Barb Pelan was elected to emeritus status on the Phantom Regiment Board of Directors in 2012. She was a member of the board from the early 1990s until 2012, including several years as secretary.
She is a retired school teacher and social worker. She taught school for five years, worked for Illinois Public Aid for five years and was a social worker for Illinois Department of Children and Family Services for 22 years.
Barb began her involvement with the organization as a chaperone and cook for Phantom Regiment Cadets in 1982. Later, she chaired the food program before the days of a fancy kitchen trailer and co-chaired the food program after the first kitchen trailer was acquired in 1988 along with Kevin Nesmith, Gary Krug, Becky Nelson and Nancy St. Angel. She was a bingo volunteer and worked on many projects for the organization, including the Spook House and the concession stand at Show of Shows (she was succeeded by her son, Dana Pelan for several more years).
In her retirement, Barb enjoys genealogy, scrapbooking, decorative arts, cooking and various collectibles. She has an associate’s degree from Springfield Junior College and a bachelor of science degree from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.
Barb, who is divorced, lives in Rockford. She has five children. Her son, Dana Pelan, was a contrabass player who aged out in 1985. Her daughter, Lisa Baclet, was a color guard member who marched her final year in 1984. Daughter Christine Pelan aged out as a member of the color guard in 1989. All three started with Phantom Regiment Cadets. In addition, she has two daughters, Amy Woods and Barb Pelan.