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    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.


    Mr. Clough was appointed in March 2017.  He retired from the Coles County Sheriff's Office after 23 years of service.  Mr. Clough began his career at Coles County as a Correctional Officer after his honorable discharge from the United States Marine Corps.  While serving in corrections, he received a commendation for saving the life of an inmate and the Outstanding Correctional Officer Award from the Illinois Sheriff's Association.  After transferring to the Patrol Division, he served in a variety of duties and assignments.  K9 handler, Traffic Crash Investigator, Patrol Supervisor, Crisis Response Team (S.W.A.T.) and Detective.  Mr. Clough has received awards in recognition for his efforts in DUI enforcement from the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists, Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the Illinois Department of Transportation.



    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.



    Mr. Diaz was appointed in July, 2005. Mr. Diaz has a community based panorama of experiences. A retired Chicago Police officer, Mr. Diaz also has experience as a Cook County Juvenile Probation Officer, IDCFS Child Abuse Investigator, IDCFS Social Worker, IDCFS Child Welfare Worker, City Colleges of Chicago Criminal Justice Instructor, Chicago Police Academy and Cook County Police Academy, and Recruit Training Instructor. His education history includes a Master's Degree in Counseling and is active on several community boards serving the public.



    Mr. Dunn received his appointment to the Illinois Prisoner Review Board 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.


    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.


    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.



    (Biography to be posted at a later date)


    Mr. Johnson was appointed in March 2013. After finishing a tour of duty in Vietnam (U.S. Army '66 - '68), he earned his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Michigan and a Doctorate of Law from DePaul University. He served as an Assistant State's Attorney in DuPage County where he became Chief of the White Collar Crime Division. He was an instructor at the College of DuPage during this period as well as teaching a course on crime scene investigations. He was a founding partner in the law firm of Johnson, Westra et. al. where he continued in the private practice of law until taking office as the State Representative for the Illinois 50th District. He served ten years in the Illinois House where he chaired the House Judiciary Committee and was Chairman and Co-Chairman of the Illinois Prison Reform Committee. He has a passion for criminal justice reform so that the recidivism rates can be reduced. He has served on numerous boards, task forces, and community organizations. Mr. Johnson previously served on the Prisoner Review Board from 2004 to 2011, afterwards he took office as an Illinois Senator from 2011 to 2013.



    Virginia 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 Prisoner Review Board she was a nonprofit management consultant and collaborative leadership trainer.  She previously served as Sr. Policy Analyst for the Illinois Latino Family Commission which advises the governor and legislators on issues that affect Latinos.  She served as Legislative Staff Attorney in thes Midwest Office of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) where she was responsible for monitoring regional, state and local legislation and policy issues affecting Latinos in the 11-state Midwest region.  Earlier in her career she had opened the MALDEF Midwest Office as its first Regional Counsel.  She was also formerly Director of the International Center for Health Leadership Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago, developing collaborative leadership capacity of individuals from communities, community health centers, and academic institutions and was dedicated to building multidisciplinary bridges to join communities and institutions.
    She was Executive Director of Mujeres Latinas en Accion from 1992 until 1997. She has also held positions with Voices for Illinois Children, and the Latino Institute. She was appointed by Cardinal Bernadin to serve on the Cardinal’s Committee on Clerical Misconduct with Minors.  Virginia has volunteered with many organizations over the years and currently sits on the board of directors of Gads Hill Center and is state parliamentarian for the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC). She previously served as a member of the Cook County Justice Advisory Council
    In 1975 Virginia, along with Viola Armijo Rouse, became the first Latinas to be licensed to practice law in Illinois. Virginia was a founding mother of the DePaul University Latino Law Student Association, the Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. She was lead counsel in the historic redistricting cases of 1982 that created the first Latino Chicago wards and state legislative districts. She has, over her career, received numerous awards wand recognitions including Today's Chicago Woman, One Hundred Women Making a Difference in Chicago; and Cook County State's Attorney El Humanitario Award. She has also been honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois, the Outstanding Leadership Award from the Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus Foundation and the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois Top Women Lawyers in Leadership Award.  Virginia had the life-changing opportunity of participating in the 1995 UN Conference on Women in Beijing and is a frequent speaker on issues affecting Latinos, women and children. She is the proud mother of Miguel and Natalia.  Virginia is an avid dancer, a cake decorator, Reiki practitioner and sporadic crafter.
    Over the past months, Virginia has been volunteering periodically with the CARA Pro Bono Project in Dilley, Texas, assisting women and children in detention to start their asylum process and be released to live with their relatives in the US.  Most of these women and children are fleeing extreme violence in Central America and have faced a horrific journey just to get to our border. 
    Virginia strives to put into practice lessons that she has learned about collaborative leadership, including diverse age groups in everything that she does, using creative methods of getting her message across and encouraging those who need a kind word or helping hand. 


    Mr. Norton was appointed in September 2012. Mr Norton attended Southeast Missouri State University on a track and cross country scholarship and earned his undergraduate degree in Political Science in 1975. He attended law school at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and received his Juris Doctorate Degree in 1978. Mr. Norton served as an Assistant State's Attorney and has engaged in the general practice of law for thirty-five years. Mr. Norton also served by appointment, as a Circuit Judge for approximately two years. He is an Eagle Scout and has been a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America for fifty years. Mr. Norton and his wife, Cathy, have been married for thirty-nine years and reside in Sparta, Illinois. They have three adult sons and continue to be active and involved in various activities and organizations in their community.



    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.


    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.


    (Biography to be posted at a later date)