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Heartland Community College

Heartland Foundation Board

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.

  • Board Officers
    Name Position/Company
    Melissa Marx, Chair Administrator, Fort Jesse Imaging Center & Gale Keeran Center for Women
    Donny Bounds, First Vice-Chair President/Owner, Donny B's Gourmet Popcorn and Gifts
    Kirk McCullick Executive Director, Marketing & Business Development, Growmark, Inc.
    Chris Downing Associate Vice President, Development and Community Engagement, Heartland Community College
    Noah Lamb, Secretary-Treasurer Vice President, Finance and Administration, Heartland Community College
  • Board of Directors
    Name Position/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
    Andy Copenhaver Financial Advisor, Edward Jones
    Jake Davis Chief Operating Officer, Mavidea Technology Group
    Melissa Donovan Owner, Mad Strategy
    Janelle Henkel Director, Country Financial
    Ben Jeffreys Partner, Mid America Insurance
    Kevin Kramer HR Manager, Caterpillar Inc.
    Jenny Larkin Business Manager, Institute for Human Resources
    Cheryl Logue Vice President, Operations, State Farm
    Dean Messinger    Retired, Caterpillar Inc.
    Mark Muehleck Owner, CertaPro Painters of Bloomington, IL
    Mary Jo Murphy Project Manager, Carpet Weaver's Commercial
    Mary K. 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.
    Barry Reilly Retired, Superintendent District 87
    Sim Sandhu Director of Strategy and Innovation, Illinois Farm Bureau (Illinois Agricultural Association.)
    Richard Seehuus Professor I, English, Heartland Community College
    Joe Strupek Retired, State Farm
    Allegra Thigpen Technology Analyst, State Farm
    George Wood Attorney, Wood, DeVary, & Armstrong, P.C.
    Seth Zeller President, Zeller Electric
  • Ex-Officios
    Name Position/Company
    Becky Ropp Chair, Heartland Community College Trustees
    Keith Cornille President, Heartland Community College
  • Directors Emeritus
    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

Contact Us

Heartland Foundation
CCB 2300
1500 W. Raab Rd.
Normal, IL 61761
Phone: 309-268-8110

Make a Gift

Chris Downing

Associate Vice President, Development and Community Engagement
Phone: 309-268-8587

Melissa Fasig

Director, Development
To make a gift or event questions
Phone: 309-268-8102

Bailey Nickerson

Coordinator, Financial Aid
Phone: 309-268-8020