Officers of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois

The officers of the Academy serve four-year terms. They are: the principal executive officer, known as the Chancellor, the Vice-Chancellor, the Secretary, the Treasurer and the Executive Director. The incumbent Governor of Illinois always serves as President of the Academy.

President

Chancellor

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    Frank Clark

    OfficerChancellor

    TitleChairman and CEO ComEd, Retired

    Home City and StateChicago, IL

    Brief BiographyRetired chairman and CEO of ComEd. Serves on many non-for-profit and corporate boards, co-founder of the Rowe-Clark Math and Science Academy in Chicago’s West Side.

Vice Chancellor

Secretary

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    Ethel Holladay

    OfficerSecretary

    Home City and StateDuQuoin IL

    Brief BiographyLife long resident and community leader in southern Illinois. Executive Director of the Illinois Board of Education Association.

Treasurer

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    Courtney C. Shea

    OfficerTreasurer

    Office HolderRegent

    TitleCivic Leader

    Home City and StateChicago, IL

    Brief BiographyHolds degrees with high honors from Notre Dame, Loyola, and University of Chicago. An extensive career working in state and private banking and finance to foster creative financing solutions.

Executive Director

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    Julie A. Kellner

    OfficerExecutive Director

    Office HolderGeneral Trustee

    TitleExecutive Director, The Lincoln Academy of Illinois

    Home City and StateSpringfield, IL

    Brief BiographyA Trustee and the Executive Director of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois. Involved in several community efforts including the University of Illinois at Springfield and the United Way of Central Illinois. Graduate of University of Illinois at Springfield.

Regents for Life of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois

 Regents for Life are all former living Illinois Governors who serve on the Board of Regents.





Regents of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois

Regents of The Lincoln Academy elect the officers of the Academy, who serve four-year terms. The Regents set Academy policies to be implemented by the Chancellor.

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    Margaret "Meg" A. Cline, CFA, CFP

    Office HolderRegent

    TitleVice President for Gift Planning & Trust Services

    Home City and StateChampaign, IL

    Brief BiographyAssociate Dean of Advancement, College of ACES Advancement Team”; former Director of Principal Gifts and Gift Planning Advisor with University of Illinois Foundation; B.S. College Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) & MBA from UIUC.


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    The Reverend Stanley L. Davis, Jr.

    Office HolderRegent

    TitleCo-Executive Director

    Home City and StateOak Park, IL

    Brief BiographyCo-Executive Director of the Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago (CRLMC), Executive Director Emeritus of the Chicago and Northern Illinois Region of the National Conference of Community and Justice, (now Chicago Center for Cultural Connections).


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    Jane Denes

    Office HolderRegent

    TitlePartner

    Home City and StateSpringfield, IL

    Brief BiographyPartner, Posegate & Denes, P.C.| Member of the American Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Missouri Bar Association, Sangamon County Bar Association, among others


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    George J. Dohrmann, MD, PhD

    Office HolderRegent

    Home City and StateChicago, IL

    Brief BiographyDr. Dohrmann is a neurosurgeon on the faculty of the University of Chicago Medical Center, and represents the United States on several committees of the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies (the neurosurgical equivalent of the United Nations). Among the awards Dr. Dohrmann has received, he is particularly proud of three of them. Chronologically, the first in 2001 is the Bucy Award given annually to one neurosurgeon in the world for “outstanding contributions to neurosurgical education.” In 2012 Dr. Dohrmann received the Career Achievement Award from the Chicago Neurological Society for “exceptional expertise, knowledge, dedication and recognition in the field of neurosurgery and neurological research.” He was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Neuro Spinal Surgeons Association, when the international organization had its meeting in New Delhi, India, in 2017.


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    Andrea "Andy" Hasten

    Office HolderRegent

    TitleSenior Vice President

    Home City and StateChicago, IL

    Brief BiographyStudent Laureate (MacMurray College) in the first year the award was presented in 1974. Mrs. Hasten is Sr VP at Northern Trust Company and manages the Estate Settlement division in Wealth Management.


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    Robert J. Lenz

    Office HolderRegent

    Home City and StateEl Paso, IL

    Brief BiographyBob Lenz graduated from Freeport High School in 1954, worked his way through college and law school at the University of Illinois and has been actively engaged in the practice of law and community activities in Bloomington-Normal since 1963. In 1965, he was a co-founder of Heartland Head Start in Bloomington-Normal. He is a past president of the Abraham Lincoln Association and the David Davis Mansion Foundation, member of the Advisory Board of the Papers of Abraham Lincoln, the Advisory Board of the Lincoln Forum in Gettysburg, and founding Chairman, Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission of McLean County, among other historical boards and committees. He is past President, McLean County Bar Association. Bob and Peggy live on a horse farm in McLean County, Illinois.


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    Dennis Lyle

    Office HolderRegent

    TitlePresident/CEO

    Home City and StateCarterville, IL

    Brief BiographyPresident and CEO of Illinois Broadcasters Association; B.S. and Masters from Southern Illinois University and was honored by the college in 2011 with its Alumni Achievement Award; currently serves on the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts Dean’s National Industry Council; U.S. Department of Justice 2010 ‘Media Person of the Year’


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    Dr. Stephanie Pace Marshall

    Office HolderRegent

    CommitmentSustaining Member

    TitleFounding President and President Emerita

    Home City and StateBurr Ridge, IL

    Brief BiographyFounding President and President Emerita of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy and including Burr Ridge; Founding president of the National Consortium of Specialized Secondary Schools of Mathematics, Science, and Technology; president of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, International; a director on numerous boards including: the FRY Foundation (Chicago); the IMSA Fund for Advancement of Education; The Society for Science and the Public (D.C.), and Ubiquity University; Earned Ph.D from Loyola University of Chicago. Received the Order of Lincoln and became a Lincoln Laureate in 2005. In 2016, Dr. Marshall was appointed by Governor Bruce Rauner to the Illinois Bicentennial Commission.


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    Lester H. McKeever, Jr.

    Office HolderRegent

    TitleManaging Principal

    Home City and StateChicago, IL

    Brief BiographyChairman of the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago; Managing principal of Washington, Pittman & McKeever; licensed CPA in IL, WI, IN and MI and licensed attorney, IL, U.S. District Courts and U.S. Tax Court


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    Alexandra "Zan" Ransburg

    Office HolderRegent

    TitleCivic Leader

    Home City and StatePeoria, IL

    Brief BiographyCommunity leader with extensive volunteer experience. A graduate of Butler University.


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    Donald R. Tracy

    Office HolderRegent

    TitlePartner

    Home City and StateSpringfield, IL

    Brief BiographyActive in the Illinois State Bar Association, past president Sangamon County Bar Association, and past chair Illinois Institute of Business Law


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    Eric Trimble

    Office HolderRegent

    TitlePresident, Trimble Funeral and Cremation Centers

    Home City and StateMoline, IL

    Brief BiographyPresident of 141-yr old, family-owned Trimble Inc. in Moline. The firm operates Trimble Funeral Homes & Crematory, Veterans Funeral Care, Trimble Funeral Planning, a registered insurance agency, CityView Celebrations at Trimble Pointe, a reception and event venue, and WaterMark Corners and Stationers. Has served on the Funeral Directors Licensing Board for the State of Illinois, and is a past president of the Illinois Funeral Directors Association, a 33rd Degree Mason, a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International, and is active in the Quad City community. He is a graduate of both Cornell College and the University of Minnesota.


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    Dia S. Weil

    Office HolderRegent

    Home City and StateWinnetka, IL

    Brief BiographyRetired CEO of an e-commerce software company. One of the founders of GTE Airfone and Founder and General Manager of two of its joint ventures; she is also a current board member of Eltek ASA, a publicly traded international Power Company based in Norway. Weil served as Chairman of the Board of Notre Dame High School for Girls on Chicago’s northwest side, where she was honored by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur with their “Educating for Life Award” and by the City Council of Chicago for her work in education.

General Trustees of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois

The General Trustees, whose duties are to nominate and elect the Laureates, are also responsible for electing from their own ranks the working board of directors of the Academy known as the Board of Regents.

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    Joy Boruff

    Office HolderGeneral Trustee

    TitlePresident / CEO

    Home City and StateMoline, IL

    Brief BiographyBoruff was among the first group of women to be employed in WOC-TV’s newsroom in 1976. The next year, she became the first female host of a call-in radio public affairs show on WOC-AM. Now she is executive director of the Moline Foundation.



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    Maria del Socorro Pesqueira

    Office HolderGeneral Trustee

    Brief BiographyPresident of Healthy Communities Foundation, a grantmaking foundation that serves communities in the western Cook County suburbs and the City of Chicago. Her career has centered on working with and lifting voices in marginalized communities. She serves on numerous boards and commissions including the Forest Preserves of Cook County Board and the Census 2020 Advisory Panel.


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    Marlene Dietz

    Office HolderGeneral Trustee

    Home City and StateNormal, IL


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    Mara Sovey Downing

    Office HolderGeneral Trustee

    TitleVice President, Brand Management & Corporate Communications and President, John Deere Foundation


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    Robert A. Easter, PhD

    Office HolderGeneral Trustee

    TitlePresident Emeritus, Dean Emeritus College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, Professor Emeritus, Department of Animal Sciences University of Illinois


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    James G. Gidwitz

    Office HolderGeneral Trustee

    TitleChairman and CEO, Continental Materials Corp.

    Home City and StateChicago, IL

    Brief BiographyChairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer of Continental Materials Corporation and serves as a trustee of the Hotchkiss School


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    Zale Glauberman

    Office HolderGeneral Trustee

    TitlePresident, The Glauberman Circle

    Home City and StateSpringfield, IL

    Brief BiographyPresident, The Glauberman Circle, legislative office specializing in legislative and public affairs representation.


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    J'Tia Hart, PhD

    Office HolderGeneral Trustee

    TitleProgram Lead, Security Sciences Division

    Home City and StateChicago, IL

    Brief BiographyDr. Hart is a nuclear engineer currently serving as the Program Lead in the Security Sciences Division at Argonne National Laboratory where she directs analysis covering international affairs, nuclear energy and safety, energy security and cybersecurity to inform executive cabinet decisions.


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    Dr. Roger D. Herrin

    Office HolderGeneral Trustee

    TitleSIU Board of Trustees Member

    Home City and StateHarrisburg, IL

    Brief BiographyCommunity leader, business person, and doctor. Attended University of Illinois College of Medicine and Illinois College of Podiatric Medicine with a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine Degree and received the highest and last Dr. L. R. McCain Award for outstanding proficiency in surgical anatomy and surgery; past president of the American College of Foot Surgeons.



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    Melvin L. Katten

    Office HolderGeneral Trustee

    TitleCo-Founder / Senior Counsel at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

    Home City and StateWinnetka, IL

    Brief BiographyRetired founding partner of Katten Muchin Roseman, LLP and serves as senior counsel; former chairman of the Anti-Defamation League’s Chicago Regional Board; past president of the Better Government Association.


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    Sheila Berner Kennedy

    Office HolderGeneral Trustee

    Home City and StateKenilworth, IL

    Brief BiographyExecutive Director of Top Box Foods; volunteer attorney for Legal Assistance Foundation; appointed in 2011 by the Illinois Supreme Court to serve on the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar.


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    Howard A. Learner

    Office HolderGeneral Trustee

    TitlePresident and Executive Director, Environmental Law & Policy Center

    Brief BiographyAdjunct Professor at the University of Michigan Law School and Northwestern University School of Law, teaching advanced seminars on energy law and climate change policy, environmental constitutionalism, and sustainable development law.


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    Shirley R. Madigan

    Office HolderGeneral Trustee

    TitleChairman, Illinois Arts Council

    Home City and StateChicago, IL

    Brief BiographyTrustee at Loyola University of Chicago; Director at After School Matters, Inc; Chairman of Illinois Arts Council.


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    Jessica Malkin

    Office HolderGeneral Trustee

    TitleExecutive Vice President, Cresset Capital

    Home City and StateChicago, IL

    Brief BiographyJessica Malkin is the Executive Vice President of Cresset Capital. She is the founder of Chicago Ideas, overseeing the creation of the annual program and the development of the organization’s long-term strategy.


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    Lucyna Migala

    Office HolderGeneral Trustee

    TitleArtistic Director & General Manager, The Lira Ensemble

    Home City and StateChicago, IL

    Brief BiographyArtistic director, general manager, and narrator of Lira Ensemble; national board member of the Polish Women’s Alliance of America; officer of the Polish Arts Club of Chicago; Co-founder and vice president of the Chicago Chapter of the Kosciusko Foundation; founding member of the Ethnic and Folk Arts Panel of the Illinois Arts Council.


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    Delmer R. Mitchell

    Office HolderGeneral Trustee

    TitlePartner

    Home City and StateQuincy, IL

    Brief BiographyA highly respected attorney and community leader in the Quincy area.


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    Harold Oakley

    Office HolderGeneral Trustee

    TitleChairman

    Brief BiographyChairman of Schmiedeskamp Robertson Neu & Mitchell LLP. He focuses his practice on corporate and other business law (including transactional health care law), mergers and acquisitions. Hal also assists the firm’s education law practice group. Hal is extensively involved in the community, particularly in organizations committed to the social, educational, and cultural betterment of society.


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    Joseph A. Power, Jr.

    Office HolderGeneral Trustee

    TitlePartner, Power Rogers & Smith, PC

    Home City and StateChicago, IL

    Brief BiographyFounding partner of law firm Power, Rogers & Smith, P.C.; past president of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and Public Justice; fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers; member of the Inner Circle of Advocates.


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    Jon Pyatt

    Office HolderGeneral Trustee

    TitleRep. Cheri Bustos (IL-17), Chief of Staff

    Home City and StateWashington, DC

    Brief BiographyChief of Staff to Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL) in U.S. Congress; former Director of Federal Relations for the University of Illinois system


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    Darryl Rodgers

    Office HolderGeneral Trustee

    TitleVice President

    Home City and StateChicago, IL

    Brief BiographyDarryl Rodgers is a Vice President and Financial Advisor in the Chicago office of Bernstein. He works with high-net-worth families and individuals, charitable groups and small businesses and, together with their other professional advisors and Bernstein’s portfolio and wealth management specialists, helps clients make investment decisions optimized to meet their goals.


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    Linda Schielke

    Office HolderGeneral Trustee

    TitleNext Generation Leadership Task Force

    Home City and StateBatavia, IL

    Brief BiographyA recognized educator and educational leader in Illinois for over three decades. Linda gives presentations and provides leadership to several not-for-profit organizations focused on the preservation of historic figures and their achievements. Linda currently serves as Batavia’s First Lady. (Her husband, Jeff Schielke, has held the role of Batavia Mayor for almost 40 years.)


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    Marc S. Schulman

    Office HolderGeneral Trustee

    TitlePresident

    Home City and StateChicago, IL

    Brief BiographyPresident of Eli’s Cheesecake; partners with schools and organizations such as Wilbur Wright College, the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, Vaughn Occupational High School, among others.



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    Todd Shapiro

    Office HolderGeneral Trustee

    TitlePresident and CEO

    Home City and StateLa Grange Park, IL

    Brief BiographyPresident and CEO of the Illinois CPA Society, Illinois CPA Foundation, and CPAs for the Public Interest, and an ex-officio board member of the CPA Endowment Fund of Illinois. In 2015, Todd was named one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in the accounting profession by Accounting Today.


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    Mark Slaby

    Office HolderGeneral Trustee

    Home City and StateClarendon Hills, IL

    Brief BiographyMARK SLABY is an Executive and Business Owner. He is affiliated with Juno Payments – Global Ecommerce and Mobile Software Enterprise Payment Solutions. Global software payment solutions for: ecommerce, mobile, and merchant services.


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    Dana Withers

    Office HolderGeneral Trustee

    Brief BiographyPresident of Withers Broadcasting. Founder and President of Dana Communications. Trustee for the National Association of Broadcasters Political Action Committee.

Rectors of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois

The Rectors nominate potential Laureates from their respective fields of endeavor.

Arts & The Performing Arts

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    Robert A. "Arthur" Falls

    RectorRector of The Arts and Performing Arts

    TitleArtistic Director

    Home City and StateEvanston, IL

Agriculture

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    Dan Kelley

    RectorRector of Agriculture

    Home City and StateNormal, IL

Business, Industry & Communication

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    James O'Connor

    RectorRector of Business Industry and Communication

    TitleChairman & CEO Unicom Corporation & Commonwealth Edison, retired

    Home City and StateChicago, IL

Education

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    Dr. Samuel Goldman

    RectorRector of Education

    TitleProfessor Emeritus & Chancellor Emeritus

    Home City and StateCarbondale, IL

Government & Law

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    The Honorable Anne M. Burke

    RectorRector of Government and Law

    TitleIllinois Supreme Court Justice, 1st Dist.

    Home City and StateChicago, IL

Labor

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    Jorge Ramirez

    RectorRector of Labor

    TitleManaging Director & Labor Strategies, GCM Grosvenor

    Home City and StateChicago, IL

Medicine & Science

Religion

Social Services

Sports

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    Ryne Sandberg

    RectorRector of Sports

    Home City and StateLake Bluff, IL

Members Emeritus of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois




  • The Honorable Peter B. Bensinger

    Office HolderMember Emeritus

    TitlePresident & CEO

    Home City and StateLake Forest, IL

    Brief BiographyFormer Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA); president and CEO of Bensinger, DuPont & Associates.




  • Bruce Wirtz MacArthur

    Office HolderMember Emeritus

    TitleVice President/Director, Wirtz Realty

    Home City and StateChicago, IL


  • The Honorable Richard Mills

    Office HolderRegent

    TitleUnited States District Judge, U.S. District Court

    Home City and StateSpringfield, IL

    Brief BiographyU.S. District Judge for the Central District of Illinois; B.A. Illinois College; J.D. Mercer University, served on editorial board of the Mercer Law Review; LL.M. from University of Virginia.


  • Gayl Pyatt

    Office HolderMember Emeritus

    Home City and StatePinckneyville, IL


  • William E. Shaw

    Office HolderRegent

    Home City and StateDixon, IL

    Brief BiographyRetired, 5th generation member of Shaw Newspaper family publishing in Dixon. Illinois Journalist of the year in 1997 and former Chairman of the Board, AAA-Chicago Motor Club.


  • The Honorable John B. Simon

    OfficerChancellor Emeritus

    Office HolderRegent

    TitleJustice, Appellate Court, First District

    Home City and StateChicago, IL

    Brief BiographyPast president of Chicago Bar Association; Chair of the Illinois Supreme Court Rules Committee and the Illinois Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission; B.S. University of Wisconsin and J.D. DePaul University, served on the Law Review.



  • The Honorable Ernest R. "Ernie" Wish

    Office HolderMember Emeritus

    Home City and StateLake Forest, IL

    Brief BiographyNamed a Laureate of the Lincoln Academy in 2004. Retired CPA who was in management of a large CPA firm and large city governments. He is now involved in many civic organizations.