McKinley Foundation Board of Directors, enacting the mission of the Foundation through service and engagement.
Sandra Klitzing, President
Professor Emeritus, Illinois State University
Sandy’s area of expertise is therapeutic recreation/recreational therapy. In addition to her work at ISU, she also taught and was an academic advisor at the University of Illinois. Prior to teaching, she was a practitioner at various agencies including C-U Special Recreation, Danville VA, and others. Sandy served on the board of Courage Connection for many years. She enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her fur babies.
Rev. Cindy Shepherd, Vice President
Central Illinois Outreach Director, Faith in Place
Cindy grew up in Kansas and graduated from the University of Kansas. She earned her M.Div. at Princeton Theological Seminary and was ordained as a PCUSA Teaching Elder in 1982. Cindy served in a variety of pastoral and educational posts around the Midwest, including pastor of Philo Presbyterian Church until 2014, when she joined Faith in Place. She finds great satisfaction in working with houses of worship to protect our common air, land and water. Cindy is married to Tim Hartin, who produces videos for the University of Illinois “channel” of the Big Ten Network, and has three adult children and a couple of dogs.
Adani Sanchez, Secretary
Client Services Coordinator, Champaign County Health Care Consumers
Adani hails from the great state of Texas, but quickly made Champaign-Urbana her home through various volunteer opportunities like the 5th & Hill Neighborhood Rights Campaign and CUPHD’s Germbusters program. She is now the Client Services Coordinator at Champaign County Health Care Consumers where she works directly with clients to connect them to care by applying for health insurance, financial assistance, and directing them to providers. If Adani’s not talking about being from Texas or health care policy, then she’s probably talking about Democrats.
Mike Cain, Treasurer
Retired, Superintendent of Champaign Community Schools Unit District 4
Taylor Chamberlain, Student Director
Labor and Deliver Nurse, HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital
Taylor first came to the McKinley Foundation in 2013 when she became a Presby Hall resident her freshman year at UIUC. She went on to join the Presby Hall staff as a Resident Assistant from 2015-2017 and then Resident Director from 2017-2019. Taylor obtained her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology in 2017. In 2019, she obtained her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Taylor is passionate about educating rural populations on women’s health and is absolutely obsessed with her career as a Labor and Delivery RN. She is currently pursuing her Doctor of Nursing Practice in Women’s Health and Midwifery with a concentration in Rural Health at UIC.
Carrie Chandler, Director
Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner, University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital
Carrie has been a rehabilitation specialist in the teaching hospital for 8 years where she teaches students and staff, and works closely with clients. Outside of work, she dedicates much of her time to the nonprofit organization Girls Rock! C-U that she co-founded in 2015. Carrie herself is a musician, both performing and teaching lessons. She is also a mentor with the C-U One to One Mentoring Program and has a passion for serving the community.
Jenna Frye, Director
Project Manager, CMT Central Services
Jenna grew up in nearby Villa Grove, IL and completed her undergraduate studies in Sociology here at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She continued her studies in the field at DePaul University in Chicago, earning a master’s degree in 2011. Jenna returned to Champaign-Urbana to work in the restaurant industry where she currently project manages for a large bar and restaurant group in Champaign. In her spare time, Jenna likes to spend time with her dog, travel, and work on her house. She is passionate about social justice and likes to volunteer her time to various local causes.
Paula Hancock, Director
Executive Director, McKinley Foundation
Paula joined the McKinley Foundation staff in December of 2016 with nearly 20 years of experience in nonprofit management. Originally from Tuscola, Paula comes to Champaign by way of Chicago where she lived for 24 years. Paula graduated from the University of Illinois with a BA in English Literature and later earned a master of education degree from Loyola University of Chicago. She loves to travel, having summited Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2012, and is the proud mother of two spoiled miniature dachshunds, Roscoe and Scarlett.
Mary Haywood-Benson, Director
Mary has been an active member in the community and at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church since relocating from Chicago to Champaign in 1972. She is the East Area Coordinator for Church Women United, is President of the Missionary Society at Bethel AME Church, and is on the board of First Followers — a reentry program for persons returning home from prison. Mary is a charter member of the Champaign County Section, National Council of Negro Women, has served on the boards of the Woman’s Fund and the local YWCA, volunteered at the Joanne Dorsey Homes United Way, and was President of Church Women United Champaign-Urbana Unit for over 8 years. Now retired, Mary is also the proud mother of three, grandmother of five and great-grandmother of four.
Boswell Hutson, Director
Media/Communications Specialist, National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois
Boswell is a 26-year Central Illinois resident, growing up in Monticello and living in C-U since 2011, save for a brief six-month stint in London. He currently serves in the Public Affairs department at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois, where he writes press releases and science stories about the center’s many research breakthroughs. In addition to his work at NCSA, Boswell is a freelance writer whose work has been featured in The Washington Post and The Chicago Sun-Times, and is also the creator and publisher of Champaign Showers, a local news aggregation blog and podcast network.
Marc McConney, Director
General Manager, Presby Hall
Marc obtained his PhD in educational psychology at the University of Illinois. He is also a graduate of the University of Chicago, where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in behavioral sciences. Marc has been the general manager of Presby Hall since it opened in 2008. In addition, he is an Adjunct Professor at the City College of Chicago and The Chicago School for Professional Psychology. He also teaches classes at Parkland College in Champaign, and, on occasion, for the University of Illinois. He is an avid chess player.
David Oliver-Holder, Director
Pastor/Head of Staff, First Presbyterian Urbana
David has served as the pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Urbana since March 2017, after serving churches in Richland Center, Milwaukee, Hartland and Bayfield, Wisconsin. He grew up as a military brat (Navy), and has lived in California, Florida, Virginia, Oklahoma and South Carolina, his birth and home state. A graduate of Wofford College, in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and Southern Seminary, in Louisville, Kentucky, David completed his graduate studies in the Joint Doctor of Ministry Program at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. He is married to Rev. Jean Oliver-Holder. He enjoys the outdoors, reading, the arts, great food of all kinds, and music.
John S. “Skip” Pickering, Director
Retired Health Care Administrator
A native of Springfield Missouri, Skip came to the University of Illinois in 1973 as Head of Sports Medicine and Head Athletic Trainer for the Athletic Association. He spent 10 years at the U of I and then moved to Christie Clinic in 1982 as Coordinator of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery.Duties included management of a large Physical Therapy practice along with a high school outreach program for area high school athletic programs . After several years at Christie Clinic, Skip moved into hospital administration and retired as Executive Director of Provena Hospital Foundation in Urbana. In 1980 he served on the United States Olympic Committee in Lake Placid, New York as staff Athletic Trainer for the Winter Olympics. In 1982 he was the medical coordinator for the USOC in Sofia Bulgaria for the World University Games. He is married to Lacy Lines Pickering. They have two grown children, Wendy and Steven and two grandchildren Ellie and Lylah. His hobbies include golf and fishing.
Rev. Heidi Weatherford, Director
Pastor/Head of Staff, McKinley Memorial Presbyterian Church
Pastor Heidi joined McKinley Church in 2002. Heidi enjoys exploring how the ancient scriptures of Christianity and Judaism intersect with 21st-century realities that shape our faith. She often weaves music, art, poetry, current events, and activity into our worship. Her theology, a blend of old-fashioned Presbyterian and current progressive thought, means she is passionate that God’s people know they are cherished by God, who loves them as they are—no exceptions. Heidi began her career as a music educator, choral director, and performer and continues to enjoy those activities in the community.