Rural Partners Board of Directors

Susan Wynn Bence
Community Liaison
Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services
806 E. Walnut St. Suite A
Watseka, IL 60970
Telephone: (815) 432-1078
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Carol Jo Fritts
RP Assistant Treasurer,
First Neighbor Bank, N.A.
P.O. Box 127
201 N. Meridian St.
Toledo, IL 62468
Telephone: (217) 849-2701
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Pat Gleason
RP Secretary
e-Learning and Engagement Specialist
Illinois Section American Water Works Assn.
545 S Randall Road
St Charles, IL 60174
Telephone: (630) 377-1595 x7
1-866-521-3595 x7
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Molly Hammond
RP Chair,
Associate Director
USDA Rural Development
2118 West Park Court, Suite A
Champaign, IL 61821
Telephone: (217) 403-6203
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Matt Johnson
Vice-President, Govt. Policy
Shawnee Communications
P.O. Box 69
120 W. Lane
Equality, IL 62934
Telephone: (618) 276-3335
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Laura Hepp Kessel
RP Vice Chair
Assistant Director
Office of Regional Programs
SIU School of Medicine
175 S Main Street
Canton IL 61520
Telephone: (309) 543-2199
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Steve Kline
The Economic Development Group, Ltd.
1701 Clearwater Ave.
Bloomington, IL 61704
Telephone: (309) 664-7777
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Brenda Matherly
Asst. Director of Local Government
Illinois Farm Bureau
1701 Towanda
Bloomington, IL, 61702
Telephone: (309) 557-3151
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Chris Merrett
Director and Professor
Illinois Institute of Rural Affairs,
Western Illinois University
518 Stipes Hall
Macomb, IL 61455
Telephone: (309) 298-2281
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Blanche Shoup
RP Past Chair
Workforce Investment Office of Western IL
P.O. Box 231
Galesburg, IL 61402
Telephone: (309) 344-1575
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Anne Heinze Silvis
RP Assistant Secretary
Asst. Dean, Community & Econ Development
University of Illinois
Extension 555 Bevier Hall; 905 S. Goodwin Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801
Telephone: (217) 333-5126
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Jerry Townsend
RP Treasurer
6707 N. West Arrowhead Dr.
Urbana, IL 61802
Telephone (217) 369-1010
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Norman Walzer
Senior Research Scholar
Center for Governmental Studies
Northern Illinois University
148 N Third St.
DeKalb, IL 60115
Telephone: (815) 753-0933
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Kim Watson
Senior Account Manager
IL Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
2309 West Main Street, Suite 124
Marion, IL 62959
Telephone: (618) 993-7630
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Charlie White
Lender Relations Specialist
Small Business Administration
3330 Ginger Creek Drive, Suite B-East
Springfield, IL  62711
(217) 793-5020, 105
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