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Jeff Gardner, program director, diesel technologies, talked about the start of the program in the fall and career opportunities in the field during an interview Feb. 1 on Sports Radio 1450.

Mike Kienzler, member of the LLCC Academy of Lifelong Learning board of directors and of the ALL Science Committee, wrote the essay “ALL Science Series: Intimacy and Aging” for the latest edition of Senior News.

LLCC Foundation Board welcomes five new members; elects officers

The LLCC Foundation Board of Directors welcomed five new members, elected new officers and recognized outgoing board members at a recent meeting.

The following are new members of the board:

Jennifer CallJennifer Call, CIC, of Springfield is a risk consultant and partner at Troxell, a locally owned insurance agency with offices throughout Illinois. She works with individuals and businesses to customize insurance programs while also serving as a strategic leader within the organization. She is involved with numerous community organizations including Vision of Hope, Springfield Chamber and Westside Rotary.

Tom FitchTom Fitch of Springfield is the vice president of facilities, real estate and construction at Springfield Clinic. He has a master’s degree in structural engineering, a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and 15 years of executive leadership and 14 years of small business ownership experience. His previous board experience includes the Chamber of Commerce, Heartland Credit Union and the YMCA.

Lou JohnsonLou Johnson of Taylorville in the general manager of McLane Foodservice, which has been in the trucking business for more than 130 years and is one of America’s biggest private fleets with 46 distribution centers throughout the country. Johnson is active on several boards including Loving Arms and the Taylorville Chamber of Commerce. He also coaches youth soccer for the YMCA.

Bobby KulavicBobby Kulavic of Springfield has been a member of the Bi-Petro team for more than 10 years. He serves as director, finance and planning, and works with Bi-Petro’s crude oil inventory, movements and the operations in Utica. Kulavic is an LLCC alum and also earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration.

Adam PallaiAdam Pallai of Springfield is an LLCC alum and also earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. As vice president of Martin Engineering, he serves as the project manager and engineer for numerous ongoing projects and as the state and federal grant administrator for various municipalities. He is an active member of local organizations including Springfield Lake Council of Clubs.

Brett Jackson, president and CEO, Systemax, of Springfield was installed as board chair for 2023. Margaret Teague, manager, education services, Levi, Ray & Shoup, Inc., of Springfield was elected vice chair, and Dan Wilcoxen, president and CEO, United Community Bank, of Springfield was elected treasurer.

Outgoing board members Kathy Dierkes of Springfield, Mitch Rogers of Springfield and Jennifer Stice of Ashland were acknowledged for their dedicated service on behalf of LLCC students.

The LLCC Foundation’s mission is to cultivate and steward charitable gifts to support and enrich LLCC students, programs and services. For more information, visit

In the news

The 2023 LLCC Lincoln Lecture scheduled for Feb. 3, 9 a.m. in the Trutter Center was the subject of an extended interview on Sports Radio 1450 Jan. 27. Speaker Bob Bunn told stories related to his presentation “The Bunns and the Lincolns: A Family Friendship Front 1840-1884.” Bob Bunn is a fifth-generation member of the Bunn family which dates back to 1840 in Springfield. He has researched the Bunn family history including many stories of the Lincoln and Bunn families.

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Dee Krueger, director, LLCC-Taylorville, was interviewed on Thursday, Jan. 26, on the WTIM Morning show. She discussed module classes, College Now, Microsoft Office Training and Campus Visit Day.

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Sheridan Lane, director, culinary program and operations, was interviewed by WICS/FOX news Jan. 25 regarding Bistro To Go, the student-led, take-out restaurant now operating in the Workforce Careers Center through Feb. 23, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesdays-Thursdays. Bistro Verde dine-in service begins March 21.

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Lori Oldenettel, enrollment coordinator, LLCC-Jacksonville and Michelle Burger, scholarship program and alumni services coordinator, LLCC Foundation were interviewed Jan. 23 on the WLDS Radio program What’s On Your Mind about tomorrow’s community scholarship event at LLCC-Jacksonville.