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PILI Welcomes Three New Members to its Board of Directors

With the start of our new fiscal year, we are excited to welcome three new members of our Board of Directors!

Mitch Gilfillan

Partner at Quinn Johnston

Mitch’s multi-faceted practice focuses on all areas of civil litigation defense, corporate and transactional dealings, partnership dissolution issues and sports agency management. He represents and works with a diverse client base including insurance companies, health care providers, business owners, and individuals seeking both personal and professional guidance. In addition to his law practice, Mitch is an active civic and charitable contributor to the Greater Peoria community, including devoting a significant amount of time to pro bono service. This includes serving on PILI’s Tenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee and volunteering through PILI and Prairie State Legal Services. His exemplary pro bono service earned him being named to PILI’s Inaugural Pro Bono Volunteer Honor Roll in 2020 and the John C. McAndrews Pro Bono Service Award from the Illinois State Bar Association also in 2020. In addition to being active in the Peoria County, Illinois State and American Bar Associations, Mitch also serves on multiple boards including the Pediatric Resource Center, Children’s Hospital of Illinois and Peoria Friendship House.

Jennifer Luczkowiak

Director of Resource Development, Prairie State Legal Services

Jennifer is an attorney and the Director of Resource Development, participating in the executive management of Prairie State’s programs. Specifically, she oversees all grant acquisition, grant management, and fundraising efforts from federal, state, and local governments, United Ways, foundations, and individual and corporate donors for Prairie State. Jenn previously served as Prairie State’s Project Director of the Legal Help for Homeowners Project, which provided legal counsel and representation for homeowners and tenants facing foreclosure. Before arriving at Prairie State, Jenn worked for the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley serving homeless and runaway youth as an Equal Justice Works Fellow and Staff Attorney. She received her B.A. from Northwestern University and her Juris Doctor from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

Angel Wawrzynek

Partner at Armstrong, Grove & Wawrzynek LLC 

Angel attended the University of Illinois where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and then graduated cum laude from the University of Illinois Law School. Angel has practiced law in Mattoon for her entire legal career, first as an associate with Tapella & Eberspacher LLC (formerly Hefner, Eberspacher, Tapella, Armstrong, Grove & Britton LLC). She then joined Armstrong, Grove & Wawrzynek as a partner in February 2020. Angel focuses her practice on estate planning, trust and estate administration, and guardianships. Angel is has been an advocate for pro bono legal services, serving as a member and former chair of PILI’s Fifth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee and volunteering through PILI.  She is the Vice President of the Eastern Illinois Estate Planning Council and a member of the Illinois State Bar Association’s Trusts and Estates Section Council. Angel has previously served on the boards of the Coles-Cumberland Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association and the Lawyers Trust Fund of Illinois.

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