The Nauvoo Community Center Capital Campaign Committee is composed of citizen volunteers who strongly believe that the proposed facility will significantly benefit the Nauvoo community. Committee members willingly commit their time and talents to invite all who care about Nauvoo to join with them in making this dream a reality.

Nauvoo Community Center Capital Campaign Committee

Chuck Gilbert

  • Earned a bachelor’s degree from George Washington University and a Ph.D. in Institutional Research at Southern Illinois University

  • Worked in the administrative office of Institutional Research and Planning at Western Illinois University, serving as director for 13 years

  • A member of the McDonough County Board, serving as board Finance Committee chairman for 14 years and as board chairman for 8 years

  • Served as Macomb’s first-ward alderman 4 years

  • An active member of Western Illinois Regional Council (WIRC) for 27 years, 9 years of which he served as WIRC chairman

  • Married Karen Ihrig, moved to Nauvoo, was appointed chairman of the Planning Commission (2006-2012).

  • Has served six years as Nauvoo First Ward alderman and as chairman of the Finance and Personnel Committees since 2012

  • A member of the Hancock County Development Organization.

Karen Ihrig

  • Grew up in Chicago

  • Taught language arts in both junior high and high school and retired from Hamilton High School

  • Has lived in Nauvoo since 1972 where she has been actively involved in civic projects

  • Served a term as First Ward alderman in the ‘90s

  • Co-chair of the following:Nauvoo Betterment Association (NBA), a service arm of the City (2007-present); the Way We Were Walking Tour on Mulholland’s Business District; Nauvoo Riverwalk, a designated nature trail (2019).

  • Has served as coordinator of See Nauvoo News, a monthly on-line newsletter, (2010-present).

  • Is married to Chuck Gilbert.

Larry Nicholl

  • Grew up in central Iowa.

  • Earned a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University and an MBA from Drake University.

  • Worked for Principal Financial Group for 33 years designing computer systems for the Commercial Real Estate and Pension Departments.

  • Lived in Nauvoo for 17 years and spent time here each summer for 20 years prior to that.

  • Served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Nauvoo from 2002 to 2015.

  • Currently serving on the Nauvoo Planning Commission, Economic Development Commission, and Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

  • Chairman, Nauvoo Untold Stories Committee and member of the Nauvoo Betterment Association.

  • Enjoys learning more about Nauvoo, its wonderful history and the people who have lived here, and sharing that information with those who visit Nauvoo.

  • With wife, Sharon, has 11 children and 23 grandchildren.

John McCarty

  • Born and raised in Nauvoo

  • Graduated from Nauvoo Colusa High School in 1978

  • Worked construction and at Nauvoo Cheese Company after graduating

  • Started a full-time graphic t-shirt and sign shop in 1984 now celebrating its 35th year in business

  • City council member for 6 years then became mayor,

  • Currently serving his 14th year in that position.

  • His wife Connie and he have 5 children & 6 grandchildren. 

Alan Moberly

  • A Kansas native who moved to Nauvoo in 2017.

  • Worked for 32 years as a Budget Analyst for the US Army at Fort Riley, Kansas, retiring in 2014.

  • Have always loved visiting Nauvoo and, with wife, Dianna, have chosen to make it home

  • Correspondent for the Hancock County Journal-Pilot newspaper

  • Volunteer for the Nauvoo Tourism Office and the Nauvoo Historical Society

  • Have seven children, two of whom live with them in Nauvoo, and eight grandchildren.

Lee Ourth

  • Long-time resident of Nauvoo, having been born in the William Marks home and presently living in the Davidson Hibbard house

  • Actively participated in community affairs serving on the Nauvoo City Council, the Hancock County Board, the Hotel/Motel Board, the Nauvoo Ministerial Association, the Nauvoo Seniors' Council, and the County Diabetes Board

  • Had a distinguished career in public education as a high school agriculture teacher, high school principal, gifted students program developer for the Illinois State Department of Education, and Hancock County assistant superintendent

  • Also served as Hancock County health department administrator

Barb Schafer

  • Lifelong resident of Nauvoo

  • Life time member First Presbyterian Church presently serving as Clerk of Session

  • 1969 graduate of Nauvoo-Colusa High School

  • Co-Chairman of Nauvoo Betterment Association

  • Nauvoo Chamber of Commerce Board Member

  • Retired as Office Manager from Ziegler Industries

  • Work with husband at his business, Martin Accounting

Eugene (Gene) Shurts

  • Graduated from BYU with BS degree in Manufacturing Engineering.

  • Worked in middle management for Caterpillar Tractor Co. for 32 ½ years much of which was spent as Certification Coordinator/Lead auditor in Quality Certification programs.

  • We have 7 children and 12 grandchildren

  • Active in the LDS Church, served three missions for the church, one as a young man and two at the Church History Library (2009-2011 & 2012-2014).Currently serving at the Land and Records Research Center in Nauvoo.

  • Resident of Nauvoo since 2002.

  • Served on the Nauvoo Planning Commission and City Council for 5½ years.Presently serving as Economic Development chairman and a member of the Planning Commission

  • Helped develop “The Way We Were” Walking Tour, 1st place winner of State of Illinois award for small town historic preservation

  • Served on the Nauvoo’s Journey Stories committee

  • Member of the Untold Nauvoo Stories Symposium Committee

  • A collector of Nauvoo history and photos.

  • Have a deep interest in LDS Church History and served on the Illinois State Genealogical Society board for 7 years as recording secretary and a board member.

Paul Sly

  • Grew up in Nauvoo graduating from Nauvoo High School

  • Worked in local businesses as a teenager--Pioneer Motel, Kron's Pharmacy, Hotel Nauvoo, and the Nauvoo Cheese Company

  • Attended Wartburg College and Iowa State University earning a degree in civil engineering

  • Experienced mid-career training in industrial engineering and business administration

  • Had a distinguished career as a civil engineer with several different firms, eventually serving as county engineer for Hancock County.

  • Married with three children

  • Hobbies include reading, woodworking, and tinkering with cars

Scott Sumner

  • Married to Stacie Jo Duran and together they have six beautiful children.

  • Served a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Belgium and France.

  • A professional photographer, clients throughout the United States. Has work published in many books, on book covers, billboards, television, and in magazine ads. His work depicting the Savior, Jesus Christ, can be found in many countries throughout the world.

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Professional Sales, Weber State University.

  • Served four years as a board member for the Intermountain Professional Photographers Association (IPPA), is a founding board member of the Inspirational Art Association (IAA), served as President of their Board of Directors, currently serves on their advisory board.

  • Serves on the Nauvoo Hotel and Motel Tax Committee.

  • Gallery Manager at HavenLight Gallery in Nauvoo IL.

Project Consultant

Roger Black, Ph.D.,

  • Graduate of Pomona College, the University of Washington, and Walden University

  • Spent over thirty years in senior state and local government executive positions serving communities in California, Washington, Colorado, and Utah

  • Worked as a management consultant in the advisory practice of KPMG Peat Marwick and the Graduate School, USDA

  • Served as a public affairs missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Nauvoo

  • Developed a deep affection for the people, the history, and the potential of this unique and special place.

Elaine Ferguson / Committee Co-Chair

  • Moved to Nauvoo in 1972 where she began teaching first grade

  • Fell in love with the little town of Nauvoo and spent her entire career of 33 years teaching the children at Nauvoo-Colusa Elementary School

  • Retired from teaching in 2005

  • Volunteers at the Nauvoo Public Library as Story Time Lady, serves on the Library Board, volunteers at Nauvoo Colusa Elementary School and Warsaw Elementary School, volunteers at Memorial Hospital in Carthage, and is active in the West Central Retired Chapter of the Illinois Education Association. 

  • With husband Tom, enjoys retirement years living in Nauvoo.

Dianne Adkisson / Committee Co-Chair

  • Married, 2 adult children, 2 grandchildren.

  • Life-long resident of Nauvoo, except during husband's Navy & college careers.

  • Graduate of St. Mary's Academy & Carl Sandburg College. AAS in accounting. Dual certification in Human Resources through Employers Association.

  • Worked 23 years at Nauvoo Cheese Company until its closing, serving in several positions of increasing responsibility in accounting & Human Resources.

  • Retired from Burrows Paper Corporation in Ft. Madison, Iowa in 2012 as Human Resources Administrator.

  • Member of St. Peter & Paul Church, President of Nauvoo Public Library Board, member of Whooo-ters (fundraising team for Hancock County Fights Cancer), board member & t-shirt chairman of Hancock County Fights Cancer, also served as member of Nauvoo's Grape Festival board and chair of its parade committee

Amber Bevier

  • Grew up in Nauvoo

  • Attended St. Peter and Paul elementary school and later taught fourth grade math and reading there for a semester

  • Received a Bachelor’s in English Literature from Quincy University.

  • Library director at Nauvoo Public Library, where she remains dedicated to serving the community. Her goal is to increase the ways she can connect her community to new materials and technology.

Jordan Bodily

  • Bachelors Degree in Construction Management from BYU-Idaho. Currently working on Master Degree in Facilities Management from Arizona State University

  • Facilities Manager of the Midwest Historic Sites for the LDS church

  • Lived in Nauvoo since 2011

  • Member of the Nauvoo Betterment Association, Board of Directors for the Nauvoo Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors for the Hancock County Economic Corporation

  • Married with 4 kids