The Community Foundation Board members serve without pay and represent the population of our region. They are community leaders who are involved in numerous organizations and live across all parts of southern Illinois.
Byram is a Business Administration Manager at AEP's Cook Coal Terminal in Metropolis, IL. Byram and his family lives in Metropolis. Fager says, "Community Foundations are such a wonderful way to provide long-term support for every kind of organization. The Foundation allows for support today, tomorrow and forever."
Kay Weatherford is retired from the Migrant Education, Inc. in Cobden. Kay and her husband live in Carbondale.
John is a CPA and an attorney. He and his young family live in Carbondale. Daly says, "I serve and support the Community Foundation because it keeps charitable gifts close to home, for the exclusive use of our local communities."
Margaret "Maggie" Flanagan is a founding board member of SICF and its first Executive Director. She is owner of Development Specialties, a consulting firm serving organizations with internal capacity building. Maggie and her husband Raymond own Bella Vista, a guest house and organic vineyard set on 90 acres in the Shawnee Forest. Maggie says "Community Foundations help keep philanthropy local by growing funds and leadership to serve our communities forever."
Jason Ashmore is the Mayor of his hometown of Sesser. He has previously worked for IDOT and the Secretary of State’s Office. He enjoys hunting, various charities, fundraising, and political involvement. Serving the public is his passion. He says “Southern Illinois has so many needs with the high poverty and unemployment rate and SICF provides much needed funds for the communities of southern Illinois.”
Joe Benberry lives in Paducah with his wife Tiffany. He is the current Pastor of Mt. Horeb in Metropolis. He is retired from the UASF as a licensed Registered Nurse, also serving as a combat medic during the Iraq War. He was the Associate Chief Nurse at the Department of Veteran Affairs in Marion. Joe is on the executive committee of the Massac and Pope Counties Recovery Committee, which has partnered with SICF, American Red Cross and other organizations for the recovery from the November 11, 2015 tornado.
Larry is a retired professor of industrial design at SIUC. He is a 40+ year resident of southern Illinois and often enjoys its beauty on the back of a motorcycle or from the hull of a kayak.
Steve Cook is Community Bank President at Farmers State Bank in Marion. He is a lifelong resident of Marion, where he resides with his wife and four sons. Cook says, “The great thing about SICF is that the focus is close to home on a variety of philanthropic levels, people can help our communities in areas they would like to make a difference.”
Martin Rowe is the President and CEO of First Eldorado Bancshares. He and his family live in Harrisburg. He is involved with several charitable and civic organizations. Rowe states “I really like the flexibility and ease of the use of our community foundation can offer. Individual donors get the benefit of making tax deductible contribution to an accredited 501(c) 3 with as large or small of a contribution they are comfortable with, while at the same time having flexibility to support the charitable causes that are near and dear to them.”
Brandon Zanotti is the Williamson County State’s Attorney. He lives in Johnston City.
Bill Bonan, II
Jack Buckley, Jr.
Adrienne Barkley Giffin