Greater Wabash Regional Planning Commission (GWRPC) Executive Director, Angela Peyton is a graduate from Carmi White County High School and studied business/accounting at Southeastern Illinois college. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from University of Cumberlands, Kentucky. Angela is a Certified Community Action Professional with experience in economic workforce growth and community relations. The first at large region project for the new Executive Director will be updating the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) plan. Angela looks forward to collaborating with community leaders, private sector, public sector, and the community in the planning process. The Planning Commission’s main objective is to assist in building regional capacity through infrastructure, that in return contributes to communities’ success.
Taegan Garner is from Olney, IL and a graduate from the University of Southern Indiana, majoring in Sociology and Political Science. At USI, Taegan was the Student Body President, running The Student Government Association. Also, her interest in rural development has driven her research in rural migration and development.
Jeff Vaughan joined the Greater Wabash Regional Planning Commission in July of 2022. A 2010 graduate of Fairfield Community High School, he has lived in the GWRPC service area for his entire life on farmland southeast of Fairfield; Vaughan graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Radio/Television. Past jobs include working on his family’s farm, reporting for the Wayne County Press, and broadcasting news and sports on WFIW/WOKZ Radio in Wayne County.
Michael Gill is a retired Civil Engineer who has been working at Greater Wabash Regional Planning Commission for approximately fiveyears. He retired from Lamac Engineering Company located in Mt. Carmel Illinois after a 46-year career there. He was president of Lamac Engineering at the time of his retirement. He was registered a Professional Engineer and Professional Land Surveyor in both Illinois and Indiana. He has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Missouri Science and Technology, in Rolla, Missouri and a master’s degree in Geographic Information Systems form Penn State University. He has extensive engineering experience in the planning, design, and construction observation of sanitary and storm sewer systems, water treatment and distribution, and roads and streets. His work at Greater Wabash Regional Planning had been the areas of Grant Applications and Administration.
During his time at Lamac Engineering he has known most of the engineers in the Greater Wabash Regional Planning Commission’s service area. This familiarity allows him to effectively interact with the local engineering community. He also brings extensive contract experience to his work at Greater Wabash Regional Planning Commission.