Committed to success.
As "the gay kid" at a rural high school, William learned firsthand the value of programs and services that specifically help LGBTQ individuals. William moved to Champaign-Urbana in 2002 to attend the University of Illinois, and has stuck around ever since. His experiences in the community include serving as Co-Chairperson of the Champaign County chapter of Equal Marriage Illinois, Assistant Director of the Spring 2007 Illinois LGBT College Conference, Coordinator and Fundraising Chair for the 60-person University of Illinois delegation to the 2011 Midwestern Bisexual, Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, and Ally Collegiate Conference, and the Director of several National Coming Out Day celebrations and Day of Silence celebrations. He was also privileged to help rebuild the University of Illinois' LGBT Speakers Panel program and the PRIDE student organization. William has two rabbits, Bobbi and Ted, who are kind enough to let him crash at the apartment which he rents for them.
JoAnne, of Urbana, is the parent representative from the UParents group. The proud parent of a transgender teen, JoAnne resides in Urbana with her husband, son, and a house full of cats. Born in Chicago and raised in the suburbs, she’s been in central Illinois for the past 20+ years. JoAnne enjoys working in social media and public affairs, and currently coordinates communications for the Urbana School District #116. She earned a bachelors of arts in Literature/Communications from Illinois Benedictine College. As a member of Equality Illinois' Community Advisory Group, she focuses her advocacy on issues of education and equality for transgender youth and others who identify as LGBTQ+. She is also a volunteer Advocate for Champaign County CASA.
Maddy was recently voted onto the board. Please be patient while we update information!
Jasmine has been a resident of Champaign since 2015. She moved to the area from Kentucky to pursue a Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research focuses on rural LGBTQ+ individuals and families and their experiences of poverty, housing instability, and other social inequalities. Jasmine joined the board of directors early 2016.
Members at Large
Nathan is originally from Carbondale, IL and is pursuing a Ph.D. in Natural Resources and Environmental Science. Although new to Champaign-Urbana, he's interested in helping create a strong community and provide resources to the LGBTQ+ community. Nathan helped establish the Gay Straight Alliance at Carbondale Community High School in 2007, and gained experience leading small teams and connecting people with resources through work as a resident assistant and crew lead on wildlife research projects. Nathan joined the board in January 2018 and is excited to see the center's growth and development.
Christopher H. Morris
Christopher has been a resident of Champaign since 2013, by way of North Carolina. He joined the Board of Directors in August 2016, and served as Acting President from January 2017-January 2018.