Deacon Patient is employed by Agri-Fab, Inc. in Sullivan, IL. He has a bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Mr. Patient is a member of Local Workforce Investment Board of LWIA 23 and the Lake Land College Foundation Board. Mr. Patient and his wife, Vanessa, have two children.
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Michelle Blackwell is Vice President, Finance at Peoples Bank & Trust in Pana, Illinois. She has over twenty years of accounting experience in various fields including tax, auditing, manufacturing, and community banking. Michelle was previously CFO of First National Bank of Pana and held various accounting management positions in her 10 years at ADM. She received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting/Concentration in MIS from Millikin University and is a Certified Public Accountant. Michelle is a native of Pana, Illinois where she currently resides with her husband, Troy and three children and is active in the community coaching girl’s basketball.
Steven Childers is the Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer at Consolidated Communications. He has a diversified background in accounting, finance and in operations with Consolidated Communications. He was named Chief Financial Officer in 2004, with responsibilities for all accounting, treasury, tax and regulatory functions at the company. Childers has served on the board of directors of the Eastern Illinois University Foundation and is currently serving on the Board of the Illinois State Chamber of Commerce. Childers holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Eastern Illinois University and is a Certified Public Accountant. He and his wife live in the area and have one daughter. He enjoys running and playing golf.
Executive Director for College Advancement/Foundation CEO
Christi Donsbach serves at the Executive Director for College Advancement at Lake Land College. In her role, Christi leads the Foundation and alumni areas of the college and serves as the chief executive officer of the Lake Land College Foundation. With a primary focus on philanthropy, alumni engagement and building of community partnerships, she works closely with key stakeholders both within the college and throughout the college district, and serves as a catalyst for donor and volunteer involvement for the Foundation through a variety of operational activities.
Christi joined the college in October of 2019 with more than 14 years of experience in fostering a culture of philanthropy in a college setting. Ms. Donsbach came to Lake Land College from Eastern Illinois University (EIU), where she served as the director of development and was responsible for the leadership and management of alumni and friends to an assigned fundraising portfolio, as well as planned giving. She also taught a university foundation introductory course and presented at several regional educational seminars.
Prior to joining EIU, Christi served as the director of donor & alumni relations at Midland Institute for Entrepreneurship in Effingham, director of development & alumni relations at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and director of development at Pony Bird Inc. in Mapaville, Missouri.
Christi holds memberships in Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) professionally, and in several community organizations. She recently served on the membership committee for AFP and served as co-chair for the CASE District V conference. She is a member of the Effingham Chamber of Commerce, a past member of the Effingham PEO, a member of the St. Aloysius Church has served as a mentor in Effingham County CEO. She was also recognized as one of Effingham Illinois’ Top Community Leaders Under 40 in 2015.
Christi has a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and a master’s degree in business administration from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She lives in Teutopolis with her husband, Jake, and their four children.
Mr. Fedrigon is a farmer and retired Senior Engineering Project Team Leader at Caterpillar, Inc. in Decatur, Ill. He earned an associate degree from Lake Land College and a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He serves as the chairman of the Board of Elders at Shelby Christian Church in Shelbyville, Ill., and is a big brother with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Macon County. In 2015, Mr. Fedrigon was awarded “Big” of the year for the State of Illinois, which nominated him for the National “Big” of the year. He enjoys golfing, boating and riding motorcycles. He lives in rural Shelbyville.
Tim is the current Mayor of Mattoon, and is a retired Professor of Finance from Eastern Illinois University after serving 32 years. He operated as a director at First Federal Savings and Loan in Mattoon for more than 37 years as well. A lifelong resident of Mattoon, Tim was elected City Commissioner in May of 2009 and was appointed Acting Mayor by the City Council in May 2010 after the resignation of Mayor David W. Cline. In April 2011, he was elected to serve as Mayor for the remaining two years of the unexpired term through 2013. Re-elected in 2013 and in 2017, his term ends in 2021. He is a director of the Coles County Council on Aging and served for 11 years as President during which time the LifeSpan Center was built. LifeSpan is a multi-million dollar 26,000 square foot facility serving people of all ages in Coles County. Tim also served as Governor of Rotary District 6490 in 1995-96 and is active in several other organizations.
Richard Hartke, a Lake Land alumni, is a Financial Professional with The Prudential Insurance Company of America. He has been in the financial services industry for 20+ years serving both Effingham and Champaign, Illinois communities. He has earned MDRT Life Member designation, Life Founders Gold Award and Masters Council recognitions. Passionate for technology within education, Rich served on the Techtopolis committee, which raised funds to provide every student within Teutopolis schools a Chromebook. Rich and his wife, Angie, are life-long residents of Teutopolis, IL where they have raised their three children. He is also the President of Teutopolis Community For Progress, a board dedicated to the economic development and improvement of its community.
Renee serves as an Edward Jones financial advisor, joining the firm in 2008 and becoming a limited partner in 2015. Prior to that, Renee was an accountant for 12 years. A Mattoon native, Renee, is a graduate of Concordia University in River Forest, IL, with a bachelor of arts degree in management. Renee is involved in her community through the Mattoon Chamber of Commerce, Mattoon Exchange Club, Lincoln Sargent Farm Foundation board member, and team leader for Habitat for Humanity. Additionally, she attends Truth & Grace Fellowship Church. Renee has been honored with the Ted Jones Prospecting Award, A.F. McKenzie Award, Regional Leader Award, Leader Board record holder, Jack Phelan Award, Century Award; Pacesetter Award, Edward Jones Senior Founders Award, Eagle Award three times, Visiting Veteran Leader Board record holder, Ed Armstrong Achievement Award twice, and the Jim McKenzie Achievement Award four times. Renee married Michael Huckstead in July 2018. Michael, also a Mattoon native, works for JM Test where he recently celebrated 30 years with the company. Her son, Zach, graduated from American University in Washington, DC and currently lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with his wife, Meghan.
Mr. Pancoast recently retired as executive vice president of Busey Bank-Decatur, having served previously as president and trust officer of First Trust Bank of Shelbyville. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia and attended the School of Banking at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He is currently involved with the Decatur Memorial Hospital Foundation, Shelby Memorial Hospital Association Board of Directors, Little Theatre on the Square Board of Directors and the Shelbyville Rotary Club.
Meg Yargus Steward is the National Account Director at AGI Yargus Manufacturing, Inc. in Marshall, IL. She works with her family’s business who produces material handling equipment for dry fertilizer. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Butler University in 2006. She serves on the Marshall Main Street Board along with the Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association PAC Board. Meg has mentored with the Marshall Area Youth Network (MAYN), is a member of the 100 Women Who Care. She served on the Foundation board from ??? to 2017, and the Lake Land College Board of Trustees from 2017 – 2018.