Sandy McGhee (YEP Mentor) says, “I am enjoying assisting with IPCF’s newest program, ‘Youth Engaged in Philanthropy’. It offers a unique adventure to youth in which they will explore their own leadership styles, develop their desire for community service and civic engagement, investigate the mechanics of philanthropic foundations, and experience the subsequent rewards of investing in others. It is always so exciting to work alongside young people; they bring a creative energy that offers up an exhilarating array of possibilities!”
Prior to her retirement, Sandy served as a University of Illinois Educator in McLean County Extension, working with the traditional 4-H youth program which included a countywide 4-H teen leadership program, and working with the urban 4-H youth program which included two out-of-school-time multicultural enrichment programs: UNITY Community Center, and Tech Wizards.
Sandy began her career in Extension 18 years earlier, as McLean County program coordinator of the Family Nutrition Program in McLean County. Other early work in Extension included facilitation of workshops focusing on workforce development and consumer economic skills, and building awareness of the challenges of living with limited means and resources.
She is a recipient of the Leadership McLean County Outstanding Alumni Award, the Points of Light Award, the University of Illinois Paraprofessional Outstanding/Innovative Program Award and the McLean County Board of Health’s Public Health Award/Certificate of Achievement.
After receiving her bachelor of science in elementary education from Illinois State University, she spent several years teaching fifth/sixth grade. Years later she obtained her master’s degree in education through the University of Illinois. She holds a private pilot’s license and scuba diving certification.
A native of Woodford County, she and her husband Carl (later deceased) moved to McLean County and there raised four children. Now married to Ken Yanzy, she resides in rural Bloomington.
Contact Sandy at firstname.lastname@example.org or (309) 532-0905
Megan Boynton (YEP Mentor) is the former Manager of Non-Profit Outreach at Kern Community Foundation. During her two year tenure, she was responsible for oversight of the Foundation’s Nonprofit Search online, powered by GuideStar. She further assisted the President and CEO with the Foundation’s efforts to support the overall capacity and sustainability of Kern County non-profits.
Megan is also a 14 year veteran of the insurance industry, handling and supervising property, liability and catastrophe claims over the course of her career.
A California native, Megan earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Santa Clara University, where her second major was Spanish. She further pursued and received her Associate in Claims certification from the Insurance Institutes of America and a Masters of Public Administration from Seton Hall University.
Megan moved to the Midwest in 2013. Since arrival with her family, she has volunteered locally within Unit 5 and is an advocate of dual-immersion language education. She is pleased to assist the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation with its Youth Engaged in Philanthropy initiative.
Contact Megan at email@example.com
Colleen Luckey (YEP Mentor) is the Grants and Marketing Coordinator at YWCA McLean County. A 2014 graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University, Colleen majored in Business Administration, Marketing Concentration with a double minor in Art and Women’s Studies. Her projects with the Action Resource Center (ARC) at IWU during her senior year led her to realize that she has a passion for nonprofit work.