Joy George, Executive Director

Joy George received her MA degree in Psychology with a concentration in Mediation and Conflict Resolution from the University of the Rockies in 2012 and her BS degree in Human Development and Family Ecology from the University of Illinois-Urbana, 1986. She began work as a Red Cross Social Worker servicing military families. She moved back to her childhood home of Champaign in 2008 and began PLCMC with a P.O. Box, free church space and a dream. Devoted at the start to providing mediation services to her community, Joy established and grew PLCMC in order to give members of the community an opportunity to resolve conflict peacefully and productively in a safe and welcoming neutral space. She believes conflict is a natural part of life and all people have the potential to build skills to solve them. In January 2011 Joy received the James R. Burgess, Sr. - Susan M. Freidburg Humanitarian Award given by the 2011 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Countywide Celebration Committee.

Joy is proud of the committed services volunteers and board members continue to give to the Center. We all contribute to Prairie Land's success!

Sue Keller, Board President

Sue Keller has a BS in Psychology from the University of Illinois.  After over 20 years as a mental health clinician at Community Elements, she is completing her Masters of Social Work degree and is an intern with the University of Illinois Faculty/Staff Assistance Program.

Counseling and helping others is a primary passion of Sue?s.  Volunteering at Prairie Land Conflict & Mediation Center was suggested by a legal ally who knew their work was incredibly valuable and aligned with her social justice interests. She began volunteering with PLCMC in 2012.

Sue and her husband have two adult kids and excitedly welcomed their first grandbaby this year. When not spending time with family, Sue loves to work with advocacy and grassroots social service organizations. Being surrounded by nature, going on hikes, and dabbling in crafts are also enjoyable pursuits.

Tiy Goddard has worked in organizational and employee development at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign since 2007. Earlier that year, she received an M.B.A. with a Certificate in Public Management from Stanford University, where she also holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations.

She is passionate about volunteerism and community empowerment. An AmeriCorps alumna, Tiy spent most of her pre-M.B.A. career in nonprofits advancing economic development in East Palo Alto, an urban community of need in the heart of Silicon Valley. In that capacity she both worked inside and served on boards of small, growing nonprofits with an emphasis on community engagement.  In addition, she spent some time in the private sector in operations, human resources, and accounting inside a prominent San Francisco hospitality company.  

Tiy lives in Champaign with her husband and their two young sons. She has served on several campus committees at the university, and she volunteers locally with community organizations close to her heart.