Fran was born and raised in Decatur, Illinois. She and her husband moved to Galena in 2003, where she quickly became involved with the Guardians and JDCF. She was awestruck by the beauty of the region and how different it was from central Illinois. From then on, she and her husband vowed to do what they could to preserve and protect the beauty they fell in love with. It has been her privilege and honor to serve on the JDCF Board of Directors for the past six years, and as president for the past three years. She believes that JDCF is accomplishing great things in this area and is excited to continue that work into the future.