Board of Directors
Duane currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer for YTB as well as an Associate Pastor of River of Life Family Church. He has two children, Isaac and Lauren, and they are passionate about helping people create memories that will last for a lifetime. He is a huge Georgia Bulldog football fan. Duane believes that we are meant to live life as a river, not a reservoir and that all of us have something to give to make the world a better place.
Jess is an eCommerce Project Manager for Royal Canin USA, where she has the opportunity to enjoy dogs and projects every day! She has a passion for serving others and always accepts a new challenge with tenacity. Jess and her husband Eric love hanging out with their dog Chase, kayaking, running and traveling together. In her spare time, she also enjoys working out, crafting, and spending time with friends and family. She joined the JWVCF board in 2016 with the goal of expanding fundraising opportunities in order to serve more families battling cancer.
Kelly is the Music Director, Assistant Program Director and Midday Talk Show Host for 99.1 JoyFM. Prior to Joy FM she was with KYKY y98FM as the Midday Talk Show Host. She has been married for 22 years and has three fantastic children. She loves to hike, bike, ski and just enjoy the outdoors with her family. She’s not picky about her food, but she will take you down if you interrupt ice cream time! And while it may be hard to believe, she can talk for 2 minutes without taking a breath!
Sandy has been active in ministry for 40 years. She has served as Children’s Pastor, Youth Pastor, Senior Pastor and a variety of other roles with her husband of 47 years. In addition to her ministry experience she was a District Manager for H&R Block as well as the Executive Vice President of YTB International, Inc. She loves spending time with her wonderful family and spoiling her grandbabies!
Honorable Sarah D. Smith
Sarah is an Associate Judge in Madison County, Illinois. She is married and has three children. Her and her husband are also members of the United States Army and have a combined 5 combat deployments. She credits her military training for preparing her to be a mother of three little boys. She has a passion for public service and is actively involved in local veteran and other charitable organizations. In her spare time, Sarah loves going to auctions, reading, working out, and spending time with her family outdoors. Jennifer was Sarah’s childhood friend and she is excited to be a part of this organization and to share Jennifer’s spirit and legacy with others.
Danielle has been a nurse for 21 years and has been an oncology nurse for 15 years currently serving at Siteman Cancer Center in St. Louis. She and her wonderful husband, Patrick, have two beautiful children Mitchell and Kennedy. When not serving people Danielle and her family love to spend time on the lake, boating and skiing. Danielle LOVES football and cheering for the Arizona Cardinals.
Sherry is serving her third term in local government where she has a passion for helping the senior citizens of her community. She is the President of the Clerks Division of Township Officials of Illinois and is a Director on the Township Official of Illinois Board of Directors. In addition, she and her husband of 35 years, Richard, own a restaurant in the community. They have three children, Michelle, Ashley, and Jordan. Sherry loves working in her flower beds, reading, and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren Sophie and Christian.
Caryn is a writer, editor, and storyteller for all kinds of media. She’s worked with brands such as Anheuser-Busch, Walgreens, and Delta Airlines to name a few and is currently leading consumer marketing for Allscripts FollowMyHealth, delivering content and messaging to its 16 million+ and growing user population. When she’s not working, you’ll find Caryn traveling with her husband Clint, many times to a new MLB ballpark. They’re working on visiting all 30!