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Heartland Community College

Our Leadership

  • Email:
    Phone: 309-268-8100

    Dr. Keith Cornille (Ed.D. Educational Leadership, Edgewood College) has held various positions in higher education over the past 30 plus years, before becoming the fourth President at Heartland Community College in July 2018.   Dr. Cornille is responsible for the administration, operation and development of the College. He reports to the Board of Trustees and ensures Heartland is accomplishing its mission on behalf of District 540 residents and community partners.

    Dr. Cornille and his wife Falicia have two adult children, Justin and Dakota, both living in the Madison area.

    He currently serves on the Chamber of Commerce Board, BN COMPACT Board, BN Advantage Leadership Council and is a supporting member of Habitat for Humanity, Boys and Girls Club, Great Plains LIFE Foundation, and Home Sweet Home Ministry.

  • Email:
    Phone: 309-268-8105

    Rick Pearce (Ph.D. Educational Administration, Illinois State University), is responsible for Heartland's academic programs.

    Dr. Pearce serves on the Next Step Partnership Council and the United Way Collective Impact Council. He is a member of the Organization of Chinese Americans and the NAACP.

    Click the link below to learn about HCC resources in Rick's area.

    Degree and Certificate Program

  • Email:
    Phone: 309-268-8593

    Sarah Diel-Hunt (Ph.D. Political Science, Southern Illinois University Carbondale) leads the College’s strategic enrollment management planning as well as student supports and services initiatives. Specific areas of oversight include student recruitment and enrollment services (admissions, financial aid, records and advisement), student support services, student engagement, athletics, and secondary education partnerships, including dual credit.

    Dr. Diel-Hunt’s community engagement includes serving on Laboratory Schools Citizen Advisory Council, participating in McLean County Community COMPACT, and working to promote civic engagement of college students through collaborations with community groups including the League of Women Voters and Not in Our Town initiatives.

    Click the links below to learn about HCC resources in Sarah's area.

    Student Support Services
    Testing Center Student Life Athletics
    Secondary Education Partnerships

    Phone: 309-268-8100

    Kelli Tillery Hill (M.S. Educational Administration, Northern Illinois University) oversees areas of Heartland that enhance community, business and government partnerships. Lifelong learning opportunities focus on professional development and personal enrichment. Numerous programs support businesses and enhance economic development. Initiatives immerse HCC into the community and bring friends through Heartland’s doors.  

    Kelli has supported collaborative initiatives for the Bloomington-Normal YMCA, Boys and Girls Club of Bloomington-Normal, and Multicultural Leadership Program among others. She has served on boards and councils for several entities including Leadership Illinois, ISU Mennonite College of Nursing, and Westminster Village.

    Click the links below to learn about HCC resources in Kelli's area.

    For Community Members
    For Businesses and Employers
    For Alumni and Friends
    For HCC Foundation Donors and Friends
    For HCC Lincoln Friends
    For HCC Pontiac Friends

  • Email:
    Phone: 309-268-8109

    Letisha Trepac (MBA, Western Illinois University) joined Heartland in August of 2020. She is responsible for overseeing Heartland's finances and general business operations, in addition to Human Resources, campus facilities, risk management and public safety, technology and strategic planning. She has over 20 years of experience in higher education, primarily within administrative services. 

    Ms. Trepac currently serves as a board member for the Central Illinois Regional Broadband Network.

  • Jen O'Connor


    Phone: 309-268-8747

    Jennifer O’Connor (MSN – Nursing, University of St Francis) assists the Vice President for the Academic Affairs unit. She leads initiatives, programs, and reporting related to student learning outcomes assessment and in the instructional development of faculty and online learning. Ms. O'Connor also provides leadership for Academic Support services, which includes the Library, Tutoring Services, Online Learning, and Instructional Technology.

    Ms. O’Connor serves as a board member of the Community Health Care Clinic and is the current president of the Illinois Associate Degree Nursing Deans and Directors group.

    Click the links below to learn about HCC resources in Jennifer's area.

    Assessment Committee
    Teaching & Learning Commons
    Online Learning
    Tutoring Services

  • Email:
    Phone: 309-268-8249

    Amy Pawlik (Ph.D. Eighteenth Century British Literature and Women’s Studies, Purdue University) assists the Vice President in strategy development for the Enrollment and Student Services unit. She also provides leadership for all areas of the Student Support Services division, which includes Success Education, Student Life, Student Access and Accommodations, Counseling Services, International Programs, Project Rise, and the Child Development Lab.

    Dr. Pawlik serves as a member of the Citizens Advisory Council for Unit 5 and is an active alum of the Leadership Illinois program. She also works with the local Welcoming America coalition.

    Click the links below to learn about HCC resources in Amy's area.

    Student Life
    Student Support Services
    International Students
    Child Development Lab

  • Email:
    Phone: 309-268-8364

    Scott Bross leads information technology efforts at Heartland for both administrative and academic needs.



    Phone: 309-268-8148

    Barbara E. Leathers (SPHR) leads Heartland’s human resources initiatives and supporting functions.  She is a current member and past officer of the Bloomington-Normal Human Resources Council.  She serves her community and neighborhood through volunteering for various charitable and community organizations and serves as a board member for her neighborhood.

  • Email:

    Phone: 309-268-8238

    Terrance Bond serves at the Assistant to the President leading the strategic vision and initiatives advancing our campus towards Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) as institutional priorities.  He will be working with partners across campus and throughout the district, ensuring trainings, programming, and data analysis are being offered through an EDI lens.

    Terrance received his Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Studies in Religion from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and his Master of Science in College Student Personnel Administration from Illinois State University. He has held several leadership roles with his local church and is currently working towards a Ph.D. in Education Administration at Illinois State University.

HCC Organization Chart

HCC Organization Chart (PDF)