Public Art League Directors

David B. Wilcoxen

David B. Wilcoxen

President
Charter Board Member


David B. Wilcoxen is a three-time graduate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 1989, he was a Bronze Tablet graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in physical geography. In 1992, he obtained a Masters of Urban Planning with a focus on environmental planning and policy. After obtaining his MUP, he worked as a Fellow with the U.S. Army Environmental Policy Institute until 1995. In 1997, he enrolled in the University of Illinois College of Law and received a Juris Doctor degree in May, 2000. Mr. Wilcoxen is currently the Director for Environmental Compliance at the University of Illinois. He is also a local artist who has served on the 40 North Gala Planning Committee and has lived in the community since 1987.

 

Eric Robeson

Eric Robeson

Treasurer
Charter Board Member


Eric works in property management for Robeson's Inc. and Robeson Properties, LLC. In addition to work with the Public Art League, he is one of the organizers of the annual C-U Oktoberfest for the Developmental Services Center. Eric is an active volunteer with the Champaign West Rotary club and served as the club's president. He also volunteers for the Champaign County Humane Society and the Boneyard Creek Community Day. Previously, he has had leadership roles with the Champaign County Forest Preserve Foundation, the Land Conservation Foundation and the Relay For Life of Champaign County (American Cancer Society).

 

Robin Allen

Robin Allen

Board Member


Robin Allen is an active participant in the community and has served on the Montessori School Board, Junior League of Champaign-Urbana (JLCU), President of the Champaign-Urbana Figure Skating Club, Brownie and Girl Scout leader, school volunteer, Vestry Member Emmanuel Memorial Episcopal Church and active member of Friends of Roundhouse (FOR). She has recently retired from her position as an Administrative Dietitian for the University of Illinois Dining Services. A Registered Dietitian since 1980, she received her undergraduate degree in Food Science and Institutional Management from the University of Alabama in 1980, and Masters of Science in Public Health from the University of Illinois in 1998. A retired Navy Captain, she served 23 years active and reserve duty as a Registered Dietitian and Hospital Administrator. In this capacity, she coordinated clinical and administrative food service operations in a variety of teaching hospitals and attached to the Marines she set up and ran the foodservice operations for Field Hospitals.

 

James Barham

James Barham

Charter Board Member


James is the owner of Barham Benefit Group, est. 1997, and created indi co artist co op in 2009. James was born in Champaign but has lived in California and Hawaii. Upon his return from Hawaii 1992, he decided to become more involved in his community and has been on the board of the IETC, Crisis Nursery, The Reading Group,Ambucs, Girls Scouts Green Meadow Council and the Champaign Public Library Foundation. He is currently serving on The Tony Noel Memorial Golf committee, the Public Art League and the Swann Special Care Development Board. He also was an elected member of the Champaign Park Board and during his 6 year term he served on the board of the CU Special Recreation, the Illinois Park & Recreation Association and the National Recreation & Park Association legislative committees.

 

Elizabeth Cox

Elizabeth Cox

Board Member


Elizabeth's passion for art came from being raised by an art professor. As early as she can remember, her mother and her painted, threw pottery, and experimented with photography and darkroom techniques. During her freshman year at UofI she traveled Europe for the summer and fell in love with the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam and the Louvre in Paris. She came back that fall semester and switched majors to Art History and started taking glass blowing. Mentored by William Carlson, an amazing local glass sculptor artist (he has pieces in Timpone's restaurant and Willard Airport), you would find Elizabeth in the glass studio most days and nights during her undergrad years.
     After graduation Elizabeth moved first to Indianapolis where she worked in finance, next to Chicago for 17 years, then to the west coast living in both Portland and San Francisco. After having traveled to 34 countries and living in 4 states, she is back in her hometown and happy to hang out with grandmother and mother who are both local. She now owns a marketing and sales consulting company named Sponsoring Growth, LLC and travels between her home in Champaign and condo in Naples, Florida.

 

Craig Rost

Craig Rost

Board Member


Craig Rost is trained as a designer and Urban Planner. He spent eight years in the field of planning and twenty five years in managing economic development and growth for the City of Champaign as Deputy City Manager for Development. He has also taught an economic development class in the UI Urban and Regional Planning Department for over ten years. Following four years as Director of the Champaign County Economic Development Corporation, Craig is now able to devote time to some of his favorite causes: Public Art League; Champaign Public Library and the Clinton Lake Sailing Association. As a board member of these local icons, he enjoys participating in their mission and growth. He and Gail have called Champaign home for over 35 years, raising 3 kids and enjoying the countless benefits of what many consider the best place to live in Illinois. Craig and Gail both enjoy travel and learning about new places and things.

 

Elizabeth Cox

Beth Johnson-Satterthwaite

Board Member


Beth received her BFA in Art Education from the University of Illinois and her MA in Community Art from Eastern Illinois University, she has been an art teacher in Central Illinois for over 15 years. Before teaching she spent several years working in the field of graphic design in print layouts and web design. In addition to the Public Art League, Beth serves as a board member for Sola Gratia Farm, and is a youth group leader at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Urbana. She is also heavily involved in committees within her school and the Urbana School District. Her personal art includes painting, ceramics/sculpture, drawing, glass, and graphic/web design.

 

Masha Trenhaile

Masha Trenhaile

Board Member


Masha Trenhaile came to Champaign to receive her Masters of Science in Advertising from the University of Illinois. After graduation Masha worked for over nine years at Fox Development Corporation as the Vice President of Operations and the Managing Broker for FDC, LLC. Trenhaile is very active in the community and in addition to PAL serves on the board of Sinfonia da Camera and the Executive Club of Champaign County (ECCC). Masha resides in Champaign with her husband and her son.

 

Past Directors:

  • 2013–2018 Whitney E.W. Hartman
  • 2011–2018 Roopali Malhotra, Vice President
  • 2011–2016 Alan Mette
  • 2010–2015 Lawrence Hamlin, Charter Board Member
  • 2011–2013 Robin Hall
  • 2010–2013 David Raila, Charter Board Member
  • 2010–2012 Brian Knox, Charter Board Member, Past President
  • 2010–2011 Casey Loving

 

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