Meet Our Board of Directors

The Greater Peoria Economic Development Council is governed by a volunteer, elected Board of Directors. The Board is representative of the region’s economic interests and includes public and private sector leadership. Our current board is made up of 37 members and led by an Executive Board and four Officers. Each board member serves a term of 3 years.

Our Officers 


Don Forrest


Songo Dede

Vice Chair

Sheila Quirk-Bailey


Henry Vicary


Board Members

Eric Whitfield, Ameren Illinois
Gary Manier, City of Washington
Henry Vicary, Caterpillar Inc.
J.W. Price, City of El Paso
Jamel Santa Cruze Wright, Eureka College
James Foley, Bradley University
Jennifer Zammuto, Heart of Illinois United Way
Jim Mathis, Komatsu
Leanne Skuse, River City Construction
Mark Luft, City of Pekin
Matt Mamer, CEFCU
Mike Phelan, Village of Peoria Heights
Quintin Smith, Integrated Project Solutions
Reuben Cummings, Nerevu Group
Rick Swan, East Peoria Chamber of Commerce
Rita Ali, City of Peoria
Ryan Spain, OSF Healthcare
Sheila Quirk-Bailey, Illinois Central College
Songo Dede, DSM-H Consulting