• 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.

    Meet the Board Members


    Robert Watson, Chairman

    Chairman Robert Watson has been on the Lewis and Clark Board of Trustees since 1977, longer than any other current member. He is an attorney who has worked in Washington D.C. with the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission and served as Illinois Attorney General from 1965-1967. He currently practices law at his private firm in Brighton. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Milliken University and his Doctorate of Law from the University of Illinois. Watson has built strong ties through volunteerism with several community organizations including the Piasa School District, Brighton Picnic Association, Macoupin County Economic Development Partnership and the State and Macoupin County Bar Associations.


    Brenda Walker McCain, Vice Chairman

    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.


    Marlene Barach, Secretary

    Marlene Barach joined the Board of Trustees in 2007. She has experience teaching at L&C and in Lockport and Wood River. She is a Civic Memorial High School graduate who earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Education from Illinois State University and her master’s degree in Business Education from Indiana University. Barach is also involved with other community organizations including the Gatekeepers Community Housing Development Corporation of Bethalto and Madison County, and is a mentor at Bethalto East Grade School.


    Pete Basola, Assistant Secretary

    After retiring from the position of vice president of Enrollment Services at Lewis and Clark Community College, Pete Basola became a Board of Trustees member in December 2009. He earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Music Education from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. While at L&C, Basola served as the Music program coordinator and director of Admissions and Records. He also served as co-director of First Night River Bend from 1996-2010. Basola continues to serve his community through the arts—Alton Little Theater, the Pride Miles Davis sculpture initiative, and the Alton Jazz and Wine Festival.


    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.


    David Heyen

    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.


    George Terry

    After dedicating more than 40 years to the students of Lewis and Clark, George Terry began a new chapter of service when he was elected to a seat on the L&C Board of Trustees in 2017. Terry has served the college in many student support roles in minority affairs and student services, including as Vice President of Student Life. He earned his Bachelor and Master of Education from Illinois State University and a Specialist in Educational Administration degree from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Born and raised in Alton, Terry has received several accolades and honors for his lifetime of community service, including the renaming of L&C's River Bend Arena to the George C. Terry River Bend Arena in his honor. Terry has been a long time member of several local organizations, including the NAACP, Madison County Urban League and the 100 Black Men of Alton, and has served as the past president of the Alton School Board.

    Scott-RobynStudent Trustee, Robyn Scott

    Robyn Scott, of Dorsey, is a Nursing student at Lewis and Clark. In addition to being the 2018-2019 student trustee, Scott is also president of Alpha Delta Nu, the Honor Society for Associate Degree Nurses. Additionally, she served as co-president of the Eta Psi Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and the vice president of L&C’s Nursing Club. Family-oriented, Scott loves playing music with her dad, riding horses with her mother and playing basketball with her son. She chose Lewis and Clark because of its reputation for providing personalized, quality education at an affordable cost.