Frerichs and Haworth Join The Kirby Foundation Board of Directors
MONTICELLO, IL -The Kirby Foundation is pleased to announce that John Frerichs
and William (Bill) Haworth, both of Monticello, have recently joined its
Board of Directors.
The Kirby Foundation Board of Directors facilitates efforts to build relationships
within the surrounding communities that Kirby Medical Center serves, leading
to charitable gifts in support of community health resources and education,
patient care, and medical campus improvements.
“The Foundation is excited to welcome John and Bill to the Board.
We’re very fortunate to have their volunteer leadership and enthusiasm
for creating community partnerships. Each of them brings a unique perspective
and passion to the important work of improving healthcare in our communities.”
said Sarah Ross, Director of Development.
Frerichs is a Real Estate Broker with Keller Williams Realty in Champaign
and has served on the City of Monticello’s City Council as well
as the Zoning Board. John and his wife Mara reside in Monticello with
their three children Jocelynn, Kiana and Luther.
“Joining the Kirby Foundation Board is an opportunity to share the
stories from within the hospital to the community that we serve. Through
excellent health care and community support, I believe that KMC continues
to touch the hearts and lives of its patients. My goal is to keep growing
this tradition of caring and share these stories of the hard work the
men and women at KMC offer so that we can thrive to be a stronger community,
Haworth has been a Monticello resident since 1979, after moving to the
community to be a band director for the school district. Following his
13 year role as a band director, he started a 33 year career as a flight
attendant with Northwest/Delta Airlines.
“After traveling all over North America and the rest of the world
for much of my life, I have chosen to spend my final chapter in Monticello.
As residents, we are blessed for many reasons – our central location;
an amazing school system; and a great community of gifted and talented
citizens. We have an outstanding medical facility that would be the envy
of any community, and simply unbelievable for a community the size of
Since moving to Monticello in the 1970’s, Haworth has maintained
strong connections to Kirby Medical Center, including being a member of
the first class of paramedics and working part-time as a volunteer paramedic
for the Kirby Hospital Ambulance Service during his teaching career. For
the last ten years, he’s also been an active member in the Kirby
Auxiliary volunteering hundreds of hours decorating Kirby’s Christmas
trees and working in the Auxiliary Gift Shop. After retiring from the
airline in 2020, he has served in part-time roles at the Out of the Blue
Polish Pottery store and recently began working as a registration clerk
in the ER Department at Kirby.
Having an opportunity to work alongside other Kirby Medical Center employees
has strengthened his appreciation for the work they do. “Kirby employees
are incredible professionals. I hope to do everything I can to promote
their outstanding work and dedication to the health of our communities
in my role as a Foundation Board member” says Haworth.
The Board also recently elected executive officers for 2021-22. Luke Feeney
of Monticello was elected as Chair; Veronica Seevers of Cisco serves as
Vice Chair; Steven D. Tenhouse of Monticello was elected to serve as Secretary
and David Brown of Monticello serves as Treasurer. Other Board of Directors
include: Brandon Hissong, Monticello; Tony Kirkman, Monticello; Kathy
Plunk, Mansfield; Tony Pomonis, Monticello; Jay Timmons, Monticello and
Rory Wright, Monticello.
For more information about The Kirby Foundation, visit http://www.kirbyhealth.org/giving/