Community Foundation of Central Illinois
Welcomes New Director of Communications

The Community Foundation of Central Illinois (CFCI) announces the hiring of Kristina Rockhold as the new Director of Communications.
“We are pleased to have Kristina join us at CFCI. I’m confident that with her communications background, skills and experience, she will bring a fresh perspective and make an outstanding addition to the team,” said Mark Roberts, President and CEO of CFCI.
Rockhold is a native of Peoria and earned her bachelor’s degree in Communications with a minor in Marketing from Bradley University. She previously worked as a Legislative Aide and Campaign Assistant to former State Representative Mike Unes, then went on to work at Illinois Central College as the Communications Coordinator.
“I’m incredibly honored to be a part of such a great team,” says Rockhold. “It’s truly a privilege having the opportunity to utilize my skills to do meaningful, impactful work within the community I call home.”
Vernon "Butch" Gudat Scholarship
The Community Foundation of Central Illinois is proud to administer the scholarship honoring Vernon "Butch" Gudat, a Peoria firefighter, who lost his life courageously battling an apartment fire 38 years ago. Congratulations to John Harris of Peoria and Haley Richardson of Dunlap who received the scholarship awards this year! The Washington Fire Department also received a $1,000 grant for fire prevention efforts.

Be sure to check out the other scholarship opportunities available through the Community Foundation!
A Word From Our Board...
Theresa Murphy, CFCI Board Member

How did you become involved with the Community Foundation of Central Illinois?
John Disharoon initially approached me about my interest level. A lively meeting with John and Mark Roberts confirmed that this Board was something I definitely wanted to be a part of. I love our community, and CFCI provided me an incredible opportunity to serve in a new capacity.  

What do you like about your volunteer service with CFCI?
I have had the privilege of meeting a dedicated group of Board members, staff and community leaders who are inspiring and committed. I have learned so much about the good work by our community non-profits through serving on the Grants Committee. I thought I had a good breadth and depth of knowledge BEFORE serving on CFCI – I wasn’t even close to fully appreciating all that our community has to offer!  

What should everyone know about CFCI?
Everyone should know that CFCI does a phenomenal job as a trusted resource that is able to serve a wide variety of diverse interests at all levels of charitable giving by linking donors with a vast array of non-profit companies.  

What are you looking forward to the most with CFCI in the next 5 years?
I am excited to be a part of the next 5 years with CFCI as they continue to grow and address the really tough and challenging circumstances that our non-profits face! The commitment, knowledge and expertise of the CFCI collective is outstanding!  

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3625 North Sheridan Road
Peoria, IL 61604