Shelly Edwards, Executive Director

Shelly Edwards is a lifelong resident of Henderson County where she graduated from Union High School.  Shelly was formerly an elementary school teacher at Cornerstone Christian Academy in Monmouth, IL.  She has also worked for F.A.C. Marketing in Burlington, Iowa, where she managed client accounts, social media accounts, and wrote newsletters and ad copy for newspaper and radio.  She is a member of Faith Bible Church in Oquawka where she chairs the annual ladies retreat, teaches Sunday school and is an AWANA leader among various other activities.  Shelly has 3 grown daughters: Rachel and Emily live in Lincoln, NE and Maddie lives in Oquawka.  Shelly lives in Oquawka with her husband Matt and their golden retriever Lola.  She can be contacted at  

Sherri Lant,  AmeriCorps VISTA

Sherri Lant grew up in the Raritan area and graduated from Union High School. After graduating, Sherri moved to New York City where she was a nanny. More recently, she worked at Kone Korner in Stronghurst, where she became acquainted with most local residents. Sherri lives in Media with her two dogs: Shyanne, a German Shepherd and Bear, a German Shepherd/Pyrenese mix. She enjoys and antiquing in her spare time. You contact Sherri at We are excited to have Sherri as a part of our team!

Board of Directors

NAME                                        HOMETOWN           CAREER AFFILIATION

Chair Danielle Covert                Biggsville, IL            B-County Insurance Agent

Clerk Alicia Pence                       Stronghurst, IL       Donor Rltn. Consult. MVRBC            

Director Debbie Gillam             Media, IL                  Retired Teacher

Director Miranda Gullberg      Stronghurst, IL        Speech Pathologist

Director Dan Potts                     Biggsville, IL            Crop Insurance Specialist

Director Jacki Woodward         Media, IL                  Retired Teacher

Director Jim Miller                    Oquawka, IL            GE Electrical Designer

Director Madeline Leath           Oquawka, IL            Volunteer Ministry


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