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Meet Our Board of Directors

 

Chris Setti

Board President

Chris is the CEO of the Greater Peoria Economic Development Council, a nonprofit charged with supporting businesses and growing the economy in Central Illinois. He has worked in public service jobs for over 20 years, including homeless services, youth services and local government.  Chris grew up in Burbank, CA.  He received his B.A. in political science from the University of Notre Dame and a Master’s degree in public administration from the University of Colorado – Denver.  Chris, his wife and two daughters have lived in Peoria for over 15 years.

Katherine Buchanan

Board of Directors

Kate has been an advocate for children in Illinois for more than 20 years. She has worked in child welfare as a case worker, supervisor and manager and spent the most recent 10 years advocating for improvements to child welfare policy, practice, and legislation. Kate has a B.A. from Shimer College, an MA from the University of Chicago – School of Social Service Administration, and a JD from Loyola University Chicago where she was a ChildLaw Fellow.

Geoff Turk

Board of Directors

Geoff is a founding partner and owner of the business / non-profit consulting firm, Alignment Forge, Inc.  He started the firm after his 33 years of experience contributing and leading in business and non profit organizations including 5 years at General Motors, 25 years at Caterpillar and several years at U.S. Steel.  Notably, he has a strong passion for the mission of CASA and views his 2 years as CASA of Peoria County Board President as one of his most important contributions.

Missy Greathouse

Board of Directors

Missy currently serves as the Executive Director of Dispute Resolution Institute, a nonprofit that provides mediation services throughout Illinois. Since she was a child, several members of Missy’s immediate and extended family have fostered, adopted and/or taken guardianship of children involved with DCFS. These experiences led her to study child welfare and her first career as a foster care case manager in St. Louis City. She also has volunteered as a GAL, a CASA for Williamson County, and as a mediator in abuse and neglect cases. Missy has a Bachelor’s in Social Work from Saint Louis University and a Juris Doctor degree from Southern Illinois University School of Law. Missy, her husband, daughter and two cats live in Southern Illinois.

Lynn Harvey

Board of Directors

Lynn is the co-owner and President of Nova Fire Protection, Inc., a family business that designs and installs commercial and residential fire protection sprinkler systems across the Chicagoland area.
Social service has been a core principle of Lynn’s life and she has been a consistent advocate for children through association with various non-profits as well as experience as a school social worker. Lynn joined CASA Lake County as a volunteer advocate and soon joined the staff as an advocate manager. She has a B.A. from Northeastern Illinois University and MSW from Loyola University Chicago- School of Social Work.

Linda Zekas

Board of Directors

Linda is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago specializing in the treatment of children undergoing surgery for acute and chronic conditions, with a particular focus on neonatal patients. Her passion for children’s law and policy, including health related legislation for children with special health care needs, has spurred her advocacy efforts for this population. She completed a Health Policy Certificate at Thomas Jefferson University in 2016 and is in the final stages of completing a Masters of Jurisprudence in Children’s Law and Policy at Loyola University of Chicago School of Law. She is a member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners’ (NAPNAP) Health Policy Committee, was a 2018 NAPNAP Advocacy Scholar, and has spoken locally and nationally on a variety of children’s policy and advocacy related topics. Linda and her cat live in Chicago, Illinois.

Kristen Bertrand

Regional Representative

Southern Illinois

Kristen is the Executive Director for CASA of East Central Illinois, serving Coles and Cumberland Counties.  As Executive Director, expanding services to Cumberland County and becoming a GAL program in Coles has been on her agenda.

Margie Jordan

Regional Representative

Central Region

Margie is the McLean County CASA Program Director and has served as a victim advocate for over 40 years.

“ To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world. CASA volunteers make a difference in a child life’s that is immeasurable. I feel very blessed to be part of the CASA family and assisting children to become the person they were destined to be.”

Gloria Kelley

Regional Representative

Northeast Region

Gloria Kelley, MBA, has served as the Executive Director of CASA Kane County for over a decade.  During her tenure of leadership, Ms. Kelley has worked closely with her team and Board of Directors to build CASA Kane County into the largest CASA program in Illinois.  Focusing on the pillars of People, Processes, Technology and Finance – Ms. Kelley always seeks to expand the CASA organization to ensure that the need of every child in foster care is met – and that every child has a voice in the courtroom.

Taryn Marko

Regional Representative

Northwest Region

Taryn Marko is the Program Director for Winnebago County CASA.  She has served many roles within the organization since she began working with CASA in 2011, including volunteer advocate, trainer, and case manager to the volunteers in Winnebago County.  She has served as director for the past five years.

Taryn grew up in Rockford, IL and received her Bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication from Eastern Illinois University.

 “CASA work is so important because our volunteers are truly making a difference for each child they work with.   I’ve been honored to work with volunteers who are able to help our young people find their path to a successful, and bright, future.” Taryn says.