Wes King ( Executive Director)
Wes King is the Executive Director for Illinois Stewardship Alliance (ISA). Wes joined ISA in the Spring of 2009 as Policy Coordinator and later as Policy Director, in January of 2013 he started work as ISA’s Interim Executive Director. Beyond executive management functions, the focus of his work is developing and monitoring sustainable agriculture and local food related legislation in Springfield and at the Federal Level. In addition, Wes is working on organizing and building the capacity of grassroots stakeholders to influence food and farm related policy decisions. On the national level, Wes serves as the co-chair for the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition’s Marketing, Food Systems, and Rural Development Committee.
Prior to joining ISA, Wes was an organizer at the Illinois Environmental Council conducting organizing and policy work for a statewide coalition of environmental organizations. Wes has a BA in Political Studies from the University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS) and an MA in Political Studies from UIS. While working on his MA, Wes interned at the Illinois EPA and studied the effects of globalization on agriculture in Latin America. In his free time, Wes enjoys hiking, camping, kayaking and organic gardening.
Lindsay Record (Program Director)
Lindsay was appointed Executive Director by the ISA Board of Directors in early 2009 after serving as Program Coordinator at ISA for over two years. On January 15th, 2013 Lindsay stepped down from her role as Executive Director to spend more time with her family, she remains on staff part-time as the Program Director. As Program Director, Lindsay continues to reach out to farmers, consumers, restaurants and retailers in central Illinois to promote locally produced foods and connect local growers and producers to new markets.
Prior to coming to Illinois Stewardship Alliance, Lindsay studied Policy Advocacy and Social Justice at the School for International Training and received a B.A. from Arizona State University with concentrations in Anthropology and Sociology. Throughout her studies, Lindsay kept her connection to the land by working on farms in Arizona, Illinois and New Hampshire. Lindsay is a Central Illinois Farm Beginnings graduate. Lindsay, her husband and son hope to help both of their central Illinois based family farms flourish in becoming diversified sustainable operations.
Woody Woodruff (Conservation Associate)
Woody’s worked in conservation for more than two decades, and has done everything from train agricultural workers in Africa about crop rotation to running the Woodruff Family Farm in Modesto Illinois. Woody’s farm consists of 100 acres of cropland with 50 acres in a corn, soybean & wheat rotation, utilizing cover crops in that rotation. The remaining cropland has been restored into a prairie/savanna restoration which is protecting four acres of wetlands. Woody has inter-planted fruit and nut trees into his six acres of pasture. The remaining 50 acres of the land is maintained in timber.
In addition to working the land, Woody’s been working in the conservation field since the late 1980s. During his time as a Peace Corps volunteer Woody taught farmers in West Africa about crop rotations, new irrigation techniques and other conservation practices. He’s also worked at Sangamon County Soil & Water District, testing different best management practices, improving the water quality through conservation techniques and promoting conservation programs.
Dee Carlson (Office Manager)
Dee Carlson began her time as the ISA office manager with over 20 years of management experience. Her employment history includes 12 years of office management with payroll and bookkeeping experience, and a strong work ethic. Dee’s diversified work background and skills will be a valued asset at ISA.
Dee is excited about facing new challenges and using her organizational abilities in her new work environment. She has always been interested in learning and getting involved and hopes her employment at ISA will continue to challenge her growth.
When Dee’s not working, you can find her enjoying time with her family and being outdoors. The love of nature combined with the desire to learn more about healthy eating and organic gardening lead Dee to the ISA, which offered her the opportunity to use her skills and fulfill her passion to contribute. ISA’s local food campaigns, support of small farms and initiatives to develop local food systems will provide a way to get involved.
Molly is the newest member of the Illinois Stewardship Alliance (ISA), joining as Outreach Coordinator in January 2014. As Outreach Coordinator, Molly works to promote ISA, local foods, and conservation through both local and social media while also serving as an editor and contributor for the website and e-newsletter.
Molly was raised on a third generation family farm in Elkhart, Illinois, and has always felt a strong connection to agriculture and the land. Growing up she was part of her local 4-H and FFA chapters and loved helping out in the family garden. She graduated from Illinois State University with a Spanish Education degree and spent three years teaching middle school Spanish as well as one year teaching university-level English in the Dominican Republic before settling back down to her roots in Central Illinois. Molly brings to ISA four years of experience in creating and giving presentations, as well as a love for writing, green living, and an innate sense of respect and caring for the land and the natural world that stems from it. In her spare time, you can find Molly in the kitchen testing out new recipes, running or hiking outdoors, or catching up on a good book.
Katelynn Essig grew up in Rochester, IL. She moved back home after receiving her BS in Psychology and Environmental Science at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville to work on her Master’s degree in Sustainable Development and Policy at UIS. She recently completed her studies this past May and is now working with the Illinois Stewardship Alliance as an intern. Katelynn has embarked on many new adventures coming back home, getting involved with Sustainable Springfield Inc, Generation Healthy Kids, Lincoln Memorial Gardens, and the Illinois Environmental Council. Her primary interests revolve around local food, building local economies, renewable energy, and instilling sustainability on a global scale. Katelynn has experience in project management, website development, outreach, and a wealth of knowledge in sustainability. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors, hanging with family and friends, cooking, and reading a good book.
Cori grew up on her family’s farm in Pleasant Plains, Illinois. Growing up she was an active member of 4-H, her main projects being in raising and showing poultry and rabbits. In high school she transitioned into joining FFA where she gained the title of the chapter president. Cori has always been deeply involved in her local community, for instance in 2010 she was honored with the title of “Miss Clayville” by the Pleasant Plains Historical Society. Cori was also chosen to travel to Ashikaga, Japan with the Sister Cities of Springfield organization during high school, and that marked the beginning of her worldly adventures. After graduating from Pleasant Plains High School, Cori traveled to Sweden to work as an Au Pair. During that first year, she found out about Lund University in Sweden and was accepted and admitted into the Bachelor’s Program in Developmental Studies there. Her interest in sustainable development has only blossomed since then. In her spare time you can find Cori riding horses, mountain bike riding, kayaking, or reading a good book.