Ms. Scharlau, a native of Champaign-Urbana and graduate of the University of Illinois, College of Education, is passionate about her Community.  Over the years, many of her activities have revolved around children, youth and her community.  She believes that what she has accomplished personally and professionally is a reflection of what she values:

  • Support and encouragement of family and friends;
  • Genuine love and commitment to community;
  • Strong beliefs that dreams can be achieved by working together; and

She recognizes her greatest strength is in helping others be successful.  Following a teaching career in the Champaign Public Schools and the U of I, Ms. Scharlau has focused her energies on community efforts. She was  

  • President of the Junior League of Champaign-Urbana
  • Chair of the United Way Campaign
  • Director of the United Way Major Gifts and Planned Giving
  • Parkland Foundation Board President – to name a few

She has received many community awards and firmly believes in the words of John Quincy Adams…“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader”.  Our community has been enriched by the many ways she has worked to make a difference in the lives of others. Ms. Scharlau, is a powerful model of leadership and passion.