Tom Grunloh is the sole owner of Grunloh Construction, Inc. in Effingham, Illinois and has built, what started as a family business, into one of Central Illinois Largest Union Affiliated Commercial General Contractors. Tom is also an avid land developer. Tom is a life-long resident of Effingham. He is an active member in several non- profit boards along with a board member at National Bank of Hillsboro. Tom enjoys his life with his significant partner Autumn Koester and two Children Mailli (2014) and Logan (2015). Mr. Grunloh attended Lake Land College in 1981 & 1982 and studied Business Administration. He attributes much of his success on the education and experiences that he received at the college.
Mr. Bohannon is an alumnus of Lake Land College and North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. He played basketball for both schools and was a Division III All-American basketball player in 1987 at North Central College. He is the Operations Manager of Bolin Enterprises, Inc. in Casey, Illinois. Bolin Enterprises, Inc. is a pipeline and tank maintenance company. Mr. Bohannon’s certifications include NCCER Master Trainer and NACE Level 1 Coating Inspector. He is involved with several professionally-related groups. He was a player for Turner Trucking Men’s Slow-Pitch Softball Team, which was inducted to the Illinois ASA Hall of Fame in 2011. He also currently serves as president for the Casey Country Club. He and his wife Randi have five children.
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.
Lisa Kallis, from Charleston, IL, is the Director of Dental Hygiene at Heartland Dental in Effingham, IL. She earned her bachelors degree in science/community health from Eastern Illinois University and her Dental Hygiene degree from Parkland College. She was a former Clinical Instructor of Dental Hygiene at Lake Land College from 1992-1998 and is currently on the Lake Land College Dental Hygiene Advisory Board. Lisa is the past President of the Illinois Dental Hygiene Association Illini Component and currently serves on Crest/Oral B Clinical Advisory Board and Orapharma Clinical Advisory Board. Her and her husband Mike are the owners of Sound Source Music in Mattoon, IL and have 4 children. Mike and one of their daughters graduated from Lake Land College, and she was on the Laker Volleyball team.
Ms. Shoot is the Comptroller for Lake Land College. Ms. Shoot serves as the treasurer of the Lake Land College Alumni Association. Ms. Shoot also teaches adjunct business classes for Lake Land College. She was previously employed as an Assistant Controller for a local manufacturing firm. She received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Eastern Illinois University and a Master’s in Business Administration and is also an alumni of Lake Land College.
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Larry Blackerby is a retired Television Executive with over 40 years of experience. He was an Emmy Award winning producer early in his career. Larry has managed stations all over the country with his most recent stops in Houston, TX and Indianapolis, IN. Larry is a 1975 graduate of Lake Land College and a 1977 graduate of Indiana State University. Larry and his wife Brenda (also an LLC grad) have one daughter, Hillary who lives in Santa Barbara, CA. Larry and Brenda reside in La Quinta, California. They are proud to be Lake Land grads and are always quick to give LLC much of the credit for any successes they have had. In 2011, they established the Blackerby Endowment for LLC broadcasting students.
Currently serves as advisor/consultant for “Multiplying Good” a national organization formerly known as the Jefferson Awards.
(Former board member of the following organization)
Houston Food Bank
Houston Big Brothers & Big Sisters
Indiana Broadcasters Association
Indiana State University development for College of Arts & Sciences
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.
Dr. Bullock joined Lake Land College on July 1, 2013. He has more than 20 years of experience in higher education following a successful career as an entrepreneur. Most recently he served as the vice president for strategic advancement at Moraine Park Technical College in Fond du Lac, Wis., where he led strategic planning, new program development, marketing and grant funding initiatives. Dr. Bullock plans to become involved in the Lake Land College community by working with area businesses and engaging in community service. He has a doctoral degree from Marian University in Fond du Lac, a master’s in business administration from the University of Wisconsin in Oshkosh and a bachelor’s of business administration from the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
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.
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.
Rudy Huber, Sullivan, a 1976 Lake Land College graduate, began farming the same year in Douglas County. He began auctioneering with his father in 1981, joining the Huber Auction Team. In 2000, he became a licensed independent insurance agent with CF & H Insurance, located in Sullivan, Windsor and Monticello, where his wife, Linda is president. Huber is also a Republican Precinct Committeeman and a member of the Sullivan Rotary and Sullivan Country Club. He is a former board member of these organizations, as well.
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.
Brian has been involved in retail, real estate, construction for 30 years and agriculture is entire life. His experience includes 20 years with the Tractor Supply Company as a multi-unit Manager and Director of Construction. Also, 4 1/2 years with Rural King as the VP of Business Development and approximately 2 years as the COO. Brian, his wife Lora and daughter Morgan own and operate both Destiny Angus Farm and Destiny Horse Boarding south of Charleston, IL. They raise and exhibit registered Black Angus cattle across the country winning many awards and competitions. Morgan has been named premier breeder and exhibitor at several events. They also hold 2 online sales per year selling bulls, cows, embryos, semen and show heifers. They also consign their cattle to select sales throughout the year and sell cattle to customers private treaty at the farm. Hutchins’s horse boarding operation includes a 22 stall stable, indoor and outdoor riding arenas, several grass paddocks, indoor and outdoor wash areas, office with full restroom for boarders and options for full service or pasture boarding. Brian is the owner and President of Destiny’s Consulting and works with several organizations, companies and individuals internationally. He has worked with both small and very large companies seeking knowledge and advancement in areas such as specific product lines in hardline retail, leadership, real estate, construction and agriculture.
Brian’s business principles and leadership philosophy in part includes:
Blake Pierce is a Mattoon native who received his Bachelors in Finance and MBA at Eastern Illinois University in 2011 and 2012 respectively, and then joined Rural King in the Finance Department. Since that time, he has advanced through many roles and responsibilities assisting the company quadruple in revenue and double its number of locations to the national retailer they have become today. Currently Blake serves as the Director of Real Estate and Economic Development, where he is responsible for all aspects of the company real estate division and new store selection; along with enhancing the communities in which Rural King calls home. Blake also serves on a number of local boards and committees, and particularly enjoys assisting small businesses and promoting the local economy in his free time as well.
Mrs. Reynolds serves as the chair of the Lake Land College Board of Trustees and as the trustees’ liaison to the Foundation. A full-time realtor, she is a licensed and accredited sales associate since 1999. She is a lifelong resident of Coles County and is a member of East Central Illinois Association of Realtors, Illinois Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors. Elected in 1993 to the Lake Land Board of Trustees, she has served as vice chair, secretary and as a member of the legislative, resource and development, and building and site committees. Mrs. Reynolds is a member of the Illinois Community College Trustees Association where she received the Education Award. She is a charter member of the Mattoon Light Works Committee and served as a board member and chair to CCAR. Mrs. Reynolds retired from Consolidated Communication after working 32 years. She is a graduate of Lake Land College.
Debra joined the U. S. Air Force after graduating from Duke University with degrees in nursing and history. Later, she completed her Master of Science in Nursing at the University of Cincinnati. After 15 years in the U. S. Air Force and attaining the rank of Major, Debra transitioned to civilian employment. As a nurse, Debra has worked in several different roles over the years: staff nurse, administrator, and pediatric nurse practitioner
Growing up in a military family and then being in the service herself, she moved thirty-three times before settling in Illinois with her husband and four daughters. After this final move, Debra chose not to work outside the home any further and devoted herself to philanthropy and her family. She has volunteered her time over a variety of community organizations; including Daughters of the American Revolution, PEO, church youth groups, local hospital committees, Women Connected Giving Circle and now Lake Land College Foundation Board of Directors
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.
Linda grew up on a farm near Moonshine and has a love for farming and agriculture. She raises sheep with her family. She earned a Bachelor and Masters in Education from Eastern Illinois University. Linda retired from Lake Land College as the Associate Vice President for Workforce and was recognized as one of the Top 50 Most Influential People in Lake Land’s 50-year history. She served on the Martinsville School Board for over 26 years. She is currently involved with ECCEL Committee serving Edgar and Clark County students and WORC Board of Directors. Linda is an Elder at the Willow Creek Church. She is a life long resident of the Moonshine area.
Tom White is the Chief Technology Officer at Consolidated Communications and is responsible for the company’s network design and development, engineering, company facilities, corporate purchasing, and supply chain, in addition to the administration of the company’s capital investments.
He joined the company in 1992 as a Supervisor in the company’s former Operator Services division and has held multiple management and leadership positions during his career with the company including field operations, network operations, OSP and network engineering.
White is active in his local community and currently serves on the Lake Land Foundation and has served on the Coles Together Board, Charleston Excellence in Foundation Board and the CCAR Industries Board.
He earned in bachelor’s degree in business administration and management from Virginia Commonwealth University and lives in Charleston with his wife and three children.