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Past Presidents

We are extremely grateful to these past presidents for continuing the legacy of communications excellence in the greater Springfield area.  Thank you for your commitment to excellence in communications!

Association for Women in Communications:

  • 1977 – Delores Story Kaufman – IL State Office of Education
    (Delores passed away in 2014 – Obituary)

  • 1978 – Ann Gillies Craxton – WICS-TV

  • 1979 – Nancy Severa Zimmers – SIU School of Medicine

  • 1980 – Jeff Brody – State Journal-Register

  • 1981 – Martha Karatz – Illinois State Museum
    and Carol Fowler – Capital Information Bureau

  • 1982 – Beth Bosch Murphy – Office of Illinois Attorney General

  • 1983 – Mary Chalupsky – Office of Governor of Illinois
    and Corinne Frisch – Springfield Lincoln Library

  • 1984 – Barbara Hortberg – Mental Health Centers of Central Illinois

  • 1985 – Linda Anderson – IL Energy and Natural Resources

  • 1986 – Mary Bohlen – Sangamon State University

  • 1987 – Melinda McDonald – Teachers’ Retirement System

  • 1988 – Marygael Cullen – IL Historic Preservation Agency

  • 1989 – Joan Freitag – Children’s Miracle Network Telethon

  • 1990 – Sarah Kohnle – Kohnle & Company

  • 1991 – Denise Joehl – Hotel-Motel Association of Illinois

  • 1992 – Jean Richards – Hanson Engineers

  • 1993 – Jan Grimes – Illinois State Library

  • 1994 – Christy Broccardo – Illinois Association of Realtors

  • 1995 – Julie Dutton – IL Secretary of State

  • 1996 – Shannon Heisler – Levi, Ray & Shoup

  • 1997 – Betsy Schroeder – Fyre-Williamson Press

  • 1998 – Charlotte Curry – Hanson Engineers

  • 1999 – Patti Thompson – IL Department of Nuclear Safety

  • 2000 – Paula Drieci – Drieci Publishing & Consulting

  • 2001 – Naomi Velazquez Greene – St. John’s Hospital

  • 2002 – Merle Shiffman – SIU School of Medicine

  • 2003 - 2004 – Chris Smith – United Way of Central Illinois

  • 2005 - 2007 – Linda Dawson – Illinois Association of School Boards
    (Linda passed away in 2017 – Obituary)

  • 2008 - 2010 – Lisa Rigoni – Springfield College/ Association of Illinois Electric Coops

  • 2011 - 2013 – Jennifer Anderson – ITT Technical Institute/Memorial Medical Center

  • 2014 – Jessie Decker – Orthopedic Center of Illinois

  • 2015 – Kara Kienzler – Illinois Association of School Boards

  • 2016 – Dawn (Pennington) Tebrinke – Illinois REALTORS®

  • 2017 – Melissa Hahn – Lincoln Land Charity Championship

  • 2018 – 2019 – Molly Hall – Energy Education Council
    (Molly passed away in 2023 – Obituary)

  • 2020 - 2021 – Sarah Kinkade – SIU School of Medicine/SIU Medicine

  • 2022 - 2023 – Brandy Renfro – Illinois Senate Democratic Caucus
     

Mid-Illinois Communications Association

  • 2024 – Brandy Renfro – Illinois Senate Democratic Caucus

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