Alumni Association Board of Directors

Alumni Association Board of Directors 2023-2024

2023 - 2024 Board of Directors

Nanette Montgomery Bess '78, President
Retired Speech Pathologist
Pittsfield, Ill.

Kevin Lister ’81, President-elect
Retired Annual Giving Officer
St. Louis College of Pharmacy
Carbondale, Ill.   

Michelle LaFayette  '95
Attorney and Partner
Ganan & Shapiro, P.C.
Chicago, Ill.

Adam Mefford  '97
Chief of Police
City of Jacksonville
Jacksonville, Ill. 

Ann Burford Merchlewitz  '80
General Counsel and University Secretary
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
Winona, Minn.

Joséphine Oshiafi  '14 
Cleary Gottliebb
Brooklyn, N.Y.

David Ringhausen   '83 
Contract Performance Manager/Customer Service Leader
GE Power
Coppell, Texas

Rita Mueller Schultz '80
Retired, Horace Mann Insurance Company
Sherman, Ill.

Reg Ankrom '71
Retired, Owner of Simec Illinois
Quincy, Ill. 

Will Barefield '13
Higher Ed. Consultant
Huron Consulting Group
Chicago, Ill.

Judith Luckenbach Nelson '81
Retired Educator
Jacksonville School District #117
Jacksonville, Ill.

Tony Lucca '10
Physician Assistant
Memorial Weight Loss and Wellness Center
Sherman, Ill.

Pamela Hart ’03 
Scott & Scott, P.C., Attorneys at Law
Springfield, Ill.

Claudia Woodman Predmore '80
Retired Educator 
O'Fallon, Mo.

Erin Washington ’17 
Development Coordinator
University of Chicago
Chicago, Ill.

Scott Tonsor ’91 
Jerseyville, Ill.

Jeff Radcliffe ’77
VP and Chief Compliance Officer
Horace Mann Investors Inc. & Horace Mann Insurance Co.
Jacksonville, Ill.

Amy Hildebrand Reid ’86
YMCA Board and The Blue Bird Circle Clinic for Pediatric Neurology
Houston, Tx.

Jenny Faith Carrell ’99
Strategic Market Director for Government Accounts
Johnson & Johnson
Springfield, Ill.

Chandler Polyte ’14
Underwriter Manager
CVS Health
Naperville, Ill.

Kate Habecker Kenny ’86
Global Public Affairs and Media Manager
Caterpillar Inc.
Wadsworth, Ill.

Daniel Hackett ’10
District Director
Jacksonville, Ill.

Kerry Grubb Cox '86 P'14
Clinical Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership
University of Illinois Springfield
Chatham, Ill.

Mary Gail Hood Kwiecinski '82
 Owner, Libertyville Podiatry
Vernon Hills, Ill.

Bob Moore '78
Moore Healthcare Consulting, LLC
Fairhope, AL

Cara Pratt-Fleming '06
Department of Children and Family Services
Springfield, Ill.

Tamar Norville Walleser '16
Certified Master Resilience Trainer
United States Army
New Brighton, MN

Illinois College Alumni Association Board of Directors Nomination Form

Every year we have the privilege of electing fellow alumni to serve on the Illinois College Alumni Association Board of Directors. Board members will serve a five-year term.

Alumni elected will help advance our alma mater through participation in alumni board meetings, committee work and help the Office of Advancement and Alumni Engagement connect with our alumni. 

Nanette Bess signature

Nanette Montgomery Bess '78
Alumni Association Board of Directors


Nominating a Board Member

Members of the Alumni Association Board of Directors shall qualify for nominations to the Board by first meeting the definitions of alumni status as outlined in Article II, Sections 1 and 2 of the Constitution for Illinois College Alumni Association:

SECTION 1. All graduates of the College shall automatically become members of this organization at the time of their graduation from the College, subject nevertheless to the payment of any dues hereafter levied, if any. SECTION 2. Every matriculant of the College, not a graduate, whose entering class shall have been graduated from the College or associated institutions no longer in operation (Whipple, Jacksonville Female Academy, Athenaeum or Conservatory) shall upon application and payment of said dues, if any, be accepted into full membership in the Illinois College Alumni Association, provided, no student in attendance at the College shall by this section be eligible to membership.

Board Member Roles
  1. Advance the Alumni Association’s mission, goals and initiatives.
  2. Lead by example in active involvement, volunteerism, and philanthropic giving.
  3. Serve as an advisor and steward, acting on behalf of both alumni and the College.
  4. Follow the three E's: Enroll, Engage, and Employ
Board Member Expectations
  1. Actively participate by attending three regularly scheduled board meetings per year.
  2. Serve in a volunteer advisory and advocacy capacity for the Alumni Association.
  3. Serve on and actively participate in at least one committee and/or a work group.
  4. Demonstrate effective practice of bylaws, meeting management and general procedures.
  5. Maintain an effective working relationship with other members of the Board and College leadership.
  6. Broadly encourage alumni involvement by assisting the Office of Advancement and Alumni Engagement in identifying, cultivating, and involving alumni in the areas of enrollment, engagement and employment.
  7. Be familiar with and actively promote the programs and activities sponsored, organized, and coordinated by the Office of Advancement and Alumni Engagement.
  8. Encourage alumni and friends to contribute to the vitality of the College.
  9. Agree to Alumni Association Board of Directors Confidentiality Statement