Thank You Vision Council Members

A  group of volunteers critical to the success of our United Way is our Vision Councils. These volunteers serve on a long-term basis to assess the best investment opportunities for community impact in our key funding areas of Basic Needs, Education, Financial Stability, and Health. In turn, they hold United Way and its partners accountable. These volunteers are individuals with lived, work, and research experience in providing for community needs and bring that passion and ability to the table.  

In just six years, our Vision Councils have overseen $8 million of investment, favorably impacted the lives of over 23,500 children and adults, and provided valuable insights that have strengthened our services tremendously.

Everything we do is made possible by the generosity of the organizations and individuals that make our mission possible. We value their faithfulness year after year and we want to personally thank our outgoing Vision Council Members (marked with a * below) as we welcome our incoming members.

Basic Needs

  • Kevin Stevenson* – Springfield Electric
  • Ginny Conlee* – Community Member
  • Sharmin Doering* – Community Member
  • Terrance Jordan* – Springfield Public Schools
  • Rabbi Barry Marks* – Community Member
  • Chris Richmond* – Community Member
  • Sarah Tapscott* – Forefront
  • Val Yazell – City of Springfield
  • Beverley Chapman – US Bank
  • Tami Ireland – Memorial Health System
  • Patrice Jones – SIU School of Medicine
  • Josh Sabo – Heartland Continuum of Care
  • Hope Van Ravenswaay – South Side Christian Church

Financial Stability

  • Kevin Corbin* – Edward Jones
  • Katie Patsche* – Heartland Credit Union
  • Christine Westerlund* – Community Member
  • Barbara Weatherford* – Community Member
  • Dr. Beverly Bunch* – University of Illinois at Springfield
  • David Yankee – Prudential Advisors
  • Frankie L. Baker-Brown – Springfield Public Schools
  • Morgan Beck – Security Bank
  • Sarah Goleman – Merril Lynch
  • Matthew Wolf – City of Springfield Public Works
  • Jen Aholt – Deloitte Consulting
  • Bishop Jason Brewer – Kings of Kings Christian Assembly
  • Michael Witsman – Morgan Stanley


  • Clinda Klickna* – Illinois Education Assocation
  • Dr. Mary Loken* – Sangamon-Mendar County Regional Office of Education
  • Stacy Reed* – Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln
  • Mike Zimmers* – Springfield Public School Board
  • Cliff Hathaway – Hope
  • Glenn Jackson – Progressive Church of God and Christ
  • Deana Metzke – Springfield Public Schools
  • Brad Polanin – Riverton Publich Schools
  • Merle Shiffman – Community Member
  • Heather Whetsell – SIU School of Medicine
  • Todd Wood – Unied Community Bank
  • James Applegate – Illinois State University
  • Tanika Jones – UPS and Parent, District 186
  • Anna Moser – Lincoln Library
  • Angie Muhs – Memorial Health System


  • Aaron McEvoy* – Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Illinois Alliance
  • Vea Crawford* – NAACP
  • Kimberly Luz, MS, CHES* – HSHS Central Illinois Division
  • Jay Roszhart, MHA* – Memorial Health System
  • David E. Steward, MD* – SIU School of Medicine
  • Becky Gabany – Memorial Health System
  • Steve Hewell – TROXELL
  • Jennifer L. Langheim – Crawford, Murphy & Tilly, Inc.
  • Maryann Phillips – PNC
  • Jeff Sunderlin – Community Member
  • Whitney Brasel – HSHS St. John’s Hospital
  • Deb Grant – NAACP, State of Illinois

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