YEP Mentors

EllaKate LeFebre

EllaKate has been named a mentor for Illinois Prairie Community Foundation’s Youth Engaged in Philanthropy (YEP) program.

As a Michigan native, EllaKate graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in Communication. EllaKate identified her passion for youth leadership and philanthropy during her high school experience when she served on a local Youth Advisory Council and was a member of the National Youth Leadership Council’s Youth Advisory Council. During her college career, EllaKate served as a Board Member of the State Farm Youth Advisory Board – a board of 30 youth from across the country charged with implementing a $5 million philanthropic grant budget.

EllaKate is a Business Analyst for State Farm and Program Director for the Michigan Youth Leadership Training Camp – a camp designed for youth in grades 9-12 to become impactful leaders in their schools and communities.

Bobby Nash Castillo

Bobby has been named a mentor for Illinois Prairie Community Foundation’s Youth Engaged in Philanthropy (YEP) program.

Bobby is currently the Corporate Support Director at WGLT, Bloomington-Normal’s National Public Radio (NPR) station based on the campus of Illinois State University.

After growing up in the Chicago suburbs, Bobby studied philosophy and English literature at Illinois Wesleyan University and graduated a semester early in December of 2013 in order to begin work as an Admissions Counselor at IWU. IWU, and the Action Research Center there specifically, inspired him to strive to do well (but more importantly, good) in the world. He credits the amazing Bloomington-Normal community for developing within him a passion for connecting people with opportunities to do their best—and “most good”—work. Bobby is glad to have found a career at WGLT that allows him to collaborate directly with Bloomington-Normal stakeholders to make the community better.

Bobby is an owner of Green Top Grocery Co-op and a member of the Downtown Bloomington Association’s Board of Directors—both operate their nonprofit funds through the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation. Bobby was also a member of the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation’s inaugural class of Emerging Philanthropists, a group of young professionals who donate time, treasure and talent with various non-profits in the community.


Sandy McGhee – Founding YEP Mentor

Sandy is a founding Illinois Prairie Community Foundation’ sYouth Engaged in Philanthropy (YEP) mentor.

Prior to retirement in 2011, Sandy was employed as a University of Illinois Educator in McLean County Extension.  She worked with the traditional 4-H youth program, which included a countywide 4-H teen leadership program, and the urban 4-H youth program which included two out-of-school-time multicultural enrichment programs: UNITY Community Center and Tech Wizards.

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.