McKinley Foundation Board of Directors, enacting the mission of the Foundation through service and engagement.
Matt Gladney, President
Benefits Counselor, University of Illinois
Born and raised in Champaign, Matt is a product of Unit 4 schools and Parkland College. He has worked for the University of Illinois since 2007. Matt was elected to the Champaign County Board from 2006 to 2010 and was elected to an at-large position on the Champaign City Council in 2015. In his spare time, Matt enjoys reading, creative writing, dining, watching movies, and is a regular attendee of the Roger Ebert Film Festival. Married to husband Ashley, they make their home in Champaign with their three cats and a Beagle.
Sandra Klitzing, Vice 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, Director
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.
Vilma Howard, Treasurer
Agency Development Manager, Colonial Life
A graduate of Southern Illinois University, Vilma moved to Champaign 3 years ago with his wife Rachel and son Jayden. They have since added to their family with arrival of their second son, Jordan. Vilma loves being outdoors and exercising, is a huge Cubs, Bears, Bulls and Illini fan. He spends most of his time working, volunteering or spending time with friends an family. Vilma founded A Twinkle in the Night, a nonprofit organization focused on helping the homeless in our community.
Matt Duco, Director
Attorney, Spiros Law, P.C.
Matt obtained his law degree at Northern Illinois University College of Law in 2008. He is also a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in political science. In 2003, Matt was selected as an Illinois Legislative Staff Internship Program fellow with the University of Illinois at Springfield’s Center for State Policy and Leadership. Matt has a passion for helping people in need; he is a participant of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation’s annual head-shaving event, raising critical funds for childhood cancer. Matt lives in Champaign and enjoys fishing, bike riding, playing softball, watching Illini sports, and spending time with his family.
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.
Rev. Keith Harris, Director
Director of Student Ministry, McKinley Foundation
Pastor Keith is a clinical psychologist as well as an ordained pastor. His infectious humor, his compassionate insights into the human condition, and his spiritual depth make him someone you want to know. His passion for working with youth and young adults brought Keith to McKinley in 2007 to lead our outreach to University of Illinois students and the residents of Presby Hall, our student dorm. He also serves the congregation in numerous ways, including regular preaching, congregational care, and teaching. Keith shares his love of sports, both as spectator and coach, with his three sons and daughter. He also enjoys music, movies, and manning a barbecue grill.
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.
Naomi Jakobsson, Director
Naomi has been active in the community since moving here in 1971. She earned both her B. A. and Masters at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, and taught English as a Second Language before running for elective office. Naomi was elected Champaign County Recorder from 1984 to 1996 before going on to serve as Executive Director of A Woman’s Fund, Development Officer and Executive Director at the University YMCA. She was elected State Representative for the 103rd district from 2003-2015. Now in retirement, Naomi enjoys having more time with her family, volunteering in the community, playing in music groups, taking OLLI classes and traveling with her husband Eric.
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.
Taylor McGlaughlin, Director
Resident Director, Presby Hall
Taylor serves on the McKinley Foundation’s Board of Directors as part of her role as the Resident Director of Presby Hall. Previously, she spent two years working as a Resident Adviser at Presby Hall. In May 2017, Taylor graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor of Science in kinesiology. She began her master’s studies in nursing this fall through UIC.
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 “Skip” Pickering, Director
Adani Sanchez, Director
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.