Board Members

Please contact us if you would like to reach one of our board members.
The board meets every Second Monday of each month beginning January 2017.

Executive Board Members

Jan Lancaster
Jan Lancaster — President

Jan spent most of her young adult life working for small businesses, with the last stint being at The Music Shoppe of Normal, for almost twenty years. During that time, she was involved in many organizations, with political activism being on the top of the list. In July 1993, she opened The Bistro and had been the sole owner. Over the almost twenty-five years, she I have been an advocate for equality with the focus being on the LGBTQ Community. In November 1998, she opened a restaurant in Downtown Bloomington called Lancaster’s which she closed after sixteen years.

Over the last twenty-five years, Jan has been involved in all aspects of Downtown Bloomington, serving on many boards, commissions, and committees, as well as serving as President of The Downtown Bloomington Association for many years and currently am Vice President. She has been referred to as “the Mayor of Main Street.” She is on the Human Relations Commission, as well as, serves as a liaison between the Downtown Bar Owners, Residents, Businesses and Business Owners, and the Liquor Commission. She has served on many boards including McLean County Aids Task Force, Advocacy Council for Human Rights (now PPC), Friends of the Trail, and Jail Review Board to name a few.

She has two adult children, John and Sara, who are her heart but I am Momma to many young and old that she has been fortunate to have in her life. She believes Education is Key!

Kendra Henson
Kendra Henson — Vice President

Kendra currently works as a Business Operations Specialist for the American Red Cross and serves on the National Steering Committee for the LGBT Team Member Resource Group for the Red Cross as well as serving as co-chair for the Engagement Sub-Committee.

Kendra has worked as a medical social worker for the State of Vermont Department of Health, serving children with special health needs and has served non-profit organizations in different roles since 1997. Kendra resides in Normal, IL with her wife and two children.

Shanna Fish
Shanna Fish — Secretary

Growing up in the Midwest, I developed work and personal values that are important to me like being friendly, hard-working, and accepting. My upbringing and Lego hobby set me on my path to become an Architect. I have a passion for making the world a better place. This Health Center is my way of making positive change in our community.

Board Members at Large

Dr. Adam Houghton MD

Dr. Adam Houghton grew up in Havana, Illinois. Adam and his wife have been great friends with the Hills since medical school. He provides care to patients of all ages with special interest in sports medicine, mental health, LGBT issues, and women’s health. When not in the office, you may find Adam spending time with his family, running the trail, and frequenting local used bookstores.

Madonna Courtright

Recognizing the need for support by someone with her skill set, this consultant to non-profits for public relations, fund development; and award-winning graphic design joined forces with the Central Illinois PRIDE Health Center as ally to the cause.

Madonna has been involved with numerous McLean County non-profits in human services and the arts. She has assisted with friend-raising/fund-raising campaigns, and served as a board member to many organizations. In recognition of her efforts, she received the YWCA Women of Distinction Award in 2013 for her volunteer service.

A southern Illinois native and graduate of SIU-C, Madonna has also worked in the Dallas and New York markets. She currently works full-time as Development Director with the Humane Society of Central Illinois. For the past 25 years, she has also been a Recreation Instructor with Bloomington Parks & Rec SOAR program for the developmentally disabled in the community. She is a Usui Reiki Master/Teacher practicing at Eastland Chiropractic. Madonna spends her free time as a Hospice Volunteer with Advocate BroMenn. She is married to Dr. Jeffrey Courtright, professor at ISU in the School of Communication. The have two rescue dogs, Barney and Schatzi and no children.


I have over 20 years of experience in counseling clients with mental health/substance abuse concerns. I had served as Chairperson of Gay People’s Alliance (now PRIDE) @ Illinois State University for 6 years & successfully petitioned to have “sexual orientation” added to the university’s non-discrimination policy. I counseled people living with HIV/AIDS and served on the board of directors for the McLean County AIDS Task Force for 15 years. I also supervised peer counselors and volunteered with the LGBTQ youth drop-in center. I’m excited to be assisting with the opening of the CI Pride Health Center, as this is a great need in our community, and we should not have to travel elsewhere to get our needs met.

Cindy Hauk

Cindy Hauk is the Supply Chain Manager at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center. She has worked at Advocate BroMenn Medical center for over 25 years in various roles. Prior to moving to the Bloomington-Normal area, Cindy began her career as a Surgical Technologist in the Operating Room at Memorial Medical Center and St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Illinois. She received her certificate in Surgical Technology from Parkland Junior College. She went on to obtain her Associated Degree in Nursing from Lincoln Land Community College before completing her BSN at Purdue University Calumet. After working in Springfield, Illinois for 6 years, Cindy moved to Normal Illinois where she began her career at BroMenn Medical Center in the Operating Room. During her career she has spent 15 years in the operating room as a Circulating Registered Nurse, Specialty Head, Charge Nurse and Scrub Nurse.
In 2000 she became a Certified Operating Room Nurse (CNOR). Cindy has served as past President, Vice President, and Treasure for her local Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN) Chapter 1416. Cindy continues to be involved with her local AORN Chapter.

She is a 2016 graduate of the Multicultural Leadership Program (MCLP). Cindy feels her experience through the MCLP have helped improve her leadership skills and has helped her become more involved in the community.

Julia Mendez
Julia Mendez

Julia, a Bloomington-Normal native, is the Director of Adoption Services with ABC Counseling and Family Services in Normal, Illinois. After serving two years as an AmeriCorps member in Austin, Texas, Julia completed her Bachelor’s of Social Work from Texas State University. Over her twenty year career in Social Work, Julia has had the privilege of working with children and families facing life transitions.

She is looking forward to working with the Central Illinois Pride Health Clinic Board of Directors in continuing to develop a vital community resource for families throughout Illinois. Julia is the proud soccer mom of three children and wife to Marcos Mendez.

Cinnamon Porter
Cinnamon Porter

Cinnamon Porter is the Prevention Educator for Stepping Stones at YWCA McLean County. Cinnamon graduated from Illinois State University with their Bachelors of Social Work in 2016. Cinnamon is working towards eradicating all oppressive systems and creating and implementing equitable systems. Being a board member for the Central Illinois Pride Health Center is an exciting opportunity for them because CIPHC provides accessible and equitable healthcare, which is a necessary step towards equality. As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, making sure this community has equal rights is not only personal, it is necessary.

In their free time, Cinnamon enjoys playing sports, video games, attending concerts, and singing karaoke at The Bistro!

William Mahrt
William Mahrt

William Mahrt graduated from Normal Community High School in May of 2005 and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in linguistics and German language studies from the University of Illinois in 2009. In 2013, he received his Juris Doctorate from the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis and was admitted to the Illinois Bar in October of that year. In February 2014 he returned to Bloomington to practice law..