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Board of Directors and Staff

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Our staff and board members have a strong commitment to serving the many constituents of our organization. But first and foremost, they focus their energies on those people affected by racism and poverty to provide training for them to have a voice in the decisions which affect their families and community.

Our board represents a cross-section of our community and has a passion for our organization and for bringing about a more just society. The members work hard to ensure long-term sustainability of the organization and oversee that the funds raised are of benefit to the community.

Board Officers

  • Rev. Martin Woulfe, President

    Rev. Martin Woulfe, President
  • Rev. Silas Johnson
  • Roy Williams, Jr.

Board Members

  • Don Todd

Staff

  • Shelly Heideman - Executive Director/Lead Organizer

    Shelly Heideman - Executive Director/Lead Organizer

    Shelly was born and raised in rural Nebraska, the eldest of ten children. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from Benedictine College, Atchison, Kansas. She and her husband, Wayne, have been married for 37 years and are the parents of four children and grandparents of eight grandchildren. They have lived in Pleasant Plains, IL for 33 years, where Shelly served as mayor from 1993-2001. She was the executive director of the Elizabeth Ann Seton Program, a small nonprofit social service agency, for 8 years.

    Shelly is currently the Executive Director and Lead Organizer of Faith Coalition for the Common Good, a faith based nonprofit organization which addresses social justice issues and trains people affected by racism and poverty to have a voice in the decisions which affect their families and community.

    In addition, Shelly Heideman is now splitting her time between the Faith Coalition and serving as the new State Director of Gamaliel of Illinois and Iowa (GOII).

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  • Emma Shafer

    Emma Shafer
  • Quonie Barney
  • Emmanuelle Yakana
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