Kristi moved to Galesburg when she was four and has lived here most of her life. She is the oldest of six children, who along with her father and grandfather, all graduated from GHS. Graduating from Knox College she went on to teach one year at Steele Elementary School. She is currently working part-time at Mustain Law Office, a local law firm, which allows her the freedom to be involved in many community organizations. Kristi joined the Foundation board in 2004 and is currently serving as President. She has run the Annual Duck Race telethon for several years along with helping sell ducks for her children’s schools. Kristi’s son attended Galesburg High School and her daughter attends Churchill School. In addition to her Foundation work, she formally served on the Community Preschool and Discovery Depot Children’s Museum Boards and now serves on the Relay for Life Committee. She is President of the Silas Willard PTO and is a member of the District #250 Strategic Planning Committee. Kristi feels giving back to the community is so very important and her foundation work lets her do just that.
Connie came to Galesburg in 1977 and is a graduate of Rockford Memorial School of Nursing and the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has been employed by OSF St. Mary Medical Center for nearly 34 years currently working as RN Director of Educational Resources. A member of the Board since 2000, Connie and her husband Chuck have two daughters who graduated from GHS and she has always been active in their schools with the PTO’s and Booster Clubs. Connie was named 2004 Progressive Women of the Year and is a Leadership Greater Galesburg graduate. She is active in her church and served as a past president of the Women’s Issue Network.
Karen Z. Hawkinson:
One of the charter members of the Board of Directors, Karen knew it was important to raise money for schools but the need to have a body that would build good relations between the public and the school district was central thus helping education be valued the way it should be. A graduate of Knox College, Karen and her husband Carl (1966 GHS grad), have three children who have graduated from GHS. She is a Foundation past-President and Duck Chairman and currently serves as Treasurer. Karen recently retired from Knox College where she was the Coordinator of the Center for Global Studies and is member of the OSF St. Mary’s Foundation Board. She has assisted the District in writing grants and coordinated the George Washington Gale Scholar Program for several years.
Lynn Armstrong is an Iowa native who moved to Galesburg in 1988. She is married with two sons, one attending Galesburg High School and the other in college. Lynn works as an Area Technician with the community and business programs and Multi-Family Housing at the USDA Rural Development office in Galesburg. As a former teacher in District 205, education remains very important to her, so she stays active in her roles at school along with Foundation work. Lynn is a Booster Club member and also supports the parent organizations for band and sports that her sons have participated in at their respective schools. She believes that showing support and encouragement for the students, educators, and school activities is vital, along with helping to provide additional resources that aren’t available through regular school funding. Lynn joined the GPSF Board in 2005.
Nancy was born and raised in Galesburg, graduating from GHS in 1978. She and her husband Bob, 1974 GHS grad, have two children who went through the district’s schools and graduated from GHS in 2001 and 2003. Nancy attended Carl Sandburg College and is currently employed as Mortgage Loan Officer at Midwest Bank of Western Illinois. Seeing an opportunity to help children in the community, Nancy joined the board in 2005. She also serves as a volunteer for the Elks lodge.
Mary was born and raised in Galesburg, graduating from GHS in 2004. She attended Carl Sandburg College and is currently employed at Dick Blick Art Materials as an Accounts Payable Associate. She has two sons who are currently in the district. She is also active in the Nielson PTO.
Cheryl joined the board in 2002 and has served as Foundation Secretary in the past. She and her husband Peter have four children who graduated from GHS the most recent in 2005. Early on as a stay at home mom, she always kept active in her children’s schools as a room mother, PTO member and Booster Club member. Cheryl has coordinated Duck Radio-thon since its inception. She has been active in her church and OSF Auxiliary projects. Cheryl is employed as an RN in her husband’s ENT office
Molly was born and raised in Galesburg, attending District 205 schools and graduating in 1991. She and her husband, Jeremy – a 1989 GHS grad, have two children, one attending Steele Elementary School and one, Churchill Junior High. Molly has been teaching third grade at Nielson Elementary School for 14 years. She serves on various committees at Nielson and currently is the Vice President and ‘chief duck seller’ of Steele School’s PTO. She and her husband are also very involved in other community service organizations as well as active members of their church. Molly joined the Foundation in 2010 and believes that all children deserve to have the same positive educational experiences that she had growing up in District 205.
Douglas D. Mustain:
Doug is a 1963 graduate of GHS. He is one of the original members of the Board of Directors serving since 1987 and was a past president. Doug practices law in Galesburg. Doug and his wife Shari have raised six children who have all attended school in District 205 and are GHS graduates. Doug and Shari have two grandchildren who are attending schools in the district.
Teresa is a Galesburg native. She attended Bateman, Steele, Churchill Jr. High, and Galesburg High School. Teresa attended Carl Sandburg College from 1981-1983 and Western Illinois University from 1983-1985. She received her teacher certification from Knox College in 1987. Teresa taught and lived near Dallas, Texas for ten years and returned to Galesburg in 1997. She taught Adaptive P.E. at KWSED for a year and then began teaching 7th grade language arts at Churchill Jr. High. Teresa has coached GHS sophomore and Churchill 8th grade volleyball. Currently, Teresa serves on the United Way of Knox County, the GHS Hall of Fame committee, the Great Galesburg Shake committee, and the Reading at the Crossroads committee. She joined the GPSF Board of Directors in the spring of 2016 and looks forward to helping Galesburg students achieve their dreams.
Sandy attended Galesburg schools and graduated from GHS in 1974. She went on to the University of Illinois, graduating in 1978 and recently completed her Masters degree in Instructional Strategies from Rockford College. Sandy has worked for District #205 since 1990 beginning as a preschool teacher at Bright Futures and then at King Elementary School as secretary. She served as Community Information Coordinator for the district for five years and is currently teaching Family & Consumer Science at the high school. Sandy and her husband Tom’s three children all graduated from GHS. Seeing first hand the impact that the Foundation has on the lives of so many children in Galesburg, she joined our board in 1999. Sandy is also active in Chapter MG PEO, and the Coldbrook Christian Church.
Tom has been in the Galesburg area for over 26 years and joined the Board in 2002. He is a past President of the foundation. Tom and his wife Sandy’s three children all graduated from GHS and their grandchildren are currently attending district 205 schools. He is employed at Iowa Mold Tooling as Regional Sales Manager. Tom is also a past-president of the IL Soybean Association and the Warren Henderson County Farm Bureau and has been active in Illinois Corn Growers and the GHS Booster Club. His support of the Foundation stems from his belief that the educational system in any community is key to the success of not only the community at large, but to the individual student too.
Mark is a native of Galesburg and a 1974 GHS graduate. He joined the Board in 1999. Mark is married with one daughter who graduated from GHS in 1999. He is a graduate of Monmouth College and is currently Director of Major Gifts at Knox College. In addition to his work with the Foundation, he serves as Chairman of the Endowment Committee at First Presbyterian Church and is a member of the Western Illinois Estate and Financial Planners Forum.
Teresa has been living in Galesburg since 2004. She graduated from Illinois State University with a degree in elementary education and earned her Masters degree in reading education from Western Illinois University. Teresa taught middle school reading and language arts for 15 years, six of those years here in Galesburg. She and her husband Dave, a teacher at Galesburg High School, both know firsthand how valuable it is to have the support of our community in education. As Administrator, she manages the day-to-day operations and is responsible for coordinating volunteers, fundraising, and bookkeeping.