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2020 Board of Directors

Cameo Foster – President

Cameo is the current City Treasurer for the City of Alton and previously served under the past City Treasurer. Cameo fondly remembers coming to YWCA of Alton for swimming and dance classes and joined the Board of Directors in 2017. Cameo has an Associate in Science from Lewis and Clark Community College, a BA in Business Administration and an MBA from Fontbonne University.Cameo

plays an integral role on our Finance Committee. Her skills, education and deep history with YWCA of Alton make her an excellent President.

Lisa Brown – President Elect

Lisa Brown is the Manager of Affordable Housing and Development for the City of Alton Housing Authority. In addition, Lisa is actively involved with the Alton Section of NCNW, Alton Black Alumni, Alton Area NAACP and numerous other local organizations. Lisa is actively involved with YWCA of Alton Get Out The Vote Initiatives and is a member of the Executive Committee.

Erin Kochan – Secretary

Erin Kochan is the Director of Population Health for Jersey Community Hospital. She has previously worked in the tele-health field with other health care organizations as well. She completed her MBA from Franklin University in 2008. Erin lives in Wood River with her husband and two daughters.

Gail Donnelly Bader – Treasurer

Gail Donnelly Bader is a retired local attorney serving the Alton area with primarily dealings in family law. Gail volunteers at Lovejoy Elementary School in the Reach Out and Read program. She serves on the Church and Society Committee for the Main Street United Methodist Church in Alton. Gail chairs the Governance, Resource Development and Advocacy Committees for YWCA.

She played a key role in coordinating the What Were You Wearing exhibit at YWCA in 2017. The What You Were Wearing Exhibit recreates a Student-Survivor Art Installation originating from the RESPECT Program at the University of Arkansas in 2013 and inspired by the poem What I was wearing by Dr. Mary Simmerling. The What Were You Wearing exhibit has been used during 2018 by Call For Help, Inc., and by SIUE Prevention and Advocacy Education Center.

Dr. Wendy Adams – Board Member

Dr. Wendy Adams is the Director of Human Resources for Alton Community Unit School District #11, and holds a Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership. In her nearly 20 years in education, she has taught in several positions for the Edwardsville School District #9, including in a Regular Education Initiative (REI) classroom and as Assistant Principal of Lincoln Middle School. She has also led many extracurricular clubs and activities in STEM, Drama, and Black History.

Outside of the classroom, Dr. Wendy Adams has been involved in the Edwardsville, Illinois, and National Education Associations, where she has served on various committees, the Board of the IEA, and on the Black and Hispanic Caucuses. She is a member of the Bread of Life Church, where she is on the Praise and Worship Team and a member of the choir.

Erica Bratton – Board Member

Erica Bratton joined the Board of Directors 2018 and will be actively involved as one of the 2019 Women of Distinction Event co-chairs. Her event planning skills will be used to coordinate one of our most important events and fund raisers. Erica is on the Board of Directors for the Alton Women’s Home Association and is actively involved in the Alton Section of NCNW. She holds the office of Vice President of Education for the local Toastmasters Club.

Denise Collum West – Board Member

Denise Collum West relocated to the Alton area over 24 years ago. She obtained a BA in Psychology from Grambling State University in LA and a Master of Social Work degree from Washington University in St. Louis. She is currently a Medical Social Worker for SSM Health, with a background in Behavioral Health treatment, Substance Abuse Treatment, Community and Program Development.

Denise has worked with various non-profit boards throughout the Metro-East and served on the Allocations Committee for the United Way of Greater St. Louis. She currently serves on the Governance Committee for YWCA of Alton and is an active member of the Alton Section of National Council of Negro Women where she serves as Treasurer. Denise has spent many years volunteering with local community churches and non-profits in both IL and MO.

Yolanda Crochrell – Board Member

Yolanda is the Executive Director of Quad City Community Development Center serving youth in the Venice/Madison area. She is the first to provide a full summer camp for out of school youth that includes meals. Yolanda has a passion for service. She works closely with Joe Willie Roberts Youth, Future All Stars Mentoring Program, Madison County Transit Outreach Service, St. Louis Food Bank, and the Pack a Sack program. Yolanda is a 2019 YWCA of Alton Woman of Distinction and serves on the Board of Directors for Madison County Housing Authority.

Theresa Franklin – Board Member

Theresa Franklin lives in Alton with her husband, Larry. Together they have 3 grown children. Theresa is a co-owner of Be Well Now, a healthy lifestyle center in Alton. She has been a licensed massage therapist and certified yoga teacher for 16 years. Theresa’s passion is helping others, especially women, in their journeys to feel better. Through Be Well Now she has been able to help jump-start many women’s, and a few men’s, careers in the business of massage and yoga as well as other health-related careers. She has served on numerous fund-raising committees in the past and is happy to serve on the Board of Directors for YWCA of Alton. A life-long animal advocate, she is also currently on the Board of 5A’s. Theresa was selected as a YWCA of Alton Woman of Distinction in 2018.

Tawnya Hooper – Board Member

Tawnya Hooper, has a BA in Psychology from Millikin University and a Masters of Social Work from Washington University and resides in Alton.

Tawnya worked for 4 years at Center for Youth Services/Tri County Counseling in Jerseyville IL serving five counties (Jersey, Greene, Macoupin, Montgomery, and Calhoun Counties) responding to crisis situations between youth and their parents/families. She began her career at IL Department of Children and Family Services as a caseworker for intact families and children in foster care associated with maltreatment. She later became Child Protection Investigator in 1990 where she investigated allegations of abuse/neglect predominantly in Madison County. In 2016, she became a Public Service Administrator of Investigations at the Wood River DCFS office. She supervises a team of 6 Investigative Staff who work tirelessly to ensure child safety.

She has been and continues to volunteer at numerous organizations in the area including Habitat for Humanity, Junior League of Greater Alton, YWCA of Alton (event Woman of Distinction Event Co-Chair in 2018). In addition, she was recognized by YWCA of Alton as a Woman of Distinction in 2016 for her significant contributions to the area and to the mission of YWCA.

Julie Schranck – Board Member

Julie Schranck is an active volunteer in the Riverbend Community and mother of 9 children. When she is not helping out with her children’s athletic and other activities, she is volunteering at Memorial Hospital at the Reception Desk or working with the White Cross Auxiliary for Memorial Hospital.

Julie has served on numerous committees at YWCA but especially loves being involved in the Women of Distinction Event Committee.