In addition to a community of volunteers, the McKinley Foundation is lucky to have a team of professional staff to serve its mission.
Paula joined the McKinley staff in 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
Associate Pastor & Director of Student Ministry
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 residence hall. He also serves the McKinley Church 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.
Jennifer joined the Foundation staff in October of 2016. Jennifer splits her time between the McKinley Foundation and Church. Originally from Philo (the “Center of the Universe”), Jennifer currently lives in St. Joseph with her husband and three children. A domestic engineer for 10 years, Jennifer has moved on to bookkeeping and office management. For fun, she likes reading all sorts of literature. And when the weather cooperates, she enjoys being outside.