Board of Directors

Hilary Peters
First Mid Bank & Trust

Hilary has served on the United Way of Knox County Board as the Secretary from 2020-2021, Vice President from 2022-2023, and now serves as our current President.  She is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Galesburg since 2016 and currently serves as their Treasurer.  Hilary lives in Galesburg with her husband Eddie and their two fur babies.


Anthony Law
Vice President
Carl Sandburg College

Anthony has lived in Galesburg for 35 years.  He currently serves as Coordinator of Diversity and Inclusion and Director of the Cultural Inclusion Center at Carl Sandburg College.  He has been honored to receive several community service-based recognitions, but is most proud of the student organizations that he has founded and advised over the years and the impact that they have made in our community.  His goal is to teach the next generation the joy of giving and serving your own community.  They live by the mottos, "if not you, then who?" and "Impact and Inspire".


Carol Hagan
Past President

Carol has lived all her life in Galesburg. She graduated from GHS & attended CSC. After 35 years in banking she retired from First Midwest Bank. She became a board member in 2015 and has been very active since.  Carol is currently on the Carl Sandburg College Foundation and Galesburg Noon Lions Boards and a member of the First Presbyterian Church.  She has a son, Ryan, and a grandson, Trenton.  Her favorite things to do are working in her yard and reading.  Carol has always been a supporter of community projects and there is no better way than United Way of Knox County. 



Brittney Shepherd
F&M Bank

Brittney moved to Galesburg in 2010 with her husband, who is a Galesburg native, to raise their family in this great community.  She is blessed to work for F&M Bank, a wonderfully community focussed organization, in commercial lending.  She enjoys the opportunity to volunteer and support the United Way of Knox County & the many people we serve.


Stacie Westfall
Secretary/ Allocations Chair 
Old National Bank

Stacie was born and raised in Galesburg and has 2 adult daughters who also were raised in Galesburg.  In her free time she loves reading, traveling, and spending time with her girls.


Debbie Cratty
Member at Large
Galesburg CUSD #205

United Way's passion with Dolly Parton's Imagination Library keeps Debbie coming back.  This area needs books in kids' hands and as an educator, this makes Debbie so happy.  United Way funds many organizations that would not remain if it were not for the funds.  Her experience with United Way began by attending events and she enjoyed her time.  This led to joining the board and serving a variety of positions.  She is back on the board to continue her service in the community.

Doug Gibb
Member at Large
Hospice Compassus



Dustin James
Member at Large
G&M Distributors


Suzanne Klohn
Member at Large

Suzanne has her BA from Knox College and her MSW from the University of Illinois, Champaign Urbana.  She is a retired School Social Worker at Knox-Warren Special Education.  Suzanne has a daughter, son-in-law, and two grandchildren who live in Wellington, New Zealand.  In her free time she enjoys watching men's college basketball.


Marlon Laviolette
Member at Large
BNSF Railway


Chelsey Lytle
Member at Large
IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union

Chelsey has lived in Knox County all of her life. She currently works at IHMVCU in Galesburg.  In 2012 she started her journey with United Way by joining the Knox County Teen Court program, where she served as a attorney for 7 years. She currently live in a small town with her boyfriend and 2 dogs. She graduated from ROWVA high school. Chelsey loves working with the United Way of Knox County as you learn about all the resources there are to help the community and meet so many new faces.


Kelly Radeke
Agency Liaison
CASA of West Centeral Illinois

Kelly lives in Galesburg with her two college-aged sons, Alex and Christian.  She has worked in the nonprofit world for over 20 years and loves sharing the importance of nonprofits in our community!  Besides being the Agency Liaison for the United Way of Knox County, She is President of the Galesburg Noon Lions Club and a member of the Galesburg Kiwanis Club.  She volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Orpheum Theatre, and the Blue Ribbon Task Force. She is a past board member with Western Illinois Red Cross, former member of the Macomb Altrusa Club, retired Girl Scout Troop Leader, and a previous Galesburg Chamber Ambassador.  She likes to travel around and kayak in new places, listen to audiobooks, bike ride, run 5K's, try different restaurants, and attend comedy shows.


Sherry Peacock
Member at Large
Retired First Midwest/Old National Bank

Sherry recently retired from a banking job that she held for 36 years.  She has a daughter and three grandchildren.  In her free time she enjoys crafting and thrifting.


Zach Shaw
Member at Large
Mel Foster Co. Galesburg/ Shawdaddy's

Zach lives with his girlfriend and daughter in Knoxville.  He enjoys cooking, go karting, the St. Louis Cardinals, and loves racing.