Heart of Illinois
United Way

Advancing Education, Income and Health in Woodford County

Last year, more than 1,500 Woodford County residents benefitted from programs such as mentoring, health education, legal support and much more.

Last year, more than 1,500 Woodford County residents benefitted from programs such as mentoring, health education, legal support and much more.

In total, 28 Heart of Illinois United Way funded programs were utilized by Woodford County residents last year.

April, Eva and Ethan ... A Success By 6 Story

April and her children Eva and Ethan

April and her family understand how important United Way is to them. Residents of Germantown Hills, both Eva and Ethan have participated in the United Way's Success By 6 program ... preparing them for future academic achievement.

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A highlight on United Way volunteers from Woodford County...

Bernie and Teresa Koch

Bernie and Teresa Koch, United Way volunteers from Woodford County

Bernie and Teresa Koch serve central Illinois through many different organizations.

Bernie Koch, President of River City Construction, is a board member of Heart of Illinois United Way. He also serves as a board member and Vice President of Development for the Boy Scouts of America - W.D. Boyce Council and serves on the Board of Trustees for the Children's Home Association of Illinois, having previously served as Foundation Board Chair. Bernie is also a board member for numerous construction-related organizations including the Central Illinois Builders Association, TRICON, and the State of Illinois Capital Development Board Advisory Committee.

Teresa currently serves as the Heart of Illinois United Way's “Power of the Purse” Chair. She is a member of the Weaver Women Volunteer Group at the Children's Home Association of Illinois, where she spends time with the young women who live at Youth Farm. Teresa is an active member of her church: she is a music minister, lector, Bible study facilitator, and “Faith in Action” coordinator where last year she facilitated the adoption of more than 100 wish lists for the Children's Home Holiday Adoption Program. She and Bernie have served as the past chairs for the Children's Home Cattle Auction and the Hult Center for Healthy Living's Lobster Boil.

“I like United Way because they are a results-based organization. When I give through United Way, I know that I am making a difference in many lives through many programs,” Teresa Koch, United Way volunteer and Metamora resident, said.

Both Bernie ('83) and Teresa ('85) are graduates of Bradley University. They have been married for 30 years and enjoy spending time with their three daughters and two sons–in–law.

Bernie and Teresa are honored and very excited to be the campaign chairs for the 2014 campaign.

Doug and Vicky Stewart

Doug and Vicky Stewart, United Way volunteer from Woodford County

Doug and Vicky Stewart have been great supporters of nonprofits throughout central Illinois for more than 35 years. Doug Stewart is Regional President of PNC Bank and Vicky Stewart is retired as the Vice President of Planning and Organizational Effectiveness at Illinois Central College.

Doug Stewart's history in banking includes managing divisions for trusts, employee benefits, agricultural services and retail. He has been an instructor at Bradley University and Illinois Central College along with several other financial educational programs. He serves on several nonprofit boards including the Bradley University Board of Trustees as Vice Chairman, the Bielfeldt Foundation, the Peoria Riverfront Museum Development Committee, Children's Home, PeoriaNEXT, the Heartland Partnership and the CEO Council. Doug graduated Magna Cum Laude from Illinois Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and has a Master's in Business Administration from Bradley University.

Vicky Stewart has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Illinois State University, Masters Degrees in Special Education and Educational Administration from Bradley University and a Doctor of Education degree from University of Illinois. In 2006, she was presented with the Athena Award by the Heartland Partnership for her work in elementary and secondary education and for her support of organizations that support women's professions and issues. She currently serves on the OSF St. Francis Medical Center Community Advisory Board, the Peoria Riverfront Museum Board and the Quest Charter Academy Board.

Doug and Vicky have two children, Sarah and Blake.

Jonathan and Kristin Williams

Jonathan and Kristin Williams, United Way volunteers from Woodford County

Jonathan and Kristin Williams have served the Heart of Illinois United Way since they first moved to the area almost 10 years ago. Jon is currently a United Way board member and previously served as the Vice Chairman of Community Investment while Kristin served as a grant reviewer in the fund allocation process. Today, Jon and Kristin play leadership roles for the Hult Center for Healthy Living and Dress for Success Peoria, respectively.

Jonathan is a Senior Vice President at Commerce Bank where he leads the Commercial Banking Group in Peoria. Kristin is the Executive Director of Compensation and Benefits at OSF HealthCare. Together, they are owners and operators of J.K. Williams Distilling, a family business producing handcrafted whiskey and bourbon.

"We enjoy contributing our time and talents to the Heart of Illinois United Way so that we can see our community continue to grow and prosper," Jon and Kristin said.

Jon and Kristin, and their two children, live in the Germantown Hills/Metamora area.

Diane Gregory and her son Michael

Diane Gregory and her son Michael

Eureka residents, Diane Gregory and her son Michael, understand how important United Way funded programs are to them. Easter Seals provides several programs to help 5-year-old Michael cope with autism.

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