Staff and Board of Directors

Board of Directors
Wegi Stewart
Wegi Stewart comes to the Alliance of Illinois Community Foundations after a varied career in education, non-profit management, government, and philanthropy. Her experiences working for over thirty years in her hometown of Decatur provide deep understanding of the complexity of community issues and problems and how philanthropy - and especially how community foundations - play a role in solutions through grant making and leadership.
Dan Templin

Dan Templin, Board President

Dan Templin has been with the DeKalb County Community Foundation since 2005, serving as Executive Director since 2008.  Prior to working with the Foundation, he spent 15 years with the DeKalb County Youth Service Bureau (YSB) – serving as a mentor for youth, a family therapist, and Executive Director of the organization from 1996-2005... Click the icon to the right to Read More.

He holds degrees in Psychology and Family Therapy from Northern Illinois University; and Nonprofit Administration from DePaul University.

Jon Bates

Jon Bates, Immediate Past President

Jon Bates was named President of the Community Foundation of NIL on October 1, 2015.   Jon joined the foundation in 2008 when he was hired as Vice President of Finance and Administration and has worked closely with former President, Gloria Lundin, over the past several years to facilitate and implement several strategies that has helped grow the to nearly $90MM in endowment assets... Click the icon to the right to Read More.

He previously worked in Manufacturing for more than 20 years and later became vice president and general manager of Goodwill Abilities Center.

Nicole Smolkovich
Nicole joined the Community Foundation of Kankakee River Valley in 2009 when she returned to her hometown of Kankakee after a 15-year career in business management with The Musicland Group and Delaware North Companies.... Click the icon to the right to Read More.

Nicole quickly stepped into a program coordinator role where she led an early childhood coalition while also handling the day-to-day operations of the Foundation. Nicole assumed the role of Executive Director in November 2014.

Nicole received her Bachelor of Music degree from Millikin University. She is a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 795, County West Survivors Relay For Life team, and is a Cantor for St. Margaret Mary’s Catholic Church. She enjoys traveling with her husband, Joe, and hosting family and friends in their new home in Herscher, IL.

Scott Witzig

Scott Witzig, Board Treasurer

Scott was named Executive Director of the Morton Community Foundation in 2007, becoming the first paid staff of the organization since it was founded in 2000. His extensive community leadership in both the non-profit and private-sectors equip him to guide the Morton Community Foundation into the future... Click the icon to the right to read more.

Scott's previous career experience included 17 years with his family’s clothing business, 4 ½ years as Executive Director of the Morton Chamber of Commerce, and 10 years as Marketing Director for RMH Foods.  Scott is a life-long resident of Morton, graduated from Morton High School in 1977, and received a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from Illinois State University in 1982.

While at the Morton Chamber of Commerce, he attended annual training courses at the Leadership Institute at the University of Colorado, Boulder.  His volunteer work has included leadership and involvement with the Morton Downtown Business Association, Morton Fine Arts Association, Morton’s Community Development Committee, Morton Rotary Club, and Grace Church in Morton.  Scott was the recipient of the 2013 Morton Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Service Award.  He and his wife, Darci, have been married since 1980, and have 3 daughters, 1 son, and 3 grandchildren.

John Stremsterfer

John Stremsterfer, Board Secretary

As President and CEO of the Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln (CFLL), John Stremsterfer oversees the development, grant making, expansion and leadership activities of the Community Foundation. John came to CFLL from the University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS) where he worked for the University of Illinois Foundation. Prior to UIS, he worked for his high school alma mater, Ursuline Academy in Springfield and also spent two years working in the Illinois Governor’s Office, where he was a Dunn Fellow and Legislative Liaison for the Department of Corrections. ... Click the icon to the right to Read More.

In 2006 John was a participant in the American Memorial Marshall Fellowship, a trans-Atlantic exchange program for future European and American leaders, through the German Marshall Fund.  In 2012 John was among the inaugural class of the Edgar Fellows, a fellowship designed by former Illinois Governor, Jim Edgar, focusing on the requirements and responsibilities of leadership and governing for emerging leaders across Illinois.

John was the 2007 recipient of the “Outstanding Fundraising Professional” award of the Springfield, IL chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and in 2008 was recognized by the Springfield Business Journal by receiving the “Business Ethics Not-For-Profit” award.  In 2012 John received the Rail-Splitter Public Service Award from the American Society of Public Administration, Central Illinois Chapter. In 2014 he received the Young Alumnus Award from his alma mater, Illinois College.

Mr. Stremsterfer has served as the Vice-President of the Alliance of Illinois Community Foundations and on the Board of Directors of Donors Forum. He is a past-chair of the board of Leadership Springfield and currently serves on the board of the Citizens Club of Springfield.

John is a Springfield native. He holds a BA in Political Science from Illinois College. John lives in Springfield with his wife Trina and children Ileana, Dean and Cora.

Natalie Beck

Natalie Beck, Board Member

Natalie Beck Natalie Beck joined the Community Foundation of Macon County in October 2018. She became a certified fundraising executive in 2015. She has 25 years of experience in fundraising and not-for-profit management in Macon County. In her current role, Natalie helps area donors and their advisers accomplish their philanthropic objectives. Natalie has master and bachelor degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She lives in Decatur with her husband Matt, owner of BARBECK Communications, and has three married daughters and 11 grandchildren.

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Joshua D. Gibb (Josh) was named President & CEO of Galesburg Community Foundation in 2008. As President & CEO, Josh is leading the Community Foundation board, staff, and communities the Community Foundation serves to believe in and invest in the power of philanthropy to create healthy communities. Click the icon to the right to read more.

As President & CEO Josh has led the board and committees to invest more than $6.5 million in grants to nonprofits and programs that benefit Knox and Warren Counties to date. Additionally, he works every day with people who love their community and want to give back to their community in the best ways possible.

In addition to his service with the Community Foundation, Josh is an active member of the Council on Foundations Public Policy Committee, Alliance of Illinois Community Foundations, Forefront, OSF St. Mary Medical Center Community Advisory Board, the Rural School Collaborative Board, Lions Club of Galesburg, and the Galesburg Downtown Council Committee.

Josh and his wife Stacy live in rural Galesburg with their four children, Esther, Miles, Maxwell,  Harrison and their newest addition is expected in January.

Amanda Lessley
Amanda Lessley joined Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation as Development Officer in February 2016. In her role as Development Officer, Lessley developed strategies for supporting and sustaining the mission of the community foundation and its 130 affiliated funds. She coordinated annual events and donor stewardship programs, and provided training assistance to affiliated fund leaders who are building endowments in communities throughout southeastern Illinois... Click the icon to the right to Read More.

 

Amanda transitioned into the position of President/CEO in December 2018, upon the retirement of Joedy Hightower.

Prior to joining the staff at Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation, Lessley had more than 12 years of experience in nonprofit development and fundraising. In addition to her staff role with the Community Foundation, Lessley serves on the steering committee for 100 Women Who Care Jasper County. Lessley and her family reside in Newton, Illinois.