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Board of Directors

The One Shawnee Board of Directors is the leadership group tasked with managing our operations and carrying out One Shawnee's mission. Meet our Board of Directors below:

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Board President

State Representative, 117th District

Patrick helped create One Shawnee in an effort to improve our communities and region. Through the years, he has served on several non-profit boards and foundations as well as being active in local civic organizations. Patrick served as Massac County State’s Attorney for over a decade before being elected State Representative in 2018. 



Board Vice President

CEO, Arrowleaf


Sherrie graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a Bachelors of Social Work and Masters of Science in Human Development and Family Life. Sherrie also leads multiple community organizations and coalitions throughout the state and most notably is the Chairperson of Illinois Partners for Human Service and serves as a Commissioner for the State of Illinois’ Youth Budget Commission. She is a tireless, passionate, and hands-on leader who serves her community by advocating for and educating others about issues and trends related to the Illinois human services sector.

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Board Treasurer

President/CEO, First Eldorado Bancshares, Inc.

In his position at First Eldorado Bancshares, Martin also serves as Managing Director of Legence Bank. He has committed to using his business experience to better his community, serving as Board President of the Egyptian Health Department, past President and current board member of the Southern Illinois Community Foundation, as an active member of the Delta Leadership Network and his area Rotary Club. Martin is also a trustee for the Episcopal Diocese of Springfield.

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Board Secretary

District Director, Office of State Representative Patrick Windhorst

A lifelong Southern Illinoisan, Nicholas grew up in rural Johnson County where he spent many summers working with his father's logging business. A Murray State University graduate, he is now raising his young family with his wife in Harrisburg. He serves as District Director to 117th District State Representative Patrick Windhorst. In his role managing the district affairs, Nicholas serves as the state representative’s liaison to the community, communicating with stakeholders and helping constituents with state government related issues.

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Board Member

State Senator, 59th District

Senator Fowler has dedicated his life to public service and philanthropy, holding several senior positions within state government and founding the Fowler-Bonan Foundation, best known for its “Clothes for Kids” of southern Illinois program and Heaven’s Kitchen meal service. Dale also spent time in the private sector as the Business Development Officer for Peoples National Bank and in elective office as a Saline County Board Member, City Commissioner and later Mayor of the City of Harrisburg. He was first elected to the State Senate in 2016.

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Board Member

Executive Director, Southern Illinois Now (SI Now)

Dr. Barnett earned her doctoral and master’s degrees in Workforce Education and Development at SIUC.  Deb is the Executive Director for SI Now, a regional economic development hub serving Illinois’ 17 southernmost counties.  She previously served in various roles at SIU including the Business Incubator Director, Research Park Assistant Director, and Assistant Dean of Students where she supported veteran and military students, and other adult learners.  She has 10 years’ experience as a small business owner and has held roles in workforce training, elementary education, and ministry-related service.

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Board Member

Unit 27 County Extension Director, University of Illinois Extension

Jody Johnson has spent many years involved in community development initiatives serving on multiple economic development and broadband expansion boards as well as helping start Friends of the Shawnee National Forest. He currently serves on the board of the Shawnee Community College Foundation, Johnson County 2000, Inc., and is an elected Village Trustee in Goreville. 

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Board Member

Retired Teacher

Beth is a retired special education teacher and former leader of the Harrisburg Education Association. Although retired, Beth has continued to serve her community. She recently finished up a term as the police and fire commissioner for the City of Harrisburg and is active in Saline County service initiatives such as We Are Community Strong and Step Up and Make an IMPACT.

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Executive Director, Metropolis Convention & Visitors Bureau

Trish is an expert on all things tourism as head of the bureau that organizes The Superman Celebration and Fort Massac Encampment, events that bring thousands to Southern Illinois. She has a Masters degree from NYU in Tourism and Travel Management and is excited to put her marketing, promotional and tourism system expertise to use in bettering the Shawnee Region.


Board Member

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Board Member

President, Ohio River Scenic Byway, Inc.NFP

A Hardin County native, Rhonda has diverse experience, serving in state government as a marketing representative for the State Treasurer’s office, and in healthcare administration in both Long-term and Primary care settings. She is a fixture on the civic scene serving actively on numerous boards and commissions such as the Ohio River Scenic Byway, Southeastern Regional Planning and Development Commission, Egyptian Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council, Fluorspar Festival Committee and Harrisburg Kiwanis.

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Board Member

Retired, Former Warden & Chief Deputy Director IDOC

Larry has vast experience in leadership positions within state government and the local community. He started in the prison system and rose all the way to Warden and later Chief Deputy Director of the Illinois Department of Corrections. Larry finished his career as the chief executive of the Family Counseling Center, Inc. in addition to serving on numerous boards, commissions, and leadership groups for an array of initiatives for Southern Illinois.

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Board Member

Retired, Higher Education Administration

Deb worked in higher education for over 20 years at Shawnee Community College, most recently serving as Trio Educational Talent Search Director. She is a graduate of the Delta Leadership Institute Executive Academy and served as CEO/CFO for the Cairo Heritage Foundation.



Board Member

Superintendent, Vienna High School


Joshua grew up in Southern Illinois working for his family's farm businesses and learned a great deal about management and hands-on hard work. While working full time pursued his education in business administration, which led to many opportunities, including serving as school superintendent in Vienna. He has served in the school district since 2004. Under Stafford’s leadership Vienna has been noted both regionally and throughout the nation for its strong early college program and expansion of initiatives connecting all students to meaningful career paths. “We must provide training in our K-12 systems that not only give students the opportunity to be outstanding mathematicians and English majors, but also teaches them trade-able skills in every industry that has a high demand for workers. Welders, nurses, informational technology people, and many other professions are in demand and we are doing everything that we can to equip students to walk out of high school into the world of work,” shared Stafford. He also serves in various regional, statewide, and national initiatives dedicated to education policy and advocacy. Joshua is active with various local boards and committees and is the youth leader at Fellowship Baptist Church.

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Board Member

Dean of Career and Technology Education, Shawnee Community College

Kristy Stephenson has extensive experience in regional issues having served as Southern Region Director and Policy Advisor to former Governor Bruce Rauner, the Governor’s designee to the Delta Regional Authority Board, as well as Downstate Director to former State Comptrollers Judy Baar Topinka and
Leslie Munger. She recently worked for the Republican Caucus to the Illinois State Senate as a member
of the district operations team in the 58th and 59th Senate Districts. Kristy is also an attorney having
received her law degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

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Board Member

CEO, Egyptian Health Department


Angie is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Licensed Social Worker and Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. She is active in opioid crisis response planning regionally, statewide and nationally and has written numerous grants for systems change around behavioral health issues. In addition to her Masters from SIU, she completed the Harvard Executive Leadership Academy.

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