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    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.

    JARED BOHLAND, MEMBER

    Mr. Bohland was appointed in May 2021.  He comes with years of experience working in the social service/social justice field.  Mr. Bohland graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BBA from Belmont University in Nashville, TN.  After spending some years working in the music industry, he and his wife moved back to Illinois to focus on community work.  Mr. Bohland's work history includes years of experience as a counselor for teens in residential treatment at Kemmerer Village, a case manager for homeless individuals with Homeward Bound, a public housing specialist with the Decatur Housing Authority, and several years as the client services coordinator and a contracted domestic violence certification trainer for Dove, Inc. Domestic Violence Program.

    Mr. Bohland has been an active member of the Macon County Continuum of Care Homeless Advisory Council, the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the Set Free Movement – Macon County, and the Central IL Human Trafficking Task Force.  He is a 1st Cohort Graduate of the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence Leadership Academy.  He also served as Co-Chair of the ICADV Leadership Development Committee from 2017 until 2021 after accepting his appointment to the Prisoner Review Board.  He is a Certified Domestic Violence Professional in the state of Illinois since October 2016, with over 200 hours of continued education.  In 2020, Mr. Bohland was nominated and selected to the Herald and Review's 20 under 40 Professionals in the Community.  He is also the founder of Man Up Men's Ministry which has operated in multiple capacities including within churches and as an online ministry since 2012.

    MAX CERDA, MEMBER

    (Biography to be posted at a later date.)

    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.

    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.

    JEFF MEARS, MEMBER

    Mr. Mears was appointed in March 2021.  He has served in the Criminal Justice field for over 17 ½ years.  During this time, he has demonstrated his versatility as he demonstrated almost daily a strong commitment to team environment dynamics with the ability to contribute his expertise and leadership capabilities in the performance of his duties.

    Mr. Mears's strong commitment to team dynamics was consistently relied upon by Facility Administration in the development and implementation of a Staff Wellness Program at his facility that served as a roadmap for other facilities to emulate in an effort to manage the stressors that employees deal with following critical incidents and emergencies.  Mr. Mears not only served as an active member of SWRT, he also served as a crisis team member and Hostage Negotiating Team Leader.  His abilities to teach and mentor other staff are well-known throughout the Department as he was also called upon to instruct staff in methods of communicating with offenders which would result in positive interactions and peaceful resolutions.  This ability to communicate effectively was additionally useful as Mr. Mears served as the Facility De-escalation Response Team Coordinator – mentoring junior staff in techniques for de-escalating potentially hostile and stressful situations.    

    Mr. Mears has a demonstrated ability to lead, thrives in a team environment, and works well in managing complex situations.  He enjoys working as a team member and has a sincere desire to help others. 

    LEANN MILLER, MEMBER

    (Biography to be posted at a later date.)

    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.

    KEN TUPY, MEMBER

    Mr. Tupy was appointed in May 2021.  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 and retired in 2020.

    ELEANOR WILSON, MEMBER

    Mrs. Wilson was appointed in April 2019.  Mrs. Wilson is a consultant with almost fifty years of professional experience in a variety of social justice and nonprofit organizations, educational institutions and government agencies.  She holds a Master's degree in Urban Education and considers herself a generalist whose work experience has included teaching from elementary to graduate school levels.  She was one of the founding members of DePaul University's School for New Learning where she held two positions:  Director and Assistant Dean.  She founded Wells Prep School, an elementary school for public housing children, based on the Marva Collins' educational approach and was funded by the Department of Justice.  As Executive Director of Urban Programs at Chicago City-Wide College, she designed and implemented Project Choice, a welfare-to-work education and training program for General Assistance participants. The Illinois Department of Public Aid and Community College Board later adopted the Project Choice model as the prototype for the Illinois welfare-to-work program, Advancing Opportunities. Mrs. Wilson also developed Project Leap, a program designed to assist returning citizens with employment, housing and other issues relative to their successful transition from incarceration back into society.

    Having worked at Woods Fund of Chicago and Grand Victoria Foundation, Mrs. Wilson has over eight years' experience as a private philanthropic foundation program director.  She is an active volunteer in nonprofit organizations, serving in leadership roles on a number of nonprofit boards, task forces, and steering committees.   In 2009 she was appointed to serve as a Commissioner on President Obama's White House Fellowship Program where she served for eight (8) years.  She is a trained Restorative Justice Practitioner and Circle Keeper Trainer.