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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    Ronald Chez

    Office HolderGeneral Trustee

    Brief BiographyPresident and owner, Ronald L. Chez, Inc., a consulting, financial company. Chairman of various boards and foundations including, Epiworks, Chez Family Foundation, and the Center for Wounded Veterans and Higher Education, at the University of Illinois.

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    Frank Clark

    Office HolderGeneral Trustee

    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.

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    Marlene Dietz

    Office HolderGeneral Trustee

    Home City and StateNormal, IL

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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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    The Reverend Dr. Marshall Hatch, Sr.

    Office HolderGeneral Trustee

    TitleSenior Pastor, New Mount Pilgrim Church

    Home City and StateChicago, IL

    Brief BiographyPastor New Mount Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church, Chicago; member of the National Baptist Conventions (USA and America), Illinois National Baptist State Convention, American Baptist Churches of Metro Chicago, United Power for Action and Justice, and co-convener of L.E.A.D.E.R.S. Network.

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    Sondra A. Healy

    Office HolderGeneral Trustee

    TitleCo-Chairman, Turtle Wax Inc.

    Home City and StateChicago, IL

    Brief BiographyChairman of Turtle Wax, Inc. since 1972. Serves as a Director of After School Matters, Inc.

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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 receive 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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    Mannie Jackson

    Office HolderGeneral Trustee

    Home City and StateLas Vegas, NV

    Brief BiographyBecause of Mannie Jackson’s commitment to the betterment of others, the Mannie Jackson – Basketball’s Human Spirit Award carries his name. Jackson has served as a positive example and sports role model to his peers, in addition to having tremendous business success. In 2012, the former Chairman of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame penned his bestselling autobiography, “Boxcar to Boardrooms.” He continues to donate generously to numerous causes including cancer research; the University of Illinois, South African youth funds; the Basketball Hall of Fame, the Lincoln School Alumni Foundation, and the Mannie Jackson Center for the Humanities Foundation in his hometown of Edwardsville, Illinois. Mannie Jackson was inducted as a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in September, 2017. He received the Order of Lincoln and became a Lincoln Laureate in 2010.

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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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    Dr. Osvaldo Lopez

    Office HolderGeneral Trustee

    Home City and StateChicago, IL

    Brief BiographyFaculty of the University of Illinois Medical School; Diplomat of the American Board of Ophthalmology; served as member of President Clinton’s Health Care Advisory Committee and served as an advisor of health policy to the Hispanic Caucus of the Congress of the United States; senior founding partner of the Chicago Eye Institute.

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    Alan C. Lowe

    Office HolderGeneral Trustee

    TitleExecutive Director, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

    Home City and StateSpringfield, IL

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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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    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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    Daniel J. Montgomery

    Office HolderGeneral Trustee

    TitlePresident

    Home City and StateEvanston, IL

    Brief BiographyElected as an American Federation of Teachers, AFT Vice President at the union’s executive council meeting; president of the Illinois Federation of Teachers; serves on the executive board of the Illinois AFL-CIO

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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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    Sylvia Puente

    Office HolderGeneral Trustee

    TitleExecutive Director, The Latino Policy Forum

    Home City and StateChicago, IL

    Brief BiographyExecutive director of the Latino Policy Forum, the only public policy and advocacy organization in the Chicago metropolitan area working to improve educational outcomes for children, make housing accessible and affordable, promoting just immigration reform, and building the influence and leadership of the Latino community. She has been recognized as one of the “100 Most Influential Hispanics in the US” by Hispanic Business magazine. Puente holds an economics degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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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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    Shirley W. Ryan

    Office HolderGeneral Trustee

    TitleCivic Leader

    Home City and StateWinnetka, IL

    Brief BiographyPresident and Treasurer of Shirley Ryan, Patrick G and Shirley W. Ryan Foundation, concentrating in Education, Arts, Roman Catholic concerns and youth services; served on boards, founded programs, including the Lyric Opera, the Art Institute, Northwestern University, WTTW Public Media, among others.

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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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    Dr. Howard Sulkin

    Office HolderGeneral Trustee

    TitlePresident

    Home City and StateChicago, IL

    Brief BiographyA Laureate of the Academy. Legacy of developing interfaith relations the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies in Chicago.