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Board of Directors

Bill Barnhart

Bill is a retired attorney from State Farm Insurance in Bloomington, Illinois.  Prior to working for State Farm, Bill started and grew a successful pool construction business in New Mexico.  Bill's wife, Debbie, is a volunteer at the PRC in Bloomington-Normal and they are actively involved in the ministries of East White Oak Bible Church.


Philip Cooper

Phil Cooper is the founder of Kingdom Purposes Investment Planning, located in Morton, Illinois. He has spent more than 25 years in multiple areas of the finance industry, including 16 years running his own practice. He has passed the Series 63 and 65 securities exams. Phil holds a bachelor's degree in Biblical studies, as well as an associate degree in electronic engineering. He has a strong passion for Bible prophecy and traveling to Israel with his wife, Kelly. Phil and Kelly have been married for 27 years and have three children, Carrie, Katie and Mac, and one son-in-law, Kendall Stahl.


Rev. Kim Ernst

Bob Goetting, Treasurer

Bob joined the board at the beginning of 2014 and brings a wealth of knowledge from his years working as a corporate and public accountant.  He recently became the Chief Financial Officer at A&R Mechanical Contractors Inc. in Champaign, IL.  Bob and his wife, Sally, are the proud parents of four adopted children, and worship together at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Broadlands, IL.


Ruth Hild

Ruth joined the board in 2017 after retiring from Rachel House Pregnancy Center in Lee's Summit, Missouri. Prior to working at Rachel House, Ruth worked 37 years for Stonecroft Ministries serving in many administrative positions, including COO. Ruth returned to Pekin, Illinois when she retired in 2016 to be near family. She attends Pekin First Nazarene Church.


Nate Himes, COO, Secretary

Nate began as an intern in the Champaign PRC in 2008, mentoring men and couples along with his fiance at the time, Ashley.  Nate later joined the Board of Directors and was hired as an Executive Director in 2011 after graduating with a Master's in Social Work from the Univ. of Illinois.  Nate, Ashley and their two sons worship at the Salvation Army Church in Champaign.

Carolyn Rasch, CFO

Since 1988, Carolyn has served as a volunteer, Assistant Director and Director of the Champaign PRC, and as the CFO since 2010.  Carolyn has been a member of the St. Joseph, IL community for over 20 years and worships with her husband of 36 years, Don, at Living Word Family Church where they have attended for 30 years.  She is the proud mother of 4 and grandmother of 10.

Sherry Sherwood, CEO

Sherry has worked for Living Alternatives since 2004 and has served as the Chief Executive Officer since 2009. The mother of three daughters, Sherry and her husband, Scott, are members of First Church of the Nazarene in Pekin, IL.


Danny Stites, Chairman