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Our Board & Staff

Board Members

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Shauna Clayborn, President

As the Board President of the YWCA, Shauna Clayborn stands as a dedicated leader committed to fostering trust, meaningful connections, and positive change. Born and raised in Champaign, Shauna's deep roots in the community equip her with a profound understanding of local culture, diversity challenges, and the perspectives of underserved communities.

Her professional journey includes over 14 years of service at the University of Illinois System, where she played key roles in communications and supplier diversity. Most recently, Shauna has pioneered as the first Procurement and DEI Officer for the State Universities Retirement System, showcasing her unwavering dedication to creating opportunities for small diverse businesses and championing inclusive procurement practices.

Outside of her professional commitments, Shauna loves working out, living a healthy lifestyle, and helping others do the same. In 2022, Shauna translated her passion for assisting others and promoting a better quality of life into action by launching Honey Kissed Fitness. This venture aims to provide community and group fitness opportunities tailored for women and youth. 

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Tenea Harris, Vice President

Tenea Harris, a dedicated Vice President, is committed to steering positive change, fostering innovation, and amplifying the voices of those in need. Her altruistic journey began in her youth, inspired by her grandmother's selfless acts of providing food and water to anyone in need. These early experiences ignited Tenea's fervor for meaningful philanthropy.

 

Currently, Tenea channels her passion into volunteer work, focusing on underserved and overlooked communities through organizations such as YWCA Champaign County and Make-A-Wish Illinois, where she serves as a volunteer wish granter. Her volunteerism exemplifies her commitment to making a tangible impact on the lives of those facing challenges.

In her professional role as Supplier Diversity Manager, Tenea plays a pivotal role in facilitating opportunities for minority-, women-, and veteran-owned businesses to collaborate with the University of Illinois. By actively working to include historically marginalized groups, Tenea is dedicated to building bridges of opportunity and addressing longstanding disparities.

A proud Illinois native, Tenea serves as a passionate community advocate for Champaign and its surrounding counties. Through her leadership on nonprofit boards, she actively contributes to making a positive difference in the community. Tenea's call to action invites others to join her on the fulfilling journey of impact and transformation, emphasizing the collective power of community involvement.

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Jemiyah Beard, Treasurer

Jemiyah Beard, a proud resident of Champaign, IL, serves with distinction as the Treasurer on the  Board of Directors for the YWCA. Beyond her financial expertise, Jemiyah is a dynamic individual  with diverse interests. As a voracious reader, she constantly explores new literary landscapes,  fostering a deep appreciation for knowledge and diverse perspectives. 

 

Outside the boardroom, Jemiyah is not only a culinary enthusiast who loves experimenting in the  kitchen but also a dedicated volunteer within the community. Her commitment to service extends  beyond her board role, as she actively contributes to various local initiatives. Jemiyah is also a  passionate small business owner, embodying the entrepreneurial spirit that drives innovation and  community growth. 

 

Amidst her busy schedule, Jemiyah places paramount importance on spending quality time with  family and friends. Her ability to balance professional, entrepreneurial, and personal pursuits reflects  her resilience and commitment to holistic community well-being. 

 

Jemiyah Beard stands as a valuable asset to the YWCA Board, bringing financial acumen, a spirit of  service, and a multifaceted approach to community leadership.

 

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Anne Skuse

Anne Skuse, a Miami, Florida native, transplanted herself to the Midwest to pursue her passion for music performance and ethnomusicology. Her academic journey at the University of Illinois delved into countercultural responses within musical practices in response to the prevailing social and political climate.

Following the completion of her degrees, Anne assumed a pivotal role as the business leader for a local independent company, dedicating over a decade to its success. Throughout her tenure, she found increasing motivation to make a positive impact in the Champaign-Urbana community, a mission that has become central to her professional identity.

 

In the fall of 2022, Anne began part-time employment in resource development with the United Way of Champaign County and is now full-time as the Director of Strategic Partnerships. Also in the fall of 2022, Anne joined the Board of Directors for the YWCA of Champaign County to be a part of the YWCA mission to eliminate racism and empower women.

Anne takes pride in being an integral part of the resilient and caring Champaign-Urbana community. Her professional expertise and unwavering energy are dedicated to contributing to the betterment of the community she calls home. Motivated by love for her son and family, Anne embodies the spirit of positive change and is an inspiring force in the pursuit of justice and empowerment.

 

 

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Marguerite Bailey

Marguerite Bailey, a resident of Rantoul, brings a wealth of experience and dedication to her various roles in both professional and community service. Prior to 2021, she called Vermilion County home, where she served as a county employee for nearly a decade.

Marguerite's professional journey includes almost 10 years of service in Vermilion County, where she began in the States Attorney’s office as a legal secretary, later assuming the role of office manager. Transitioning to the County Board office, she worked under Chairman Mike Marron as the county’s Benefits/Payroll Coordinator. Subsequently, Marguerite contributed her skills to Wolfram Research in Human Resources before being recruited by State Representative Mike Marron as his Legislative Assistant for the second district office in Rantoul.

 

Her civic engagement extends beyond the workplace, as evidenced by her eight years as a trustee for the village of Potomac, IL, in Vermilion County. Despite her full-time commitments, Marguerite has been a devoted mother to four children.

Marguerite's remarkable volunteerism spans over 17 years with the Scouts BSA Prairielands Council, where she has served as Den Leader, Cub Master, Scout Master, and currently holds the role of Council Commissioner for the Many Trails District. In addition, she contributes her time to organizations such as the CU Junior League group, Rantoul Exchange Club, and The Salvation Army.

During the fall, Marguerite takes on the role of assistant coach for the Centennial High School Girls Tennis team, showcasing her commitment to empowering young minds beyond her professional responsibilities. Her dedication to advocacy and community involvement led her to join the YWCA Board in 2022, where she chairs the Advocacy Committee.

 

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Bridget Schott

Bridget Schott is a seasoned legal professional currently serving as an Assistant States Attorney in Lee County, situated in Dixon, Illinois. With a steadfast commitment to public service spanning over 13 years,  Bridget has built a sterling reputation as a tenacious and strategic litigator, specializing in trial advocacy. Her extensive experience encompasses the prosecution of domestic violence and sexual abuse trials, demonstrating her dedication to seeking justice for victims of violent crimes.

Driven by a belief in empowering those affected by the crimes she prosecutes, Bridget found a natural alignment with the YWCA and its mission of "empowering women, eliminating racism." Since 2020, she has served on the executive board of the YWCA of Champaign County, contributing her skills and passion to support the organization's impactful initiatives.

Outside of her legal and community advocacy roles, Bridget loves to travel the globe, play golf,  and take long walks with her dog. 

Staff

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Executive Director

Andrea Rundell

Andrea Rundell is at the helm of YWCA Champaign County, serving as the passionate and dedicated Executive Director. With a decade of commitment to the mission of "eliminating racism and empowering women," Andrea brings a wealth of experience and unwavering enthusiasm to her role.

Originally drawn to Champaign-Urbana in 1992 to pursue a Ph.D. in Philosophy, Andrea found her calling in the dynamic world of local nonprofits. Over the past 30 years, she has become a fixture in the nonprofit sector, contributing significantly to various causes and initiatives.

With a diverse background, Andrea has championed statewide healthcare advocacy, facilitated teen parenting groups, and served as Vice President of Community Impact at United Way of Champaign County. Prior to her role at YWCA, she held the position of Director of Programs for the Eastern Illinois Foodbank, where her passion for addressing hunger in the United States continued to shine.

In addition to her role at YWCA, Andrea has played key leadership roles in the local community. She is proud to have served as Chair of the local Human Services Council and as a founding member of the Latino Partnership of Champaign County.

Andrea's commitment to her community extends to her personal life. She resides in Urbana with her son and a revolving cast of rescued dogs, embodying her dedication to making a positive impact on both people and animals.

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STRIVE Program Coordinator

Brandy Smith

A proud native of Chicago, Illinois, Brandy Smith is a dedicated professional who joined the YWCA in 2021, taking on the vital role of Program Coordinator for the YWCA Strive Program.

Brandy brings a wealth of experience to her position, having served previously as the Technology Program Coordinator with Jane Addams Hull House in Chicago. Her background includes not only teaching technology but also facilitating programs focused on racial healing and justice. This unique combination of skills underscores her commitment to holistic empowerment and social justice.

A student at heart, Brandy has pursued her education at Loyola University and is currently on a journey to complete her degree with Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU).

At the core of Brandy's passion is the YWCA's mission: ensuring that ALL women have the right to be safe and the autonomy to choose the direction of their lives. Her role as Program Coordinator for the YWCA Strive Program aligns seamlessly with her dedication to creating pathways for women to thrive and assert control over their destinies.

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Program Staff

Janalisse Rosado

Born in the vibrant city of Caguas, Puerto Rico, Janalisse Rosado's journey has taken her from the Caribbean to the heart of central Illinois. As a teenager, she relocated with her parents, carrying with her the rich cultural tapestry and strong values instilled by her upbringing.

Janalisse is the proud daughter of two ministers, an experience that has deeply influenced her worldview. Faith, loyalty, and trust are not just words for her; they are guiding principles that shape her approach to life. These values form the foundation of her work, both personally and professionally.

In her role at the YWCA Champaign County, Janalisse has found a fulfilling purpose. She is passionate about witnessing her students embark on transformative journeys. For Janalisse, it's not just about imparting new skills; it's about nurturing confidence and instilling the belief that individuals can take charge of their own lives.

In her own words, "We don’t just empower people, we inspire one another." Janalisse's commitment to the collective upliftment of those around her is a testament to the transformative power of shared values and a collaborative spirit.

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