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MEET OUR 2017-18 OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS

The 2016-2017 IJEA Board of Directors Officers are: (top to bottom, left to right) Vice President for Membership John Gonczy, Co-Secretary Dan Kerns, Vice President for Promotions Dave Porecca, Treasurer Kimberly Reese, President Brad Bennewitz, and Co-Secretary Amanda Bright

The 2017-18 officers of the IJEA Board of Directors — Top row from left: John Gonczy, CJE, vice president for membership; Dr. Dan Kerns, CJE, co-secretary; Dave Porreca, CJE, vice president for promotions. Bottom row from left: Kimberly Reese, treasurer (until Sept. 15, 2017); Brad Bennewitz, CJE, president; Amanda Bright, MJE, co-secretary. PLEASE NOTE: Beginning Sept. 15, 2017, IJEA’s treasurer is Katie Comeford Fernandez.

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 21 directors: 12 regional directors, seven at-large appointed members and two ex officio members — the IJEA executive director (Dr. Sally Renaud) and the Illinois state director for the national Journalism Education Association (Brenda Field, MJE).

Those directors who represent one of the state’s six regions 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.

The IJEA executive director, the Illinois state director from the national JEA, and the IJEA website director are ex officio board members, meaning they hold their board positions by virtue of their other offices. 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: president, vice president, secretary and treasurer. Currently the board has six officers (including two vice presidents and two co-secretaries).


IJEA OFFICERS

President
Brad Bennewitz, CJE
Galesburg High School
Email Address

Vice President for Membership
John Gonczy, CJE
Marist High School
Email Address

Vice President for Promotions
Dave Porreca, CJE
Elmwood Park Community Unit School District 401
Email Address

Co-Secretary
Amanda Bright, MJE
Eastern Illinois University
Email Address

Co-Secretary
Dr. Dan Kerns, CJE
Richwoods High School
Email Address

Treasurer
Katie Comeford Fernandez
Phoenix Military Academy
Email Address


IJEA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

REGION 1 — map 

Brad Bennewitz, CJE
Email Address
Galesburg High School
1135 W. Fremont St.
Galesburg, IL 61401 (Knox County)
Home: 858 Dudley St., Galesburg, IL 61401
Term expires 2019

Andrea Hart
Email Address
PORTA High School
17651 Bluejay Road
Petersburg, IL 62675 (Menard County)
Home: 17622 Shady Lane #6, Petersburg, IL 62675
Term expires 2020


REGION 2
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Dennis Brown
Email Address
Huntley High School
13719 Harmony Road
Huntley, IL 60142 (McHenry County)
Home: 16102 Peregrine Trail, Huntley, IL 60142
Term expires 2020

Kimberly Reese
Email Address
Kaneland High School
47W326 Keslinger Road
Maple Park, IL 60151 (Kane County)
Home: 36W785 Stonebridge Lane, St. Charles, IL 60175
Term expires 2019


REGION 3
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Kathy Abdul
Email Address
Morton West High School
2400 South Home Ave.
Berwyn, IL 60402 (Cook County)
Home: 1502 Stonegate Road, Lagrange Park, IL 60526
Term expires 2019

Katie Comeford
Email Address
Phoenix Military Academy
145 S. Campbell Ave.
Chicago, IL 60612 (Cook County)
Home: 2221 W. Belmont Ave. #204, Chicago, IL 60618
Term expires 2020


REGION 4
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Dr. Dan Kerns, CJE
Email Address
Richwoods High School
6301 N. University
Peoria, IL 61614-3499 (Peoria County)
Home: 1109 W. Moss Ave., Peoria, IL 61606
Term expires 2020

Jennifer Reiser, CJE
Email Address
Washington Community High School
115 Bondurant St.
Washington, IL 61571 (Tazewell County)
Home: 1343 Austin Ave., Washington, IL 61571
Term expires 2019


REGION 5
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Anne Scheli
Email Address
Schlarman Academy
2112 N. Vermilion
Danville, IL 61832 (Vermilion County)
Home: 45 Maywood Drive, Danville, IL 61832
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 High School
301 E. Columbia
Arthur, IL 61911 (Douglas County)
Home: 2419 CR 1200, Lovington, IL 61937
Term expires 2019


REGION 6
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Sarah Doerner (retired)
Email Address
Taught at: Du Quoin High School
500 E. South St.
Du Quoin, IL 62832 (Perry County)
Home: 229 N. Maple, DuQuoin, IL 62832
Term expires 2019

Trudy Hurd, CJE (retired)
Email Address
Taught at: Cisne High School
1476 U.S. Highway 45
Cisne, IL 62823 (Wayne County)
Home: 985 Bellflower Lane, Flora, IL 62839
Term expires 2020


AT LARGE

Greg Bilbrey, CJE (Region 6)
Email Address
Managing Editor
Robinson Daily News
302 S. Cross St.
Robinson, IL 62454 (Crawford County)
Home: 302 Loyland Drive, Robinson, IL 62454
Appointed term expires 2018

Amanda Bright, MJE (Region 5)
Email Address
IJEA Social Media Manager & Website Co-Director
Eastern Illinois University
Department of Journalism
2521 Buzzard Hall
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920 (Coles County)
Home: 703 Teresa Circle, Charleston, IL 61920
Appointed term expires 2018

Ken Erdey (Region 5)
Email Address
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
College of Media
119 Gregory Hall
810 S. Wright St.
Urbana, IL 61801 (Champaign County)
Home: 1604 S. Division St., C2, Mahomet, IL 61853
Appointed term expires 2018

John Gonczy, CJE (Region 3)
Email Address
Marist High School
4200 W. 115th St.
Chicago, IL 60655 (Cook County)
Home: 10029 S. Keeler Ave., Oak Lawn, IL 60453
Appointed term expires 2018

Linda Jones (Region 3)
Email Address
Roosevelt University
Dean of Undergraduate Studies
430 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605 (Cook County)
Home: 939 W. Gunnison #1E, Chicago, IL 60640
Appointed term expires 2018

Dave Porreca, CJE (Region 3)
Email Address
IJEA Website Co-Director
Elmwood Park Community Unit School District 401
8201 W. Fullerton Ave.
Elmwood Park, IL 60707 (Cook County)
Home: 1018 Division St., Oak Park, IL 60302
Appointed term expires 2018

Randy Swikle, CJE (retired) (Region 4)
Email Address
Taught at: Johnsburg High School
2002 W. Ringwood Road
Johnsburg, IL 60050 (McHenry County)
Home: 727 Mallard Way, Washington IL 61571
Appointed term expires 2018

Stan Zoller, MJE (Region 2)
Email Address
Lake Forest College
Department of Communication
555 N. Sheridan Road
Lake Forest, Il 60045 (Lake County)
Home: 1448 Camden, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
Appointed term expires 2018


EX OFFICIO

Brenda Field, MJE
National JEA State Director

Email Address
Glenbrook South High School
4000 W. Lake Ave.
Glenview, IL 60026 (Cook County)
Home: 2801 Prairie Road, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
Ex officio board term runs with office

Dr. Sally Renaud
Illinois JEA Executive Director

Email Address
Eastern Illinois University
Department of Journalism
2521 Buzzard Hall
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920 (Coles County)
Home: 713 Teresa Circle, Charleston, IL 61920
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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