Foundation Staff

Dedicated to Carl Sandburg College, the Foundation staff are fully committed to making your involvement with the College meaningful. Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.

Our offices are located in the administration area in Building E.

Eric Johnson in a suit  standing in the atrium.

Eric B. Johnson, Chief Advancement Officer

Bachelor of Science - Agricultural Communications, University of Illinois 

Eric's career spans from a successful stint in advancement and alumni engagement at Knox College, to association management and agricultural communications experience with the Illinois-Christian County Farm Bureau and Illinois Beef Association. He resides in rural Knox County where he enjoys raising Angus cattle on a small farm with his parents. Eric welcomes the opportunity to connect with Sandburg alumni, friends, and supporters to collaborate and partner in making a lasting impact on the lives of students. 



Kassidy Klinedist standing in the atrium.

Kassidy Klinedinst, Coordinator of Scholarships, Donor Relations & Annual Giving

Associate in Science, Carl Sandburg College

Bachelor of Science - Business Administration with a concentration in management, Southern Illinois University- Edwardsville

Kassidy is an alumna of Sandburg from the class of 2015. She joins the Foundation with experience in project management and marketing in the health and wellness field. Employing her skills in business management and a love for Sandburg, Kassidy creates a positive relationship with students and donors while expanding the reach of the scholarship program.  



Stacey Rucker in a blue dress standing outside with the pond fountain in the background.

Stacey Rucker, Coordinator of Alumni & Advancement Communications

Associate in Science, Carl Sandburg College

Associate in Applied Science - Administrative Office Manager, Carl Sandburg College

Bachelor of Arts - Sociology with a minor in business, Knox College 

Stacey is an alumna of Carl Sandburg College and has been employed at the College since 2011 in various capacities. She oversees alumni relations, event planning, all social media and other communications for the department. Stacey is happy to continue her Sandburg story and hear from others on how the College has impacted their lives.