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Slate of Board Nominees

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James Ashby
Decatur, IL
1st two year term

James Ashby began his career in the trucking industry before moving into the field of marketing.  He worked for 10 years in the billboard industry and five years in television, and for the last 11 years has worked in printing and has been the owner of Wood Printing since 2010.  James and his fiancé Tammy live in Forsyth and plan to be married in the fall.  James and Tammy enjoy boating, riding motorcycles, exploring new places, and spending time with their children and grandchildren.  James also enjoys playing baseball and served for 15 years as a volunteer firefighter.  James enjoys the fact that his career gives him the opportunity to be part of many committees and events in the community.

 

Joe Brummel
Springfield, IL
1st two year term

Joe Brummel IV graduated from University of Georgia - Terry College of Business with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance. He has four years of financial services experience, beginning his career at Morgan Stanley as a Financial Advisor, where he was recognized as a top-tier first year producer. Joe began working with AXA Advisors in July 2014 as a Financial Consultant, and in that short time was recognized as a top thirty 401(k) producer for 2014. Joe and his wife Morghan have two sons and reside in Springfield.

 

Dr. Jennifer Herring Williams
Sprignfield, IL
1st two year term

Jennifer Williams was a Girl Scout leader for more than 13 years, working with girls from all backgrounds.  She has been a professional educator since 1989, teaching at the middle school, high school, and college level and serving for several years on the board of the National Association for Multicultural Education. Jennifer has also worked as a computer programmer, central office instructional specialist, school department chair, diversity coordinator, and director of teacher education.  Her current work includes helping high school dropouts and immigrants gain their high school diplomas.  Dr. Williams received a B.S. in Computer Science and Health Education, Master’s in Secondary Education, and Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of North Texas and is working on a second Master’s degree, in Computer Science.   She is an active researcher, narrative writer, and workshop presenter.  Jennifer loves to travel and has travelled extensively.  She has raised two wonderful daughters and one son and has four beautiful grandchildren. Jennifer currently resides in Springfield.

 

Janice Schramm
Springfield, IL
1st two year term

Janice Schramm graduated from Bradley University with a B.S. in Business Management in 1981 and has worked primarily in the banking industry, affiliated with community banks in the Springfield and Chatham area.  She is currently employed with Hickory Point Bank & Trust in Springfield as Vice President of Corporate Cash Management.  Janice’s board service includes the Springfield Ballet Company, the Family Service Center, and the Central Illinois Foodbank as Board Secretary and Finance Committee member.  Janice is a graduate of the Leadership Springfield program sponsored by the Springfield Chamber of Commerce and a 2014 graduate of the FBI Citizens Academy.

 

Dr. Ashlynn Stillwell
Champaign, IL
1st two year term

Dr. Ashlynn Stillwell is an Assistant Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Missouri (2006), and an M.S. in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering (2010), M.P.Aff in Public Affairs (2010), and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (2013) from the University of Texas at Austin. Her previous work includes consulting at Burns & McDonnell (2006-2007) and policy research at the Congressional Research Service (2009). Dr. Stillwell received the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and the American Water Works Association’s 2011 Academic Achievement Award for 2nd Place Master’s Thesis, and is a Girl Scout Gold Award recipient and lifetime member. Her research interests include the water impacts of thermoelectric power plants and the energy-water nexus pertaining to urban metabolism and public policy. More information about Dr. Stillwell’s research program is available at stillwell.cee.illinois.edu.

 

Marianne Taylor
Decatur, IL
1st two year term

Marianne Taylor holds a B.S. from the University of Kansas and will graduate this May from Millikin University with a Masters of Business Administration.  Over the past 20 years Marianne has held positions in a variety of locations, including Chamber of Commerce Director in St. Clair, Michigan, VP of Marketing for a bank in Ottumwa, IA, Coordinator of Volunteers in Maple Grove, MN, and a preschool teacher in Pittsburgh, PA.  She has also been involved in church activities, United Way, Boy Scouts, and Rotary.  Marianne and her husband have lived in Decatur for five years and they have two sons.