Governing Board

Maria Whelan, Board President
Illinois Action for Children, Chicago, IL

Laura Berk
Normal, IL

Gregory Braswell
Illinois State University, Normal, IL

Leonette Coates
Illinois Action for Children, Chicago, IL

Brenda Eastham
Child Care Resource Service, Urbana, IL

Aaron Ebata
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL

Johnna Darragh Ernst
Heartland Community College, Normal, IL

Dan Harris
INCCRRA, Bloomington, IL

Scott Heape
McLean County Chamber of Commerce, Bloomington, IL

Janis Jones
Private Advisor & Consultant, Matteson, IL

John Kim, Interim Board Treasurer
State Farm Insurance Company, Bloomington, IL

Kenneth Neher, Board Vice President 
Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL

Tiffany Simmons
Community Child Care Connection, Inc., Springfield, IL

Jeanne VanOrsdal
Early Education and Child Care Initiatives, Dakota, IL

Gertie Washington Ricks
Consultant, Chicago, IL

Pam Wicking, Board Secretary 
Community Coordinated Child Care (4-C), DeKalb, IL