Illinois JEA

IJEA Board of Directors


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Meet Our 2019-20 Officers and Directors


Article 3.01 of the IJEA Bylaws mandates that the IJEA Board will consist of at least 17 members (“directors”): two directors elected from each of the association’s six regions, four at-large directors appointed by the president with the consent of the board, and the executive director.

Currently the board has 22 directors: 12 regional directors, eight at-large directors and two ex officio directors. The latter two are the IJEA executive director, Prof. Linda Jones, and the Illinois state director for the national Journalism Education Association, Brenda Field, MJE.

Regional directors serve three-year elected terms, and they may stand for re-election. At-large directors serve one-year appointed terms, and they may be reappointed. Ex officio board members hold their board positions by virtue of their offices with IJEA. They have full voting rights and remain on the board for the duration of their respective offices.

The board organizes itself each year at the association’s June meeting by electing the following officers, who comprise the IJEA executive board: president, vice president, secretary and treasurer. Currently the board has five officers, a total that includes two co-secretaries.


IJEA Officers


President

John Gonczy, CJE
Marist High School
Email Address

Vice President

Dr. Dan Kerns, CJE
Richwoods High School
Email Address

Co-Secretary

Brad Bennewitz, CJE
Galesburg High School
Email Address

Co-Secretary

Jennifer Reiser, CJE
Washington Community High School
Email Address

Treasurer

Katie Comeford Fernandez, CJE
Phoenix Military Academy
Email Address


IJEA Board of Directors | Regions Represented


The IJEA’s regional directors represent the following regions:

  • Region 1
    Counties of Adams, Brown, Calhoun, Cass, Fulton, Greene, Hancock, Henderson, Henry, Jersey, Knox, Macoupin, Mason, McDonough, Menard, Mercer, Morgan, Pike, Rock Island, Sangamon, Schuyler, Scott, Warren, Whiteside
  • Region 2
    Counties of Boone, Bureau, Carroll, DeKalb, Grundy, Jo Daviess, Kane, Kendall, Lake, LaSalle, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson, Winnebago
  • Region 3
    Counties of Cook, DuPage
  • Region 4
    Counties of Ford, Iroquois, Kankakee, Livingston, Marshall, McLean, Peoria, Putnam, Stark, Tazewell, Will, Woodford
  • Region 5
    Counties of Champaign, Christian, Clark, Coles, Cumberland, DeWitt, Douglas, Edgar, Logan, Macon, Montgomery, Moultrie, Piatt, Shelby, Vermilion
  • Region 6
    Counties of Alexander, Bond, Clay, Clinton, Crawford, Edwards, Effingham, Fayette, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Johnson, Lawrence, Madison, Marion, Massac, Monroe, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Randolph, Richland, St. Clair, Saline, Union, Wabash, Washington, Wayne, White, Williamson

Region 1


Brad Bennewitz, CJE

Email Address
Galesburg High School
1135 W. Fremont St.
Galesburg, IL 61401 (Knox County)
Term expires 2022

Patti Kaylor

Email Address
Glenwood High School
1501 E. Plummer Blvd.
Chatham, IL 62629 (Sangamon County)
Term expires 2020

Counties

Region 1 covers the counties of Adams, Brown, Calhoun, Cass, Fulton, Greene, Hancock, Henderson, Henry, Jersey, Knox, Macoupin, Mason, McDonough, Menard, Mercer, Morgan, Pike, Rock Island, Sangamon, Schuyler, Scott, Warren and Whiteside.


Region 2


Dennis Brown

Email Address
Huntley High School
13719 Harmony Road
Huntley, IL 60142 (McHenry County)
Term expires 2020

Colleen Calvey

Email Address
Oswego High School
1525 Harvey Road
Oswego, IL 60543 (Kendall County)
Term expires 2022

Counties

Region 2 covers the counties of Boone, Bureau, Carroll, DeKalb, Grundy, Jo Daviess, Kane, Kendall, Lake, LaSalle, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson and Winnebago.


Region 3


Kathy Abdul, CJE

Email Address
Morton West High School
2400 South Home Ave.
Berwyn, IL 60402 (Cook County)
Term expires 2022

John Gonczy, CJE | Region 3

Email Address
Marist High School
4200 W. 115th St.
Chicago, IL 60655 (Cook County)
Appointed term expires 2020

Counties

Region 3 covers the counties of Cook and DuPage.


Region 4


Dr. Dan Kerns, CJE

Email Address
Richwoods High School
6301 N. University
Peoria, IL 61614-3499 (Peoria County)
Term expires 2020

Jennifer Reiser, CJE

Email Address
Washington Community High School
115 Bondurant St.
Washington, IL 61571 (Tazewell County)
Term expires 2022

Counties

Region 4 covers the counties of Ford, Iroquois, Kankakee, Livingston, Marshall, McLean, Peoria, Putnam, Stark, Tazewell, Will and Woodford.


Region 5


Anne Sacheli

Email Address
Schlarman Academy
2112 N. Vermilion
Danville, IL 61832 (Vermilion County)
Term expires 2020

Carol Smith (retired)

Email Address
Taught at: Lovington High School (Moultrie County)
Please note that Lovington High is now part of:
Arthur Lovington Atwood Hammond (ALAH) High School
301 E. Columbia
Arthur, IL 61911 (Douglas County)
Term expires 2022

Counties

Region 5 covers the counties of Champaign, Christian, Clark, Coles, Cumberland, DeWitt, Douglas, Edgar, Logan, Macon, Montgomery, Moultrie, Piatt, Shelby and Vermilion.


Region 6


Sarah Doerner (retired)

Email Address
Taught at: Du Quoin High School
500 E. South St.
Du Quoin, IL 62832 (Perry County)
Term expires 2022

Trudy Hurd, CJE (retired)

Email Address
Taught at: Cisne High School
1476 U.S. Highway 45
Cisne, IL 62823 (Wayne County)
Term expires 2020

Counties

Region 6 covers the counties of Alexander, Bond, Clay, Clinton, Crawford, Edwards, Effingham, Fayette, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Johnson, Lawrence, Madison, Marion, Massac, Monroe, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Randolph, Richland, St. Clair, Saline, Union, Wabash, Washington, Wayne, White and Williamson.


At Large


Greg Bilbrey, CJE

Email Address
Managing Editor
Robinson Daily News
302 S. Cross St.
Robinson, IL 62454 (Crawford County)
Appointed term expires 2020

Keith Carlson

Email Address
Naperville Central High School
440 W. Aurora Ave.
Naperville, IL 60540 (DuPage County)
Appointed term expires 2020

Ken Erdey

Email Address
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
College of Media
119 Gregory Hall
810 S. Wright St.
Urbana, IL 61801 (Champaign County)
Appointed term expires 2020

Katie Comeford Fernandez, CJE

Email Address
Phoenix Military Academy
145 S. Campbell Ave.
Chicago, IL 60612 (Cook County)
Term expires 2020

Samantha Goetting

Email Address
Herrin High School
700 N. Tenth St.
Herrin, IL 62948 (Williamson County)
Appointed Term expires 2020

Dave Porreca, CJE

Email Address
Elmwood Park Community Unit School District 401
8201 W. Fullerton Ave.
Elmwood Park, IL 60707 (Cook County)
Appointed term expires 2020

Jeff Rogers

Email Address
Director
Illinois Press Foundation
900 Community Drive
Springfield, IL 62703 (Sangamon County)
Appointed term expires 2020

Randy Swikle, CJE (retired)

Email Address
Taught at: Johnsburg High School
2002 W. Ringwood Road
Johnsburg, IL 60050 (McHenry County)
Appointed term expires 2020


Ex Officio


Brenda Field, MJE | National JEA State Director

Email Address
Glenbrook South High School
4000 W. Lake Ave.
Glenview, IL 60026 (Cook County)
Ex officio board term runs with office

Linda Jones | Illinois JEA Executive Director

Email Address
Roosevelt University
Associate Professor of Journalism
430 S. Michigan Ave., AUD 358C
Chicago, IL 60605 (Cook County)
Ex officio board term runs with office


A Note on Regions


For the purposes of representation, the IJEA Bylaws have divided Illinois into the following six regions:

REGION 1 | Map

Counties of Adams, Brown, Calhoun, Cass, Fulton, Greene, Hancock, Henderson, Henry, Jersey, Knox, Macoupin, Mason, McDonough, Menard, Mercer, Morgan, Pike, Rock Island, Sangamon, Schuyler, Scott, Warren, Whiteside

REGION 2 | Map

Counties of Boone, Bureau, Carroll, DeKalb, Grundy, Jo Daviess, Kane, Kendall, Lake, LaSalle, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson, Winnebago

REGION 3 | Map

Counties of Cook, DuPage

REGION 4 | Map

Counties of Ford, Iroquois, Kankakee, Livingston, Marshall, McLean, Peoria, Putnam, Stark, Tazewell, Will, Woodford

REGION 5 | Map

Counties of Champaign, Christian, Clark, Coles, Cumberland, DeWitt, Douglas, Edgar, Logan, Macon, Montgomery, Moultrie, Piatt, Shelby, Vermilion

REGION 6 | Map

Counties of Alexander, Bond, Clay, Clinton, Crawford, Edwards, Effingham, Fayette, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Johnson, Lawrence, Madison, Marion, Massac, Monroe, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Randolph, Richland, St. Clair, Saline, Union, Wabash, Washington, Wayne, White, Williamson


 

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