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  • L&C Board of Trustees

    An elected seven-member Board of Trustees governs L&C. Beyond its management responsibilities, the board is a driving force behind L&C's innovation and creativity. It provides an atmosphere where entrepreneurial thinking can flourish and fosters partnerships with businesses, other schools, government agencies and community organizations.

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    Meet the Board Members


    David Heyen, Chairman

    David Heyen, of Bunker Hill, joined the L&C Board of Trustees in 2017. Born and raised in Dorchester, Illinois, he is a longtime small business owner and livestock farmer and has served on the Board of the Peoples State Bank of Gillespie for 20 years. Heyen earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, earned Parish Ministry from Lutheran School of Theology, and interned with the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education. He also served in the United States Air Force. Heyen has served as a volunteer chaplain for Alton Memorial Hospital for more than 20 years and Eunice Smith Home for more than 10 years, as chaplain at the United Methodist Village retirement community in Godfrey for three years, and serves as a supply pastor at various churches in Illinois and Missouri. He is a member of several local organizations, including the Shriners, Fraternal Order of Eagles and formerly served as an Assistant Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 34 in Staunton, Illinois.


    Julie Johnson, Vice Chairman

    Julie Johnson, of Edwardsville, joined the L&C Board of Trustees in 2019. Johnson is a retired CPA. She received an associate degree in Accounting from Lincoln Land Community College, a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and a Master's in Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis. After working as auditor for KPMG in St. Louis, she was an auditor and accounting manager at Maritz, Inc. in Fenton. After caring for her three children, she now assists with accounting work for various not-for-profits and her family’s businesses, which are located in southern Illinois. Johnson grew up on a dairy farm in Nokomis, Illinois and still helps her husband’s family farm there. She currently lives on a cattle farm near Hamel and is a member and volunteer at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Hamel.


    Kevin Rust, Secretary

    Kevin Rust, of Glen Carbon, joined the L&C Board of Trustees in 2019. Rust was raised on a dairy farm near Bunker Hill. He attended Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville (SIUE) earning an accounting degree and master’s degree in Business Administration. Rust retired as a financial advisor, previously serving in increasingly responsible financial roles in private industry including Chief Financial Officer. His career designations included Certified Public Accountant and Certified Internal Auditor. Rust currently serves on the SIUE Foundation Board of Directors as Treasurer and Chair of the Finance and Investment Committee. He is an active Rotarian and is a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church serving as an usher and elder.

    Charles Hanfelder

    Charles Hanfelder, Assistant Secretary

    Charles "Chuck" Hanfelder joined the Board of Trustees in 2019. Born in Roxana, he now resides in East Alton with his wife, Sonja. They have two sons, Charles II, married to Rhonda, and Mark, married to Deborah, as well as four granddaughters and five great-grandchildren. Hanfelder attended South Roxana Grade School and graduated from Roxana High School. During those years, he worked on the family farm and as a service station attendant for Hannebaum Standard Service in Wood River. Later, he was employed by Western Cartridge Company in the inspection department until being drafted into the United States Army. Hanfelder served a tour of duty in Korea with the 987th Armored Field Artillery Battalion. After military service, he became a partner in the Hanfelder Insurance agency, which the family later sold. For 24 years, Hanfelder was employed as comptroller by L. J. Ross, Inc in Granite City. Since leaving that employment, much of his time is spent maintaining rental properties and working on his farm.


    Brenda Walker McCain

    Brenda Walker McCain joined the Board of Trustees in 1999. She also is the CEO of the Madison County Urban League and has been employed there for 40 years. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Greenville College. McCain gives back to the community by serving on a variety of other boards including the Madison/Bond County Workforce Investment Board, Madison County Emergency Food & Shelter Board, Riverbend Headstart and Family Services Board, WellSpring Resource Center Board and Madison County Community Development Advisory Board.


    Dwight Werts

    Dwight Werts joined the Board of Trustees in 2009. He is the president of Werts Welding & Tank Service in Wood River. After graduating from Roxana High School, Werts earned his Associate in Science from Lewis and Clark Community College. Werts is a RiverBend Growth Association member who also serves as a board member on the finance board at St. Anthony’s Hospital. He is vice president of the Marquette High School Foundation and a board member of both the Lewis and Clark Foundation and the Southern Illinois Employers Association.

    Larry Trent

    Larry G. Trent

    Larry Trent, of Rosewood Heights, joined the Board of Trustees in 2021. Born in Alton, he is a graduate of Roxana High School, Belleville Area College, McKendree University, the F.B.I. Executive Institute, Illinois State Police Academy and the University of Louisville Police Institute. He is a decorated veteran of combat operations in Vietnam, where he served as helicopter crew chief and door gunner. Trent spent 28 years with the Illinois State Police, starting as a patrol trooper in Chicago, homicide investigator and numerous command officer positions. He ultimately became the director of the Illinois State Police for six years. He has also served as the president of the River Bend Growth Association, Vice President of Argosy Gaming Company and Intelligence Liaison for the Department of Homeland Security. He is retired and is an active member of Rosewood Heights Community Church as well as the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Fraternal Order of Police, Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

    Student Trustee, Samuel Copeland

    Student Trustee, Samuel Copeland

    Sam Copeland, of Bethalto, graduated from Civic Memorial High School in 2020 before enrolling at L&C. Currently working on his Associate in Science degree, Sam is a member of the L&C Honors College, the Student Government Association, Active Minds and LC Pride. In his various roles, Sam strives to cultivate an inclusive and diverse culture at L&C. As a student worker for the Honors College, Sam has worked with online platforms to make scientific reports and data easily available to other students and to the public. He also has worked to help fellow students with various issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Sam plans to eventually transfer to SIUE to pursue a career in science and communications. In the spring of 2021, Sam was awarded the Roberts Motors Endowed Scholarship during the annual L&C Honors College Expo. In his spare time, Sam loves to bake cookies and pastries.