About Us

The Phoenix Center was founded on April 1, 2001 by a group of LGBT teens wanting to create a safe place to meet. For a while they met in a garage and later met at a church. It was then that the 501-c-3 was formed. Eventually they moved to a building at Laurel & 2nd St. and in 2005 bought their current home at 109 E. Lawrence Ave. Since that move, services and groups have expanded extensively.

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Mission

The mission of the Phoenix Center is to serve as Springfield’s LGBTQ Community Center and provide the highest quality of HIV/AIDS prevention and education to the community as a whole.

Staff

  • Jonna J Cooley PhD, Executive Director
  • Ruth Ann Bertram, Education Coordinator
  • Anthony McDonald, Housing Case Manageradvocats work hard for LGBT clients in springfield illinois
  • Nick Bond, MA LPC, Director of Youth Services
  • Tiffany Williams, yOUTh Group Facilitator
  • Cory Blissett, MA, yOUTh Group Facilitator
  • Brennen Bradley, MS, yOUTh Group Facilitator & TranSupport Groups Facilitator
  • Cindy Martsch, MSW, TranSupport Groups Facilitator
  • Queenie & Mini, AdvoCATs

Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce

Not-For-Profit Executive Director of the Year!

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Board

  • Duane Williams, President
    • Untangled, Owner / Licensed Cosmetologist
  • Maggie Cluck, Vice President
    • School Teacher, District 186
  • Brian Sylvester, Treasurer
    • Vice President, Security Bank
  • Surae Dangerfield
    • Client Representative
  • Kathryn Eisenhart JD
    • Retired UIS Professor, Private Practice Attorney
  • Ryan Greenier
    • Vice President – Head of Corporate Communications / Investor Relations, Horace Mann
  • Megan Poole
    • Social Services, Springfield Clinic
  • Paul Staab
    • Funeral Director, Staab Funeral Home
  • Nancy Thompson
    • Fitness Specialist, Springfield Wellness Center
  • Jean Winn
    • Director – HR Finance, Horace Mann Educators

HONORARY BOARD MEMBERS

  • Phil Giger, Walgreens
    • (Board President 2002-2005)
  • John Kerstein, Prairie Property Solutions
    • (Board President 2005-2011, 2014-2015)
  • MT Vann, Prairie Property Solutions
    • (Board President 2011-2014)