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Staff and Board

Don Welch
Gail Hedrick
Vice President of Finance & Administration
Melissa Cavanaugh
Finance and Administration Coordinator
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Joni Staley
Director of Sales
Ryan Thornton
Sales & Sports Coordinator
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  Lelonie Luft
Convention Sales Manager
   Bianca Williams
Partnership & Advertising Sales Manager

Marketing Communications and Services

Cara Allen
Director of Marketing and Communications
  Andrew Barra
Marketing Specialist
Heather Soviar
Creative Media Manager
  Kaci Geier
Community Development Manager
Kim McKune
Client Services Manager
  Trianna Kientzle
Marketing Project Manager
  Emily Jockisch
Marketing & Events Assistant

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

  • Ms. Leigh Ann Brown - Chair - Morton EDC & Morton Chamber of Commerce
  • Mr. Dan Kouri - Vice Chair  - HOIHA
  • Mr. Gary Densberger - Secretary/Treasurer - City of East Peoria
  • Mr. Rex Linder - Past Chair - Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen


  • Mr. Derrick Booth - Peoria Public Schools
  • Mr. Carl Bunker - R & B Productions
  • Ms. Anne Clayton - Peoria Civic Center
  • Ms. Jill Crowder - Petersen Hotels
  • Mr. Allen Cullinan - R. A. Cullinan & Sons
  • Mr. Paul DiGiallonardo - Peoria Civic Center Authority
  • Mr. Rusty Dunn - Caterpillar
  • Mr. Jeff Griffin - Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Mr. David Haney - U of I College of Medicine
  • Mr. Brad Ingram - Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen
  • Ms. Susan Morton - Caterpillar Visitors Center
  • Ms. Cori Rutherford - PAR-A-DICE Hotel Casino
  • Ms. Susan Pyles - Village of Morton 
  • Mr. Steve Reed - Stoney Creek Inn
  • Ms. Cori Rutherford - Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino
  • Mr. Christopher Setti - City of Peoria
  • Ms. Kathryn Shackelford - City of Pekin
  • Mrs. Sherrill West - Village of Washington


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