Value-Added Sustainable Development Center Bios

Sean Park
Sean ParkValue-Added Sustainable Development Program Director
Sean provides technical assistance and training on business plan development and business start-up to cooperatives and other rural businesses in all sectors, and administers IIRA’s overall outreach in the co-op sector. Sean has worked with IIRA since 2010, and his experience also includes ten years as owner-operator of an independent rural grocery store, seven years in operations management for a national corporation, and additional roles as a community college business instructor and a small town economic development director. Park is a Certified Business Advisor and has completed CooperationWorks! Cooperative Business Development Training Program. He received a MA in Economics from Western Illinois University and a BA in Economics from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
Kristin Terry
Kristin TerryCooperative Program Coordinator
Kristin joined IIRA in February, 2023 as the Cooperative Program Coordinator. She helps cooperative and other community-owned businesses in Illinois start-up and succeed by providing technical assistance, training, business plan development, and publications. Kristin brings over fifteen years’ experience in community and economic development and marketing. Kristin received a bachelors degree in Business Administration-Marketing from American Intercontinental University and is currently pursuing her masters degree in Community and Economic Development at Western Illinois University.