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.
Jenna Frye, Vice President
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.
Andrea Miller, Secretary
Vilma Howard, Treasurer
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.
Andy Harden, Director
Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanley
Originally from Urbana, Andy graduated from the University of Illinois in 1983 with a degree in Agricultural Economics. He then spent the next 4 years on the trading floors of the Chicago Board of Trade and Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Andy continued to work in the securities industry after earning his MBA in Finance from New York University in 1989. In 2008, he returned to his hometown where he lives with his wife of 25 years and three children who are in various stages of their college educations. Over the years Andy has served on many boards and organizations; he is currently active in Rotary International and the Boy Scouts of America as a Scoutmaster and Eagle Scout. In his spare time, he enjoys downhill skiing, playing golf, and fly-fishing.
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.
Sandra Klitzing, Director
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.
Marc McConney, Director
General Manager, Presby Hall at UIUC
Taylor McGlaughlin, Director
Resident Director, Presby Hall at UIUC
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.
Rev. Deborah Owen, Director
Designated Minister, St. Peter’s United Church of Christ
Reverend Deborah Owen is an Intentionally Trained Interim Minister serving with the Disciples of Christ and the Prebyterian Church (PCUSA). From 2002-2006, she was the Interim Campus Minister of the McKinley Foundation. Owen is married to Kevin Frings. They have one adult daughter, Abbi, who currently lives in Washington, D.C.
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.
Emma Sementi, Director
Resident Advisor, Snyder Hall at UIUC
Emma is currently in her second year at UIUC. She is majoring in Agricultural and Biological Engineering. On campus, she is heavily involved: In addition to the McKinley Foundation Board of Directors, Emma belongs to the Phi Mu sorority, serves on the Engineering Council’s Eweek and Engineering Open House committees, and is a member of the Horticulture Club. This past summer, she interned with the Illinois Natural History Survey CAPS Program as a research and field technician collecting and recording the patterns of invasive insects.
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.