Owner/GM of Pro-Mow Lawn Care
1610 Redbud Rd
PO Box 405
Charleston, IL 61920
I have wored at Pro-Mow since 2001. I started as a crew tech and worked my way up to account manager, general manager, and in 2012 I becam the owner.
I have an associates in biology and enjoy coaching tball teams. I decided to be a CassE mentor because I enjoy helping young people become business owners.
Craig Cunningham, CFP®, is a financial advisor with Wells Fargo Advisors in Charleston, Illinois. Through planning and making investment recommendations, he helps clients meet their financial goals. Prior to working in the financial world, Craig practiced law. He worked in the litigation department of a large law firm in Indianapolis and also clerked for a federal judge. Craig is a graduate of DePauw University, where he majored in economics. He is also a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law. He and his wife, Rachel, live in Charleston with their 2-year-old son, Griffin and newborn son Max.
I am the owner of Painted Properties, LLP, a home renovation and redesign company and new owner of Painted Properties Realty Co. Prior to forming my own company I worked as a real estate agent and did residential redesign. Painted Properties combines the passions for both. Additionally I hold a double major master’s degree in community health nursing and was previously an adult nurse practitioner. I currently hold two active licenses in Illinois: registered nurse and managing broker in real estate.
I was born and raised in Waterloo, Iowa. After high school I attended the University of Northern Iowa. I then moved to Des Moines, Iowa where I started out in sales with a mattress company. Three months later I was promoted to manager and relocated to Topeka, Kansas to open a new store.
Topeka was where I met my wife Samantha and we had our oldest son Blake. We moved back to Des Moines after a promotion. I then went into partnership with the company owner, opening two mattress stores in the Ft. Lauderdale area. After two years I separated ways with my partner and moved back to Waterloo. This is where I started my career at Slumberland Furniture as a salesperson. One year later I moved back to Des Moines to work at another Slumberland store. Here I got into management, and had our second son Brenton. Five years later we were transferred to Wichita Kansas to open two new stores. I was promoted to G.M. of the Wichita market. We lived in the Wichita area for seven years before we jumped into the Mattoon franchise opportunity. We opened our store in June of 2012.
I have a passion for getting involved in the community. I currently hold the position of President of the Mattoon Chamber of Commerce, Vice President of the Mattoon Rotary Club, and President of the Slumberland Franchise Advisory Council. I also am on the boards of the Mattoon YMCA and Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Foundation.
I reside in Mattoon with my wife, son, mother in law, and two dogs.
City of Mattoon
208 N. 19th Street
I am the City Administrator for the City of Mattoon. I was born and raised in Mattoon and a 1993 Graduate of Mattoon High School. I have an Associate Degree in Science from Lake Land College and have taken technological courses at University of Wisconsin.
I have been employed full-time with the City of Mattoon since 1996. I started with the City as a residential construction inspection, and was promoted to community development coordinator and now City Administrator.
I am married and have two daughters that like to keep us all busy. I enjoy the outdoors, coaching, watching sports and volunteering for community projects. I have enjoyed helping college interns with government class projects, and feel mentoring local students, interested in business entrepreneurships, will be beneficial to the students as well as the community.
West & Compay, LLC
613 Broadway, Mattoon
I received my Bachelor's and Masters from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville with an Accounting major. I have nine years as a public accountant.
I'm currently involved on the ClassE Board, Mattoon Emerging Leaders board, Mattoon Area Community Foundation board, and previously coached youth sports.
I chose to become a mentor to help students. I thought it would be a good learning experience for both the students and myself.
Susan Hanfland, Owner of SCH Consulting, has taught groups of many generations how to communicate more effectively and receive the results you want to achieve. She has a bachelor’s degree education from Bradley University and Masters in education administration from Eastern Illinois University. Her experience is primarily in education, directly the Eastern Illinois Education for Employment Systems and building collaborations between business and education. Her interest in brain research and how the brain works have led to additional training focused on how we can use research findings to enhance learning and personal development.
In 1954, the first Jack and Bill's store was opened in Canton, Illinois by Jack Walker and Bill Ritchey. Steve Hardin, the current store's owner, began working for Jack and Bill at the age of 14. After school, Steve, along with Jack and Bill, opened the Mattoon store and Steve has been managing it ever since. In 1977, Steve and his wife Carolyn bought out the other partners to gain sole ownership, but kept the name because of its reputation for fine quality men's clothing. Steve is constantly learning and perfecting his skills as a tailor and owner to deliver top brands and unique menswear to Central Illinois.
Gilbert, Metzger & Madigan, LLP
6029 Park Drive
Charleston, IL 61920
BS in Business from Eastern Illinois University
Majored in Accounting and Computer Management
I am a partner in the local public accounting firm of Gilbert, Metzger & Madigan. I joined the firm in December 1980 after graduating from EIU and made partner in 1988. I provide tax return preparation services for individuals and corporations. In addition, I work on tax returns for estates, trusts and not-for-profit organizations. We provide audit services for local governments and not-for-profit organizations. We also provide estate and retirement planning and other advisory services for a diverse client base.
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I believe that the youth of our community are the future of our community. I enjoy helping to develop our future leaders and business men and women. I hope I am able to help a student to grow their skill sets and confidence that they will need for college and the business world. This is a way to give back to the community that provided me with so many opportunities.
My name is Megan McElwee and I work for First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust in Mattoon as a Credit Analyst. Prior to my current position, I worked at First Mid’s Charleston location as a Commercial & Agricultural Loan Officer.
I am 28 years old and was recently married on September 5, 2015 (my maiden name is Megan Swango). I was born and raised in Charleston and graduated from CHS in 2005. While at CHS, I played soccer and was on the swim team. I attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and received my Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Finance in 2009. After graduating from the U of I, I took an accounting position at Monsanto Company, an agricultural biotechnology company in St. Louis, for two years before moving back to Charleston and beginning my now four year career at First Mid. In addition to my position at First Mid, I am now in my first semester as a graduate student Eastern Illinois University studying to obtain my Masters of Business Administration Degree.
I love being a part of the Mattoon/Charleston communities and I try to volunteer my time and skills in any way that I can. I am on the Charleston Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, currently serving as Treasurer. I am also the Treasurer for the Coles County Farm Bureau Young Leaders. Through First Mid, I have been a volunteer at the Special Olympics Family Festival in Mattoon for the past three years as a game leader. I am also on the Sarah Bush Festival of Trees committee, which is an annual event that raises funds for the hospital’s Cancer Center.
Having been born and raised on a family farm, I developed a love for agriculture at an early age and enjoy using my farming background to work with local farmers who are customers of First Mid. My husband, Cole, and I live on a farm outside of Charleston with our dog, an American bulldog named “Swagger.” We are working to build up our own small farming operation in the hopes of growing it to eventually pass along to our own children someday. We love being active and doing anything outdoors. I am a member of the Mattoon YMCA and enjoy competing in 5K races as well as riding my bicycle.
I am very excited to be a mentor with ClassE and can’t wait to meet the students!
I am a Financial Advisor for Wells Fargo Advisors in Charleston. I graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Economics and Communications. My business experience includes being the Men's Team Competitive Gymnastic Coach at the Champaign County YMCA. I was also the manager of Wireless Mike's in Champaign. I am a member of the Mattoon Lions Club, Greater Champaign County AMBUCS member, and I volunteer with YPCU (Young Professionals of Champaign/Urbana).
While growing up I had several people that I really looked up to and tried to emulate. They helped shape my work ethic and how I viewed the world. They provided me with knowledge and skills that guided me to success. I am excited for the chance to be someone else's role model and share my exsperiences and advice with other young, intelligent, driven individuals.
My name is Jill Nilsen and I recently retired as the Vice President of Eastern Illinois Univeristy. I attained my B.S., M.S. from EIU and my Ph.D. from Univeristy of Illinois. My business experience includes being in charge of 75 employees and a budet of $4 million as Vice President of EIU. I'm currently a consultant for Dau Consulting in Charleston. I've been involved on the CASA Board, CCAR board, EIUAA board, Hospice volunteer, a member of Charleston Zoning board, and a member of PEO. I enjoy working with young people and know I will learn a lot from my mentee!
My name is Terry Reel. I’ve lived in Mattoon for all but the first three years of my life and therefor consider myself basically a “lifelong resident”. I attended Mattoon High School graduating in 1974 and then received a business degree from Eastern Illinois University with a major in accounting.
After graduating, I went to work for what was known at the time as Mattoon Federal Savings and Loan Association as a mortgage loan officer. I continued working for them until the mid-80’s when they approached me about working for a new title company that they were beginning, called Landmark Title Company. I eventually became the manager of that business and stayed there until I decided to accept employment in 1990 with First Federal Savings and Loan of Mattoon, getting back into the mortgage lending area. First Federal merged with Washington Savings Bank in 2015 and my title is now Vice President, Director of operations.
I still live in Mattoon with my wife, Cindy, a former first grade teacher in the Mattoon school system. Our two children have followed their mother into the teaching world, as Lindsey teaches third grade in Mattoon and Dillon teaches and coaches in the small town of Earlville. This will be my fifth year as a ClassE mentor
Smith Social Marketing
Owner/Social Media Manager
I received my Bachelor's Degree in Marketing and Advertising in Marketing and Advertising from Wayne State College in Nebraska in 2009.
I have over nine years of marketing experience working for a range of small and large businesses. I started Smith Social Marketing in January of 2017 providing social media marketing and website design services for small businesses and nonprofits in many different industries.
I'm currently involved on the EIU Panther Club board volunteering on the Spring Fling committee and managing social media and player development for EIU Football. I also volunteer with my church at the Field's Church in Mattoon and Coles County 100 Women Who Care. I enjoy traveling, hiking the local trails with my Husky, and watching my husband coach at EIU football games.
I chose to become a ClassE mentor to give the students insight on what it's like to be a young professional working with a wide array of business owners. Hopefully I can help their small businesses with marketing ideas. I'm looking forward to learning from the students as well.
Bike & Hike
Charleston and Effingham
I received my Master of Arts in Speech Communication and Organization and Interpersonal Concentration in 2000 and my Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication in 1992.
I've created two successful bicycle sales and service retail operations and have twenty-two years of retail experience.
Community activites I'm involved in include Lake and College instructor, Faculty Association President (2014-15), and Immanuel Lutheran Board of Directors - Chair (2012-14).
I chose to become a mentor because Tennyson said, "How dull it is to pause, to rust unburnished, not to shine in use!" This comment speaks to the idea of generativity. I've also heard it said that for most of us, we'll be forgotten in two generations - if we're lucky. This comment tells us that we better make it count while we're here and pass it on. I had several strong mentors growing up and throughout my adult life. It is my hope that I can offer a new rising star that same guidance that was afforded me.