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Meet the Crew!

The Heart of Illinois Chapter Board members are a fun-loving group of Badger alumni that enjoy a good time, good food, and lots of laughter.

If you see us out and about, don't hesitate to say "Hi!", and ask us about our upcoming events and how you can get involved. It's easy to join in the fun!

Mark Rein

President: Mark Rein, ’84

Major: BS in Chemistry, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Profession: Retired from Caterpillar, Global Emissions Compliance Manager

Vice President: Barbara Maldonado '00

Major: Political Science

Profession: Client Services Manager, Caterpillar, Inc. 

Secretary: Cindy Dermody, ’81

Major: BS in Consumer Science

Profession: Director of Development at Peoria Notre Dame High School

Jim Curtis

Treasurer: Jim Curtis, ’86

Major: BS in Geology & Geophysics

Profession: Environmental Geologist with Illinois Department of Transportation in Springfield

Scholarship Committee Chair: Dianne (Gardner) Renn, ’02

Major: PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis

Professor: Associate Professor, College of Education, Illinois State University

Dan Robertson

Scholarship Committee: Dan Robertson, ‘94 and ‘98

Major: BS in Molecular Biology and MD, Doctor of Medicine

Profession: Pediatric Surgery, OSF Healthcare, Children’s Hospital of Illinois

Aimée Dluski

Philanthropy Chair: Aimée Dluski, ’96

Major: Behavioral Science and Law, Criminal Justice certificate

Profession: Attorney

Tim Hasler

Founders Day Chair: Tim Hasler, ’01

Major: Dairy Science & Agronomy

Profession: Sales Effectiveness Manager, Pioneer Hi-Bred Int’l/Corteva Agriscience

Barbara Maldonado

Alumni Recognition: Barbara Maldonado, ’00

Major: BA in Political Science

Profession: Client Services Manager, Caterpillar, Inc. 

Bloomington/Normal Chapter Representative: Rich Tinaglia, ’77

Major: Political Science / Theater

Profession: Retired from State Farm Insurance – Insurance Consultant

Shayne McCartney with Bucky

Website Administrator: Shayne (Hauser) McCartney, ’95

Major: BS in Consumer Science

Profession: Sr. Marketing Director, Growth & Retention, OptumRx

Michelle Weiss

Social Media Coordinator: Michelle Weiss, ’11

Major: BS in Mathematics

Profession: 2nd Grade Teacher, Dunlap Elementary School

Lori (Battista) LaFond

Memorabilia Procurement Manager: Lori (Battista) LaFond, ’99

Major: BS Psychology / Women’s studies and MS educational psychology

Profession: School Counselor, Peoria Public Schools

Mike Sargent

Champaign Representative: Mike Sargent, ’64

Major: BS in Economics and Geology

Profession: Geologist for the IL State of Geological Survey

Kevin Weiss

Peoria Representative: Kevin Weiss, ’11 and ’19

Major: BS in Mechanical Engineering & Astronautics and MS in Engineering in Engine Systems

Profession: Engine Development Engineer for Caterpillar

Jeff Klein

Peoria Representative: Jeff Klein, ’91

Major: BS Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Profession: Engineer, Harley Davidson

Anthony Heddlesten

Quad Cities Representative: Anthony Heddlesten, ’07

Major: BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering

Profession: Civil/Environmental Engineer, US Army
Corps of Engineers, Rock Island, IL

Quad Cities Representative: Maria Ontiveros, ’12

Major: BS in International Studies and Chinese

Profession: English Language instructor at Moline Middle School and Director of nonprofit organization, Mercado on Fifth.