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Family members currently fill eight of the eleven seats on the Board of Directors and serve on all grant-making and management committees. While family participation is essential to our identity as a family foundation, our members strongly value involving others whose expertise and knowledge support the achievement of Foundation goals. Three independent (non-family) members currently serve on our board and a number participate on our grant-making committees.  We also involve community leaders in ad hoc advisory committees and regularly consult community members when we are developing new programs or evaluating ongoing ones. To round out our organization, we have full-time staff to support, guide, and work to continue building the vision of The Foundation.


Lumpkin Family Foundation Officers and Trustees

Christina Duncan, President

Richard DeWyngaert, Vice President

Barbara Federico, Vice President

Susan DeWyngaert

Joseph Dively

Bess Celio

Lisa Barr

Ila Duncan

Deborah Gillespie

Richard Lumpkin, Treasurer

Steve Grissom, Assistant Treasurer and Secretary


Lumpkin Family Foundation Staff


Laura Huddleston
Administrative Assistant

Phone: 217-235-3361

Laura Huddleston joined The Lumpkin Family Foundation as our Administrative Assistant in January 2016. She previously worked as the Children's Librarian at the Mattoon Public Library. Laura has a B.A. in Spanish and Secondary Education from Eastern Illinois University and has also worked in teaching and educational software fields. Over the past several years, she has served on the Illinois Public Library Media Association's Monarch Award Committee and as an advisory board member for RSVP Coles County. In 2014 she was honored as one of Mattoon Journal Gazette-Times Courier's 20 Under 40 recipients for her work at the MPL.

Laura was raised in Mattoon and returned here in 2004 with her husband and two children after teaching and working in Champaign-Urbana.

Bruce Karmazin 
Executive Director

Phone: 217-234-5915

   Bruce joined The Lumpkin Family Foundation in 2001.  Bruce is on the Board of the National Center for Family Philanthropy, and Steering Committees for the Illinois Charitable Trust Stabilization Act and the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders.  As well, Bruce is the US Coordinator for the Adonai Child Development Center in Uganda and a member of the Mattoon Arts Council.

After completing his Master's in economic history and development at the University of Toronto, Bruce spent two years as a CUSO (Canadian) volunteer in Botswana on a USAID project. Upon his return, Bruce began his career in nonprofit management as a fundraising consultant with an international fundraising firm. He worked on campaigns that raised in excess of $325 million.  Bruce continued his nonprofit career as Executive Director of two hospital foundations in Canada. In 1998, Bruce decided to pursue his interest in nonprofit law and management by attending law school at the University of Iowa.


Amanda E. Standerfer
Program Officer

Phone: 217-234-5702

  Amanda comes to The Lumpkin Family Foundation from the Decatur (Illinois) Public Library, where she was Head of the Adult Division.  Amanda has also been Director of the Helen Matthes Library in Effingham, Illinois, and Program Director with the Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation, serving Effingham and Mattoon.  

Amanda has taught at both Lake Land Community College and Millikin University.  She has maintained a consulting practice since 2002, working with libraries and nonprofits on long-range planning, fundraising, organizational development, and capacity building. 

Amanda holds a B.A. and an M.A. in history from Eastern Illinois University and an M.S. in library and information science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Amanda is a founding member of the goodWORKSconnect Steering Committee and is on the Board of the Illinois Library Association.


Sarah Cowger                              Intern          sccowger94@gmail.com


Sarah Cowger is joining The Lumpkin Family Foundation as an intern for fall 2016. She is currently a student at Eastern Illinois University where she is pursuing a degree in business management with a concentration in human resources and a minor in marketing. She will be graduating in May of 2017.

At Eastern Illinois University, Sarah is involved with many organizations on campus including EIU Pink Panther Dance Team, Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority, and she is also an ambassador for the Lumpkin School of Business. With being involved on campus, she has had the opportunity to study abroad in Dublin, Ireland and volunteer with philanthropic events helping both local and national charities.

Being born and raised in Mattoon, Illinois, Sarah has been able to see some of the many great projects that The Lumpkin Family Foundation has contributed to in Coles County as well as east central Illinois. 

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