About the HCC Foundation
Our mission is to support access and innovative learning opportunities at Heartland Community College through fundraising, financial stewardship, and advocacy for students and programs
Incorporated in 1992, the Heartland Community College Foundation is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) corporation dedicated to the enhancement and support of student learning and success at Heartland Community College.
We receive and administer gifts in many forms including monetary donations, bequests and real estate. We also organize a variety of fundraising events to support scholarship opportunities for Heartland students and to further solidify the College's strong relationship to the community.
Gifts to the Foundation ensure that access and excellence continue to be fundamental principles. They can provide for:
- educational programs
- equipment purchases
- campus enhancements
- special projects
Board of Directors
Name Position/Title Company Kirk McCullick (Chair) Executive Director, Marketing & Business Development Growmark, Inc. Susan Toher (First Vice-Chair) Product Manager Caterpillar, Inc. Melissa Marx (Second Vice-Chair) Administrator Fort Jesse Imaging Center & Gale Keeran Center for Women George Wood (Past Chair) Attorney Wood, DeVary & Armstrong, P.C. Chris Downing Executive Director Heartland Community College Name Position/Title Company Don Adams Retired Farnsworth Group, Inc. Jacob Baker Director Invenergy LLC Vicki Berg Director of Operations McDonald's Greg Birky Senior Vice President, Retail Services Director Heartland Bank & Trust Shelleigh Birlingmair Vice President, Development Carle BroMenn Medical Center John Bishop Senior Architectural Manager Farnsworth Group Donny Bounds President/Owner Donny B's Gourmet Popcorn and Gifts Andy Copenhaver Financial Advisor Edward Jones Roger Corrigan Retired State Bank of Graymont Jake Davis Chief Operating Officer Mavidea Technology Group Dave Fedor CFO/Owner Tentac Enterprises Janelle Henkel Director Country Financial Ben Jeffreys Partner Mid America Insurance Melissa Larson Owner Mad Strategy Gary Leato Cybersecurity Engineer Advance Trading Cheryl Logue Vice President, Operations State Farm Tom Lovelass President Meredith's Commercial Properties Keith Maurer Vice President, Investments/Financial Advisor Regions Bank Dean Messinger Retired Caterpillar Inc. Mary Jo Murphy Project Manager Carpet Weaver's Commercial Mark Muehleck Owner CertaPro Painters of Bloomington, IL Mary Penn Retired Striegel Knoblock & Co. LLC Lisa Pittman Vice President Chief Nursing Officer OSF Healthcare St. Joseph Medical Center Sarah Powell Vice President, Sales Afni, Inc. Richard Seehuus Professor I, English Heartland Community College Allegra Thigpen Technology Analyst State Farm Seth Zeller President Zeller Electric Name Position/Title Company Jeff Flessner Chair Heartland Community College Trustees Keith Cornille President Heartland Community College Name Years of Service Donald Engelkes 1993-2001 Phares O'Daffer 1993-2002 Barbara Ostberg 1993-2002 Mary Wright 1993-2002 George Farnsworth 1999-2003 Sharon Heaton 1994-2004 Mary Feicke 1998-2005 Joan Guenther 2002-2005 Jim Blass 2004-2006 Art Adams (deceased) 2004-2007 William Mueller 2001-2007 Joy Schreder 2003-2008 Dianne Lerman 2003-2009 Jerry Ringer 2002-2009 H. Wayne Taylor 1994-2009 Robert Heitzman 2007-2010 Jim Schilkoski (deceased) 2000-2012 Dale Strassheim 2000-2012 Steve McManus 2008-2019