Board of Directors

Who serves on the Board of Directors?

Dustin Hall

President

Dustin Hall has over 15 years of media experience and 8 years of nonprofit board experience. In 2016 he and his wife Allison served as Co-Chairs of the Salvation Army Christmas Campaign, exceeding the campaign goal of $400,000.

Dustin has helped other organizations in multiple capacities as a Commissioner to the redevelopment of Washington Theater, Campaign Leader for United Way, Coordinator at Good News of Christmas and the Community Foundation. He is also a graduate of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Business Leadership Training Program, as well as HBX Harvard Business School.

Thoughts from the board president:

When a child is born into poverty, they have little control over their health and their quality of life. In many cases, children cannot make the choices that many of us take for granted.  I believe that every child has the right to be safe, healthy, educated and free to be the individual they wish to be. This is a human right. I’ve dedicated myself to this belief, and I will continue to push myself and those around me to make a difference in the lives of underserved children and adults living in our community.

I joined Horizons because I believe that a major cause of food insecurity in our community is caused by a lack of understanding of those who live a different reality from our own. Horizons provides a solution, educating volunteers about the cycle of poverty and the issues faced by people living in poverty.  I want to help guide volunteers through that learning process, encouraging them to always look for the
helpers in the world, always focus on how easy a smile is made, and keep working to influence any given moment positively.

I believe in Horizons because Horizons fosters an atmosphere of hope, love, and acceptance behind every meal.

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.

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.