Illinois State Museum Society Board of Directors

The Society Board consists of twelve to fifteen members elected for three year terms. From its ranks the Board elects four officers—Chairperson, Vice-Chair, Treasurer, and Secretary. Any member of the Society may put forth their name for service on the Board. The Nominating Committee of the Board develops the slate of candidates, and presents them to the membership for approval.


Cinda Ackerman Klickna, Chairperson

Cinda Ackerman Klickna grew up in Springfield and graduated from Springfield High School. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Education from the University of Illinois, Urbana, and a Master’s degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Illinois, Springfield. She taught English in the Springfield School district for many years and served in various elected positions with the Illinois Education Association and the National Education Association. She retired in 2017 after serving six years as President of the Illinois Education Association which has a membership of 135,000 teachers and support staff. Klickna served as a trustee of the Illinois Teachers’ Retirement System from 2003-2019. She has been a freelance writer since the 1980s and serves on several boards: Illinois Educators’ Credit Union, Illinois State Museum Society Board, Dana Thomas House Foundation Board, Illinois State Historical Society, and United Way Education Vision Council. She is married to Kim, a retired band/music teacher, and they have two sons, Keith, who lives in Orlando and Kevin (wife Paula, son Dominic) who live in Rochester.

Nichole Boyd

Nichole received her Master of Arts in History with a concentration in American Indian history from Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC). She also holds a Bachelor of Science from SIUC and an Associates of Equine Science from Highland Community College. For the past 15 years Nichole has worked closely with Tribal leadership and university administrators to advocate for Indigenous peoples at predominately White institutions to center sovereignty and further shared goals through collaboration, advocacy, and inclusion. Currently she serves as the Director of the Native American House at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Most recently Nichole has been named to the Native American Employment Plan Advisory Council for the State of Illinois.

Clayton Hamrick, Treasurer

Clayton Hamrick is an Audit Manager at Kerber, Eck & Braeckel LLP's Springfield, Illinois office. He joined the firm in 2013. Hamrick earned his Master of Professional Accountancy from Illinois State University. He and his wife Ashley and their miniature schnauzer reside in Springfield, Illinois.

Reneé JohnsonLynn Fisher, Secretary

Lynn Fisher is a faculty member in the Sociology/Anthropology Department at the University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) and an Adjunct Research Associate in Anthropology at the Illinois State Museum. She grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, earned a B.A. in Anthropology from Oberlin College in Ohio, and earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of Michigan. Fisher's archaeological research is based in southern Germany, where she spends time each year studying stone technology and land use among prehistoric farming societies. She teaches courses in archaeology and biological anthropology at UIS and has connected UIS students with the Illinois State Museum through student research projects, internships, and field trips. Fisher has served as chair of the UIS Campus Senate and a member of the University Senates Conference, and in various elected positions with University Professionals of Illinois / Illinois Federation of Teachers.

Board Members

Erica Austin

Erica is a native of Springfield, Illinois. She currently works at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine (SIU-SOM) as the Regional Community Liaison and Project Manager for the COVID-19 Centers. Formally, she was an AmeriCorps Program manager through Springfield Urban League and a 4-H Educator through University of Illinois Extension. Recently, she decided to take a leap of faith and JUMP to do what God has been telling her to do for years. Her leap of faith is starting her own youth program. In October of 2019 she started her own youth program entitled “The L.Y.N.C. (Leading Youth, Networking communities).”

Matt Berry

Matt currently serves as Chief of Staff for the Illinois Community College Board where he is responsible for policy development, legislative affairs, public relations, human resources, fiscal management.  He has over fifteen years of experience in higher education finance and policy having previously held positions at the Illinois Board of Higher Education and Office of the Illinois Senate President.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Illinois College, and has a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Illinois at Springfield. Matt is very active in fundraising for community organizations. He was a member of the Westminster Cooperative Preschool Board where he spear-headed their fundraising efforts and has served on the Phoenix Center’s Fundraising Committee. Matt and his husband and son live in New Berlin. 

Ava Carpenter-McPike

Ava is a native of East Saint Louis currently residing in Springfield, Illinois. She is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Nu Omicron Omega Chapter in Springfield. In January of 1996, she was initiated into the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and has not stopped carrying out the mission of service to all mankind. She has held several positions within her chapter, the last being President. She is also a member of the Eureka Grand Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star-Estella Chapter. She is a member of the Springfield Black Chamber of Commerce and the Illinois Probation Court Services Association where she currently chairs the Gender Responsive Committee. She was also just appointed to the Lincoln College Criminal Justice Advisory Board. Ava has a passion for working with disadvantaged youth. She feels the youth in our criminal justice system don’t always get the fairness they deserve. She has dedicated 23 years to serving as a voice for those that cannot speak for themselves. Her current title is Senior Probation Officer/Individual Program Coordinator. A major part of her job is developing programming while youth are incarcerated to help them make better decisions and reduce recidivism. She also serves as a liaison between the youth, court system and the community. Ava is the proud mother of two lovely children, Aryana and Araya.

Louise Constant

Louise Constant is a native of Springfield. She served as Director of Finance for the Springfield Department of Public Health and Safety from 1974 to 1996. Previously, she has more than 20 years of experience in business with a focus on bookkeeping and finance. She was a member of the American Business Women's Association for 45 years and served as president of a Springfield chapter for several years. Now retired, she continues part time bookkeeping work and joined the ISMS Board of Directors in 2017. She serves on the Finance Committee.

Bryan Finn

Bryan is currently employed at the Illinois Department of Human Services, Bureau of Policy Development, as the Manager of Research and Reporting. Previously, he has worked in healthcare for 30 years in various administrative capacities. As a resident of Springfield for over 37 years, he has served on various community and professional boards striving to enhance the services offered by these organizations. Bryan earned a B.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh and an MBA degree from the University of Illinois – Springfield.

Amy Gerloff

Amy Gerloff currently serves as Vice President and Assistant General counsel for Horace Mann.  She has been a licensed attorney for more than 16 years. She served the Illinois Department of Central Management Services as procurement counsel and previously as an Assistant Attorney General from 2007 to 2010. Gerloff received her JD from the University of Illinois School of Law in 2004 and MBA from the University of Illinois in 2001.  She has four daughters ages 3 to 11 and resides in Chatham, Illinois.

Latoya McRaeLatoya McRae

Latoya McRae holds a Master of Science degree in both Adult Education and Human Resource Management from Buffalo State College and New York University, respectively. She also earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Buffalo State College. She currently works as the Integration and Training Coordinator for the Center for Workforce Development at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. She is a member of the Society of Human Resource Management and the Association for Talent Development. Latoya resides in Springfield.

Jo Nast

Jo Nast received her MA in Anthropology with concentrations in Museum Studies, Art and Anthropology, and Material Culture. She is retired and spent over 15 years in Research Development Administration. In this role she served as Research Project Specialist in the Office of Research Development and Administration at SIUC and Director of the University's Undergraduate Research Program, and prior to that as Executive Director of Development and Research at John A. Logan College. Before entering research development, she was Curator of History at the University Museum at SIUC and began her career as Director of Educational Services at the former Illinois State Historical Library in Springfield.

Mark R. PenceMark R. Pence

Mark earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in Biology/Molecular Biology from Beloit College and the University of Iowa. Over the past 35 years he has taught Biology and Chemistry plus the occasional Physical Anthropology course at Springfield College in Illinois; worked in various areas at Levi, Ray & Shoup, Inc.; and served on the Boards of several artistic, cultural, and educational organizations in central Illinois.  Recently retired, he is working harder than ever on other interests—among them genealogy, early methods of photography, designing publications, and reading.  Mark and his wife Cheryl, retired from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, live in Springfield.

Dr. Christine Todd

Christine Yasuko Todd, MD FACP FHM received her undergraduate degree in English Language and Literature from The University of Chicago, her MD from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, and did her residency and chief residency at the University Hospitals of the Case Western Reserve and Louis Stokes VAMC. She has been a faculty member at SIUSOM in the departments of Internal Medicine and Medical Humanities, and currently chairs the department of Medical Humanities as well as leading the Wellness Pillar of the Center for Human and Organizational Development at SIUSOM.

 Marishonta Wilkerson Marishonta Wilkerson

Marishonta is the Director of the State Census Office and brings a wide range of government and legal experience to the state’s effort to ensure a complete count. Since January 2017, she has served as Assistant Counsel to the Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives, where she handled a broad range of high-profile public policy issues, lead technical research and provided bill analysis and legal guidance for members of the General Assembly, their staff and committees. Prior to her state government experience, Wilkerson worked in the Zeke Giorgi Legal Clinic as the Illinois Bar Foundation Fellow where she managed an array of family law, domestic violence, and estate planning cases. A fluent Spanish speaker, she earned her Juris Doctor from Northern Illinois University College of Law  and Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Literature from Spelman College.