These dedicated men and women are responsible for setting the general policy of the University and for ensuring that its educational mission is fulfilled. The Board of Trustees of Rockford University is a diversified yet cohesive group. It is composed of business and professional people; community leaders and activists; alumni and non-alumni; and local, regional, and national representatives – all united in their common commitment to Rockford University and to its mission of quality higher education.



Rebecca Epperson
Chair of the Board
Chartwell Agency
Rockford, IL
L. Thomas Heiser ’84
Vice Chair of the Board
President & CEO
Heiser Partners, Inc.
Lawrenceville, GA
Greg Allen ’98
Treasurer of the Board
Treasurer & CFO
Rockford, IL
Jeffry Potter ’98
Secretary  of the Board
AC Johnston Holdings
Rockford, IL

Active Trustees

Keith Akre
Trust Officer
Stillman Bank
Rockford, IL
Teresa Beach-Shelow
Superior Joining Technologies, Inc.
Machesney Park, IL
Charles Box, J.D.
Former Mayor
City of Rockford
Rockford, IL
Chad Brigham ’98
Chief Legal Officer
Rex Encore LLC
St. Louis, MO
Lesly Couper
Chief Operating Officer
Rockford, IL
Elizabeth Donovan ’20H
Naples, FL
Patricia A Lynott, Ph.D.
President, ex officio
Rockford University
Rockford, IL
Deborah Breiter Ph.D.
Faculty Trustee
Bergmann Professor of Chemisty
Rockford University
Rockford, IL
Anisha Grimmett
A New Look by Nisha
Rockford, IL
Elizabeth Hegel, J.D., ’81
Hegel Holdings, LLC
Roscoe, IL
James W. Keeling , J.D., ’18H
Hinshaw & Culberston
Rockford, IL

Mary Ann Laudicina ’91
Alumni Trustee
Asst. VP/Financial Advisor
Baird Private Wealth Mgmt. Rockford, IL

Joel Moore ’00
Financial Advisor
Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management
Chicago, IL
Aaron Potter ’98/MBA ’09
Chief Financial Officer
Bergstrom, Inc.
Rockford, IL
Kristin Smith
Vice President
Collins Aerospace
Rockford, IL
Marci K. Taets ’92
South Beloit, IL
Patricia Tumilowicz ’87
Rockford, IL
Frank E. Walter
Illinois Bank & Trust
Rockford, IL
Nor Alamery
Student Trustee


Emeriti Trustees

Charles L. Colman ’06 L.H.D. Dawn R. Hallsten, J.D., ’73
Helen C. Hill ’70 Charles J. Howard Teresa J. Ingrassia MBA ’86/’00 L.H.D.
Dennis W. Johnson Kent A. Mallquist ’97 L.H.D. Thomas Muldowney ’74
Sunil Puri ’82/’13 L.H.D. David Rydell ’63 Louise Sinclaire ’57
Angelo L. Spoto Barbara R. Tanaglia ’73 James S. Whitehead, J.D., ’04 LL.D.
Jonathan S. Whitlock R. Ray Wood ’10 L.H.D.  

President Emeriti

Robert L. Head, Ph.D.

William A. Shields, Ph.D., ’01H

Honorary Designations

L.H.D. – Doctor of Humane Letters
Doctor of Laws
H – Honorary Alumni