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Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center

Who We Are

Staff

IMC is a people-powered organization. With over 1000 volunteers across all programs, our volunteer hours contribute the work of approximately 24 full time staff members.

Currently Vacant | Program Director

 

LATondra Creighton | Operations Director

I am a Native of the Champaign community (born and raised!). Currently I am the youth Sunday school teacher, children's church Ministry leader and Baptist Youth Fellowship Leader at Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church. I recently transitioned from the Don Moyer's Boys & Girls Club, where I was the Elementary Development Coordinator for 6 years. I have a passion for inspiring youth to grow culturally, socially and educationally. One of my goals as a member of the UCIMC, is to help create and develop outreach projects that will provide opportunities for the Urbana-Champaign youth to connect to the UCIMC. 

Travis Hocutt | Artist in Residence

Travis Hocutt lives locally in the city of Urbana. He received his Bachelors in Fine Arts from the Art Institute of Boston, and his Masters of Fine Arts from the Cranbrook Academy of Art outside Detroit. Throughout his studies Hocutt has focused on Photography, often constructing sculptural objects or worlds to comprise the subject matter of the image. His work ranges from the photographic appropriation involving the transformation of Mars Rover Images to antique photographic processes in one project, to a photographic sculpture consisting of nearly one hundred handmade paper globes. Though the projects vary greatly in their final form, the work focuses on science and exploration as vehicles to discuss human curiosity, wonder, and the longing for meaning or purpose in the universe.

Board of Directors

Tracy D. Dace | President

Tracy is an Assistant Professor at Parkland College and the Visionary Director of the DREAAM House, which is a school to college pipeline program for boys and young men. DREAAM stands for Driven to Reach Excellence and Academic Achievement for Males. He lives in Champaign and enjoys reading, traveling, and volunteering.

Rohn Koester | Secretary | Finance Committee 

I've lived in U-C since first attending the University in 1987 and currently work at the Channing-Murray Foundation as its live-in facilities manager. When I'm not involved with the CMF or IMC, I contribute to several organizations in the area: the Education Justice Project, Community CourtWatch, Build Programs Not Jails, and the Anti-War Anti-Racism Effort. I also work as a volunteer adult education instructor for incarcerated men at the Champaign County Jail. 

Christopher Evans | Facilities Committee Chair

Chris is an accomplished artist and journalist, he has been with the IMC since 2005 and have grown affectionate for the times of revolutionary media-making and the many terrific people that have past through our great building. The IMC is a vital force for a beneficial society.

Robert King | Programming Committee Chair

Robert works as in higher education administration and is an advocate for fun inclusive diverse programming. Most of my career in higher education has involved some type of programming component. I am excited about the opportunity to bring this focus to my community. 

Barry Todd | Facilities Committee Member

Came to CU to go to college. Graduated and stayed in the area. Currently working at State Farm in Bloomington as IT support. Have one daughter, Liz, and a grandson Lane.

Evelyn Reynolds | Programming Committee Member

I teach, I learn, I organize.

George Hardebeck | Programming Committee Member

I began working in and taking on activism since earning a degree in communication arts in the early nineteen eighties, within this decade helping to put on conferences, and related projects. Over the next couple decades I lived among an intentional community, and collaborated with another, among many socially to ecologically focused organizations, initiating many projects, especially with the Society for Ecological Restoration in the beginning of the new millennia, after becoming a public servant, a naturalist in Cincinnati Parks. This grew into advocating for Native cultural to ecological identity as core to place, then reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples and Life, culturally to ecologically in regionally collaborative programing and projects. Many of these can be seen under events on our Facebook group page for ARCHE - Arts Restoring Culture for Healing Earth. Shortly after moving to Urbana, I began hosting my radio program WannaBe Cafe, on WRFU, sharing with others in like focus, for reconciliation with and restoration of all long-integral and harmonized - in return from socio-economic imperialism, and so becoming involved in the IMC community, while among other fellowships, and projects with these for intentional culture. I have also been initiating a 12 Step group page on Facebook, Earth Anonymous / ACDC - Adult Children of Dysfunctional Culture, which I hope will grow beyond virtual reality, with the IMC or others, and with this seek to form a related eco-cultural arts group for the region, to help move from exploring the calling of our psyche into proactivist arts and so healing practices at large.

Lolita M. Dumas | Programing Committee Member

I am originally from Southside of Chicago, IL. I came to this community for school where I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Master's Degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. I have raised 2 children in Urbana, a son and a daughter. My son attends DePaul University while my daughter attends Parkland on a full 2-year Scholarship. I'm a social worker by trade because I enjoy helping people. Although, I haven't obtain my LCSW, it is on the horizon. I am the Volunteer Supervisor at UC Books to Prisoners and I've been in this role since 2011. UC Books to Prisoners is a working group within the IMC which led to my interest on the board. This is my second year in the board and my goal remains increase visibility and knowledge of the IMC within the Champaign-Urbana Community.

Rachel Lauren Storm | Programing Committee Member

Rachel Lauren Storm serves on the Programming Committee of the Independent Media Center through which she has assisted with the revising of the IMC's space policy, the creation of the Interdependent Film Festival, and other ongoing IMC programs. She is the Director of Outta the Mouths of Babes, a summer radio program for youth between the ages of 5-10 years old where kids are trained in citizen journalism and chaperoned to diverse arts and cultural events in the C-U area and review them in a weekly radio show. Apart from her work with the Independent Media Center, She is pursuing a PhD in Educational Policy, Organization and Leadership with a concentration in Global Studies in Education (GSE) and Gender Relations in International Development (GRID). She received her B.A. in International Studies, her M.Ed. in Educational Policy Studies, and a Certificate in Business Administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she also holds a full-time appointment as the Assistant Director of the Women's Resources Center in the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations. Within her role as Assistant Director of the Women's Resources Center, she is responsible for overseeing the center's educational programs and student employees, as well as, offering counseling, support, and advocacy services for student survivors of violence or trauma.