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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 Officer, 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

Duane Noland

District 5 Director
Blue Mound, IL

B.S. 1978 Agriculture 
Current profession: 
President/CEO, Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives

Raquel Lacey Nelson

Raquel Lacey Nelson

District 6 Director
Champaign, IL

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

Rebecca Doyle

District 7 Director
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

Jim Dougherty

District 8 Director
Tunnel Hill, IL

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

Jacob Prather

Jacob Prather

Young Alumni Director
Normal, IL

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

Molly Messner

Young Alumni Director, Chicago
Chicago, IL

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