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

Len Meyer
Len Meyer — Executive Director and Founder

Len Meyer is the Executive Director and Founder of the Central Illinois Pride Health Center. The Center was the brainchild of Len’s Capstone project for their Undergraduate Degree in Healthcare Administration. Shortly after graduation, Len started the Center.

Len’s background includes over 16 years of EMS experience. Len has also been an Operations Manager for a local cleaning franchise for over 8 years. Len is currently working on their Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration. Len served as the Founding Group of Central Illinois Safe Schools Alliance. Len has experience with teaching First-Aid and CPR, in their prior career. Len is originally from St. Louis and has been a resident of Bloomington-Normal since 2005. Len’s goal with the Center is to serve the LGBTQ community of Central Illinois and collaborate with local resources for the greater good of the area.

Len is married to Gretchen Shelly, has two step-children, 4 dogs, and one cat. Len enjoys hiking and biking, when there is spare time.

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

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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
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.

Denise
Denise Goff, MS,LCPC, CSADC, PCGC

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
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.

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Vicki Hightower

Vicki is currently the Senior Director of Adult Services at the YWCA McLean County. She has served in managerial roles for non-profits for more 27 years. Fifteen of those years were involved with running group homes for developmentally disabled and mentally ill adults. All of her career has found Vicki working with those that need a “hand up” to get back on their feet or to become active participants in their communities. Besides working with those with disabilities, Vicki’s work has included helping incarcerated women reach their goals while institutionalized, working with homeless veterans and helping them get back in the workforce, and her continued work with assisting seniors in McLean County to remain independent for as long as possible in their own homes.

Vicki graduated with a teaching degree from Illinois State University. The loves of her life are her one son, daughter in law, 5 grandchildren, a grand-dog and a grand-cat that all live Peoria. The idea of using her skills and expertise in helping with the Central Illinois Pride Health Center is one that Vicki is very passionate about and hopes to be a part of helping young LGBTQ youth and adults find a more supportive path than she had during her coming out process.

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!