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I am a fifteen-year member of the English Department faculty at Monmouth College, Monmouth, Illinois, where I direct the composition and argument program while advising students and also teaching a range of classes from composition to literature to grammar. I am also active in various aspects of public schooling, including work as a committee member of the Illinois Teacher Certification Review Program. During my career, I have taught in public schools, community colleges, and universities.
I have been active in the Main Street Program, both at local and state levels, while also a member of the Henry County Tourism Bureau for the past six years.
I am a native of Henry County, graduating from Annawan High School and co-owner, artistic director, and makeup artist for Dark Phase Designs which includes the Torment at Twelve Hundred Haunted Attraction in Orion and the Torment Extreme Haunted Attraction in Kewanee.
I joined the board of HCTB because everyone should be aware of the unique and special places to visit in our small communities. I have a strong belief in giving back to the community and small businesses. There is no better way to do this than through the Henry County Tourism Bureau.
Since 1978, I have owned and operated Parkside Treasure House, a flower and gift shop in Orion, IL, where I am also a resident. As sexton of Western Township Cemetery, located just outside of Orion, I am often called upon to assist people with their genealogy research. I volunteer with several organizations including Main Street Orion, Orion Fall Festival, and Henry County Tourism Bureau. One of my passions is travel and I write a blog journaling my adventures. When not being a tourist myself, I like to help visitors discover Henry County so they too can enjoy our charming towns and beautiful rural scenery.
I am currently a branch teller for Profession Bank. I am originally from Mercer County and now reside in Andover. I was recommended to be on the Henry County Illinois Tourism Board in order to help promote tourism and history for our area. I serve as secretary for the board. I am also a member of the Andover Auxiliary and the Andover Tourism Board.
I have been the owner of Heartfelt Gifts in Kewanee for twenty-four years. My husband and I also own Arrow Real Estate. I am an educator, having taught music in schools in several states, as well as in both the Kewanee and Wethersfield districts. I am a member of Rotary, the Kewanee Chamber of Commerce, the Prairie Chicken Festival Committee, PEO, and the Kewanee Arts Council, and serve as music director at Zion Lutheran Church. I also direct the Kewanee Area Community Choir, play in the community band, and serve on the committee for the Kewanee Walldogs events.
My wife, Wendy, and I represent more than fifty regional artists through DeBrock Galleria at 227 N. State St. in Geneseo. An area native, I am a member of the Geneseo Chamber of Commerce Promote Committee and the Geneseo Art District. I have more than 30 years of experience in communications and marketing, including work for the Illinois newspaper association, several daily and weekly newspapers, and vacation destinations in Missouri and Arkansas. I currently oversee business and youth pages for The Dispatch in Moline and The Rock Island Argus.
I have been the Henry County Board liaison on the Henry County Tourism Board since 2000. A native of Kewanee, I taught German and World History at Kewanee High School from 1971-2007 and I still sub quite often. Being part of the tourism board has allowed me to share the beauty and simplicity of our rural communities with others. Since I have been involved with tourism, I have seen this group of dedicated people find various ways of promoting Henry County by encouraging others to see what we have to offer.
A life-long resident of Henry County, I am a travel agent in Geneseo and Henry County Board Vice Chairman, John Deere Golf Classic Transportation Chairman, and Grief Share leader at First United Methodist Church in Geneseo. I feel that tourism is the most important aspect of the industry in which I work. I see tourism’s advantages financially, educationally and recreationally. I want to promote Henry County as a wonderful experience for visitors and residents.