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.
My name is Dan Enge and I am a senior accountant for Gilber, Metzger, & Madigan, LLP in Charleston. I graduated from Eastern Illinois Univeristy with a B.S. in Business - Accounting and Management. I began working with my current employer in 2013. My ares of specialty include audits of local govrernemnts and nonprofits, and tax preperation for individuals and small business.
My community activities include presenting for the CHOICES program at both Charleston and Mattoon High Schools. I occassionally volunteer with EIU swim team to assist at various swim meets.
I chose to be a mentor because to share my experience in a way that can help a mentee develop their professional, leadership, and other entrepreneurial skills.
I am the President/Owner of Inyart Tire and Auto Center in Matoon and Charleston. I attended Charleston High School and Lake Land College majoring in automotive. I'vre worked as an auto tech from 1980-85, service manager 1985-90, and was self employed 1990-2016 in auto repair. I've been involved in Jaycees as the past president, fire volunteer for 19 years, and was City of Charleston Mayor from 2005-2013. I chose to be a mentor brecause I love the program and want to help.
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 Advisorfor Wells Farg Advisors in Charleston. I graduated from University of Illinois with a degree in Economics and Communications. My business experience includes breing the Men's Team Competitive Gymnastic Coach at the Champaign County YMCA. I was also the manager of Wirless Mike's in Champaign. I am a member of th 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 has recently merged with Washington Savings Bank 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. We have two children, one of which is also now a teacher in the Mattoon school system teaching third grade. Our son is currently a senior at Greenville College studying to also get into the education field. This will be my third year as a ClassE mentor
Vice President of Human Resources
Ryan Whitlock is Vice President of Human Resources at Consolidated Communications, Inc. (CCI). Since joining the company in 1995, he has held positions in facilities, customer service, project management, repair and dispatch, field operations and sales management.
He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and an MBA from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois. Mr. Whitlock is a regular speaker at his alma mater, sharing information with students on various human resources topics such as labor negotiations and leadership in a union environment.
Mr. Whitlock is a former board member of the Mattoon Area Chamber of Commerce and the East Central Illinois Development Corporation and currently serves as a board member of the Local Workforce Development Board, Local Area 23.