Cynthia Johnson, Executive Director
Cynthia Johnson joined the Urbana Business Association as Executive Director in November 2011. Having been raised in Champaign from the age of seven, she later moved to Urbana and has been a resident for more than 20 years. After fifteen years in the health insurance industry, Cynthia served as the Membership and Advertising Services Manager with the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce. Cynthia has strong ties to Urbana with her children born, raised, and educated here. She is eager to be part of expanding current events/festivals, exploring opportunities for new events, expanding membership and related benefits, and increasing community involvement. Cynthia holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and plans to combine that knowledge with her past experience to bring a new enthusiasm to the UBA. She looks forward to having a positive impact on the business community. Cynthia can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 217-344-3872.
Jessica Snyder, Events Coordinator
Born and raised in a town of just 2,000 people in western Illinois, Jessica has always had an affinity for small, close-knit communities, particularly Urbana. Ever since moving to the city to pursue a degree in Art Education from the University of Illinois, Jessica knew this was a place she should call home. Early on, Jessica established a presence in the arts scene, between working at the Spurlock Museum, interning at the Urbana Public Arts Program, and exhibiting work in the Boneyard Arts Festival and Krannert Art Museum. After completing her student teaching internship in both the Champaign and Urbana school districts, she worked part-time as a substitute teacher and barista before settling in at the Urbana Business Association. Jessica is excited to use her skills as an artist and educator to serve the broader Urbana community. Jessica can be contacted at email@example.com or by calling 217-344-3872.
Michelle Lepka, Marketing Coordinator
Michelle graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Studies and a minor in Sociology. Upon graduating she relocated to the Chicagoland area and began a career with Ulta Cosmetics. After some time, she found herself back in Central Illinois working at the Urbana Head Start. While working there, she gained a true appreciation for the Urbana community and knew it would be a place for her to call “home”. She is excited for the opportunity to promote the Urbana community. Her focus, as the Marketing Coordinator for the UBA, will be on enhancing community involvement through Social Media Marketing and building on both new and existing memberships with the Urbana community. Michelle can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 217-344-3872.
Jennifer Sutton, Accountant
Jennifer graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance. She then joined Busey Bank in Urbana as a Staff Accountant. During her tenure at Busey, Jenn served the UBA as a Sweetcorn Festival volunteer and served on the UBA board of Directors as Treasurer. Upon the birth of her daughter, Jenn opted to resign from her full-time position and board seat and begin working for the UBA part-time as staff accountant. She is grateful for the opportunity to be a part of such a great organization and hopes to help keep things running smoothly on the financial side so the UBA can continue to contribute to the Urbana business community. Jenn can be contacted at email@example.com or by calling 217-344-3872.
*Staff photos were compliments of Holly Birch Photography.