Board of Directors

Time and again we hear that one of the very special strengths of The Reading Group is the outstanding qualifications and caring attitudes of our donors and volunteers.


President: Penny Porter
Retired Teacher for Hearing Impaired Students, Urbana School District#116
Retired from Sales and Marketing, Clark-Lindsey Village, Urbana


Vice President: Kristie Spice Hayes
Kristie is Vice President and Mortgage Loan Officer for Prairie State Bank and Trust in Champaign.

Treasurer: Cory Dawson
Cory is a Tax Manager with RSM US LLP (formerly McGladrey) in Champaign.

Secretary: Liz Miles
Liz is retired from the University of Illinois as an Enterprise Systems Specialist. She has a degree in Economics from the University of Montana and has lived in the Champaign-Urbana community for 19 years. She has a strong interest in dyslexia and is a firm supporter of our work in this area.

Board Members

John Deckert
John is the Founder and Managing Partner for Coordinated Legal Services, P.C.. He is also an Associate for Coordinated Financial Services, Inc. John founded The Men’s Alliance which mentors young men in the Champaign-Urbana area; he is a volunteer for Together We Achieve a peer-to-peer mentoring program through Parkland College; He is President of the Champaign Rotary Foundation Board of Directors (WGRC, Inc.), and he provides pro-bono legal services through Land of Lincoln, Legal Assistance Foundation for members of the Champaign-Urbana community with a focus on estate planning.John Deckert Headshot

Chuck Feinen
Attorney with State Farm Mutual Automotive Insurance Company.

Chad Hoffman
Chad is the Executive Director of the Mahomet Area Youth Club and the former owner of Rogards Office Supply Company.

Tina Miller
Tina is a data analyst and operations support coordinator at the University of Illinois. She has dyslexia and is a former Reading Group student. She wants to use her experiences to raise awareness of the signs of dyslexia and share resources to help those with dyslexia.


Sarah Walkington
Sarah has training and background in written communication and information science. Her interests involve the provision of both proven and innovative techniques in reading instruction, and the appropriate use of new technologies to that end. She supports The Reading Group’s important contribution to beneficial literacy experiences for children and adults.

Legal Counsel: Paul Cole
Attorney at Erwin, Martinkus and Cole, Ltd. Law Firm in Champaign.