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Each district director is responsible for representing ACES alumni who reside within a specific geographic region in Illinois. He/she communicates the needs and concerns of constituents in their district to the ACES Alumni Association Board of Directors. The director also coordinates at least one social or professional event in his/her district every other year.

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District 1

Dan Block
St. Charles, IL 

B.S. 1994 Agricultural Economics

Current profession: 
Chief Executive Officer; DairyAmerica, Inc. 


District 2

Alison Coughlin
Chicago, IL 

B.S. 2008 Agricultural and Consumer Economics
Master of Public Policy 2010 University of Chicago

Current profession: 
Director, Commodity Research and Product Development; CME Group

District 3

Jerry Brookhart
Macomb, IL 

B.S. 1963 Agricultural Science

Current profession: 
Insurance and Investments; Purdum Gray Ingledue Beck, Inc

District 4

Barb Schumacher
Buckley, IL 

B.S. 1987 Agronomy
Current profession: 
Sunstar Farms

District 5

Duane Noland
Blue Mound, IL

B.S. 1978 Agriculture 

Current profession: 
President/CEO, Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives

District 6

Mike Gunderson
Mahomet, IL

B.S. 2001 ACE Farm Management
M.S. 2003 Agricultural Economics- Cornell University
Ph.D. 2006 Agricultural Economics- Purdue University

Current profession: 
Chief Credit Officer; Farm Credit Illinois

District 7

Rebecca Doyle
Gillespie, IL

B.S. Agriculture Communications 1975
M.S. Agriculture 1977
Current profession: 
Co-owner Hickory Grove Pork Farm and Doyle Associates & Senior Associate, The Context Network

District 8

Jim Dougherty
Tunnel Hill, IL

B.S. 1979 Agriculture
Current profession: 
Retired, Archer Daniels Midland Company 

Young Alumni Director

Rachel Rosentreter
Dewitt, IA

B.S. 2019 Agricultural Leadership Education

Current profession: 
Regional Training Manager- Illinois Region; Bayer CropScience

Young Alumni Director- Chicago

Molly Messner
Chicago, IL

B.S. 2016 Agricultural and Consumer Economics, Public Policy and Law
Current Profession:
Senior Buyer, External Manufacturing Procurement, KRAFT HEINZ