MEET THE TEAM

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Tammy Wilson

Executive Director

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Michelle Witzke

Founder & Community Connections Coordinator

Tammy joined The Vault staff in October of 2019. Previously, she worked as a literacy specialist and ESL teacher for Richland Community College. Prior to that, she served as the theatre director for both Clinton High School and Decatur Christian School. Her love for teaching, teens, and telling people what to do have found a perfect home in her position as Executive Director at The Vault. Oh, and she loves jelly donuts, dogs, dark chocolate, and alliteration. 

Michelle is a former secondary school teacher, coach, and social worker from Michigan. In 2017 she resigned from her position at a Decatur homeless shelter to focus her attention wholeheartedly on The Vault. Besides her love for teens, Michelle is passionate about her family, faith, fierce but friendly competition, healthy living, and inspiring a sense of worth and purpose in every person. She is renowned for the smoke detector alarm inviting her family to dinner.

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Jason Kitson

Program Director

Jason was one of the first supporters of The Vault way back in 2016 when The Vault was just getting started. He joined our staff in the summer of 2021 alongside his wife, McKenna. What a full circle moment! When Jason isn't planning our awesome programs, he likes to spend his time watching a good movie (Marvel all the way), spending time with his family and friends, or playing outside with his two dogs. He's also our chess expert. Challenge him at a game at your own risk.

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McKenna Kitson

Marketing and Program Planning Director

McKenna joined The Vault in the summer of 2021  alongside her husband, Jason. McKenna grew up near by in Rochester, IL and loves the commUNITY here in Clinton. When she's not managing our marketing and hanging out with our students, McKenna can be found with a paintbrush in hand and hundreds of DIY ideas in mind. She's a big fan of her two pups and can be won over with yummy coffee, ice cream or anything chocolate (in case anyone is wondering). 

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Wendy DeMent

Administrative Assistant

Wendy became involved with The Vault in 2017 as a volunteer on the fundraising committee and later joined the staff in the summer of 2019.  Wendy is married with four children, two dogs, and one cat. When she is not homeschooling her two youngest, she enjoys sitting on the veranda, sipping tea, and eating scones while scrolling Facebook for cat videos.

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Kaitlin Burton

Golden Gears Café Student Manager

Kaitlin Burton is a senior at Clinton High School. She began attending The Vault her freshman year and has served as a Student Ambassador for the past three years. In addition, Kaitlin recently received the Vault Golden Gears Leadership Award for her outstanding character and kindness! In addition to her many talents, Kaitlin has also managed to perfect the art of carrying 10 gallons of ice cream at one time during her Café Manager grocery trips.

Our Board Members
Ann Anderson
President

Ann has a degree in Business from Colorado State University. She and her husband, Randy, have owned Anderson Ford since 1988 where she retired from her position as Office Manager in May of 2019. She previously volunteered with Bible Study Fellowship as a children's leader for 4 years and a women's group leader for 7 years. She is also co-founder of Fan the Flame Christian Concerts, a 501(c)3 created in 2013 to promote Christian concerts and help local charities.
Bryce Lynch
Vice-President

Bryce is a partner at the law firm of Taylor & Lynch in Clinton, Illinois. He attended Northern Illinois University for his law degree and for his undergraduate degree in political science. He is also a Rotarian and an active member of the YMCA Board of Directors.
Michelle Witzke
Secretary

Michelle founded The Vault in 2017 and currently serves as The Vault's Volunteer Community Connections Coordinator. Before founding The Vault, Michelle worked as a secondary school teacher, coach, and social worker. In 2017, Michelle resigned from her previous position at a Decatur homeless shelter to focus her attention wholeheartedly on The Vault and is an integral part of the organization.
Connie Unruh
Treasurer

Connie is a licensed CPA and the Financial Literacy Coordinator at TS Institute, an affiliate of First National Bank & Trust of Clinton. Connie worked as a financial advisor for a Christian not-for-profit before joining TS Institute. Before this, she worked as an accountant for several non-profits and a public accounting firm. Connie received her BS degree in Finance from Northern Illinois University. 
Jim Peck
Jim has been an educator in Central Illinois for the past 11 years, beginning as a classroom teacher at Mt. Pulaski Grade School before moving to Maroa Forsyth Grade School and Middle School. He has served as an administrator at Clinton Junior High School since 2018 and is currently the Principal at CJHS. Jim graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and earned his masters in Educational Leadership from Eastern Illinois University. 
Jerry Wayne
Jerry has over 20 years of classroom teaching experience and has served as the principal of Clinton High School since 2014. He attended MacMurray College for his undergraduate degree and Illinois State University for his Master's degree. He also earned a Master's Degree in Educational Administration from Eastern Illinois University.  
Rob Spickard
Chief Deputy Spickard served 11 years as an Illinois Army National Guard medic and over 20 years with the DeWitt County Sheriff's Office occupying K9, General Criminal Detective, Inspector with the Illinois State Police Task Force, Patrol Sergeant, Chief of Jail Operations, and currently serves as the Chief Deputy. Additionally, Rob serves as a board member for the local Clinton Youth Initiative Program.  
Ginny Carter
As a 1972 graduate from Clinton High School, Ginny has been a champion for children of all ages for over 40 years. She is currently employed in the Clinton schools and serves faithfully in leadership positions with organizations such as Youth Initiative, Project Grad, Habitat for Humanity, and as a support for school athletics. 
Paul Stroup
Paul Stroup is currently serving as the pastor of the Clinton Presbyterian Church. Paul earned a B.A. in Bible Theology from Moody Bible Institute in 1992, a hospitality/culinary degree from Triton College in 1993, and a M. Div. from Lincoln Christian Seminary in 2006. While completing his Masters, he started a culinary education program to train and mentor underemployed and homeless students. He became an ordained minister in 2018.
Tammy Wilson
Tammy currently serves as The Vault's Executive Director. Before joining The Vault, she worked 6 years in adult education for Richland Community College where she taught reading and math. During that time, she received her ESL Certification from Lincoln Christian University and also taught English to speakers of other languages. She received her BA in Theatre from Illinois State University and served as Theatre Director for both Clinton High School (2008-2012) and Decatur Christian School (2012-2013).  
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