In 1998, a number of alumni attorneys came together and formed a special alumni group. As the Illinois State Attorneys Advisory Board, they identified the following objectives:
Scott Kording '02, Chair
Susan Gschwendtner '80, Vice Chair
Louis Butler '76, Secretary
Peter J. Orlowicz '07, Treasurer
David J. Abbey '73
Pamela Andrews '75
Walter Brandon '82
Thomas Campbell '75, MS '83
Patrick Cotter '78
David Crumbaugh '73
Russell DePew '78
Judge Scott Drazewski '79
Geoffrey B. Dodds
Judge Robert L. Freitag
Circuit Judge, Bloomington
Circuit Court for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit, McLean County
104 West Front Street
Bloomington, IL 61701
Julie Annette Jones, '90
Carl Kasten '66
Donald Knapp, Jr. '91
Justice James A. Knecht '68
Chris Kramer '81
Tyra Lewis '95
Marc Loro '74,
Michelle Mancias '91
David McCarthy '67
Judge Michael McCuskey '70
Alex Moskovic '89
Jay Reece '83
Andy Reisman '90
Julie Cardosi Rogers '82
Christopher J. Spanos '90
George Taseff '78
Rachael Toft '01
Steven Koca '11
Meghan Leonard (ex-officio)
Professor, Politics and Government
Illinois State University
Campus Box 4600
Normal, IL 61790-4600
Thomas Eimermann (ex-officio)
Professor Emeritus, Politics and Government
9 Red Stone Court
Bloomington, IL 61704-8403
Thomas McClure (ex-officio)
Assistant Professor, Politics and Government
Illinois State University
Campus Box 4600
Normal, IL 61790-4600
All attorney alumni of Illinois State University are eligible to join the Attorneys Advisory Board as general members. General Membership dues are $100 annually. Becoming a general member of the Board has the following benefits:
Gifts to the Pre-Law Fund help at ISU go to support extracurricular activities essential to the pre-professional development of students including the Mock Trial Team, student scholarships, and the Pre-Law Awards Banquet. Your contribution to this fund will make a difference in the life of a future legal professional by enriching his or her educational experience at ISU.
Requirements for membership in the Attorneys Advisory Board include a minimum tax deductible financial contribution of $100/year for General members and $250/year for Executive Board members.
All gifts and Board membership dues to the Pre-Law Fund are tax deductible.
Leslie Bertagnolli, Chair
(‘70, MA ‘71)
Partner, Baker & McKenzie LLP
Executive Director/Vice President of Policy, Illinois Chamber of Commerce
LaDonna Carlton (‘78, MS ‘81)
Vice President, Decision Quest
Guy Chipparoni (‘85)
President, Res Publica Group
Kevin Conlon ('80)
President, Wilhelm and Conlon Public Strategies
Patrick Cotter (‘78)
Attorney, Arnstein & Lehr
Gary Engelmann (MS ‘77; Ph.D. ‘83)
Hospira Drug Company
Vice President, First Bank of Oak Park
Curt Gruber (‘88)
Director of Mktg, Chicago Rush Arena FB
Linda Kingman (‘81)
Vice President Communications, GolinHarris
Robert Lemke (‘82, MS ‘84)
President, Creative Strategies, Inc
Jon Neuleib (‘92, MS ‘94)
Assistant State’s Attorney
Sports Director, WGN
Adlai Stevenson, III
Chair, SC&M Investment Mgt Corp
Reginald Summerrise (‘86)
President/CEO LePenseur Youth Services
David Van De Voort (‘75)
Principal Consultant, Wm M Mercer, Inc
Heidi Voorhees (‘80)
Vice President, PAR Group
Larry Williams (‘77, MS ‘79)
Agent, State Farm Insurance
Kathryn Bohn, Chair, Physician, BroMenn
Willie Brown, Vice Chair, Senior Vice President, State Farm
Greg Cott, President, United Way
Julie Dobski, Owner & Operator, Little Jewels Learning Ctr; Owner, Local McDonald’s Franchise
Russ Hagen, CEO, Chestnut Health Systems
James Knecht, Appellate Court Judge
Chris Koos, Mayor, Town of Normal
Greg Koos, Executive Director, McLean County Museum of History
Rob McDade, Vice President, Country Financial Services
Kenneth Natzke, CEO, OSF St. Joseph Medical Center
Maya Shenoy (Foundation Board Liaison), Volunteer Fundraiser
Gary Shultz, Mitsubishi Motors
Carl Sneed, Vice President of Lending, State Farm Bank
Dale Strassheim, CEO, The Baby Fold
Sharon Tarvin, Vice President Retail Delivery, State Farm Bank
Steve Wannemacher, President, Heritage Enterprises
Barry Winterland, General Manager, The Pantagraph
Al Bowman (ex-officio), President, Illinois State University
Article I. Name
This organization shall be known as the College of Arts and Sciences Community Advisory Board (CASCAB), hereinafter referred to as the Board.
Article II. Purpose
The purpose of the Board is to balance the internal input that the Dean receives from department chairs, faculty, and the College Council (an internal advisory board), with perspectives of people from the community who have a keen interest in our endeavors and a vested interest in the results we produce. The Board will provide a mechanism by which the activities of the College can be effectively communicated to the community, and, in turn, the College can benefit from the wisdom and experience of community leaders in the Bloomington-Normal area and the state of Illinois at large. The Board keeps the College informed of the educational and research needs of the community. It also assists in identifying ways in which community members can support the College.
Mission Statement: To provide a mechanism for effective communication between the community and the College and to identify and advance mutually beneficial partnerships.
Article III. Roles and Responsibilities
Specific responsibilities of the Board are as follows:
A. Attend Board meetings, and other College of Arts and Sciences sponsored events as possible.
B. Serve as a communications link between the College and the various sectors of the community.
C. Assist in the development of good relations between the College and the community at large.
D. Provide feedback on the effectiveness of existing activities in meeting the College’s mission.
E. Identify ways in which the community can support the College in meeting its mission.
F. Inform the Dean as to the educational and research needs of the community that can be provided by the College of Arts and Sciences.
G. Provide advice and counsel to the Dean regarding key issues as they arise.
H. Work with the Dean and other members of the College to promote the College, build its recognition and prestige, and assist College endeavors to obtain financial support for its initiatives.
I. Support the College with an annual financial contribution when possible.
Article IV. Membership
A. The Board shall consist of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and community leaders acquainted with the needs of the community – as well as with the needs of the academic disciplines in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities – and who have an interest in Illinois State University and the College of Arts and Sciences. The President and the Provost of Illinois State University shall serve as ex-officio, nonvoting members.
B. Appointment of members to the Board shall be made by the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, upon consultation with existing Board members. Prospective candidates for membership shall be identified by the Membership Committee.
C. All members, other than ex-officio members, shall be appointed for four-year terms. Newly appointed members shall begin their term of office with the first regular meeting of the Board following their appointment. Upon consultation with the Dean, any member shall be eligible for additional terms.
Article V. Officers of the Board
A. The officers of the Board shall consist of a Chair and Vice Chair.
B. Election of Officers
Article VI. Meetings
A. The Board shall hold two regular meetings during the calendar year.
B. Notice of meetings shall be given by mail, phone, or e-mail at least one month prior to the stated date.
C. Special meetings can be called by the Chair, the Vice Chair, or the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Members may indicate their preferred mode of contact.
D. Invited guests may attend meetings of the Board, and may participate in the discussion.
E. One-third of the membership of the Board shall constitute a quorum.
Article VII. Committees
A. Executive Committee. The Board officers and the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences shall constitute the Executive Committee of the Board. The Dean, in consultation with the Executive Committee, shall prepare the agenda for each regular meeting.
B. Membership Committee. The Membership Committee shall recruit and nominate members for the Board.
C. Development Committee. The Development Committee shall work with the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences to identify opportunities for obtaining new resources and to build the prestige and recognition of the College.
D. Ad Hoc Committees. The Dean and the Chair of the Board shall appoint any ad-hoc committees deemed necessary for the efficient operation of the Board.
Article VIII. Amendments to the Bylaws
A. Proposed amendments to the bylaws may be submitted to the Chair of the Board.
B. Prior to voting, proposed bylaws amendments must be submitted in writing via mail or e-mail to the membership of the Board at least one month prior to its next regular meeting.
C. A proposal to amend the bylaws shall become effective when approved by the majority of those members voting on the proposal, providing those voting constitute a quorum of the members.
Virginia Owen, Chair , Professor Emerita, Economics and Dean Emerita, College of Arts and Sciences
George Gordon, Vice Chair , Professor Emeritus, Political Science
Ken Berk, Professor Emeritus, Mathematics
Laura Berk, Distinguished Professor Emerita, Psychology
Dale Birkenholz, Professor Emeritus, Biological Sciences
Willard Bohn, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Herman Brockman, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Biological Sciences
Robert Corbett, Professor and Chair Emeritus, Geography-Geology
Richard Dammers, Professor Emeritus, English
Robert Dirks, Professor Emeritus, Anthropology
John Dossey, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Mathematics
Fred Drake, Professor Emeritus, History
John Freed , Professor and Chair Emeritus, History
Walter Friedhoff, Professor and Chair Emeritus, Psychology
Sandra Harmon, Professor Emerita, History and Director Emerita, Women’s Studies
Charles B. Harris, Professor and Chair Emeritus, English
Barbara Heyl, Professor Emerita, Sociology
Bill Morgan, Professor Emeritus, English
Mark Plummer, Professor Emeritus, History
Vernon Pohlmann, Professor Emeritus, Sociology
Juergen Schroeer, Professor Emeritus, Physics
Rodger Tarr, Distinguished Professor, English
Tom Wilson, Professor Emeritus, Political Science
Mark Wyman, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, History