Dr. Timothy Cundiff hails from East Peoria. He is a graduate of Peoria Notre Dame High School and Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. In 2008, he graduated from the Indiana University School of Optometry. Dr. Cundiff then returned home to Peoria and joined Dr. Roger Fitch in practice at Vision Care Center.
In 2013, he was elected President of the Illinois Valley Optometric Society, and in 2014, he was named Young Optometrist of the Year in the State of Illinois. In 2015, he was elected as a Trustee for the Illinois Optometric Association. In 2021, he was sworn in as the President of the IOA at his Inauguration in Schaumburg.
In 2013, he served as the Chairman of the Young Professionals Organization of Greater Peoria and Chairman of the All-America City Campaign. He received the ultimate recognition of his efforts by being awarded the Key to the City by Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis at City Hall. In 2014, he received the Nova Award from the Creve Coeur Club of Peoria. In 2010, he was named on Peoria’s “40 Leaders under Forty.”
Dr. Cundiff serves on the Board of Directors for Wildlife Prairie Park and was a founding board member of the Peoria Riverfront Museum. He is the former President of the Central Illinois Chapter of the Indiana University Alumni Association. A collegiate athlete at Loras, he still plays baseball in the Peoria Sunday Morning League and is the President of the League—the oldest amateur baseball league in America.
Since 2019, Dr. Cundiff has played the role of FOLEPI – the official mascot of the East Peoria Festival of Lights. In 2020, as FOLEPI, he helped the City of East Peoria win the Heavyweight Championship on the television show the “Great Christmas Light Fight”. In 2022, he was awarded the Friend of the Community Award by the East Peoria Chamber of Commerce.
An on-air personality, Dr. Cundiff volunteers with WTVP, Peoria’s Public Broadcasting Station. He also presents a series of lectures to various audiences: students, parents, teachers, administrators, and the business community. The series, both motivational and educational, focuses on the important connection of vision with reading and learning.
Dr. Cundiff is a member of St. Philomena Catholic Church. He enjoys promoting our wonderful Greater Peoria region, and he enjoys spending time with family, friends, and bison.