CRAIG FINDLEY, CHAIR
Mr. Findley was appointed in February 2001. Mr. Findley was Chairman of the Board from January, 2003 to May, 2004 and appointed Chairman in March 2015. A writer and businessman, Mr. Findley owned and published three Illinois weekly newspapers and served as President of Craig Findley Associates, a consulting firm. He served as Deputy Director of the Illinois Department of Transportation, as an elected member of the Illinois House of Representatives and was a senior aide to Congressman Bob Michel. He has long been active e in organizations that advocate adoption and promote the best interests of children. Mr. Findley is a member and twice Chairman of the Lincoln Land Community College Board of Trustees, and member of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. He has served as President of the Jacksonville Public Library and as Chairman of the Jacksonville Area Chamber of Commerce. He is a graduate of Knox College.
DANIEL BRINK, MEMBER
Mr. Brink was appointed in April 2019. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois-Springfield with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Justice Professions. Mr. Brink started his career at the Adams County Youth Home (Detention Center) as a counselor and then moved to the Adams County Probation Department as a Probation Officer with a combined total of nearly 10 years. As a Probation Officer he completed prese-sentence investigation reports for the court and supervised both juveniles and adults on probation. He also has experience in human resource management and owned his own business handling debt collections. For the past 10 years, Mr. Brink has been an Assistant Vice President at a local retail banking corporation as a Facility Manager/Collection Officer. He is also responsible for handling the Bank Security Program for 10 locations. Mr. Brink has been married to his wife, Laurie, for 33 years and they have two grown children. He also served the City of Quincy as an Alderman for the sixth ward from 2009 to 2017 and is a member in various community organizations.
EDITH CRIGLER, MEMBER
Ms. Crigler was appointed in October 2011. She has been employed in variety of human service positions in Chicago for over 40 years. She holds a BA in Political Science and a Para Legal Certificate from Roosevelt University and a MA Degree in Administration and Social Policy from the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration. She is a nationally certified Balance and Restorative Justice Trainer, and was an Adjunct Professor in the Criminal Justice Department at Chicago State University. She is also a social work field instructor at the University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration and Chicago State University Social Work Department.
Ms. Crigler was one of the first advocates in Chicago's Domestic Violence court and has a long history of working on behalf of victims of domestic violence and other individuals who have been marginalized. Her special interest is and has been in the area of rights and protection of women and children. She has designed and conducted workshops for human service and law enforcement professionals focused on the myriad of issues germane to poverty. She has served as a para legal and policy specialist for Metropolitan Chicago and the rest of the State of Illinois. She has a strong expertise in translating bureaucratic language into user friendly language for advocates.
Ms. Crigler was the first and only Director of the African American Caucus for the Family Resource Coalition of America (FRCA). At FRCA, she coordinated, supervised and directed all projects focused on African American family issues, which included publications, policy analysis, consulting and training.
Ms. Crigler was appointed in 2010 by the Governor to the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission and served as a commissioner.
LISA DANIELS, MEMBER
Ms. Daniels was appointed in July 2018. Ms. Daniels holds both a BA in Sociology from Chicago State University and Bachelor of Biblical Studies from Dominion College of Theology and has been employed, through various positions, in the areas of both human and civil service for approximately 15 years. Additionally, as a result of the loss of her youngest son to street violence, Ms. Daniels has become trained in the field of Restorative Justice as a Circle Facilitator and is founder of a behavioral health services organization, dedicated to assisting families who have lost a loved one to gun violence or incarceration.
Ms. Daniels, a strong believer that no one is the sum total of the worst thing they've ever done or experienced, brings a unique perspective to the board and is an advocate for accountability through a connection to care and help.
D. WAYNE DUNN, MEMBER
Mr. Dunn was appointed in March 2015. Mr. Dunn received his B.S. degree in Social Studies in 1967, his M.S. in Guidance and Educational Psychology in 1970, and has done advanced graduate work in the field of Educational Administration and Supervision. All academic work was completed at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. In addition to the above, he has obtained additional training in computer technology, property appraisal, and insurance.
After graduation in 1967, he taught in the rural schools for sometime, primarily dealing with the at risk students. Many of these were economically and culturally deprived. During one year he was a Neighborhood Youth Corp counselor that worked in the lower 5 counties to place high school dropouts back in some type of educational setting, whether it is academic or vocational.
Since that time, he was employed as a Guidance Director for approximately 30 years as part of his responsibility. He also served the districts as a work study coordinator, and special education coordinator.
In 2005, he was hired as the Mental Health Administrator at the Illinois Youth Center in Harrisburg, a position that he held for approximately ten years. This position involved the coordination of mental health services to the population, and required the supervision of a professional staff. He was also the contract monitor for the substance abuse staff, and coordination of the psychiatric services to the population at the facility.
While living in Southern Illinois all his life has been very active as a community activist. Some of his involvement has included the Chairman of the Board for the Shawnee Development Council, treasurer of the Southern Seven Health Department, initiator of the nutrition program for the elderly in the 5 counties, known as Southern Pride, and currently on the advisory board for the Shawnee Alliance for seniors.
PETE FISHER, MEMBER
Mr. Fisher was appointed in March 2015. Mr. Fisher retired from law enforcement after nearly 35 years of service in the Tazewell County area. His career began in 1980 with the East Peoria Police Department, retiring in 2009 at the rank of Deputy Chief. In 2010, Mr. Fisher was appointed as the Chief of Police with the Creve Coeur Police Department, retiring in 2015. He held many different ranks and positions throughout his career including Detective Sergeant, Patrol Sergeant, Detective, Field Training Officer, and undercover narcotics agent. Mr. Fisher is a 2005 graduate of the FBI National Academy (session 222) in Quantico, Virginia.
VONETTA HARRIS, MEMBER
Ms. Harris was appointed in September 2013. Ms. Harris began her career as a social worker for Gateway Outpatient Health Clinic and a Crisis Hotline Intervention Specialist for Call For Help: providing assessments and interventions for the dually-diagnosed and alcohol and substance abusers. Ms. Harris later transitioned her career from social work to education targeting displaced families and at-risk youth. Ms. Harris has served as an Educational Counseling Specialist, Program Coordinator, and a Director: organizing specific programs to delineate the stigma of low-income, first-generation youth and the rate of recidivism amongst juveniles. She is an active board member for Call for Help, Inc., and a Planning Commissioner for the City of East St. Louis promoting community resources and job opportunities for a poverished community. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work, a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, and a Masters in Education Administration from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri.
OREAL JAMES, MEMBER
Mr. James was appointed in April 2019. Mr. James is a certified mediator who has focused on establishing Restorative Justice Practices within public education settings and community organizations for nearly two decades. As a foster/adoptive parent for 20 years, he focused on the practice of shared parenting when children could return home.
Mr. James holds a B.A. in Political & Economic Analysis from DePaul University and his JD at the DePaul College of Law. He resides in Chicago, Illinois.
VIRGINIA MARTINEZ, MEMBER
Ms. Martinez was appointed in March 2017. Ms. Martinez is an attorney and has spent most of her career working in non-profit organizations and has been a strong advocate for Latinos, women, children and the poor. Prior to being appointed to the PRB she was a nonprofit management consultant and collaborative leadership trainer.
AURTHUR MAE PERKINS, MEMBER
Mrs. Perkins was appointed in March 2015. She retired from Peoria Public School District 150 after 30 years of service. Her roles included being a classroom teacher, the principal of Harrison Primary School, and the last 4 years as the family liaison at Trewyn K-8 School. She was an adjunct faculty member at Bradley University. She currently serves on the Peoria Housing Authority Board and the Peoria Citizen’s Committee for Economic Opportunity (PCCEO) as a board member. Mrs. Perkins and her husband, Howard, have been married for sixty years and reside in Peoria, Illinois. They have four adults sons and three deceased children. They continue to be actively involved in their church and in their community. Mrs. Perkins graduated Cum Laude with her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Bradley University in 1982. She also earned her Master’s Degree in Education from Bradley University in 1990.
JOSEPH RUGGIERO, MEMBER
Mr. Ruggiero was appointed in September 2018. Mr. Ruggiero graduated from the University of Illinois in Champaign in 1984 and Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago Kent College of Law in 1987. He worked approximately 30 years as a prosecutor for the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office. After serving five years as the Chief of the Criminal Bureau, Mr. Ruggiero became the First Assistant prior to accepting the position as a Board Member with the Prisoner Review Board. He has prosecuted and tried several murderers and other high profile DuPage County cases. He is the former President of the Illinois Prosecutors Bar Association and member of several other distinguished Boards including the Board of Directors for the Illinois Prosecutors Bar Association, the Executive Boards of the DuPage Police Chiefs Executive Board, and Major Crimes Task Force. Mr. Ruggiero is the recipient of several law enforcement awards including the Prosecutorial Excellence Award from the Chicago Crime Commission.
DONALD SHELTON, MEMBER
Mr. Shelton was appointed in September 2012. He retired from the Champaign Police Department after 23 years of service, the last 14 years at the rank of Patrol Sergeant. Mr. Shelton is credited with starting the agency's Crime Scene Unit. He taught a Basic Investigative Photography course for many downstate police departments, as well as a digital photography class as an adjunct faculty member of the Suburban Law Enforcement Academy (College of DuPage). At the Champaign Police Department he held various assignments in the Investigations Division, as a Field Training Officer and on a street crimes unit.
KENNETH TUPY, MEMBER
Mr. Tupy was appointed in June 2016. Mr. Tupy graduated from the University of Illinois in 1979 with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Psychology. He graduated from John Marshall Law School in 1982 and was a Staff Editor for Law Review. Mr. Tupy became a Sangamon County Assistant State's Attorney and was the Chief of the Felony Division until 1995. He worked in private practice and was the Republican Attorney for the Illinois House Criminal Law Committee. He was also the attorney for the Prison Reform Committee; the Truth in Sentencing Committee and the Juvenile Reform Committee. He became the Chief Legal Counsel for the Illinois Prisoner Review Board in 1998 until 2016 when he accepted the appointment as a Board Member for the Prisoner Review Board.
ELEANOR WILSON, MEMBER
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