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The mission of the Illinois College Alumni Association shall be to further the interests of Illinois College through support of the College's mission, vision and strategic plan, to strengthen the connections between members of this organization and their alma mater, and to foster a spirit of fellowship and goodwill among the members of the organization.

Alumni Association Board of Directors 2021-22
2021-22 Alumni Association Board of Directors
Front row (L-R) - Adam Mefford ’97, Judith Luckenbach Nelson ’81, President Barbara Farley, Rita Mueller Schultz ’80, Marcy Bramley Burrus ’71 and Erin Washington ’17; second row (L-R) - Joe Calmese ’07 , Dr. Clare Zimmerman ’11, Pamela Hart ’03, Suzanne Hartman Verticchio ’67 and Claudia Woodman Predmore ’80; back row (L-R) - Kevin Lister ’81, Reg Ankrom ’71, Tony Lucca ’10, Jeremy Flynn ’99 and David Ringhausen ’83.

2022 - 2023 Board of Directors

Marcy Bramley Burrus  '71, President
Burrus Seed
Arenzville, Ill.

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

Jessica Dermody Higgs ’99, M.D.
Director of Health Services and Team Physician
Bradley University
Princeville, Ill.  

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

Suzanne Hartman Verticchio ’67
Retired Educator
Jacksonville High School
Jacksonville, Ill.

Cory Washington ’13
Program Coordinator
St. Louis University
St. Louis, Mo.

Clare Zimmerman ’11, M.D.
MD - Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist
SIU Medicine
Springfield, 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 
Attorney
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.

Joe Calmese ’07 
CEO
ADDMAN Engineering
Grover, Mo.

Pamela Hart ’03 
Partner
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 
Educator
Jerseyville, Ill.

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

Amy Hildebrand Reid ’86
Volunteer
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.

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 Development and Alumni Relations connect with our alumni. 

Fondly,
Marcy Burrus signature

Marcy Bramley Burrus ‘71
President
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 Development and Alumni Relations 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 Development and Alumni Relations.
  8. Encourage alumni and friends to contribute to the vitality of the College.
  9. Agree to Alumni Association Board of Directors Confidentiality Statement