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Heartland Community College

Heartland Community College District 540 Board of Trustees

  • Term ends: 2025

    Email: jeff.flessner@heartland.edu

    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.

    Jeff has written 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 whom attended HCC. He has served on the HCC Board since being elected in 2013.

  • Janet M. Hood

    Term ends: 2025

    Email: Janet.Hood@heartland.edu 

    Janet Hood was selected to fill a vacancy on the HCC Board of Trustees in 2017. She won election in 2019. She completed mandatory trustee training in 2017, 2019, and 2021. In 2020, Janet was elected Vice Chair of the Board. She served on the Finance Committee from 2017-2022 and was appointed committee chair in 2020. Janet also served as a member of the HCC Presidential Search Committees in 2009-2010 and 2017-2018 and President of the HCC Alumni Association from 2012-2014. She serves the Illinois Community College Trustees Association in several roles, including East Central Region Chair (2021-present) Diversity Committee (2020-present) and Awards Committee (2021-present; Vice Chair 2022-2023). 

    Janet, a longtime resident of Normal, has worked for several health care organizations in central Illinois. She received an AA Degree from Heartland Community College, a BS in Organizational Leadership from Eureka College, Eureka, IL, and an MBA with an emphasis in Health Care Management from Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, IN. She is an American College of Health Care Executives Fellow. Janet’s current community involvement includes the Eureka College Alumni Board of Directors and several other area and statewide boards and committees.  

  • Becky Ropp

    Term ends: 2027

    Email: Rebecca.Ropp@heartland.edu
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    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. She has served on the HCC Board since being appointed in 2014. Becky completed 4 hours of Leadership Training in 2021.

  • Mary Campbell

    Term ends: 2023

    Email: Mary.Campbell@heartland.edu

    Mary Campbell was elected to the HCC Board of Trustees in 2017.  She completed 4 hours of Leadership Training in 2017, 2019 and 2021.  Mary was a faculty member at Illinois State University School of Social Work from 1980-2010. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Ohio University and Masters in Social Work from Ohio State. 

    Mary’s current community involvement includes:  Co-Director of Dreams Are Possible (2019-), LAMU Kenya Health Care Board (2013-), Multi- Cultural Leadership Project (Volunteer/Mentor/ Team Liaison) (2014-), Certified Master Naturalist through U of I Extension (2011-), and Center of Hope Food Pantry Volunteer (2014-).

    Mary has received numerous community and university awards including:  WJBC Spirit of McLean County, Outstanding Community Service Award , MCLP Volunteer Service Award, McLean County Bar Association, Service Award, Town of Normal Dr. Martin Luther King Award, YWCA Woman of Distinction Award, Citizen Advocate of the Year, Mental Health Association, McLean County, Outstanding University Teacher, Outstanding College of Arts and Science Teacher, Social Worker of the Year, State of Illinois, and Outstanding University Service Award for Faculty.

  • Joshua Crockett

    Term ends: 2027

    Email: Josh.Crockett@heartland.edu

    Mr. Crockett was elected in 2021. 

     

  • Cecelia Long

    Term ends: 2023

    Email: Cecelia.Long@heartland.edu

    Cecelia was elected to the Board in 2021 to finish the 2-year term left vacant by the passing of Gregg Chadwick. She worked at Heartland as a program developer to increase services and support to marginalized students and students in crises. In 2017, she helped Student Support Services launch a life coaching program to support high-risk students. During the pandemic in 2020, she worked with College administration to set up a crisis intake process and student emergency fund to help students struggling with barriers created by COVID-19.

    Cecelia is a community college alumna, graduating with with an A.S. in environmental sustainability. She also earned a B.S. in Intercultural & Interpersonal Communication and M.S. in Communication from Illinois State University, with a focus on poverty studies, community well-being, and collaborative leadership.

    Cecelia has served close to a decade in social services, working directly with a diversity of people in the area including in Unit 5 and District 87 school systems, in mental health and crisis response, homeless services and housing issues, and with students at Heartland and Illinois State University. She is committed to advocating for students' and community members' unmet needs and uplifting their stories of struggle and achievement to better inform board decisions. Cecelia completed 4 hours of Leadership Training in 2021.

  • Thomas Whitt

    Term ends: 2025

    Email: Thomas.Whitt@heartland.edu

    Thomas Whitt was elected to the Board in 2019. He completed 4 hours of Leadership Training in 2019 and 2021. He is a graduate of Michigan State University with a BA in Political Science and also earned an Associate's Degree in Radiologic Technology from Lake Michigan College (Benton Harbor, MI.) Residing in Bloomington with his wife, Rachel and daughter Ramona, Thomas is a CT Technologist at OSF St. Joseph Hospital.

  • Rodney Billerbeck II

    Term ends: March 2023

    Email:  Rodney.Billerbeck@heartland.edu

    Rodney Billerbeck is a Sophomore at Heartland Community College, pursuing an Associate in Arts degree with an Agriculture concentration. He is originally from Cullom, Illinois, and graduated from Tri-Point High School. Throughout high school, he was involved with FFA, serving as the 2019-2020 Section 10 President, as well as the National Honor Society and 4-H.

    During the fall of 2021, Rodney accepted a position representing Heartland as a Student Ambassador and is currently employed in this position where he provides campus tours and assists students in the Admissions office.

    After attending Heartland, Rodney has plans to transfer to Illinois State University in pursuit of an Agriculture Business degree.

    Rodney lives out his passion for serving others. He has volunteered his time at a local food bank, cleaning up the city of Houston, Texas after Hurricane Harvey, and volunteered at a children's daycare center in central Mexico.

    Believing in the power of an individual’s voice in government, Rodney has lobbied at the State Capitol in Springfield and the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. on behalf of the Illinois Association FFA alongside the National Corn Growers Association advocating for topics that range from agriculture education to the usage of corn based ethanol.

    As acting Student Trustee, Rodney is devoted to representing the student body of Heartland with pride, ensuring that all work is done in the best interest of his fellow students.

Board Policy

View the Board Policy (PDF).

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

Board of Trustees Meeting Schedule

The Board meets on the third Tuesday of the month (exceptions are noted with an Asterisk).
The Finance Committee meets preceeding the Board Meeting.

Board Meeting Schedule, links to agendas and minutes
Date, Time, Location, Agenda & Minutes (PDFs)
October 18, 2022; 211 E. Madison, Pontiac
4:30 pm Finance Committee; Agenda (PDF); Minutes (PDF)
6:00 pm Board Meeting; Agenda (PDF); Minutes (PDF)
November 15, 2022; 1500 W. Raab Rd., Normal
4:00 pm Finance Committee; Agenda (PDF); Minutes (PDF)
5:00 pm Developmental Dinner & Tour
6:00 pm Board Meeting; Agenda (PDF); Hearing Minutes (PDF)
                                                          Regular Meeting (PDF)
December 13, 2022; 1500 W. Raab Rd., Normal
4:30 pm Finance Committee; Agenda (PDF); Minutes (PDF)
6:00 pm Board Meeting; Agenda (PDF); Hearing Minutes (PDF)
                                                          Regular Meeting (PDF)
January 17, 2023; 1500 W. Raab Rd., Normal
4:00 pm Finance Committee; Agenda (PDF); Minutes (PDF)
5:00 pm Board Workshop
6:00 pm Board Meeting; Agenda (PDF); Minutes (PDF)
February 21, 2023; 1500 W. Raab Rd., Normal
4:00 pm Finance Committee; Agenda (PDF); Minutes (PDF)
5:00 pm Board Workshop
6:00 pm Board Meeting; Agenda (PDF); Minutes (PDF)
March 21, 2023; HCCL, 2201 Woodlawn, Lincoln
4:30 pm Finance Committee; Agenda (PDF); Minutes (PDF)
6:00 pm Board Meeting; Agenda (PDF); Minutes (PDF)
April 25, 2023; 1500 W. Raab Rd., Normal
4:00 pm Finance Committee; Agenda (PDF); Minutes (PDF)
5:00 pm Board Workshop
6:00 pm Board Meeting; Agenda (PDF); Minutes (PDF)

May 16, 2023; 1500 W. Raab Rd., Normal
4:30 pm Finance Committee; Agenda (PDF); Minutes (PDF)
5:30 pm Reception - Retirees
6:00 pm Board Meeting; Agenda (PDF); Minutes (PDF)

June 20, 2023; 1500 W. Raab Rd., Normal
4:00 pm Finance Committee; Agenda (PDF); Minutes (PDF)
5:00 pm Developmental Dinner & Tour
6:00 pm Board Meeting; Agenda (PDF); Minutes (PDF)

July 18, 2023; 1500 W. Raab Rd., Normal
5:00 pm Board Retreat & Dinner; Agenda (PDF); Minutes (PDF)

August 15, 2023; 1500 W. Raab Rd., Normal
4:00 pm Finance Committee; Agenda (PDF); Minutes (PDF)
5:00 pm Board Workshop
6:00 pm Board Meeting; Agenda (PDF); Minutes (PDF)

September 19, 2023; 1500 W. Raab Rd., Normal
4:00 pm Finance Committee; Agenda (PDF); Minutes (PDF)
5:00 pm Board Workshop
6:00 pm Board Meeting; Agenda (PDF); Minutes (PDF)

October 17, 2023; 211 E. Madison, Pontiac
4:30 pm Finance Committee; Agenda (PDF); Minutes (PDF)
6:00 pm Board Meeting; Agenda (PDF); Minutes (PDF)

November 21, 2023; 1500 W. Raab Rd., Normal
4:00 pm Finance Committee; Agenda (PDF); Minutes
5:00 pm Developmental Dinner & Tour
6:00 pm Board Meeting; Agenda (PDF); Minutes

December 12, 2023; 1500 W. Raab Rd., Normal
4:00 pm Finance Committee; Agenda (PDF); Minutes (PDF)
5:00 pm Board Workshop
6:00 pm Board Meeting; Agenda (PDF); Minutes (PDF)