foundation after ten years in education. She provides project management for the Community Foundation's grant and scholarship programs and implements comprehensive outreach strategies. She is also a member of Young Philanthropists.

Maggie began her career teaching 7th grade language arts at Riverton Middle School before transitioning to elementary education at Glenwood Elementary in Chatham. Through her time in education, Maggie helped coordinate Donor's Choose grants and was instrumental in creating Glenwood Elementary's inaugural student council organization. She earned her BA degree in education from Illinois College and her MA in reading from Western Illinois University.

Originally from Havana, IL, Maggie moved to Springfield in 2006. She now resides in Chatham with her husband Shane and two children, Nolan and Archer.



 

Staff headshots courtesy of Westlake Photography.

 

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