Beatrice Bonner

Engagement & Membership Coordinator

Beatrice is the membership and engagment coordinator for NPR Illinois. 

Previously, she was the Leadership Lived student worker for NPR Illinois during the 2017-2018 school year. Beatrice completed the Capital Honors Scholars Program majoring in communications at UIS in 2018. 

Beatrice has acted as a multimedia consultant and co-host at Teen Talk Radio Theater in Chicago.  

Ways to Connect

Connie Locher-Bussard is a freelance dietitian. She is also on the Board of Directors of King's Daughters Organization. Listen to Connie talk about this and more with Community Voices' Bea Bonner and Randy Eccles.

Anna McFarland is a part of the marketing committee with The Springfield Muni. During the holiday season The Muni will be holding virtual meet and greets with Santa Claus. Anna talks about this and more with Community Voices' Bea Bonner and Randy Eccles.

Adam Porter is Professor of Religion at Illinois College in Jacksonville, Illinois. He also serves on the NPR Illinois Community Advisory Board. He talks about this and more with Community Voices co-hosts Bea Bonner and Randy Eccles.

Nabih Elhajj is Executive Director of iVenturED and Lead Facilitator of Sangamon CEO. Nabih also is an adjunct instructor of entrepreneurship at The University of Illinois Springfield and serves on the NPR Illinois Advisory Board. He talks about this and more with Community Voices co-hosts Bea Bonner and Randy Eccles.

http://craigrusso.com/

Dr. Craig Russo is a neuroradioligst in Springfield, IL. He is also the leader of the Craig Russo Latin Jazz Project, a group whose focus is Latin and Afro-Carribbean music. During the NPR Illinois Winter Drive, he talks about this and more with Community Voices' Bea Bonner.

Betty Haynes is the Director of Communications at The Illinois Beef Association, a nonprofit organization that strives to make sure the beef industry is profitable and sustainable. Betty talks about the organization, farming, and more with Community Voices' Bea Bonner. 

Sangamon Reclaimed / https://www.sangamonreclaimed.com/

Brian Frieze is President and Founder of Sangamon Reclaimed. Their mission is to handcraft furniture from old barns, buildings, and other structures. Sangamon Reclaimed has repurposed and built tables, chairs, and more at many businesses' around Springfield. Brian talks about this and more with Community Voices' Bea Bonner. 

The James Project / http://www.thejamesproject127.com/our-ministries

Jan Williams is President and Founder of the James Project. The James Project recruits and supports foster parents in Springfield, Illinois through their different ministries such as The James Project Homes, Closet 1:27, and Call 1:27. Jan discusses their faith based mission and more with Community Voices' Bea Bonner.

Sheila Walk

Charles Scott is Co-Founder and CEO of The Garvey Tubman Cultural Arts and Research Center. Sheila Walk is Interiem Executive Director of the Springfield Area Arts Center. Both organizations are heavily involved in the arts community. The Garvey Tubman Center had the opportunity to give music classes through funds provided by the Levitt Foundation Amp Grant which The Springfield Area Arts Council has been instrumental in helping to secure. Charles and Sheila talk about their organziations, the impact of the Levitt Foundation Amp Grant, and more with Community Voices' Bea Bonner. 

https://thestorytellerstudios.com/ / The Storyteller Studios

Josh Hester is Prinicipal & Executive Producer at the Storyteller Studios. He discusses their work in the community, their unique process, and more with Community Voices' Bea Bonner.

https://www.seriouslipbalm.com/about-our-company/ / Serious Lip Balm

Megan Luckey and Khara Koffel are the co-owners of 'Serious Lip Balm'. Their business is known for making unique scents and for doing what they can for many organziations in the community. They talk about their business and more with Community Voices' Bea Bonner. 

Eric Thibodeaux-Thompson is Professor of Theatre and Director of UIS Theatre. He is currently directing the Fall 2020 UIS Theatre's Production of John Patrick Shanley's Rouge's Gallery. Eric talks about the show,  adjusting to COVID-19 protocol, and more with Community Voices' Bea Bonner.

Tiffany Mathis is the CEO and Executive Director of the Boys and Girls of Central Illinois. She is also heavily involved in the Springfield community. She talks about her love for music, theater, community service, and more with Community Voices' Bea Bonner. 

David Lee is chair of Momentum on Main Street and Managing Partner of The Public Market. The Public Market is coming to downtown Springfield and will feature a number of resturants, vendors, entertainment, and the area's first roof top bar. David discusses this and more with Community Voices' Bea Bonner. 

Besserat Habtes is a Springfield native. She is involved in the modeling industry and is the Public Relations manager for the Springfield cover band Kapital Sound. Besserat discusses this and more with Community Voices' Bea Bonner.

Casandra Austin-McDonald is a Personal Growth Strategist, author, speaker, and mentor. In 2017 she released her book, Unclothed: Memoir of a Naked Soul. She discusses her business, book, life, and more with Community Voices' Bea Bonner.

Kristina Barbee is a a columinst for The Springfield Business Journal. Her self published book of poetry is set to release soon. Kristina is also a huge advocate for mental health, social justice, and is involved in many organizations throughout Springfield. She sits down with Community Voices' Bea Bonner to talk about her journey and more.

Erica Austin is the Program Outreach Coordinator and Community Liaison at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. She also does a lot of work in the community specifically focusing on Springfield youth. Erica discusses her organization and her involvement with youth in Springfield with Community Voices' Bea Bonner.

SIU School of Medicine

Mary Aiello is the Director of Southern Illinois University School of Medicine's Standardized Patient Program. The Standardized Patient Program employs community members as standardized patients to help with the training and professional development of medical students. Mary Aiello sits down with Community Voices' Bea Bonner to discuss the history of the program and where it is now. 

Emily and Tim Lewis are the owners of Three Twigs Bakery in Springfield, IL. They also are the owners of Biscuits + Brunch and The Salted Lemon - Market & Creamery. Emily and Kelsey Atkinson (PR and Marketing Specialist) discuss the journey of owning small businesses with Community Voices' Bea Bonner. 

https://travelersresttours.com/

Garret Moffett is proprietor of Springfield Walks Tours and  Travelers Rest Tours. As Halloween approaches, Garret discusses Springfield's Haunted Dead Walk and more with Community Voices' Bea Bonner.

Katharine Eastvold works for the office of the Attorney General and is currently attending law school. She also finds time to be very active in the Springfield community. Katharine discusses her role as an Administrator on the FaceBook group 'Springfield Families Helping Families' with Community Voices' Bea Bonner. 

Chenoa Alamu is a violnist in the Illinois Symphony Orchestra. She is also the host of the podcast "Black, White & In Color". Over the summer, Chenoa brought back her class on Black Classical Composers and Musicians. She discusses it with Community Voices' Bea Bonner. 

Teressa Shelton has lived in nine states and three countries. After graduating from Belmont University in Nashville, she embarked on a career in managing medical practices. She lives with her family in Springfield. The Sergeant’s Daughter is her first book. She discusses it with Community Voices' Bea Bonner.

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LLCC

Sheridan Lane  is the Director of Culinary Program and Operations in the Culinary & Hospitality Center of Excellence at Lincoln Land Community College. 

Cherell Wilson's business Soaps by Rell
https://soapsbyrell.com/

Cherell Wilson is a recent University of Illinois Springfield gradaute. During the pandemic she was inspired to create her own business Soaps by Rell.

Randy Eccles and Bea Bonner are the Community Voices Co-Hosts.

Bea Bonner and Randy Eccles are the Community Voices Co-Hosts. 

Segment three of the September 18, 2020 Community Health Roundtable entitled Basic Community Needs in the COVID-19 Pandemic. This segment features the Central Illinois Foodbank Executive Director Pam Molitoris, Sangamon County Community Resources Executive Director David Petrilli, and SIU School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry Chair Dr. Kari Wolf discussing issues presented by the pandemic. United Way of Central Illinois President and Chief Professional Officer John Kelker moderates.

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