Business Advisory Board

The Eastern Illinois University School of Business Advisory Board serves in an advisory role to the Chair of the School of Business and as advocates of the School. The objectives of the Business Advisory Board are to:

  • Provide an interface between the School and business community
  • Provide advice and support to the Chair on a variety of issues related to the management and offerings of the School
  • Promote positive public relations for the School.

Member Biographies

 Matthew Allen


Matthew B. Allen, Vice President of Operations, Illinois Valley Glass, Peoria, IL

Matt is currently operating Illinois Valley Glass, which serves the residential, commercial, and industrial glass needs of the Peoria, Illinois region.

Matt serves on the Boards of various local and regional organizations including Family House, the Friends of Friedrichshafen, the Mt. Hawley Cemetery Association, and the Eastern Illinois University School of Business Advisory Board.

Matt has a Bachelors’ degree in Business from Eastern Illinois University and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. He and his wife, Breanna, have one son, William.


Andrew Brown, Chief Financial Officer, Chegg, Inc., Santa Clara, CA

Andrew Brown currently serves as Chief Financial Officer for Chegg, Inc., located in Santa Clara, California.  Prior to this position, he was Chief Financial Officer for Palm Inc., Pillar Data Systems Inc., and Legato Systems Inc.  He received his Bachelor's degree in Accounting from Eastern Illinois University. 

Steve Childers

Steve Childers, Chief Financial Officer, Consolidated Communications, Inc., Mattoon, Illinois

Steve Childers has a diversified background in accounting and a lengthy career with Consolidated Communications. He was named Chief Financial Officer in 2004, with responsibilities for all accounting, treasury, tax and regulatory functions at the company.  He joined the company in 1986 and was named CCI Director of Accounting in 1990. He also served as President of Consolidated Market Response during his tenure.  Steve served in a number of executive roles with McLeodUSA following the merger with CCI, most recently leading the company's Business Process Teams to implement revenue assurance processes and controls.

He served on the Board of Directors of the Eastern Illinois University Foundation and currently serves on the Board of the Illinois State Chamber of Commerce. Steve holds a B.S. in Business from Eastern Illinois University and is a Certified Public Accountant.


Brian Christensen, Senior Vice President and Chief Investment Officer, David Vaughan Investments, Inc., Peoria, IL

Brian holds a Bachelor of Science in Business from Eastern Illinois University and a Masters in Business Administration from Illinois State University. In addition, he holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. Brian joined David Vaughan Investments in September of 1993, where he is a principal of the firm, directs the investment management and research function as its Chief Investment Officer, and oversees the firm’s Florida division. Prior to joining DVI, Brian worked for Caterpillar Inc., where he held positions in Corporate Treasury, managing short-term foreign currency exposures and overseeing the management of Caterpillar’s pension assets. He also worked for Caterpillar Investment Management Ltd., where he helped create the Preferred Group family of mutual funds and also managed a small cap equity and U.S. government securities portfolio.

Brian and his wife Beckie, also an EIU alum, reside in Metamora with two teenage children. When not busy at DVI and supporting the Metamora Athletic Boosters, Brian enjoys hunting, fishing, cooking, and following his children’s many activities.

 David Doedtman

David Doedtman, President & CEO, Washington Savings Bank, Effingham, IL

Dave has served as President and CEO of Washington Savings Bank since January 2014.  He joined the bank in 2009 as Chief Financial Officer.  Prior to joining Washington Savings Bank, David spent seventeen years in various corporate accounting and finance rolls.  He graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 1990 with a B.A. in English and from Indiana University in 1992 with an M.B.A.  He also graduated with honors from the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado and is a registered Certified Public Accountant in the State of Illinois.

Dave and his wife, Ann, live in Effingham, IL with their three boys.  He serves on the Illinois Banker’s Association Finance and Investment Committee, is Chief Counselor for the Columbian Squires youth organization, is actively involved in coaching youth sports and volunteers with other organizations in support of the local schools.

In his free time Dave enjoys fitness, golfing and spending time with his family.

 Randal S. Flesch

Randal S. Flesch, Brand Eastern District Manager, Marathon Petroleum Corporation, Columbus, OH

Randal has over 26 years of experience with Marathon Petroleum Corporation.  He has held a variety of financial and operational positions with experience in finance, accounting, marketing, logistics and business development with increasing levels of responsibility throughout his career.  In his current capacity as Brand Eastern District Manager he has leadership responsibilities for marketing operations in U.S. Midwest. 

Originally heralded from Oconee, IL, Randal  is a 1984 graduate of Pana High School and a 1988 graduate from EIU with a B.S. in Accounting degree.  He has resided in Findlay, OH (twice), Canton, MI and currently Columbus, OH.  He is involved in various community and volunteer work including serving as a board member of Marathon Tri-State Giving Committee and the KY Petroleum Marketers Association (KPMA).  He has volunteered at various United Way agencies and the Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio.   Randal has been married 26 years to wife, Sandi and they have two sons. 

Troy Frerichs

Troy Frerichs, Director, Investments-Wealth Management, COUNTRY Financial, Bloomington, IL

 Troy joined COUNTRY Financial in 2007 as an Investment Officer at COUNTRY Trust Bank.  He was promoted to his current position in 2013.  In his role, Troy leads the Wealth Management team that manages and administers investment portfolios for COUNTRY Financial clients.  Troy also serves as the Healthcare equity analyst for the firms stock selection committee.  Prior to joining COUNTRY Financial, Troy held roles as a financial analyst at Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc. and associate equity analyst at A.G. Edwards and Sons, Inc., both in St. Louis, MO.    Troy received his B.S. in Finance in 1999 from Eastern Illinois University.  He also holds a Master’s of Science in Finance (MSF) from Saint Louis University.  He has earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.


Stephen A. Gosselin, Vice President of Customer Services Support Division, Caterpillar, Inc., Peoria, IL

Steve Gosselin is vice president of the Customer Services Support Division at Caterpillar Inc. in Peoria, Illinois. He has responsibility for growing Caterpillar's aftermarket parts and services business. The division includes aftermarket parts and service marketing; dealer rental / used business development; dealer operational capability development and deployment support; global brand management; enterprise eChannel support; parts, service, marketing and technical publications; select global services; and the global on-highway truck business.

Since joining Caterpillar in 1979, Gosselin has held numerous positions in product support, machine, and engine businesses. In 1994, he was named area manager, based in London, responsible for the machinery business in the Northwest quadrant of Europe.  From 1998 to 2000, Gosselin served as the North American distribution manager for the Engine Products Division. He was named regional manager for the North American Commercial Division (NACD) in 2000. In 2002, he was named a vice president with responsibility for NACD with accountability for the company's North American dealer development and machine marketing. From 2006 to 2010, he served as President of Solar Turbines Incorporated, a wholly owned subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc. In June 2010, he assumed his current position within Caterpillar Customer and Dealer Support.

Gosselin, a native of Aurora, Illinois, graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 1979 with a bachelor's degree in finance. He was named a Distinguished Alumnus in 2003, and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Public Service by EIU in 2011. The EIU chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, the International Business Honor Society also recognized him as its 2011 Chapter Honoree. Gosselin also completed the Northwestern University Kellogg Advanced Executive Program.

Until his recent return to Peoria in 2010, he was a board member for The United States Energy Association, the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation, the United Way of San Diego County, and the San Diego Center for Children. He also recently completed two terms as a board member of Eastern Illinois University’s Alumni Association. He and his wife Bonnie are currently Vice Chairs for the Heart of Illinois United Way and responsible for the 2012 HOIUW campaign.

Jim Hinze, Senior Business Development Manager, Constellation NewEnergy

Jim is a proud graduate of Eastern Illinois University with the following degrees: Bachelor of Science in Business (Marketing), Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and a Master of Science in Education (Student Personnel Work).  He joined Constellation NewEnergy in March of 2003, and he is responsible for developing business opportunities with large commercial and industrial customers. Jim specializes in the Ameren Market for both Electric and Natural Gas issues. He helps a diverse customer base manage their energy risk, ranging from school districts and hospitals to various-sized commercial and industrial entities Jim has been in the top 10% of sales for the last 4 years and was a President's Club winner in 2010. Prior to joining Constellation, Jim worked for eight years with other energy companies on the deregulated side of the industry.




P. David Kuhl, Chairman, President, and CEO, Freestar Bank, Pontiac, IL

Dave Kuhl currently serves as Chairman, President and CEO of Freestar Bank headquartered in Pontiac, Illinois. He has held this position since April 2009.   Prior to that, he served as Chairman of the Board of Freestar Bank from September 2007 to April 2009.  Before joining Freestar, Dave’s banking career was associated with the Busey Organization, where he held numerous positions with Busey Bank headquartered in Urbana, Illinois.

In June of 2011, he was named the Illinois Banker of the Year by the Illinois Bankers Association, the highest honor the IBA can bestow on an Illinois Banker. Dave has also been very active in the Illinois Bankers Association having served on their Board for six years. He served as Chairman of the Illinois Bankers Association in 2007-2008, and he currently serves as a member of their Strategic Planning Committee. He also is a member of the American Bankers Association’s Government Relations Administrative Council.


Richard Lumpkin, Chairman, Consolidated Communications, Mattoon, IL

Mr. Lumpkin earned his undergraduate degree at Yale University and his MBA from Harvard Business School. He has a lifelong involvement with the telephone industry in central Illinois. He was also the first chair of the Dean's Advisory Board. The local chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma inducted him as an Honorary Member in 1994, and in 1995, he received the Beta Gamma Sigma Entrepreneur of the Year Award.  Mr. Lumpkin is a strong supporter of EIU and the Charleston community. 

 DeAnn McClain

DeAnn McClain, Executive Vice President of Operations, Heartland Dental, Effingham, IL

DeAnn McClain is the Executive Vice President of Operations at Heartland Dental, the largest dental support organization in the U.S. Heartland Dental offers non-clinical administrative services to over 625 supported dental offices in 28 states. To this position, she brings more than 18 years of combined financial and operational experience in the dental support industry.

Ms. McClain first joined Heartland Dental in June of 1996, becoming part of the accounting team. She later advanced to Accounts Receivable Manager, then Director of Client Services, where she worked directly with the client administrator and insurance & receivables leaders to support doctors, team members and field administrators directly with all facets of office operation. In addition, she spearheaded Heartland Dental’s transition team. Serving a very important role within the organization, this team helps integrate newly supported offices into Heartland Dental and its operational, field and Home Office support teams. This ensures new offices receive the high level of support they need right from the start. She was also instrumental in developing and implementing Heartland Dental’s internal measuring systems, known as MAPS. These systems are vital to helping supported offices determine their strengths, weaknesses and opportunities to advance themselves. 


Carl Mito, Managing Director, Oppenheimer & Company, Chicago, IL

Mr. Carl Mito graduated from the EIU School of Business with an undergraduate degree in Finance. He currently serves on the EIU Steering Committee for the Capital Campaign and the Board of the Cancer Wellness Center in Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Mito has previously served on the School of Business Advisory Board from 2002 to 2008.


Bill Skeens, President & Founder, Prairie City Bakery, Vernon Hills, IL

Bill Skeens received his B.S. in Business/Marketing in 1977 from Eastern Illinois University. He started his first company called Skeens Enterprises while a student/RA in Thomas Hall at Eastern Illinois University. He bought and sold peanuts, popcorn, taffy apples and foosball tables to the residence halls and fraternities, along with providing concessions at movies/homecoming parades, etc.   Bill was also a founding member and first captain of the Eastern Illinois University Ice Hockey Team. While at Eastern, he was recognized as a member of the National Residence Hall Honorary.

After graduation, he started his career with Sara Lee Bakery and over the next 16 years worked in various sales and marketing jobs including, Director of Food Service Sales and Director of Merchandising and Field Sales Marketing. In 1983, while living in Houston, Texas he was awarded their National Sales Person of the Year.

In 1994, he left Sara Lee and founded Prairie City Bakery with the first product called “Muffin Tops”.  Prairie City Bakery currently sells cookies, danish, muffins, cinnamon rolls, brownies and more worldwide to the food service, convenience stores and drug chain markets.   They are the “Official Cookie of the Chicago Cubs,” and they sell their bakery goods in approximately 20,000 locations.   In December 2010, their "Down Home Cookies" were the Rachael Ray “Snack of the Day”. They have won many awards for their products including Best New Item of the Year on their Big Cinnamon Rolls and Big 'n Fudgy Brownies.   They were also named to the INC Magazine, INC 500/5000 for fastest growing companies in America in 2000, 2008, and 2009.   Bill and his TEAM have built Prairie City Bakery from a “bootstrapped start-up” to a company with over $20,000,000 in annual sales.

Bill has a passion for working with Entrepreneurial students that are interested in someday starting their own businesses.   He speaks regularly to Business/Entrepreneur students at University of Wisconsin-Madison, Augustana College and Eastern Illinois University on “Starting a Business and the Lessons Learned Along the Way.”


Matthew Smith, Corporate Treasurer and Director of Investor Relations, Consolidated Communications, Mattoon, IL

Matt received his Bachelor's degree in Finance and MBA from Eastern Illinois University. He also holds a Graduate Certificate in Accounting from DeVry University. Matt joined Consolidated Communications in July of 1997 and has held various positions, including General Manager and Director of Revenue Operations. In his current role as Corporate Treasurer and Director of Investor Relations, he has responsibility for SEC external reporting, cash and debt management, interest rate hedging, pension asset management, budgeting, M&A, insurance, accounts payable and equity and debt investor communications.

Prior to joining Consolidated Communications, Matt worked in banking and as a financial advisor holding all the necessary licenses for investing and insurance.

Matt has volunteered with many community activities including serving on the Board of the Mattoon YMCA, the Salvation Army, the local Pheasants Forever Chapter, youth baseball, and Special Olympics. He enjoys hunting, reading, and spending time with his family.

Timothy Streid

Timothy J. Streid, C.P.A., C.L.U., President, Wealth Designs and Macro Wealth Management, Peoria, IL

Timothy J. Streid is president of Wealth Designs and Macro Wealth Management. Mr. Streid has been actively involved in the financial services industry for more than 25 years. In 1994, he founded his own financial services company, Wealth Designs, where he uses his expertise in wealth building to assist a wide range of clients in achieving financial success. Subsequently in 2007, Mr. Streid completed the requirements to become a registered investment advisor and co-founded the firm Macro Wealth Management as well. 

Mr. Streid specializes in working with individuals to accumulate, preserve and enjoy their wealth using a verifiable process that focuses on financial strategies and not individual products. In the client process, customized strategies are developed according to a client’s personal wants and desires, utilizing an economic model and a disciplined academic approach to passive money management. Mr. Streid’s unique methodology provides his clients with peace-of-mind in the ever changing financial world.

Krupal Swami

Krupal Swami, Director, Systems Department, State Farm Insurance Companies, Bloomington, Illinois

Krupal Swami is a Director in State Farm Insurance Companies’ Systems Department, with accountability for enabling the services around the people, processes, and tools necessary to execute Systems Department Workforce Strategies. Prior to joining State Farm, Krupal spent more than 13 years in IT Consulting for Fortune 500 Insurance and Financial Services companies.

An Illinois native, Krupal received two bachelor’s degrees from Eastern Illinois University (Business Education and Administrative Information Systems with a French Minor) and joint MBAs from UCLA Anderson’s School of Management and the National University of Singapore’s Business School. She holds Chartered Financial Consultant and Chartered Life Underwriter designations through the American College. She is also PMP certified through the Project Management Institute and CSQA and CSTE certified through the Quality Assurance Institute.

 Ronald Tsoumas


Ronald L.G. Tsoumas, Corporate Controller, Treasurer and Executive Officer, Methode Electronics, Inc., Chicago, IL

Since 2007, Ron has been the Corporate Controller, Treasurer and Executive Officer at Methode Electronics, Inc., a publicly traded (NYSE: MEI) Chicago-based global manufacturer of engineered sub-system devices serving the automotive, aerospace, construction, communications, consumer, networking and transportation industries. Methode has manufacturing, design and testing facilities in China, Egypt, Germany, India, Italy, Malta, Mexico, the Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.

For two consecutive years, Methode has been recognized by Forbes as one of the "100 Most Trustworthy Companies" in America, having consistently demonstrated transparent and conservative accounting practices and solid corporate governance and management. Methode currently has annual sales in the $775 million range and expects to continue on its significant growth curve.

Ron, an EIU graduate who majored in accounting and finance, is responsible for Methode's US GAAP and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, global treasury, foreign exchange, taxation, tax planning, transfer pricing, insurance and risk management, information technology and other finance-related areas. Ron is heavily engaged with the relationship management with Methode's independent auditors and the financial reporting process. Also, Ron is involved with acquisitions, due-diligence, purchase accounting, independent valuations, investor road-shows and other various finance-related matters, especially at the Methode's international locations.

Prior to assuming his current role in 2007, Ron was the Assistant Corporate Controller of Methode since 1998. Prior to that role, Ron acquired significant financial experience at the business unit controller level, which included responsibility for all financial accounting and other areas of responsibility, including product pricing, materials management and contract negotiations.

Ron is a Certified Public Accountant and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Ron, his wife (also an EIU graduate) and two daughters live in Arlington Heights, Illinois.