Meet The Team


Deric Kimler, Executive Director

Deric comes to Central Illinois FRIENDS with a degree from Drake University and a passion for helping people. He is a dedicated and hard working individual ready to take this organization to the next level in supporting those living with and affected by HIV. If he isn't at the office, you'll usually find him running around one of the many community theater's in Central Illinois, coaching baseball, in a Peoria area board meeting somewhere or in his hometown of Williamsfield, IL spending time with his family.

Michael Minton, Board Chair

Mike has worked with LGBT focused groups in the community and came to FRIENDS in 2015 to lend his voice to those that can’t speak or those that are afraid to speak out. Stigma related to HIV is still prevalent in our society and those living with the illness are still treated like Rose, from The Golden Girls in the 80’s. This is a time to be a friend to those that need one and to remember that HIV isn’t a “gay thing” it is a “people thing”.

Michael Minton, Board Chair

Jonas Parker, Board Member

Jonas is a specialty pharmacist with a pharmacy doctorate from the Saint Louis College of Pharmacy.  He also has one year of residency training in specialty pharmacy in the community through the Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville College of Pharmacy.  He has been a board member with Central Illinois FRIENDS since 2015.

Mark Lasswell, Outreach & Testing Counselor

Mark Lasswell, of East Peoria, spent most of his career working and volunteering in the non-profit sector. His interests and causes are varied from serving on multiple local city commissions, serving almost 2 decades as a library board trustee, former board member of Illinois Very Special Arts and many other non-profit boards, HIV testing and outreach, and the serving on the Equality Illinois Statewide Advisory Group.