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Heartland Community College

Heartland Community College District 540 Board of Trustees

  • 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.

  • Term ends: 2025

    Email: Janet.Hood@heartland.edu 

    Janet Hood was selected to fill a vacancy on the Heartland Community College (HCC) Board of Trustees in 2017. She won election in 2019. In 2020, Janet was elected Vice Chair of the Board. She has served on the Finance Committee since 2017 and was appointed committee chair in 2020. Janet also served as a member of the HCC Presidential Search Committee in 2017-2018 and President of the HCC Alumni Association from 2012-2014. She has served the Illinois Community College Trustees Association in several roles, including East Central Region Chair (2021-2023), chair of the Government Relations and Public Policy Committee (2023-2024), and currently as Treasurer.

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

  • Term ends: 2029

    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.

  • Term ends: 2027

    Email: Josh.Crockett@heartland.edu

    Mr. Crockett was elected in 2021. 

  • 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.

  • Term ends: 2029

    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.

  • 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.

  • Term ends: 2025

    Email:  Auston.Koch@heartland.edu 

     

    Auston Koch is a freshman at HCC where he studies business and plays for Heartland’s soccer team. Inspired by his mother's belief in his innate leadership potential, Auston has long felt drawn to student government. While unable to participate in SGA in high school due to his demanding schedule, he found a perfect opportunity to run for Student Trustee while at Heartland. Auston’s previous leadership experience includes being captain of the soccer team, a Boys State participant, and a member of the Special Olympics Unified Cup team. Committed to serving the Heartland student body, Auston's primary objective in student government is clear: to advocate for the wellbeing and advancement of every student while implementing meaningful and transformative initiatives.

Board Policy

View the Board Policy (PDF).

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

Administrative Standards

Administrative Standards Manual (PDF)

Board of Trustees Meeting Schedule

The Board meets on the third Tuesday of the month.
The Finance Committee meets preceeding the Board Meeting.

Annual Notice of Regular Meetings

Board Meeting Schedule, links to agendas and minutes
Date, Time, Location, Agenda & Minutes (PDFs)

September 19, 2023; 1500 W. Raab Rd., Normal
4:00 pm Finance Committee; Agenda (PDF) ; Minutes (PDF) 
5:00 pm Board Workshop; Agenda (PDF); Minutes (PDF)
6:00 pm Public Hearing - FY24 Budget; Agenda (PDF); Minutes (PDF)
6:05 pm Board Meeting; Agenda (PDF); Minutes (PDF)

September 21, 2023; 1500 W. Raab Rd., Normal
6:00 pm Decennial Committee; Agenda (PDF); Minutes (PDF)

October 17, 2023; 2201 Woodlawn, Lincoln
3:30 pm Finance Committee; Agenda (PDF); Minutes (PDF)
5:00 pm Board Dinner; Agenda (PDF); Minutes (PDF)
6:00 pm Board Meeting; Agenda (PDF); Minutes (PDF)

Notice of Change in Meeting Times and Location

October 25, 2023; 1500 W. Raab Rd., Normal RESCHEDULED to 1/10/24
6:00 pm Decennial Committee; Agenda (PDF); Minutes (PDF)

Notice of Change of Date to January 10, 2024

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

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

January 10, 2024; 1500 W. Raab Rd., Normal
6:00 pm Decennial Committee; Agenda (PDF); Minutes (PDF)

Notice of Change of Date to January 10, 2024

January 16, 2024; 1500 W. Raab Rd., Normal RESCHEDULED to 1/23/24
3:30 pm Finance Committee; Agenda (PDF); Minutes (PDF)
5:00 pm Board Workshop Agenda (PDF)
6:00 pm Board Meeting; Agenda (PDF); Minutes (PDF)

January 30, 2024; 1500 W. Raab Rd., Normal
4:30 Finance Committee Special Meeting; Agenda (PDF); Minutes (PDF)

February 20, 2024; 1500 W. Raab Rd., Normal
3:30 pm Finance Committee; Agenda (PDF); Minutes (PDF)
5:00 pm Board Workshop; Agenda (PDF); Minutes (PDF)
6:00 pm Board Meeting; Agenda (PDF); Minutes (PDF)
March 19, 2024; HCCP, 211 E. Madison, Pontiac
3:30 pm Finance Committee; Agenda (PDF); Minutes (PDF)
5:00 pm Board Workshop; Agenda (PDF); Minutes (PDF)
6:00 pm Board Meeting; Agenda (PDF); Minutes (PDF)
March 28, 2024; 1500 W. Raab Rd., Normal
4:30 pm Board Special Meeting; Agenda (PDF); Minutes (PDF)
April 16, 2024; 1500 W. Raab Rd., Normal
3:30 pm Finance Committee; Agenda (PDF); Minutes (PDF)
5:00 pm Board Workshop; Notice (PDF)
6:00 pm Board Meeting; Agenda (PDF); Minutes (PDF)
May 15th, 2024; 1500 W. Raab Rd., Normal
3:00 pm Special Finance Committee Meeting; Agenda (PDF); Minutes (PDF)

May 21, 2024; 1500 W. Raab Rd., Normal
3:30 pm Finance Committee; Agenda (PDF); Minutes (PDF)
5:00 pm Board Workshop; Agenda (PDF); Minutes (PDF)
5:30 pm Reception - Retirees CANCELLED
6:00 pm Board Meeting; Agenda (PDF); Minutes (PDF)

June 11, 2024; 1500 W. Raab Rd., Normal (Note: Rescheduled from June 18)
3:30 pm Finance Committee; Agenda (PDF); Minutes (PDF)
5:00 pm Developmental Dinner; Agenda (PDF); Minutes (PDF)
6:00 pm Board Meeting; Agenda (PDF); Minutes (PDF)
July 16, 2024; 1500 W. Raab Rd., Normal
5:00 pm Board Retreat & Dinner; Agenda (PDF); Minutes (PDF)
August 20, 2024; 1500 W. Raab Rd., Normal
3:30 pm Finance Committee; Agenda (PDF); Minutes (PDF)
5:00 pm Board Workshop; Agenda (PDF); Minutes (PDF)
6:00 pm Board Meeting; Agenda (PDF); Minutes (PDF)
September 17, 2024; 1500 W. Raab Rd., Normal
3:30 pm Finance Committee; Agenda (PDF); Minutes (PDF)
5:00 pm Board Workshop; Agenda (PDF); Minutes (PDF)
6:00 pm Board Meeting; Agenda (PDF); Minutes (PDF)
October 15, 2024; HCCL, 2201 Woodlawn, Lincoln
3:30 pm Finance Committee; Agenda (PDF); Minutes (PDF)
5:00 pm Board Dinner; Agenda (PDF); Minutes (PDF)
6:00 pm Board Meeting; Agenda (PDF); Minutes (PDF)
November 19, 2024; 1500 W. Raab Rd., Normal
3:30 pm Finance Committee; Agenda (PDF); Minutes
5:00 pm Board Workshop; Agenda (PDF); Minutes
6:00 pm Board Meeting; Agenda (PDF); Minutes
December 17, 2024; 1500 W. Raab Rd., Normal
3:30 pm Finance Committee; Agenda (PDF); Minutes (PDF)
5:00 pm Board Workshop; Agenda (PDF); Minutes (PDF)
6:00 pm Board Meeting; Agenda (PDF); Minutes (PDF)