Board of Directors

Who serves on the Board of Directors?

Father Patrick Smith

President
The Rev. Patrick Smith is the rector of St. John’s Anglican Parish in Quincy. He received is BA in English from the University of Texas and completed his MDiv from Nashotah House Theological Seminary in 1994. He has served congregations in Tennessee and Louisiana including 7 years as a college chaplain at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. In 2007, Fr. Patrick and his wife co-founded The Food Initiative, a non-for-profit, youth development organization in Clarksville, TN. He has been the rector of St. John’s since 2010.

Ramsay Easterling, Jr

Vice-President
Ramsay began his career working at Hy-Vee here in Quincy, eventually becoming an assistant manager there. After his time at Hy-Vee, Mr. Easterling became a financial advisor for Merrill Lynch.  Ramsay and his wife Heidi worship at St. John’s Parish, where Ramsay also serves as the Business Manager.

William A. Spear

Secretary
A native of Quincy, Will attended St. James Lutheran School and graduated from Quincy Senior High School.  He moved to Chicago after graduating from Illinois Wesleyan University.  He was employed at Hewitt Associates in Lincolnshire, Illinois before he decided to attend mortuary school and return to Quincy in 2007.

Will is the 4th generation at Hansen-Spear Funeral Home.  He attends St. John’s Anglican Parish.  He is married to Kristin L. Kanoy Spear, DVM.

John Ernst

Treasurer
John Ernst was born in Quincy, Illinois and attended St. Peters grade school and graduated from Quincy Senior High School in 1976. John attended Culver-Stockton College where he received a BS in Business and Economics in 1980. John started his insurance career after graduating from Culver-Stockton and will celebrate 34 years of serving the Quincy community in the insurance industry this June.

John has been married to his wife Debbie for 25 years and has three daughters, Alexandria, Olivia and Erica.

Lyndell Fross

Lyn grew up in Adams County, is a Financial Advisor with Merrill Lynch and has been in the financial services industries since 1984. Lyn and his wife Penny have been married since 1986 and have three children , Andrew, Jaclyn & Daniel. They are members of Madison Park Christian Church.

Lynda Keller

Lynda has served Horizons as a volunteer in the soup kitchen from the beginning. She has lived in Quincy since she was 7 years old. She is a graduate of Illinois State University and has taught Special Education and preschool through the years. Lynda is married to Bill, a retired lawyer, and their marriage has been blessed with 3 children and 7 grandchildren. The Kellers are members of the Lutheran Church of St. John, where they have been involved in many different positions through the years.