Bev Neisler Chief Development Officer
    Bev Neisler, CFRE

    Bev joined St. John’s Hospital in March of 2013. She has held leadership roles in non-profit fundraising for 25 years. Her primary practice has been in the areas of health care and education. Bev’s strong ties to the Springfield community and to the Central Illinois region serve as key components to building a dynamic and comprehensive philanthropy program. Bev received her master’s degree in interpersonal and non-verbal communications from the University of Illinois at Springfield. She also holds the designation of Certified Fund Raising Executive, which is recognized as the global standard for the fundraising profession.

    Paul_Scherschel Major Gifts Officer
    Paul Scherschel

    Paul currently serves as the Major Gifts Officer for Prairie Heart Institute of Illinois. He was previously the Grants Officer for St. John’s Hospital and responsible for researching, writing, and stewarding grant opportunities and helping hospital staff in the grant seeking process. He was also the Development Officer for St. John’s College of Nursing.

    Prior to joining the Foundation staff, Paul successfully oversaw grant development and scholarship stewardship for Millikin University. While at Millikin, he also assisted in governmental relations.

    Dave-Newton Program Coordinator
    Dave Newton

    Dave Newton joined the team in October 2012. As Program Coordinator for St. John’s Children’s Hospital and Children’s Miracle Network (CMN), Dave is focused on increasing funds and awareness for CMN and St. John’s Children’s Hospital. Dave had a successful 23-year career in radio. In fact, you may recognize his radio name (Dave Daniels) from the “Dave and Dina” show on WDBR. For the past thirteen years, Dave has served as Program Director for WDBR and WQQL. His radio career positioned him successfully for the new role with CMN. Dave has been associated with the “WDBR Care for Kids” Radiothon which has raised over $575,000 for St. John’s Children’s Hospital in the past six years. As a result, Dave is no stranger to St. John’s Children’s Hospital or CMN. Dave graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire with a B.A. in communications and a minor in journalism.

    Dave is excited about the opportunity to work more closely with St. John’s, St. John’s Children’s Hospital, SIU School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, and CMN in order to give more support to the families and children that has inspired him so much over the past years.

    Brandy-Grove Facilitator
    Brandy Grove

    Brandy is a Facilitator for St. John’s Children’s Hospital and Children’s Miracle Network.  She coordinates fundraising events and programs for St. John’s Children’s Hospital, such as the St. John’s Children’s Hospital Golf Outing, Help Links, Dance Dash 5K and the WOLF and WDBR Cares for Kids Radiothon.

    Brandy earned a B.A. in communications from the University of Illinois at Springfield. Previously, she was the Marketing & Promotions Director for the Capitol Radio Group and the Executive Director of the generation Healthy Coalition. 

    Born and raised in the Springfield community, Brandy is honored to work with the children and families served by St. John’s Children’s Hospital.  

    Alex-Kararo Data Analyst II/Prospect Research Coordinator
    Alex Kararo

    Alex joined the team in August of 2014. As a Data Analyst II, he prepares reports and statistics and ensures accuracy of data information. As the prospect researcher, Alex works closely with our gift officers to develop prospective donor pools for cultivation and solicitation purposes. Alex received his bachelor’s degree in finance from Illinois State University and his master’s in business administration (M.B.A.) from the University of Illinois, Springfield.

    Katie-Impson Donor Stewardship Facilitator
    Katie Impson

    Katie joined the Foundation in April of 2014 after serving as our Children’s Miracle Network intern.  Katie, a graduate of Western Illinois University, is responsible for the processing and acknowledging of gifts, maintaining accurate donor records and assisting with special projects and events.


    Gayla_Wingo Donor Stewardship Facilitator
    Gayla Wingo

    As donor stewardship facilitator, Gayla receives contributions made to the hospital. She is responsible for recording the gifts to the fund requested by the donor, writing acknowledgement letters and disbursing the donated funds to different areas of the hospital. Gayla says that in her time at St. John's Hospital, she has learned just how very important gifts are, especially to the patients and families. 

    Angie-McIlory Donor Stewardship Facilitator
    Angie McIlroy Angie joined the Foundation in 2012, bringing 15 years of specialty customer service experience. Angie is responsible for the processing and acknowledging gifts, maintaining accurate donor records and assisting with special projects and events. Angie also has six years of experience with Children's Miracle Network, helping to raise funds and awareness for St. John's Children's Hospital as a Miracle Family volunteer and spokesperson.