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Tom Cross

Tom Cross (Chair)
11 Partridge Square
Oswego, IL 60543
Professional:  Distinguished Fellow, Aurora University
Graduate: Illinois Wesleyan University; Samford University, Cumberland School of Law
Home: Oswego
Chairman - Public Member

John Bambenek

John Bambenek
Bambenek Consulting, LTD
313 N. Mattis Avenue, Suite 113A
Champaign, IL 61821
(217) 493-0760

Professional: Lecturer in Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign, Manager of Threat Systems, Fidelis Cybersecurity, and President of Bambenek Consulting
Graduate: Bachelors Degree from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign in Astronomy and Physics
Home: Champaign
Representative of Faculty

Jay D. Bergman Jay D. Bergman
108 East Ogden Avenue
Hinsdale, Illinois 60521
(630) 654-2282

Professional: President and CEO, Petco Petroleum Corporation of Hinsdale; Chairman, Board of American Heartland Bank & Trust, Co.
Graduate: Illinois State University
Home: Joliet
Representative of Public Universities
Max Coffey

Max Coffey
739 Glenwood Drive
Charleston, IL 62441
(217) 348-0079

Professional: President & CEO, Kimco USA Inc.
Home: Charleston
Public Member

Teresa Garate

Teresa Garate
Anixter Center
2001 N. Clybourn Avenue, Suite 300
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 973-7900 x232

Professional: President & CEO, Anixter Center
Graduate: University of Illinois at Chicago and Loyola University of Chicago
Home: Chicago
Ex Officio Member representing the Chair of the Illinois Community College Board

Hays Jane
Jane Hays
The Downey Group
505 Devonshire Drive
Champaign, IL 61820
(217) 356-7263

Professional: Managing Director for The Downey Group
Graduate: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and University of Illinois College of Law
Home: Champaign
Public Member
Kevin Huber

Kevin Huber
1012 Ashley Lane
Libertyville, IL 60048

Professional: Retired Executive Director and Chief Investment Officer, Chicago Teachers’ Pension and Retirement Fund
Graduate: University of Illinois- Urbana-Champaign and Northwestern University
Home: Libertyville
Ex Officio Member representing Illinois Student Assistance Commission

Alice Jacobs

Alice Marie Jacobs
c/o Danville Area Community College
2000 East Main Street
Danville, IL 61832
(217) 443-8848

Professional: President, Danville Area Community College
Graduate: Michigan State University, Western Michigan University, Louisburg College, North Carolina
Home: Danville
Public Member

Paul Langer
Paul Langer
6506 Tower Circle Drive
Lincolnwood, IL 60712
(312) 715-5121

Professional: Attorney
Graduate: Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Home: Lincolnwood
Public member

James Palos
Jim Palos
1825 North Wood Street
Chicago, IL 60622
(312) 523-9076

Professional: President, Hyde Park Institute
Graduate: Columbia College, New York City; Kellogg School of Management
Home: Chicago
Public member

Santos Rivera

Santos Rivera
2020 N. California Avenue
STE 7, #190
Chicago, IL  60647 
( 773) 329-0608

Professional: Emeritus Senior Executive, NEIU
Graduate: Aurora College, Northeastern Illinois University, The Union Institute Graduate School
Home: Chicago
Public member

Jack Thomas

Jack Thomas
Western Illinois University
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455
(309) 298-1824

Professional: President, Western Illinois University
Graduate: Alabama A & M University; Virginia State University; Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Home: Macomb
Public Member

Christine M. Wiseman

Christine Wiseman
Saint Xavier University
3700 W. 103rd Street
Chicago, IL 60655
(773) 298-3309

Professional: President of Saint Xavier University
Graduate: Marquette University and Marquette University College of Law
Home: Palos Heights
Representative of Private Universities

David Anderson

Sean Anderson
1720 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 905-3563

Student at Roosevelt University
Major: Business Management
Home: Chicago
Student Member

Adrian Miller

Tyler Solorio


Student at DePaul University
Major: Public Policy and Communications
Home: Chicago
Nontraditional Student member

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