Board of Directors

A dedicated group of volunteers committed to the mission of building a better world through education.

Fr. Julius Turyatoranwa Founder

He holds a BA in Philosophy (1994), BA in Theology (1998), a Masters Degree and a doctorate (PhD)in Educational Administration from Illinois State University (2010, 2017). After serving as Parochial Vicar (Assistant Pastor) at Illinois parishes in Bloomington, Morton, and Washington, Illinois, Fr. Julius returned to Uganda in December, 2017. He is the Pastor of Christ the King parish and 22 mission churches in the Kabale Diocese in Uganda, assisted by two Parochial Vicars. Fr. Julius developed the vision at the center of this school project when he was challenged to reach out beyond his family to help others. He believes that such a school will help to break the generational cycle of poverty and tap into the potential of these children as future innovators and inventors.

Contact him through email: jturya@gmail.com

Fr. Julius Turyatoranwa

John Grillot President

John is a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Washington, Illinois, who has served for nearly 30 years in various ministries within the parish (Parish Trustee, Finance Council, etc.). John graduated with a B.S. degree in Engineering from Iowa State University in 1975 and earned an MBA degree from Bradley University in 1994. John worked at Caterpillar Inc. in various technical and managerial roles for 40 years, retiring in 2012. Throughout his career and retirement, John has traveled extensively all over the world (including to Uganda). Since his retirement, he has increased his involvement in a number of volunteer roles within the community, the Church, and the Secular Franciscan Order.

Contact him by phone at: (309) 696-4846 or email: grilljw@gmail.com

John Grillot

John Redlingshafer Vice President

John is a shareholder-attorney with Mescher, Rinehart & Redlingshafer, P.C., in Washington.  He graduated with a B.A. in International Relations from Bradley University in 2001 and received his Juris Doctor from the DePaul University College of Law in 2004. John handles both litigation and general consultation for units of local government around the state, and also represents numerous corporate clients on formation, regulatory, and asset-related transactions. John served as a representative on the Tazewell County Board from 2012-2018.

Please contact him by email: jredlingshafer@gmail.com

John Redlingshafer

Christine Venzon Secretary

Chris has been a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Washington since she and her husband moved to Washington, Illinois in 1979. She earned an Associate Degree in Graphic Design while co-raising their three children. Chris has continuously served in a number of ministries within her parish (Board of Education, Parish Council, Children’s Choir director, Adult Choir member/accompanist/director, Extraordinary Minister of Communion) and is the chairperson of St. Patrick’s charitable outreach committee. Chris has volunteered with a number of community groups over the years, among them the American Cancer Society (city volunteer coordinator), Girl Scouts, Teens Encounter Christ (musician, weekend leader, Board member), and the Christ Child Society of Central Illinois. She and her husband enjoy splitting their time between their ministries (his as an ordained deacon) and their twelve grandchildren’s activities.

Please contact her by email: chris_venzon@comcast.net

Christine Venzon

Kay Christine Lee Treasurer

Kay has been a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Washington, Illinois since childhood. Kay graduated with a B.S. degree in Manufacturing Technology from the University of Illinois and an M.S. degree in Industrial Operations/Engineering in 1988 from Bradley University, also receiving her private pilots license in 1980. Following a 32-year career at Caterpillar Inc. in various technical and managerial roles, traveling the world for Caterpillar and living in the UK for two years, she retired in 2006. During her retirement, Kay has been active in a number of volunteer roles within the community, the Church and is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Model A Ford Club of America in California.

Please contact her by email: kclee1931ford@yahoo.com

Kay Christine Lee

Dr. Heather McTaggart Director

Heather McTaggart graduated with a B.S. in Biology and Chemistry from Illinois State University in 1995. She then went to Purdue University Veterinary School where she graduated with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. She grew up Methodist but became Catholic in 2006 after the birth of her second child. Heather’s family have been members at St. Patrick’s Parish since moving to Washington in 2002. She opened her own business, 4 PAWS Animal Clinic, in June 2004. She was President of the Washington Chamber of Commerce in 2008.

Please contact her by email: petmd99@hotmail.com

Dr. Heather McTaggart

Adolph (Arnie) Arnold Director

Arnie is a member of St. Monica Church in East Peoria, and a member of Monsignor E.L. Grzbowski Knights of Columbus Council #7580. He grew up in Central Illinois and retired from Caterpillar, Inc. after 30 years of service. He spends his spare time with his children, their spouses, and his three grandchildren. Arnie has supported several local charities by conducting various fundraisers over the years. They include the Sisters of St. Francis of the Immaculate Conception, Sacred Heart Cemetery, the Nativity display at the Festival of Lights in East Peoria, and the Knights of Columbus. He has organized several fundraisers for BHIK-U, including Peoria Chiefs games, a bus trip to a Cubs-Cardinals game, and a wine-tasting/auction and will gladly continue putting his fundraising experience to work for BHIK-U.

Please contact him by email: adolph.arnold@comcast.net

Adolph (Arnie) Arnold

Joan Krogman Director

Joan moved back to the area in 2007 and became a St. Patrick’s (Washington) parish member at that time.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Viterbo University, LaCrosse, Wi. Her entire nursing career has been devoted to children, whether it was working in the neonatal ICU, sleep lab, public health department, pediatric office or as a school nurse.  In her retirement Joan has been involved in several non-profit organizations in the area and looks forward to serving on the BHIK-U board.  Her interest in BHIK-U was certainly enhanced following a trip to St. Patricks’ school in Uganda in 2019.  In her spare time, Joan likes to quilt, garden, read and definitely travel. 

Please contact her by email: jmskrog@gmail.com

Joan Krogman