Foundation Staff

Christi Donsbach

Christi Donsbach

cdonsbach@lakelandcollege.edu
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.

Amanda Tucker

atucker1563@lakelandcollege.edu
Alumni Engagement & Special Events Coordinator

Amanda Tucker works as the Alumni Engagement and Special Events Coordinator at Lake Land College. She is responsible for developing and implementing strategies that will support fundraising and alumni engagement goals. This involves the planning and executing of the Foundation’s events along with advancing relationships with the College’s alumni.

She also serves as a member for YBNext of Effingham County and the President of the Eastern Illinois University Advisory Council for the Hospitality & Tourism Program. Along with her leadership rolls on these organizations, she also enjoys volunteering for a number of groups such as FISH & Catholic Charities Christmas Store – Effingham County and the Shelby County Fair Queen Pageant Committee. When Amanda is not at work or volunteering, you can find her at the gym and/or yoga studio, working doing homework, or spending time with friends and family.

In 2019, she was presented the Lake Land College Pace Setter Award and was recognized as a Top Community Leader Under 40 in Effingham County.

She received her Associate Degree at Lake Land College in 2015 and her Bachelor of Science Degree with a concentration in Hospitality Management at Eastern Illinois University in 2017. She is currently pursuing her Master of Business Administration at the University of Illinois.

Penny Walk

pwalk@lakelandcollege.edu
Donor Information and Database Coordinator

Penny Walk works as the Donor Information and Database Coordinator.  She is responsible for organizing the database for all of the foundation and alumni databases. She will also be helping with day-to-day operations in the College of Advancement office.

Ms. Walk came to Lake Land College from Eastern Illinois University (EIU) with 21 years of experience in Procurement and Advancement in a higher education setting.

In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, shopping and spending time with family and friends.

She resides in rural Neoga with her husband Art, on the family farm.

Penny received her BS and MS in Family and Human Services from Eastern Illinois University.

Kellie Niemerg

kkeck16009@lakelandcollege.edu
Foundation Awards and Corporate Relations Coordinator

Kellie Niemerg works as the Foundation Awards and Corporate Relations Coordinator.  She is responsible for managing the Foundation’s scholarship awards program, along with the coordination and management of Foundation grants. She attended Lake Land from 2008-2009 before transferring to Eastern Illinois University and graduating with her Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology.  She has been at the college since 2013 and has worked in both Counseling, Financial Aid and the the Kluthe Center in Effingham, IL.  She received her Master’s degree from Eastern Illinois University in College Student Affairs in 2016.  

In 2021, she was recognized as a Top Community Leader Under 40 in Effingham County.

Kellie currently resides in Dieterich with her husband Craig, and their sons Henry and Calvin.

Donna McCoy

dmccoy2@lakelandcollege.edu
College Advancement Representative

Donna McCoy works as the College Advancement Representative.  She will be assisting with the day-to-day activities of the Foundation & Alumni Center.

She retired from the University of Illinois in 2019 where she spent 25 years at the U of I Foundation in both Gift Processing and Cash Receipts areas. She served on the Data Integrity Committee and led many data clean-up projects during her time there.

In her spare time, Donna enjoys being at the lake & spending time with her family. She currently resides in Neoga with her husband Wesley.