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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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Dan Block

District 1 Director

St. Charles, IL

B.S. 1994 Agricultural Economics
Current profession: 
Chief Executive Offiver, DairyAmerica, Inc. 


Alison Coughlin

District 2 Director

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

Jerry Brookhart

District 3 Director

Macomb, IL

B.S. 1963 Agricultural Science
Current profession: 
Insurance and Investments, Purdum Gray Ingledue Beck, Inc

Barb Schumacher

District 4 Director
Buckley, IL 

B.S. 1987 Agronomy
Current profession: 
Sunstar Farms

Charlyn Fargo-Ware

Charlyn Fargo-Ware

District 5 Director
Jacksonville, IL

B.S. 1978 Home Economics
Current profession: 
Dietitian, HyVee Foods

Raquel Lacey Nelson

Raquel Lacey Nelson

District 6 Director
Champaign, IL

B.S. 1997 Ag Science
Current profession: 
Inneraq Consulting LLC, Managing Partner

Ed Marburger

Ed Marburger

District 7 Director
Mount Olive, IL

B.S. 1979 Agronomy
Current profession: 

Trudy West

Trudy West

District 8 Director
Harrisburg, IL

B.S. 1981 Agricultural Communications
Current profession: 
Elementary Substitute Teacher - East Side Intermediate School

Jacob Prather

Jacob Prather

Young Alumni Director
Normal, IL

B.S. 2012 Crop Sciences
Current profession: 
The Climate Corporation, Field Product Specialist

Kurt Hansen

Young Alumni Director, Chicago
Lake Zurich, IL

B.S. 2014 Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
Current Profession:
Christopher B. Burke Engineering Ltd.

Patricia McGlaughlin

Patty McGlaughlin

Extension Director
Muncie, IL

B.S. 1982 Agricultural Communications
MEXED 1987 Extension Education
Current profession:  
Extension Specialist, Illinois 4-H 

Kristine Stewart

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