Staff Members

Staff Members

Ms. Kelly Hill, Executive Director

A resident of Champaign Urbana for over 25 years, Kelly is a graduate of the University of Southern California, and the University of Nebraska. Her previous leadership experience as a collegiate basketball coach, and most recently at Girl Scouts and Habitat for Humanity helped prepare her for the non-profit work in leading the CU Schools Foundation. She believes high quality public education depends on community investment in our teachers–and engagement with our students who will lead in the future. She is proud to lead the organization that offers the community an opportunity to provide resources directly to teachers and students striving for excellence.

Ms. Linda Prom, Finance Director

Linda grew up in Wisconsin and graduated from Concordia University in Mequon, WI with a bachelor’s degree in business and marketing. She and her husband, Chris, moved to Champaign in 1994. In 2000 she completed her Associates in Accounting at Parkland College. She is currently the treasurer for Central High School’s PTA and for her church. She especially likes working for CUSF because of its commitment to making available more educational opportunities for students, who are our future.

Ms. Patricia Dessen, Program Director

Patricia grew up an Army brat and lived in many different states and countries before landing in Urbana for junior and senior high school. Patricia graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in secondary education. She lives in Champaign with her husband Jon. She enjoys working as Program Director for the CU Schools Foundation because it allows her to have a positive impact on both teachers and students through the many interesting grant projects that she oversees and helps develop.

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