Mrs. Benefiel is a pharmacy technician at Pearman Pharmacy, Paris. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Illinois University and a master’s degree from Southern Illinois University–Edwardsville. She serves on the Board of Deacons of the Presbyterian Church in Paris and is a member of the Membership and Evangelism Committee. The past president of the Board of Directors of the Paris Community YMCA, Mrs. Benefiel is currently a member of the Heritage Club, a trustee of the Paris YMCA Special Endowment Trust, and the Board of Directors of the Little Theatre on the Square in Sullivan.
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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.
Mr. Smith is president of The First National Bank where he oversees branches in Mattoon, Greenville, and Mul berry Grove. Mr. Smith is the immediate past chairman of the Community Bankers Association of Illinois, and is a current board member for the Independent Community Bankers of America. He was formerly executive vice president of Central National Bank of Mattoon. He has served as past president of the Mattoon Area YMCA and Mattoon Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Smith received his bachelor’s degree from Greenville College.