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Annual Campaign Chairs and Cabinet

2021 Campaign Chairs, Brian and Erica Ray

2021 Campaign Chairs, Brian and Erica Ray

2021 Campaign Chairs, Brian and Erica Ray

Brian is the Regional President at PNC Bank for Central Illinois, covering Peoria, Bloomington/Normal, Champaign, Decatur and Springfield. In this role Brian serves as the market leader CEO and is responsible for leading PNC’s overall business growth strategy for all aspects of the bank including Retail, Asset Management, Commercial and Corporate Banking. Representing PNC and its local employees, Brian directs the company’s community engagement, including PNC Grow Up Great®, a bilingual, early childhood education initiative and Community Development with an emphasis on Arts & Culture. In addition to leading the local PNC Foundation committee, Brian is very active in the Peoria community serving on the Board of Directors for the Peoria Riverfront Museum, Children’s Hospital of Illinois Community Advisory Board, the Greater Peoria Economic Development Council, and the Heart of Illinois United Way. Brian has three children, is devoted to his local church community and is an active cyclist, runner, and private pilot.

Erica is a licensed clinical professional counselor in a local private practice. Her career began in therapeutic boarding schools working with at risk youth. She earned her Master of Education while home with her three children in 2009. She transitioned back to the work force through a collaboration with a community based mental health agency and the local school system in Ohio. Upon moving to Illinois, she began working as a therapist for families involved with DCFS. She recently moved into private practice and maintains a caseload serving children through adults. Erica is involved in a variety of community services, including committee work for the Peoria Riverfront Museum and as a founding member of Impact Central Illinois. Erica’s favorite way to spend time is with her three children and husband; she also enjoys playing tennis and soccer.

Heart of Illinois United Way Campaign Cabinet

The Campaign Cabinet is a group of leaders dedicated to engaging the community for a successful annual campaign.

Campaign Chairs
Brian and Erica Ray, PNC

Campaign Vice-Chairs
Dr. Keith Knepp, UnityPoint Health – Central Illinois
Casey Knepp, POINTcore

Pillars Society Chairs
Dr. Stephen and Vivian Standifird, Bradley University

Tocqueville Society Chairs
Matt and Lesley Vonachen, Vonachen Group

Pacesetter Chairs
Tony Howard, UnityPoint Health-Central Illinois
Leanne Skuse, River City Construction

Campaign Divisions

Architects and Engineers Division
Bryce Beckstrom, Hanson Professional Services, Inc
Dan Gavin, Farnsworth Group, Inc.
Vance Jordan, Farnsworth Group, Inc.

Business and Retail Services Division
Miles Colwell, Commerce Bank
Charity Gunn, Illinois Central College
Joshua Gunn, Peoria Chamber of Commerce/CEO Council
Mike Keene, Ameren Illinois

Caterpillar Employee United Way Appeal
Erika Kempf, Caterpillar Foundation

Construction and Manufacturing Division
Cody Gerdes, River City Construction
Sandy Kostouros, Morton Buildings
John McKinley, Vestolit

Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate Division
Kevin Anderson, PNC
Patrick Ferrell, RLI
Susan Jasinski, CliftonLarsonAllen LLP
Eric Scovill, WestPoint Financial Group

Legal Division
Denise Conklin, Prairie State Legal Services, Inc.
Mitch Gilfillan, Quinn, Johnson, Henderson, Pretorius, Cerulo, LLC

Medical Division
Patti Bash, Community Volunteer
Michelle Carrothers, OSF Healthcare System

Service Industries Division
Stephanie AlKhafaji, Children’s Home Association of Illinois
Thomas Bruch, Peoria Public Schools
Nathan Thomas, Bradley University

Union Treasuries Division
Clint Drury, West Central IL Building and Construction Trades
Bill Stieglitz, OPCIMA Local 18