Board Members


  • President: Kathy Eddy, Master Guardian Emeritus, National Guardianship Association. Retired Regional Administrator of Metro East Office of State Guardian,
  • Vice President: Teresa Parks, Deputy Director of Programs, Human Rights Authority Director, IGAC, and private guardian.
  • Treasurer: Erin K. Nowlan, Disability Rights Manager, Human Rights Authority, Peoria Regional Office,
  • Secretary: Ruth E. Robinson, Smith Amundsen LLC.,
  • Past President: Sharon Rudy, JD., Private Attorney and Nationally Certified Guardian. Served as Public Guardian and Administrator for Boone and Winnebago Counties.

Board of Directors

  • John Brown, Public Guardian for Champaign County.
  • Amy Kessler, JD., Cook County Public Guardian Attorney. Litigation experience representing neglected children in the child welfare system. Legislative advocate working on issues related to guardianship and people with disabilities.
  • J. Amber Drew, JD., Private Practice. Estates, Trusts, and Guardianship practice. Member of the ISBA and Elder Law Section Council (Chair 2019-2020, Vice-Chair and Secretary prior to that). Former member of NAELA. drew@ccmlawyer.comm
  • Kathryn E. Kaniewski, M.S. Rehabilitation, Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, Office of State Guardian, Kathryn.
  • Daniel G. Deneen, JD., Private Attorney and Public Guardian of McLean County, Illinois.