Board of Directors
Meet the Board of Directors
- Executive Committee
- Members At-Large
- Ex-Officio Directors
President. Class of '97. Associate Provost, Curriculum and Experiential Learning, Lindenwood University, St. Louis, MO.
Molly is the Associate Provost of Curriculum and Experiential Learning at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO. She has been at the institution since 2003 as a faculty member within the Plaster School of Business & Entrepreneurship, and Department Chair of Sport Management. Prior to assuming the Associate Provost role in July 2018, Hudgins was serving as the Associate Dean of the School of Business. She also chairs the President’s Athletic Advisory Committee. Hudgins, who earned a master’s degree at Florida State University and a Juris Doctorate (JD) at the University of Tennessee, was a member of the SIU golf team from 1992-97, and was honored by the Missouri Valley Conference for both athletic and academic success. She resides in St. Louis, MO.
Immediate Past President. Class of '83, '85. Language Services, LLC, Orland Park, IL
Rick Wysocki is a two-degree SIU graduate, who for the past 23 years has served as CEO of Language Services LLC, a full-service translation firm specializing in international translation used to create authentic communications for global industries. A native of the Jersey shore, Wysocki was a four-year letterman on the SIU baseball team from 1980 to 1983, and his wife, Karen, was a Saluki Shaker. Rick was a graduate assistant at the SIU Student Recreation Center and a member of Eta Sigma Gamma national health honorary. He is actively involved with the SIU Chicagoland Golf Outing, served on the Distinguished Alumni selection committee, and was also on the baseball alumni committee to renovate Abe Martin Field. Rick and Karen have two daughters, the youngest graduated from SIU in May 2018. His wife Karen is an SIU graduate Class of '83.
President-Elect. Class of '84, '85. Senior Analytical Chemist, Archer Daniels Midland Co., Forsyth, IL
Mike Blumhorst received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Plant & Soil Science from SIU and went on to complete his Ph.D. in Agronomy at North Carolina State University. Mike has served as Senior Analytical Chemist at ADM Research in Decatur, IL since 2001 specializing in the area of liquid chromatography—mass spectrometry (LC-MS). Mike is a member of the American Chemical Society and American Society of Mass Spectrometry and has served as President of the Central Illinois Chapter of the SIU Alumni Association. Mike attended Okawville High School and was a four-year letterman on the SIU baseball team from 1981 to 1984. Mike and his wife, Pam (Health Care Management ’89), have two daughters. Their oldest daughter, Lauren, also graduated from SIU and played volleyball for the Salukis. His wife Pam is an SIU graduate, Class of '89
Vice President. Class of ’89. New Business Development Manager, GHE Enterprises, Chicago, IL
Gary Heflin, the business development manager for GHE Enterprises, has been actively involved with his alma mater since graduating. Heflin, who coordinated the SIU Black Affairs Council while a student at SIU, has been one of the leaders in the SIU Black Alumni Group (BAG), and served as the organization’s treasurer from 2009 to 2011. Professionally he has experience in sales and managerial duties with companies such as Coca-Cola USA, Quaker Oats, Barton Beers, Gallo Wine, and Sara Lee.
Vice President. Class of '85, '19. Chicago, IL
Scott founded Marketing Werks, Inc. in 1987 with his sister, Julie Guida ’79. The University laid a solid foundation for them, as each served stints in the position of Promotions Director for the SIU Arena. Prior to selling the $100 million independent experiential marketing agency in 2014, the firm employed a staff of more than 200 in its Chicago headquarters and Los Angeles and New York offices, plus more than 3,000 proven brand ambassadors throughout the United States. Clients included such valued brands as Verizon, PlayStation, Walgreens, Hershey, LEGO, Bridgestone, and United Health Care. Currently, Scott is principal at AKA Partners, a marketing communications firm in Chicago.
Secretary. Class of '61. Retired, Carbondale, IL
Dorothy (Dede) Lingle Ittner, of Carbondale, provided adult literacy instruction and learning style assessment in the John A. Logan College Adult Education program before her retirement several years ago. Five generations of her family have attended Southern Illinois University. Her father was long-time SIU coach "Doc" Lingle. She earned her bachelor's degree in education in 1961. Dede and her husband, Bill, graduated in 1961. Their daughters are "Southern Alums". Both daughters and their son are Association Life members. Dede takes joy in sharing her love of family and SIU history with her seven grandchildren. She has served as a Carbondale Preservation Commissioner for well over a decade. She is creator and facilitator of an ongoing Carbondale oral history Project which is available on-line at Morris Library. The project is entitled “Carbondale Remembered”. Presently, her efforts are being directed at securing the Association’s materials covering our 120 year history in Special Collections at Morris Library. She truly believes: Once a Saluki, always a Saluki.
Treasurer. Class of '84, '98. Corp. Director of Finance, Southern Illinois Healthcare, Carbondale, IL
Greg Wright, Corporate Director of Finance at Southern Illinois Healthcare in Carbondale, is the Treasurer for the SIU Alumni Association’s National Board. He has served in volunteer leadership roles in various organizations, including President of the Southern Illinois Chapter of Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), of which he is currently Treasurer, and in financial management offices associated with the Knights of Columbus for several years. He is certified as a Fellow of HFMA. Greg and his wife, Anna, are life members of the SIU Alumni Association and they currently reside in Marion. They have one son, a Forestry major attending SIUC, one daughter, and one grandchild.
Class of '81. Walker-Smith Consultants, Oak Park, IL
Elizabeth (Liz) Walker Smith is employed by MarketStar as a Channel Partner Manager supporting Avaya Mid-Market Partners in Customer and Team Engagement Solutions in the telephony environment. She is also the Owner of Walker Smith Consultants, LLC. Liz specializes in transformational leadership solutions which is the bridge between training and results. Walker Smith Consultants offers a comprehensive range of learning and development capabilities to clients, delivering improved business performance. Prior to Walker Smith Consultants, Liz enjoyed a successful career with Xerox Corporation where she specialized in sales, learning and development and program management. The Rockford Illinois native graduated from SIUC in 1981 with a degree in Speech Communications. She focuses on community service in the areas of educational and economic development, physical and mental health as well as political and international awareness and involvement. She is a lifetime member of the SIU Alumni Association and a past president of the Black Alumni Group. As BAG president she was able to lead efforts to raise funds and formally establish a scholarship committee to distribute scholarships and book awards to SIU students. Liz is married and has three daughters. She resides in Oak Park Illinois.
Class of '87. Dir. Global Vendor Management and Contracts, Symphony Clinical Research, Twin Lakes, WI
Laura graduated from the School of Agriculture with a Bachelor of Science degree in Food and Nutrition in 1987. She worked in the restaurant industry as a general manager and multi unit general manager for 23 years in the business and industry sector. She returned to school in 2010 and earned her Paralegal Certification and is currently working as the Director of Global Vendor Management and Contracts for Symphony Clinical Research in Vernon Hills, IL.
Symphony is the global leader in providing in-home services for clinical trials. Laura's responsibilities include drafting the contracts with the pharmaceutical companies conducting the clinical trials and also the global vendors who perform the in- home services for the clinical trials. Laura and her husband, Matt (Class of 1989) reside in Grayslake and are active in the Chicago chapter of the alumni association as well as life members of the association.
Legal Counsel, Attorney at Law, Gilbert, Huffman, Prosser, Hewson & Barke, LTD., Carbondale, IL