Meet the Board

The Community Foundation Board members serve without pay and represent the population of our region. They are community leaders who are involved in numerous organizations and live across all parts of southern Illinois.


Margaret "Maggie" Flanagan

Margaret "Maggie" Flanagan is a founding board member of SICF and its first Executive Director.  She is owner of Development Specialties, a consulting firm serving organizations with internal capacity building.  Maggie and her husband Raymond own Bella Vista, a guest house and organic vineyard set on 90 acres in the Shawnee Forest. Maggie says "Community Foundations help keep philanthropy local by growing funds and leadership to serve our communities forever."

Vice President

Kay Weatherford

Kay Weatherford is retired from the Migrant Education, Inc. in Cobden.  Kay and her husband live in Carbondale.


John Daly

John is a CPA and an attorney. He and his young family live in Carbondale. Daly says, "I serve and support the Community Foundation because it keeps charitable gifts close to home, for the exclusive use of our local communities."


Larry Busch

Larry is a retired professor of industrial design at SIUC. He is a 40+ year resident of southern Illinois and often enjoys its beauty on the back of a motorcycle or from the hull of a kayak.


Martin Rowe

Martin Rowe is the President and CEO of First Eldorado Bancshares.  He and his family live in Harrisburg.  He is involved with several charitable and civic organizations.  Rowe states “I really like the flexibility and ease of the use of our community foundation can offer.  Individual donors get the benefit of making tax deductible contribution to an accredited 501(c) 3 with as large or small of a contribution they are comfortable with, while at the same time having flexibility to support the charitable causes that are near and dear to them.”

Southern Illinois Community Foundation, through its board members and donors is strengthening the region's quality of life by:

  • Building "community capital" – for today and tomorrow
  • Enhancing the region's quality of life
  • Engaging people and organizations in philanthropy
  • Convening, planning and working for positive change
  • Supporting and launching new initiatives

Thank our Alumni who have dedicated time to serve on the SICF Board.  All of Southern Illinois has benefited from you leadership!

Patricia Bauer
Bill Bonan, II
Jack Buckley, Jr.
Eric Dirnbeck
Dennis DeRossett
John Gardner
Adrienne Barkley Giffin
Ralph Graham
Jerry Hickam
Don Knight
Linda Lindus
Allan Patton
Beth Pounce
Rosslind Rice
Peter Ruger
Greg Sprehe
Gene Watson
Gail West

Southern Illinois Community Foundation
PO Box 1772
Marion, IL 62959

Phone : 618.997.3700


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