DECATUR – As it prepares to celebrate its 20th anniversary, The Community Foundation of Macon County has elected a new board trustee and appointed officers for the 2019-2020 fiscal year.
The nonprofit’s all-volunteer board trustees are selected for demonstrating a high level of commitment to Macon County and personal involvement in community engagement. The board trustees oversee strategic planning, policy and responsibly steward over $40 million in assets.
Duane Noland, president and CEO of the Association of Illinois Electric Co-ops, was appointed to serve his first three-year term.
He brings with him an in-depth knowledge of agriculture and rural development. He grew up showing livestock in 4-H and participating in Future Farmers of America. He earned his BS in agriculture from the University of Illinois.
The Noland family has been farming in the Blue Mound area since 1833 and is a multi-generational operation, including Duane and his brother Dennis, and Duane’s sons Grant and Blake.
Duane has been active in the Illinois Farm Bureau and through that involvement, he started his political career, serving as state representative (1990-1998) and state senator (1998-2003). He has served on the board of directors for Millikin University, Decatur Memorial Hospital, Macon County 4-H & Extension Foundation and the State Bank of Blue Mound.
“I am pleased to welcome Duane as a new board trustee,” said Cathy Mansur, chair of the Community Foundation of Macon County Board of Directors. “Duane brings a wealth of experience and expertise and will be a tremendous asset as we further our mission of building prosperity through leadership, partnership and philanthropy.”
The Community Foundation also announced its slate of officers for the upcoming year:
Cathy Mansur, CPA, partner, May Cocagne and King, P.C., serves as chair;
Kara Demirjian Huss, president at DCC Marketing, serves as vice chair;
Mark Jackson, partner at Samuels, Miller, Schroeder, Jackson and Sly, LLP, serves as secretary; and
Kris Lutt, president, Sweeteners, Starches and Acidulants at Archer Daniels Midland Co. serves as treasurer.
Returning members of the board include: Najiba Benabess, Dean Tabor School of Business, Millikin
University; Kendall Briscoe, Caterpillar communications and PR manager; Judge Lisa Holder White, appellate judge, 4th District; Kathy Locke, photographer and owner Child’s Play Photography; Karla Miller, Hickory Point Bank director of media relations; Jim Neff, Brechnitz Group of Raymond James senior vice president, investments and branch manager; and Dr. Dana Ray, Crossing Healthcare chief medical officer.
Established in 2000, the Community Foundation of Macon County stewards more than 300 funds and total assets of $40 million. To date, the Community Foundation has distributed over $27.7 million to charitable organizations and endeavors. For more information about the Community Foundation of Macon County, visit our website at endowdecatur.org.