Meet the Foundation Board of Directors 2015-2016


Judy Ethell, President - Town and Country, Missouri

Judy Ethell PresidentJudy is a graduate of EIU where she received her B.S. in Business Accounting with honors. She is an Operating Consultant for Thompson Street Capital Partners, a firm which manages over $445 million of private equity, investing in middle market companies. Previously, Judy served as the CFO/CAO of BearingPoint, Inc., a $3.5 billion services organization headquartered in McLean, Virginia, with activities in over 60 countries where she was responsible for the global finance functions (900 people) including; tax, treasury, international controller, corporate controller, shared services, finance transformation, SOX, SEC and financial reporting and analysis, business financial reporting, government contractor reporting, analyst and investor presentations, and rating agency contacts. During her tenure at BearingPoint, she restructured the entire global finance and accounting group and developed a long-term plan to significantly reduce costs via centralization of functions; revamped the financial closing process; was the steering committee chair for ERP systems implementation; managed tax authority negotiations; monitored SOX reporting and compliance process; met and discussed with SEC personnel the company’s late filer status and had frequent interaction with Board of Directors and Audit Committee.

 Judy started her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP where she served as Tax Partner in Charge for the St. Louis office and managed global tax relationships for several Fortune 500 companies (consumer products, services and financial services) including SEC/PCAOB/FAS 109 requirements, audit committee pre-approval process, and advised on financial statement reporting and disclosure. She also managed international tax and treasury restructurings focused to reduce effective tax rate and cash taxes. Judy has actively supported EIU as a member on the President’s Capital Campaign Steering Committee and Treasurer of the Accountancy Advisory Board. She serves on the Board of the Alpha Phi Foundation and engages in numerous other volunteer activities. She is serving her fifth year on the Foundation Board of Directors and currently serves as President. She formerly served as Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary. She has also served on the Finance/Audit, Investment, and Oversight & Outreach committees   In addition, Judy has been awarded a Bronze, Silver and Gold Medal by the United States Dressage Federation for her equestrian accomplishments.


H. Mike Finkle, Vice President - Marco Island, Florida

Mike Finkle Vice President
Mike received a B.S. in Business Administration from EIU in 1962. He completed the Wharton School Senior Account Executive certificate program and The American College Estate Planning for Professionals program in 1998. He retired from Raymond James & Associates in 2014 after a 47-year career as financial advisor. He was cited as one of the nation's top financial advisors by three separate trade publications during his career as an advisor. He is currently the Managing Director and general partner of HMF Global Macro Partners, LLP.

Michael has a long history of leadership in various community service organizations; serving twice as President for the Danville District 118 School Board, Board Chair for the Danville Convention & Visitors Bureau Board and Chair for the UnitedSamaritian Medical Center Divisional Board. He is also a member of the President's Council of the University of Illinois. In 1986 he was named the outstanding Alumnus by EIU Lumpkin College of Business. He is serving his fifth year on the Foundation Board of Directors and currently serves as Vice President. He also serves as the Chair of the Oversight & Outreach Committee. In addition, he is serving on the Finance/Audit, Investment, and Real Estate Committees. He previously served on the Scholarship & Grants Committee.




 Timothy McCollum, Treasurer - Charleston, Illinois

Tim McCollum TreasurerAfter receiving his B.S. in Education in 1973 and his M.S. degree in Zoology from Eastern Illinois University in 1977, Tim retired as a science teacher from Charleston Middle School in 2011. He has received numerous regional, state and national awards for his work in the classroom. Included among those are the 2010 NEA Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence (one of only five recipients nationally), 2008 Golden Apple Award for Teaching Excellence, 2006 Jefferson Award and 2003 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, which was presented to him by then-President George W. Bush during a ceremony in Washington, DC. During his tenure, he also had the opportunity to spend a semester working with the NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston and on a NASA project in Lake Placid. During that time, he assisted in the development of teaching curriculum for educators across the country utilizing photos taken by American astronauts. Tim is also a co-investigator for the NASA project Expedition Earth and Beyond and served on the National Science Board's Commission on 21st Century Education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

A former president of the EIU Alumni Association board of directors, he is currently a member of the EIU's early childhood, elementary and middle-level education faculty. Most recently Tim received the 2012 Distinguished Educator Award by the EIU Alumni Association. Tim is currently serving his fourth year on the Foundation Board of Directors. He is currently serving as Treasurer.  He serves as the Chair of the Finance/Audit Committee and continues to serve as the Liaison to the Annuitant's Association. He also serves on the Real Estate and Scholarships & Grants Committees. He formerly served as Secretary on the Executive Committee.


 Sylvia Nichols - Secretary - Evansville, Indiana

Sylvia Nichols Secretary
Sylvia is a graduate of EIU where she received her B.S. in Education with a major in Chemistry and was inducted into the mathematics honorary society. She began her teaching career in Lawrenceville, Illinois, where she taught chemistry and mathematics. Sylvia went on to teach chemistry, mathematics and physics at Red Hill School, Bridgeport, Illinois and Lincoln Trail College, Robinson Illinois. After leaving the teaching profession, she was elected to the Lawrenceville Unit 20 Board of Education and served as President. Concurrently, she and her husband owned and operated Nichols Funeral Homes in Lawrence County. After moving to Edwardsville, Illinois, she became CEO and partner in S&N Graphics, Inc., located in St. Louis, MO. The company manufactured photopolym printing plates and other identification products for the packaging industry. She was a founding member and served as president of the FPPA a national trade association for the industry.

Now retired, she is a member of the American Association of University Women where she served as president. She also served as former president of the EIU Alumni Association. She was an avid volunteer and participant in the EIU capital campaign. In 2011, the Foundation Board named Sylvia as Outstanding Foundation Member. Sylvia is serving her third year on the Foundation Board of Directors and currently serves as Secretary. She also serves as Chair of the Scholarships & Grants Committee. In addition, she is also serving on the Investment Committee and as Liaison to the Alumni Association. She previously served on the Finance/Audit and Real Estate Committees.


Barbara Baurer - Minier, Illinois

Barbara BaurerBarbara earned her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from EIU in 1975 and a Master of Business Administration in 1976. She most recently retired from Country Financial where she held the position of Chief Operating Officer since 1999.  She also served in various positions including vice president and general manager of the Property and Casualty companies. Prior to that, she served as vice president of Information Services (IS). 

She furthered her education, earning three insurance designations: the Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU), Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and the Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU). She was also was a member of the Board and Executive Committee of the American Institute for CPCU and is past chair of the Griffith Insurance Education Foundation. In addition, Barbara was named a 2004 Woman of Distinction by the YWCA of McLean County (Ill.). She was named one of Illinois’ Most Powerful and Influential Women of 2010 and 2011 by the National Diversity Council.  She is a former member and past chair of the Eastern Illinois University College of Business Advisory Board and received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Eastern Illinois University in 2006.  She also received an honorary degree from Eastern in 2015.  This is Barbara’s first year as a member of the Foundation Board. She is also serving on the Finance/Audit and Investment Committees.


William Hill - Charleston, Illinois

Bill HillBill began his education with a B.A. in Education from the Kentucky Wesleyan College. He then went on to earn his M.S. in School Administration from Indiana State University and his Ph.D. in Education from Southern Illinois University.   His professional career in School administration spans over 40 years. In his capacity, Bill served 27 years as a School District Superintendent, 18 of which were with the Charleston School District. He dedicated 31 years to school administration within the public schools of Illinois, 13 years as Adjunct Professor at Eastern and 4 years as a State of Illinois Regional Vocational Director. 

Bill was twice appointed to the Illinois State Board of Education by Governor Edgar. He served six years on the State Board of Education. He was a member of the Illinois Association of School Administrators Board of Directors and served as board president. Additional professional memberships include the Retired Teachers Association of Illinois and the State Universities Annuitants Association.  He served as a President on the Charleston Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.  He also received an appointment with CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for children, was a member of the Wesley Foundation Board for five years and for three years served as Board of Director for the Lake Land Community College Foundation. Bill currently serves on the Sarah Busch Lincoln Foundation Board, as a director of Distance Learning Grant for Illinois Telephone Association and the Regional Board of School Trustees which serves seven counties. He served three years as a Volunteer on the Foundation’s Oversight & Outreach Committee and is serving his first year on the Board of Directors. He will also serve on the Finance/Audit and Oversight & Outreach Committee.


 Al Longtin - New Lenox, Illinois

Al LongtinAl began his education with a BSB in Finance from EIU in 86' where he graduated with honors excelling in Business and Finance following his four years of service in the United States Navy. During his service, he received Letters of Commendation for his accuracy in accounting for a $20 million budget for repair parts.Upon his graduation from EIU, he started his career at the Chicago Board of Trade as a bond trader. In 1987, Al joined a renowned estate-planning firm where he earned the position as being one of the firm's top representatives. Al is currently the Founder/CEO of Longtin Family Companies, LLC which he founded in 1992. His company specializes in assisting Ultra High Net Worth individuals, business owners and entrepreneurs to address long-term wealth preservation plans that utilize a wide variety of financial products and services. His company is recognized nationally as experts regarding; family limited partnerships, family foundations, and complicated estate trust designs. Al has been frequently asked to participate as a member of the Board of Directors for leading privately held business.

One of Al's main passions in life is serving on Boards for 501c3 organizations alongside with other charitable giving organizations, some include: SowHope (empowering women in 3rd world countries) and PB42 (encouraging couples to be proactive in early detection of breast and prostate cancer signs.) He has also served as past president of the Bishop McNamara School Alumni Board. Al served as Fall 2011 Executive in Residence at Eastern. Al also serves on the Athletic Director's Advisory Group. This is Al's first year serving on the Foundation Board of Directors. He is also a member of the Foundation Investment Committee.


William Robinson,  Scottsdale, Arizona

Bill RobinsonBill received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Eastern in 1976. He retired in 2009 as the senior vice president and general manager of the Pepsi Bottling Group, a $1.2 billion division of Pepsi’s largest domestic bottling operation. He served on the board of directors for the California Grocers Association, the California-Nevada Soft Drink Association, and Pepsi Northwest Beverages LLC and was Corporate Chair for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. He received the EIU Distinguished Alumni Award in 2003.

Bill is currently serving his sixth year on the Foundation Board of Directors. He served as President, Vice President, and Treasurer.  He is currently serving on the Finance/Audit and Oversight & Outreach Committees. He previously served as Chair of the Board Development and was a member on the Real Estate and Scholarships & Grants Committees.







Cindra Stiff - Philpot, Kentucky

Cindra StiffCindra received a BS in Business with an accounting emphasis from EIU in 1979. She went on to earn her MBA from Murray State University in 1988. She currently holds the position of vice president of finance at Kentucky Wesleyan College, Owensboro, KY and serves as an adjunct instructor in the Introduction to Business & Women Leadership courses.  Cindra began her career as an accountant for EIU and then went on to hold the position of controller at the Presbyterian College, Clinton, SC.

Cindra’ s professional appointments include serving as past chair of the Small College Committee of Southern Association of Colleges and University Business Officers (SACUBO). Additional appointments include chair of the Board and Finance Committee for Hospice of Western Kentucky and the Daviess County Kentucky Library Board and Bowlware Home Center Board. This is Cindra’s first year serving on the Foundation Board of Directors. She also is serving on the Investment and Real Estate Committees.






Janet Treichel - Reston, Virginia

Janet TreichelJanet is a graduate of EIU where she earned her B.S. in Business Education in 1964 and   her M.S. in Education in 1971, she went on to earn her Ed.D. from the University of Illinois in 1977. She currently holds the position of Executive Director of the National Business Education Association. Janet served as an Associate Professor and Director with the University of Tennessee, College of Education, Office for Research in High Technology Education. In addition, Janet was an Assistant Professor, University of Illinois, College of Education. Her career also includes serving as the Technical Director for the U.S. Department of the Navy’s Occupational Development and Analysis Center. Janet has conducted numerous in-service training workshops and has been a consultant to federal, state and local agencies in the areas of business education, career development, career and technical education and occupational analysis. She has authored and edited many educational publications.

Janet is a former member of the EIU School of Business Advisory Board and maintains several EIU and Charleston relationships. She encourages and interacts with the faculty in the School of Business and School of Technology, keeping them current on issues facing business education and the workforce. She has been the recipient of the 1993 School of Business Distinguished Alumnus Award, named the 1996 Beta Gamma Sigma EIU Chapter Honoree. She received the 1996 EIU Alumni Association Distinguished Alumnus Award and in 2010 was awarded an EIU Honorary Doctorate Degree in Public Service. Janet is serving her fourth year on the Foundation Board of Directors. She currently serves as Chair of the Investment Committee. She also serves on the Finance/Audit, Oversight & Outreach. She previously served on the Scholarships and Grants Committee.



Jeremy Yost - Charleston, Illinois

Jeremy YostJeremy earned his Bachelor of Science in Management from the University of Phoenix. He attended graduate school at EIU while studying for his Master of Science in Technology focusing on training and development.  He currently serves as the vice president for Yost Management Company, LLC which specializes in real estate development and property management.  In addition, he is president of Yost Enterprises, LLC, serves as president of Indian Point Affordable Housing, NFP, and president of the Country Lane Affordable Housing, NFP and president of Highland Place Affordable Housing, NFP.

Jeremy’s professional memberships include serving on the Board of Directors for the Illinois Housing Council, Coles Together Board of Directors, and Illinois Affordable Housing, NFP. He is a current member of the EIU Panther Club Executive Board and is chair of fundraising for EIU Athletics. He was a past Charleston Area Chamber of Commerce board of director, and past finance officer for the American Legion Post #93.  Jeremy is a master mason at Masonic Lodge #35. In 2007 and 2008 he was the Navy Region Midwest Sailor of the Year Runner-up while serving in the U.S. Navy.   This is Jeremy’s first year serving on the Foundation Board of Directors. He also is serving on the Finance/Audit and Scholarships & Grants Committees.