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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!

Barbara Maldonado

President: Barbara Maldonado '00

Major: Political Science

Profession: Client Services Manager, Caterpillar, Inc. 

Vice President: Open Position

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

Philanthropy Chair: Open Position

Tim Hasler

Founders Day Chair: Tim Hasler, ’01

Major: Dairy Science & Agronomy

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

Mark Rein

President Emeritus: Mark Rein, ’84

Major: BS in Chemistry, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Profession: Retired from Caterpillar, Global Emissions Compliance Manager

Shayne McCartney with Bucky

Website Administrator: Shayne (Hauser) McCartney, ’95

Major: BS Consumer Science

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

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

Bloomington/Normal Representative: Rich Tinaglia, ’77

Major: Political Science / Theater

Profession: Retired from State Farm Insurance – Insurance Consultant

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