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Heartland Community College District 540 Board of Trustees

Gregg Chadwick

Gregg Chadwick - Chair

Term ends: 2017

Gregg Chadwick was selected to fill a vacancy on the HCC Board of Trustees in 2002. He won elections in 2003, 2005 and 2011. In 2007 he was elected Vice Chair of the Board, and in 2009 he was elected Chair. Chadwick also served as Chair of the HCC Presidential Search Committee in 2009-2010. He served as Treasurer of the Illinois Community College Trustees Association in 2009-2010, and as an associate member of the Association of Community College Trustees' public policy committee in 2007-2008. He represented the HCC Board of Trustees on two trips to China, in 2008 and 2012. Chadwick is a native New Englander and moved to Central Illinois in 1997. He has worked for several health care organizations in Bloomington and Peoria. He earned an MBA in Health Care Administration from Boston University, and obtained Certified Medical Practice Executive designation from the American College of Medical Practice Executives. He is the immediate past president of the Illinois Medical Group Management Association. He is also a member of the Multicultural Leadership Program's Advisory Council. He and his wife, Robyn Walter, live in Bloomington. They have three children.

1407 Norma Drive, Bloomington, IL 61704
Phone: 309-531-1803
Email: Gregg.Chadwick@heartland.edu
Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn

J.A. Copes

J.A. Copes, Cdr. USN, Ret. - Secretary

Term ends: 2015

John A. Copes was born and raised in Green Valley, Tazewell County Illinois a long, long time ago. Graduating from high school in 1966 (at the age of 17) he attended Illinois State University until enlisting into the U. S. Navy in 1968. He remained in the Navy for the next 30 years retiring in 1997 and returning to central Illinois to resume his studies at ISU. While in the Navy, he served a tour in Viet Nam in riverine warfare, became a Navy Deep Sea Diver, promoted up through the enlisted ranks to Senior Chief Petty Officer before gaining a commission in 1979. He retired from Navy Special Operations in the rank of Commander, USN. He has been employed at Illinois State University as a Building Operating Engineer since 2002. First elected to the Board of Trustees in 2009 he has served 2 year terms in the capacity of Treasurer and Secretary, respectively. The Commander has 3 children, from previous marriages, and 11 grandchildren. He is married to the former Amanda J. Clay of Galesburg, Illinois and they have resided in Heyworth since 2004 having moved from Normal. True to his long term Naval experience, where virtually everything is an acronym, the Commander has gone by the name of Jac for several decades, an acronym of his initials.

624 E. Vorey St. Heyworth, IL 61745
Home Phone: 309-473-3243
Cell Phone: 309-287-7400
Email: Jac.Copes@heartland.edu

Jim Drew

Jim Drew - Vice Chair

Term ends: 2017

Jim Drew, a long-time Logan County resident, is originally from the Godfrey/Alton area. He graduated from Western Illinois University in 1977 with a degree in Agricultural Business. He moved to Lincoln in 1978 where he is employed by the Logan County Farm Bureau. Jim is the current president of Lincoln's YMCA board. He has had the opportunity to serve on various boards including the Lincoln Logan Economic Development Partnership, the Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital Foundation, and the Lincoln Zoning Board of Appeals. A member of Lincoln Christian Church, he and his wife Lisa live in Lincoln where they own and operate Sorrento's Pizzeria.

Phone: 217-737-6951
Email: James.Drew@heartland.edu

Jeff Flessner

Jeff Flessner - Trustee

Term ends: 2019

Jeff Flessner is a graduate of Illinois State University earning a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Insurance. After graduating, Jeff started his professional career as a sales representative for Lincoln Financial Group. After five years with Lincoln, he went to work for a local insurance brokerage firm and within two years became a Vice President and Partner. In April of 1999, Jeff started Benefit Planning Associates along with 3 other partners and served as President from 1999 through 2012. BPA now serves over 300 corporate clients in Central Illinois. Jeff has written a number of articles for local publications related to healthcare and health insurance, as well as given a number of presentations on the subject. Jeff is very active in the Bloomington-Normal area serving on various boards and working with service organizations. Jeff lives in Normal with his wife, Cindy, and has three grown children, two of which attended HCC.

1220 Silver Oak Circle Normal, IL 61761
Phone: 309-531-1695
Email: jflessner@beneplanning.com

Don Gibb

Don Gibb - Trustee

Term ends: 2019

Donald Gibb, a resident of Fairbury, was elected to the Board in April, 2013. Currently, he represents Heartland on the Illinois Community College Trustees Association Board of Representatives. Mr. Gibb was raised on a farm in Ford County, north of Piper City. He earned a B.S. in science education from Illinois State University and a M.Ed. with an emphasis on curriculum and instruction from the University of Illinois. Mr. Gibb retired after teaching high school science for forty-four years in the Chatsworth and Prairie Central School Districts. During his career, he coached basketball for twenty years and was involved in many professional organizations including the Illinois Science Teachers Association, the I.H.S.A. Basketball Coaches Advisory Committee, and the Illinois Education Association. Mr. Gibb is a governing member of the Prairie Lands Foundation and a member of the Prairie Central Educational Endowment Committee. He is also active at the local and state level in the Illinois Education Association-Retired and the Illinois Retired Teachers Association.

700 North Fourth St.,Fairbury, IL 61739
Phone: 815-692-2434
Email: Donald.Gibb@heartland.edu

Pat Hardesty

Pat Hardesty - Trustee

Term ends: 2019

Becky Ropp

Becky Ropp - Trustee

Term ends: 2015

Becky graduated from the University of Illinois with a bachelor's degree in Agricultural Communications. She earned her MBA with an emphasis in Marketing from Illinois State University. Becky started her career at GROWMARK first as an intern in the Corporate Communications area then full time in the Marketing Communications area as an Advertising Coordinator. Later Becky became the Director of Organization and System Development division and just recently she was named the Director of Talent Management for GROWMARK, Inc. In her personal life, Becky is in partnership with her husband Ken, their daughter Leah, and her in-laws Ray and Carol Ropp in their dairy farm and cheese manufacturing and marketing LLC named Ropp Jersey Cheese.

2936 Ropp Rd., Normal, IL
Cell Phone: 309-530-1667
Email: Rebecca.Ropp@heartland.edu
Social Media: LinkedIn

Kyle Walsh

Kyle Walsh - Student Trustee

Term ends: 2015

I'm Kyle Walsh, I am 19 years old and born in New York City, I'm accustomed to change, as since living in New York City, I also lived in Miami, Florida and later, moved to Bloomington in 2012. I am The Student Trustee of Heartland Community College. My role enables me to give the student body a voice, through representation at Heartland Community College's Board of Trustee Meetings. It is my job to provide the student's perspective in the decision making process of the school's administration. When I leave Heartland, I intend to earn a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science with a minor in Communications as well as engage in Pre-Law studies. After earning my B.A., I plan to attend law school and earn Juris Doctorate. I will utilize the experiences and lessons that I am gaining now in order to work effectively with others in the public sector for the good of the community, nation and world. I intend to one day run for political office as I believe that through elected office, one has a tremendous opportunity and many resources to help and better the lives of those whom they represent, and whether that takes me to Bloomington's City Council or to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, I want to leave this world in a better state than it was when I entered it.

2204 Revere Road, Bloomington, IL 61705
Phone: 309-319-5794
Email: kwalsh02@my.heartland.edu

Board Policy

View the Board Policy (available in PDF format, 595 KB, 61 pages)**.

HCC's trustees are elected to serve six-year terms.

Board of Trustees Meeting Schedule

Regularly scheduled Board meetings fall on the third Tuesday of the month. Exceptions are noted with an asterisk.

The Board Finance Committee meetings immediately precede the Regular Board meetings.

Board Meeting Schedule, links to agendas, and links to minutes
Date Time Location Event Agendas** Minutes**
November 18, 2014 7:00 p.m. 1500 West Raab Road, Normal, IL Regular Meeting Regular Meeting
Finance Committee
Regular Meeting
Finance Committee
*December 9, 2014 7:00 p.m. 1500 West Raab Road, Normal, IL Regular Meeting Regular Meeting
Finance Committee
Regular Meeting
Finance Committee
January 20, 2015 7:00 p.m. 1500 West Raab Road, Normal, IL Regular Meeting Regular Meeting
Finance Committee
Regular Meeting
Finance Committee
February 17, 2015 7:00 p.m. 1500 West Raab Road, Normal, IL Regular Meeting Regular Meeting
Finance Committee
March 17, 2015 7:00 p.m. Heartland Lincoln Center, Lincoln, IL Regular Meeting    
April 21, 2015 7:00 p.m. 1500 West Raab Road, Normal, IL Regular Meeting    
*May 5, 2015 3:00 p.m. 1500 West Raab Road, Normal, IL Board Organization    
May 19, 2015 7:00 p.m. 1500 West Raab Road, Normal, IL Regular Meeting    
June 16, 2015 7:00 p.m. 1500 West Raab Road, Normal, IL Regular Meeting    
July 21, 2015 7:00 p.m. 1500 West Raab Road, Normal, IL Regular Meeting    
August 18, 2015 7:00 p.m. 1500 West Raab Road, Normal, IL Regular Meeting    
*September 15, 2015 3:00 p.m. 1500 West Raab Road, Normal, IL Retreat    
September 15, 2015 7:00 p.m. 1500 West Raab Road, Normal, IL Regular Meeting    
October 20, 2015 7:00 p.m. Heartland Pontiac Center, Pontiac, IL Regular Meeting    
November 17, 2015 7:00 p.m. 1500 West Raab Road, Normal, IL Regular Meeting    
*December 8, 2015 7:00 p.m. 1500 West Raab Road, Normal, IL Regular Meeting    

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