Meet Our New Board Candidates

Three candidates have been nominated to join the Illinois Stewardship Alliance board of directors in 2018.  Candidates were nominated by Alliance members, staff and board members. We’re happy to announce the candidates below, which will join the Board pending election results.

All Illinois Stewardship Alliance members are eligible to vote.  Elections will be held online via a secure voting web page. We will email the main contact of each current member with details about how to vote.  We will be counting ballots and announcing the results on November 15th.

Erica Beeman

Erica is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.   She has over sixteen years of investment accounting experience working for Bridgewater Associates, Paloma Partners and Harvard Management. Erica has worked extensively with three local not-for-profit organizations; the Prairie Art Alliance, the Hoogland Center for the Arts and Illinois Stewardship Alliance.  Since moving to Springfield, Erica has been involved in many charitable events in central Illinois.  She and her husband, Brent are the proud parents of their six year old daughter, Abby.

“I really enjoyed working with the organization over the past year and half.  I think all of the individuals are very passionate about the work that they do and want to help make a difference in our community and throughout the state.  I want to continue to be part of this amazing group, and to you use my knowledge that I have gained through my  experiences both professionally, and as a volunteer, to help in any way I can to ensure that the Illinois Stewardship Alliance can continue to thrive.”

Chase Sanert

Chase Sanert is the Director of Sales and Business Development at Sugar Grove Family Farms, LLC in Greenview, Illinois where he directs the short and long term agenda in the areas of production, sales, marketing, and distribution of pastured livestock. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Illinois State University in Normal, IL. Chase was named the 2017 Routes to Farm Beginning Farmer of the Year at Chicago’s Good Food Festival.

“My passion lies in the pursuit of promoting regenerative agriculture and producing a better food system. It is my belief that while I can influence many with practices that we live out on our farm, I can educate more as a member of the Illinois Stewardship Board of Directors. This is a role that I will not take lightly as I have the opportunity to join the leaders of the Illinois Stewardship Alliance and help fulfil its mission to promote small and independent farmers that utilize sustainable and organic practices on Illinois farms.”

Emily Wright

Emily Wright is a graduate of Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri with a Masters in Business Administration. She also holds a Bachelors Degree in Business-Economics from Illinois College in Jacksonville, Illinois. She teaches Managerial and Financial Accounting in the M.B.A. program at Benedictine University in Springfield, Illinois and is a Registered Certified Public Accountant. Emily is a Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln’s Young Philanthropists and is a Junior Circle of Hope Member at the Hope Institute.

“I have been a member of Illinois Stewardship Alliance and of several area CSAs, and enjoy supporting the Old Capital Farmer’s Market.  Being an ISA board member will be an avenue for me to become more aware of, and involved in, supporting local food and sustainable farming initiatives.  My work and volunteer experience is primarily in the financial arena, and I would be happy as a board member to assist on Finance or Fundraising Committees, or in whatever capacity the Board sees fit.”