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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 11, 2001

Ryan Makes Appointments to Boards and Commissions; Names Southern Illinois University Board Members

SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is appointing two new members and making two reappointments to the Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees and making one new appointment for the University of Illinois Board of Trustees.

The two new SIU Board members are Mark Repking of Godfrey and Ed Hightower of Edwardsville. The Governor is also reappointing Molly D'Esposito of Winnetka and Harris Rowe of Jacksonville.

"The two new members will bring a new perspective to the university," Ryan said. "Their diverse backgrounds and experiences will bring a wealth of experience to the SIU Board of Trustees. The reappointed members will ensure a continuation of existing student programs."

Repking, 41, is President of Liberty Bank in Alton. Previously, he served as President and Chief Financial Officer of the Bank of Alton. He also serves on numerous other Boards, including President of the Marquette High School Board and Treasurer of the American Cancer Society.

Hightower, 49, is the current Superintendent of Schools for Edwardsville Community Unit School District #7. He is a member of various professional organizations and received the Illinois Principal of the Year Award and the National Distinguished Principal's Award in 1993.

Both the appointments and reappointments expire January 17, 2005, and require Senate confirmation.

In addition to the SIU appointments, the governor announced the appointment of Marjorie E. Sodemann to the University of Illinois Board of Trustees for a term ending January 8, 2007.

Sodemann, 74, of Champaign is currently retired, but worked on the governor's policy development staff and served as Senior Advisor for Local Governments and the Department on Aging. Her appointment requires Senate confirmation.

Ryan also announced the following appointments to Illinois boards and commissions:

To the Business Enterprise Council for Minorities, Females, and Persons with Disabilities:

  • Judith Ann DeAngelo, of Oak Brook, a reappointment for a term ending September 6, 2001. DeAngelo is President of Jade Carpentry.

  • Fred Garcia, 63, of LaGrange Park, an appointment for a term ending September 6, 2001. Garcia is President of Garco Enterprises, Inc.

  • Susanne Hogan, 51, of Willowbrook, a reappointment for a term ending September 6, 2001. Hogan is President of DSI Associates, Inc.

  • LuAnn Walker Maddox, 48, of Harrisburg, a reappointment for a term ending September 6, 2001. Maddox is Vice President of Walker Baker and Associates, Inc.

  • Elizabeth Perino, 46, of Hinsdale, an appointment for a term ending September 6, 2001. Perino is President and CEO of Perdel Contracting Corporation.

  • Elois Washington-Steward, 52, of Homewood, an appointment for a term ending September 6, 2001. Washington-Steward is President of Educational Specialties, Inc.

  • Carole Zordani, of Chicago, a reappointment for a term ending September 6, 2001. Zordani is President of Scale Construction, Inc.

    Members of the Business Enterprise Council for Minorities, Females, and Persons with Disabilities are paid expenses only. The appointments do not require Senate confirmation.

    To the Civil Service Commission:

  • Jack M. Dorgan, 41, of Rosemont, an appointment for a term ending March 1, 2005. Dorgan is a Partner with Dorgan/McPike and Associates.

  • George E. Richards, 58, of Danville, a reappointment as member and Chairman for a term ending March 1, 2007. Richards is Vice President of Vermillion Veterinary Ventures, P.C.

    Dorgan is paid an annual salary of $15,477 and Richards is paid an annual salary of $25,000. Appointments require Senate confirmation.

    To the Comprehensive Health Insurance Plan:

  • Sharon K. Heaton, 50, of Graymont, a reappointment for a term ending July 1, 2003. Heaton is President of Heaton Agency, Inc.

  • Richard F. Kotz, 60, of Glencoe, a reappointment for a term ending July 1, 2003. Kotz is an attorney.

  • Johanna M. Lund, 66, of Rockford, a reappointment for a term ending July 1, 2003. Lund is Chairman and CEO of Health Care Consultants, Inc.

  • Saul Morse, 53, of Springfield, a reappointment for a term ending July 1, 2003. Morse is Vice President and General Counsel of Illinois State Medical Insurance Services, Inc.

  • Robert E. Schaaf, 65, of Springfield, a reappointment for a term ending July 1, 2003. Schaaf is President of Insurance Management Services, Inc.

    Members of the Comprehensive Health Insurance Plan are paid expenses only. Appointments require Senate confirmation.

    To the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission:

  • Amy J. Blough, 28, of Peoria, a reappointment for a term ending November 14, 2003. Blough is an Aide for District #150.

  • Mary Clark, 44, of Oak Park, a reappointment for a term ending November 14, 2003. Clark is Executive Director of Hearing Loss Link.

  • Ralph L. Sesko, Jr., 37, of Lake in the Hills, a reappointment for a term ending November 14, 2003. Sesko is a General Manager for Wendy's International.

  • Barbara Sims, 43, of Springfield, an appointment for a term ending November 14, 2003. Sims is a Trainer for Illinois Service Resource Center.

  • Darrell E. Washington, Sr., 47, of University Park, a reappointment for a term ending November 14, 2003. Washington is Scholarship Director for Prairie State College/Foundation.

    Members of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission are paid expenses only. Appointments do not require Senate confirmation.

    To the Human Rights Commission:

  • James A. Maloof, 81, of Peoria, an appointment for a term ending January 17, 2005. Maloof is President of James Maloof Realty.

    Members of the Human Rights Commission are paid an annual salary of $38,614. The appointment requires Senate confirmation.

    To the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority:

  • Timothy F. Bukowski, 52, of Manteno, a reappointment for a term ending January 17, 2005. Bukowski is Sheriff of Kankakee County.

    Members of the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority are paid expenses only. The appointment does not require Senate confirmation.

    To the Illinois Gaming Board:

  • Ira Rogal, 49, of Glenview, an appointment for a term ending July 1, 2003. Rogal is a lawyer and C.P.A for Shea, Rogal, and Associates.

    Members of the Illinois Gaming Board are paid $300 per diem, plus expenses. The appointment requires Senate confirmation.

    To the Local Records Commission:

  • John Curtin, 66, of Blue Mound, an appointment for an unspecified term length. Curtin is Christian County Board Chairman.

  • Scott Rueter, 41, of Decatur, an appointment for an unspecified term length. Rueter is the Macon County State's Attorney.

    Members of the Local Records Commission do not receive compensation. The appointments do not require Senate confirmation.

    To the Prisoner Review Board:

  • Susan Carol Finley, 51, of Mattoon, an appointment for a term ending January 20, 2003. Finley is retired.

    As a member of the Prisoner Review Board Finley will be paid an annual salary of $67,877. The appointment requires Senate Confirmation.

    To the Property Tax Appeal Board:

  • Sharon U. Thompson, 59, of Dixon, a reappointment for a term ending January 15, 2007. Thompson is a Broker/Associate for Area Valley Realty.

    Members of the Property Tax Appeal Board are paid an annual salary of $42,905. The appointment requires Senate confirmation.

    To the State Banking Board of Illinois:

  • Joy French Becker, 56, of Jacksonville, a reappointment for a term ending December 31, 2004. Becker is President and Chairman of the Board for the Farmers State Bank and Trust Company.

  • A. Dean Decker, 58, of Erie, a reappointment for a term ending December 31, 2004. Decker is President and CEO of Central Trust and Savings Bank.

  • Mark G. Field, 37, of Liberty, a reappointment for a term ending December 31, 2004. Field is President, Chairman and CEO of Farmers Bank of Liberty.

    Members of the State Banking Board of Illinois are paid expenses only. The appointments require Senate confirmation.

    To the State Police Merit Board:

  • Ken A. Schloemer, 64, of Moline, a reappointment for a term ending March 19, 2007. Schloemer is retired.

    Members of the State Police Merit Board are paid $196.00 per diem, plus expenses. The appointment requires Senate confirmation.



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