Meet Sheldon

Sheldon Schafer grew up in Columbus Ohio. He has been a Peoria resident since 1976.


  • Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio B.S. in Astronomy, 1970
  • The School for International Training, Brattleboro, Vermont Peace Corps training in science education, Indian culture, and language
  • Wagner College, Staten Island, New York M.S. in Science Education, 1975


  • Vice President of Education, Planetarium Director
  • Lakeview Museum of Arts & Sciences, Peoria, Illinois 1976 - present
  • Astronomy Instructor, Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois 1980 - present


  • Founding member of Peoria Area Green Party, Dec, 2000
  • Coordinating Committee representative to the Illinois Green Party, 2001 – present
  • Finance Committee Chair of the Illinois Green Party, 2001 - present
  • Secretary of the Peoria Area Green Party, 2002 – present
  • Central Illinois coordinator for Whitney for Governor Campaign - 2006
  • Chairman, State Central Committee of the Illinois Green Party - 2008
  • Chairman, Peoria County Central Committee of the Illinois Green Party - 2008

Community Service

  • U.S.Peace Corps Volunteer, served in south India 1970 – 1972
  • Community Boards: Peoria Academy of Sciences, WTVP
  • Volunteer Activity: Recreational Trail Advocates, Illinois Valley Wheelm’n, WTVP, Haiti Mission Connection, ST. Thomas Church, Peoria Astronomical Society, Peoria Academy of Sciences, Peoria Public Schools, National Peace Corps Association, Earth Day

Financial Disclosures