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Heartland Community College District 540 Board of Trustees

  • Jeff Flessner

    Term ends: 2025

    1220 Silver Oak Circle Normal, IL 61761
    Phone: 309-531-1695
    Email: jeff.flessner@heartland.edu

    Jeff Flessner is a graduate of Illinois State University earning a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Insurance. After graduating, Jeff started his professional career as a sales representative for Lincoln Financial Group. After five years with Lincoln, he went to work for a local insurance brokerage firm and within two years became a Vice President and Partner. In April of 1999, Jeff started Benefit Planning Associates along with 3 other partners and served as President from 1999 through 2012. BPA now serves over 300 corporate clients in Central Illinois. Jeff has written a number of articles for local publications related to healthcare and health insurance, as well as given a number of presentations on the subject. Jeff is very active in the Bloomington-Normal area serving on various boards and working with service organizations. Jeff lives in Normal with his wife, Cindy, and has three grown children, two of whom attended HCC. He has served on the HCC Board since being elected in 2013.

  • Janet M. Hood

    Term ends: 2025

    435 Beechwood Court, Normal, IL 61761
    Phone: 309-825-8953
    Email: Janet.Hood@heartland.edu 
    Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn

    Janet Hood was selected to fill a vacancy on the HCC Board of Trustees in 2017. She won election in 2019. She completed the trustee training for 2017 and 2019. In 2017, she was appointed to the Finance Committee. Ms. Hood also served as a member of the HCC Presidential Search Committees in 2009-2010 and 2017-2018 and as President of the HCC Alumni Association 2012-2014.

    Janet, a resident of Normal, retired in 2020 as Coordinator of Operations and Planning for Carle BroMenn Medical Center & Carle Eureka Hospital. She received an Associate Degree from Heartland Community College, Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Eureka College, Eureka, IL, and a Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in Health Care Management from Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, IN. She is a Fellow in the American College of Health Care Executives. Janet serves on several area and statewide boards.

  • Becky Ropp

    Term ends: 2027

    Email: Rebecca.Ropp@heartland.edu
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    Becky graduated from the University of Illinois with a bachelor's degree in Agricultural Communications. She earned her MBA with an emphasis in Marketing from Illinois State University. Becky started her career at GROWMARK first as an intern in the Corporate Communications area then full time in the Marketing Communications area as an Advertising Coordinator. Later Becky became the Director of Organization and System Development division and just recently she was named the Director of Talent Management for GROWMARK, Inc.

    In her personal life, Becky is in partnership with her husband Ken, their daughter Leah, and her in-laws Ray and Carol Ropp in their dairy farm and cheese manufacturing and marketing LLC named Ropp Jersey Cheese. She has served on the HCC Board since being appointed in 2014.

  • Mary Campbell

    Term ends: 2023

    Phone:
    Email: Mary.Campbell@heartland.edu

    Mary Campbell was elected to the HCC Board of Trustees in 2017.  She completed mandatory trustee training for 2017 and 2019.  Mary was a faculty member at Illinois State University School of Social Work from 1980-2010. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Ohio University and Masters in Social Work from Ohio State. 

    Mary’s current community involvement includes:   ABC Counseling Services Advisory Board (2008-), YWCA Board (2014-), Co-Director of Dreams Are Possible (2019-), LAMU Kenya Health Care Board: (2013-), Multi- Cultural Leadership Project (Volunteer/Mentor/ Team Liaison) (2014-), Certified Master Naturalist through U of I Extension (2011-), PASS IT ON-Founder and Coordinator (1986-), Center of Hope Food Pantry Volunteer (2014-).

    Mary has received numerous community and university awards including:  WJBC Spirit of McLean County, Outstanding Community Service Award , MCLP Volunteer Service Award, McLean County Bar Association, Service Award, Town of Normal Dr. Martin Luther King Award, YWCA Woman of Distinction Award, Citizen Advocate of the Year, Mental Health Association, McLean County, Outstanding University Teacher, Outstanding College of Arts and Science Teacher, Social Worker of the Year, State of Illinois, and Outstanding University Service Award for Faculty.

  • Joshua Crockett

    Term ends: 2027

    Email: Josh.Crockett@heartland.edu

    Mr. Crockett was elected in 2021.

     

  • Cecelia Long

    Term ends: 2023

    Email: Cecelia.Long@heartland.edu

    Cecelia was elected to the Board in 2021 to finish the 2-year term left vacant by the passing of Greg Chadwick. She worked at Heartland as a program developer to increase services and support to marginalized students and students in crises. In 2017, she helped Student Support Services launch a life coaching program to support high-risk students. During the pandemic in 2020, she worked with College administration to set up a crisis intake process and student emergency fund to help students struggling with barriers created by COVID-19.

    Cecelia is a community college alumna, graduating with with an A.S. in environmental sustainability. She also earned a B.S. in Intercultural & Interpersonal Communication and M.S. in Communication from Illinois State University, with a focus on poverty studies, community well-being, and collaborative leadership.

    Cecelia has served close to a decade in social services, working directly with a diversity of people in the area including in Unit 5 and District 87 school systems, in mental health and crisis response, homeless services and housing issues, and with students at Heartland and Illinois State University. She is committed to advocating for students' and community members' unmet needs and uplifting their stories of struggle and achievement to better inform board decisions.

  • Thomas Whitt

    Term ends: 2025

    2018 E. Jackson Street, Bloomington, IL 61701
    Phone:  269-757-1140
    Email: Thomas.Whitt@heartland.edu

    Thomas Whitt was elected to the Board in 2019. He completed the trustee training for 2019. He is a graduate of Michigan State University with a BA in Political Science and also earned an Associate's Degree in Radiologic Technology from Lake Michigan College (Benton Harbor, MI.) Residing in Bloomington with his wife, Rachel and daughter Ramona, Thomas is a CT Technologist at OSF St. Joseph Hospital.

  • Katie Boland

    Term ends: March 2022

    Email:  Katherine.Boland@heartland.edu

    Katherine (Katie) Boland began as a student at Heartland in the spring semester of 2020. After receiving an Associates in English, she plans to transfer to a four-year college to pursue a degree in pre-law. Her long-term goal is to become an attorney. Outside of Heartland, she enjoys golf, watching movies, and getting a cup of coffee with friends. As student trustee, she would like to represent Heartland students to the best of her ability and create a safe and eco-friendly place for students to learn.

Board Policy

View the Board Policy (PDF).

HCC's trustees are elected to serve six-year terms.

Board of Trustees Meeting Schedule

The Board meets on the third Tuesday of the month (exceptions are noted with an Asterisk).
The Finance Committee meets preceeding the Board Meeting.

Board Meeting Schedule, links to agendas and lminutes
Date, Time, Location, Agenda & Minutes (PDFs)

*December 2, 2020: Virtual - See agenda for access
3:00 pm Special Finance Committee Agenda & Minutes

*December 8, 2020; Virtual - See agenda for access
5:00 pm Finance Committee Agenda & Minutes
6:00 pm Public Hearing Agenda & Minutes
6:05 pm Regular Board Meeting Agenda & Minutes

January 19, 2021; Virtual - See agenda for access
4:30 pm Finance Committee; Agenda; Minutes
5:30 pm Reception with New Employees
6:00 pm Board Meeting; Agenda; Minutes

February 16, 2021; *Virtual - See agenda for access
4:00 pm Finance Committee; Agenda; Minutes
5:00 pm Developmental Dinner & Tour *CANCELED
6:00 pm Board Meeting; Agenda; Minutes

March 16, 2021; ACEC 2101/2102, 1500 W. Raab Rd., Normal
4:30 pm Finance Committee; Agenda; Minutes
6:00 pm Board Meeting; Agenda; Minutes

*April 27, 2021; 1500 W. Raab Rd., Normal
4:00 pm Finance Committee; Agenda; Minutes
5:00 pm Developmental Dinner & Tour
6:00 pm Board Meeting; Agenda; Minutes

May 18, 2021; 1500 W. Raab Rd., Normal
4:30 pm Finance Committee; Agenda; Minutes
5:30 pm Reception with Retirees
6:00 pm Board Meeting; Agenda; Minutes

June 15, 2021; 1500 W. Raab Rd., Normal
4:00 pm Finance Committee; Agenda; Minutes
5:00 pm Developmental Dinner & Tour
6:00 pm Board Meeting; Agenda; Minutes

July 20, 2021; HCCP, 211 E. Madison, Pontiac †Changed from Normal, as of 2/5/21
5:00 pm Board Retreat; Agenda; Minutes

August 17, 2021; 1500 W. Raab Rd., Normal
4:00 pm Finance Committee; Agenda; Minutes
5:00 pm Developmental Dinner & Tour
6:00 pm Board Meeting; Agenda; Minutes

September 21, 2021; 1500 W. Raab Rd., Normal
4:30 pm Finance Committee; Agenda; Minutes
5:30 pm Reception with New Employees
6:00 pm Board Meeting; Agenda; Minutes
October19, 2021; HCCL, 2201 Woodlawn, Lincoln
4:30 pm Finance Committee; Agenda; Minutes
5:30 pm Reception
6:00 pm Board Meeting; Agenda; Minutes
November 16, 2021; 1500 W. Raab Rd., Normal
4:00 pm Finance Committee; Agenda; Minutes
5:00 pm Developmental Dinner & Tour
6:00 pm Board Meeting; Agenda; Minutes
*December 14, 2021; 1500 W. Raab Rd., Normal
5:00 pm Finance Committee; Agenda; Minutes
6:00 pm Board Meeting; Agenda; Minutes