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.
Clayton Cooper- Credit Analyst at First Mid Bank & Trust.
In May 2015, I received my Bachelor’s degree in Finance with a minor in Economics from Eastern Illinois University. I then continued at EIU and earned my Master of Business Administration in December 2016.
While in the MBA program at EIU, I was a summer intern at First Mid Bank & Trust in the Credit Administration department. After I graduated with my Master’s degree, I was offered to join the First Mid team in a Credit Analyst position, where I have been the past two years. As a Credit Analyst, my primary role is to underwrite commercial loan proposals and analyze businesses to identify strengths and weaknesses, and ultimately use that information to make credit decisions that benefit both the bank and the businesses we service.
As a 2011 graduate of Charleston High School and a young professional in Coles County, I think having an entrepreneurship course at the high school level is beneficial in introducing students to the local business environment. ClassE provides a great opportunity for students to learn the skills needed to become successful business owners, and I look forward to sharing with the students what I’ve learned through my education and experiences.
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.
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.
Currently Mattoon City Commissioner (9 Yrs.). Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm - Business Manager (6 Yrs.). Consolidated Communications - Executive Management (30 yrs.).
BS Accounting – SIU. MBA – SIU. Certified Public Accountant. I started in public accounting for international and regional firms for 5 years. I worked for CCI in business management including Director of Finance, VP Operations, Chief Operating Officer. With Tapella & Eberspacher I was the Business Manager responsible for the management of all administrative areas. My management experiences cover the areas of finance, marketing, IT services, HR, operations and facilities.
I was in the US Army active duty with a one year tour of duty in Vietnam.
I have been president of the Mattoon Red Cross, president and drive chairman of United Way, past member of Mattoon School Board for 11 years. I am currently heavily involved Mattoon in Motion. I have been elected as Mattoon City Commissioner for the last three terms. I am an active member of Mattoon Rotary club and have been for over 30 years. There are several other Mattoon activities I have been involved with over the years.
I have been very fortunate to have been associated with several successful business experiences. I think I will be able to help a person learn something from my experiences. I enjoy working with young adults who are starting their careers. I am a positive person who I think can help a new business leader.
Started with Sarah Bush Lincoln in 2006 in their Public Relations Department. After one year, she accepted her current position as Special Events Coordinator for SBL Health Foundation.
Prior to her transition to philanthropy, Kim worked as a free-lance graphic artist in and around the Decatur area. When her husband accepted a coaching position in Effingham, Kim went to work for what was then EagleSoft, now Patterson Dental Company. As Patterson grew, she moved into the Marketing Manager role where she stayed for six years. When their family moved to Mattoon, Kim’s free-lance artist experience and Marketing Manager position led to an offer as General Manager at Nichols Advertising Agency in Decatur, a position she held for four years and ultimately, introduced her to Sarah Bush Lincoln.
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