Context: Illinois Central College District 514, a single college district, includes a geographic area that encompasses Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford counties and parts of seven other counties in Central Illinois. With a district size of 2,322 square miles, Illinois Central College District 514 ranks as the seventh largest community college district in the state.

3 spots on the ICC Board of Trustees were filled in the April 4, 2017 election. The 3 Trustees that currently fill those positions did not for re-election.

Roles and Responsibilities of ICC Board TrusteesTrustees serve an unpaid, six-year term. The duties and responsibilities of the Board of Trustees may be broadly summarized as follows: (1) to appoint the president, other administrative personnel, and all teachers; (2) to fix the principal objectives and policies of the institution; (3) to hold, preserve, and invest the assets of the district; and (4) to represent the institution to the public. (Source: Bylaws of the ICC Board of Trustees)

Candidates (8)


Carl Cannon (Winner)
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Current Employment Supervisor of Community Outreach, Peoria Park District
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Why do you want to be a Trustee on the ICC Board of Trustees? I believe in empowering communities through education.

I’ve put my heart and soul into changing educational outcomes for youth and adults through the Elite concept. Much of that work has been focused on making sure that youth aren’t lost to the correctional system. Now, more than ever I want to make sure they have access to a different system – higher education.

Being a trustee at ICC means that I can be in a better position to strengthen the pipeline between the K-12 experience and college and vocational training for traditional students and broaden the paths to success for nontraditional students and working parents.

Education is the great the equalizer. It’s a pathway out of poverty, the barriers of geography and dysfunction. I always tell students – today doesn’t need to dictate tomorrow. The best way to lean into a better tomorrow is through education.
What are your top priorities, if elected? We need to increase enrollment. But first we need to fully understand what’s driving the numbers down. I believe financing is part of the problem. With decreased commitment from state sources like MAP grants and other economic barriers, we will have be more innovative and nimble about our approach to financial aid.

We need to administrative leadership to reflect the diversity of the community and student body.

We need to build stronger pipelines and partnerships with all local K-12 school districts and ICC. ICC could get involved with schools sooner, consider adopting schools, mentoring and mending the pipeline to higher education.

How will you use your power as Trustee to advance these priorities? As a Trustee, my top priority would be to join my peers in advocating for the college, it’s students, and the Central Illinois area. I believe I am in a unique position to support ICC’s efforts. As the founder of the nationally recognized Elite Youth Program, I have had the opportunity to mentor and shape the lives of thousands of young people and adults around the country.
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Eight running for three seats on ICC board (Peoria Journal Star, 3/27/17)




Ronda Y. Guyton (Winner)
Age 44
Current Employment Peoria County Sheriff’s Deputy
Education Certificate, University of Illinois – Chicago (Non-Profit Management)
B.S., University of Illinois – Springfield
Residence Medina Township, Peoria County
Endorsements See List of Endorsements
Why do you want to be a Trustee on the ICC Board of Trustees? I understand that a four year degree is not for everyone, but learning is. I want to advocate for every family that struggles to find that path to higher education. I graduated from Peoria Public schools. My education has led me to want to help others reach their unrealized potential.
What are your top priorities, if elected? The completion rate for ICC is 23% but, this is not a true representation of ICC’s success rate; as many students who do not obtain a degree from ICC do get the tools that they need to succeed in their chosen field or educational goals. Instead of considering these students as “noncompletion” students, I would like to tap into them as the true alumni that they are, thereby growing the alumni network, and increase the perceived value of an ICC education. Aligning the community needs and the college will boost the economy and prepare students for transfer to a four year college or productively into the workforce.
How will you use your power as Trustee to advance these priorities? The role of a trustee is to approve the budget, hire and evaluate the president, setting the college mission, participate in legislative advocacy, mentor new board members, shape a positive image of the college within the community and be involved. Each of these are important and build upon the next. I will use this guide to advocate for increased participation, growing alumni participation and to align the community needs with the college. This can all be done successfully with the diversity, teamwork and expertise of the board.
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Eight running for three seats on ICC board (Peoria Journal Star, 3/27/17)



Patti Polk (Winner)
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Why do you want to be a Trustee on the ICC Board of Trustees? No response received from the candidate.
What are your top priorities, if elected? No response received from the candidate.
How will you use your power as Trustee to advance these priorities? No response received from the candidate.
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Eight running for three seats on ICC board (Peoria Journal Star, 3/27/17)



Angelito Capati
Age 65
Current Employment President, AC Gentrol, Inc.
Education M.B.A, University of Illinois – Champaign-Urbana
B.A., Sangamon State University
Residence Peoria, IL
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Why do you want to be a Trustee on the ICC Board of Trustees? To continue giving back to the Community and to increase my public service engagement.
What are your top priorities, if elected? To help enhance ICC’s ability to meet its objectives and its Mission.
How will you use your power as Trustee to advance these priorities? My expertise in being a small manufacturing business owner is having the operational and executive skills running organizations. I would look forward to being able to contribute that expertise to the Institution’s current Board and Administrators.
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Eight running for three seats on ICC board (Peoria Journal Star, 3/27/17)



Kelly Daniels
Age 39
Current Employment Instructional Designer, Caterpillar
Education M.A., University of Memphis (English)
B.A., Western Illinois University (Sociology)
Residence Peoria, IL
Endorsements Change Peoria
Why do you want to be a Trustee on the ICC Board of Trustees? I want to be on ICC’s Board of Trustees because I believe it takes citizens in action to ensure our future. I was born and raised in Peoria, and like many people in the community, I used MAP and Pell grants to attend Illinois Central College. When I moved back to Peoria a few years ago, I became an adjunct instructor at ICC. I witness the challenges ICC faces to maintain the rigor of academics and the professional development of faculty/staff. I would like to be a citizen in action by using my experience in college governance and expertise in curriculum development to sustain ICC’s legacy in our community.
What are your top priorities, if elected? I would like to work with the other board members to look at the operating model of the college and address areas that are the most vulnerable – which consequently are the most valuable: funding, enrollment and curriculum.

FUNDING – We know the current funding model – State budget appropriations, student tuition and property taxes – is not a reliable formula. Our institutions should not have to declare a state of financial emergency in order to operate.
We need to keep ICC from being prone to financial contingencies by developing a self-supporting sustainability plan.

ENROLLMENT – I would like to address the decline in enrollment numbers by taking a look at the current recruitment, retention & marketing strategies to see where the gaps are in our community outreach. We need to make sure ICC is seen as the premiere institution to gain skills and broaden knowledge – An investment in ICC is an investment in your future!

CURRICULUM – I would like to make sure the curriculum reflects the goals of the modern student and the needs of the global workforce. Let me be clear, when I say modern student I am not talking about age. I am talking about the highly motivated student who wants to take control of their learning plan. It has been proven that a large percentage of students do not need weeks and weeks of classroom lecture to master learning concepts. If a student wants to access and complete course work from any portable device at anytime from anywhere, then we (ICC) should make sure we provide the means for that to happen. This is the type of 24 hour/on demand learning I am implementing at Caterpillar and I would like to do the same for ICC.
How will you use your power as Trustee to advance these priorities? I plan to work cooperatively with the other members of the board and leverage my position to secure operational resources for the college. As a member of ICC’s Board of Trustees, I can readily meet with national and state representatives, CEO’s and community leaders to strengthen community partnerships and garner support for ICC’s sustainability.
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Eight running for three seats on ICC board (Peoria Journal Star, 3/27/17)




Paula Davis
Age 62
Current Employment Retired
Education MS, Illinois State University (Counselor Education)
BS, Illinois State Education (Physical Education)
Residence Groveland, IL
Endorsements Change Peoria
Why do you want to be a Trustee on the ICC Board of Trustees? I retired after 38 years as a public school teacher, counselor and administrator. Education was my career but it is also my passion. I would like to work with other Board members to provide enhanced opportunities for students at Illinois Central College.
What are your top priorities, if elected? Increasing enrollment – ICC provides tremendous educational value for those it serves. With the staggering student loan debt that exists in this country, I hope to be able to work to convince students and families that ICC is an outstanding value that can be the first step toward a four-year degree, the completion of an associates degree or an industry recognized certification without the burden of overwhelming debt.

Partnerships – ICC is already engaged in a variety of collaborations with local organizations. I would like to see this work continue and expand to make sure that the curriculum is aligned with jobs available in the community, that ICC students have access to local internships and other work opportunities, and that the college is able to nimbly respond to local educational and employment needs.

State Funding – This will continue to be an issue for the foreseeable future given the financial instability of the State of Illinois. As an elected trustee I would work with local legislators to advocate for Community College operations funding, MAP grant funding and adult education program funding.

How will you use your power as Trustee to advance these priorities? If elected, I would be one of seven trustees. My goal would be to work together with the other trustees, administration, staff, students and community to determine top priorities and action plans for the attainment of those priorities.
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Eight running for three seats on ICC board (Peoria Journal Star, 3/27/17)




Brett Frugate
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Why do you want to be a Trustee on the ICC Board of Trustees? No response received from the candidate.
What are your top priorities, if elected? No response received from the candidate.
How will you use your power as Trustee to advance these priorities? No response received from the candidate.
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Eight running for three seats on ICC board (Peoria Journal Star, 3/27/17)



Rachel Reliford
Age 33
Current Employment Senior Physician Recruiter, OSF HealthCare
Education M.P.A., University of Illinois – Springfield
B.A., University of Illinois – Springfield (Communication)
Residence Peoria, IL
Endorsements State Senator Chuck Weaver
Why do you want to be a Trustee on the ICC Board of Trustees? As an alumna of ICC, I am running to serve on the ICC Board because I believe in the importance of community college to ensure quality education to all that responds to the needs of our community. A collaborative approach with students, employers, and the College should focus on how to provide exemplary training and retain qualified graduates.
What are your top priorities, if elected? I want to work with area businesses to establish a greater number of internship and apprenticeship opportunities. These should be influenced by the trends we are seeing in the workforce today, with a focus on healthcare and social service jobs. Health care is the leading employer in the Central Illinois area, providing 18% of jobs. ICC can help reverse enrollment trends by focusing on occupational programs. This collaboration is a win-win for students and employers. Practicum sites aid those graduating with hands on experience that will offer an advantage in this competitive job market.

From 2012 through 2016, nontraditional age students dropped from roughly a third of student enrollment to a quarter. In order to be competitive with other educational providers in the area, a shift to competency based education needs to be explored. The focus must be creating a pathway to employment, through a credential. This should likely involve scheduling to offer more night and weekend classes, utilizing technology fully for instructional options, ensuring access to student services during off peak hours, and creating hybrid models of instruction.

Results of ICC’s SOAR analysis, which incorporated data from the National Community College Benchmarking project, showed ICC has the opportunity to meet the needs of the existing workforce as well. I feel this can also be accomplished with greater dialogue between area employers and the College. Coursework needs to be driven by demand so that ICC is ready to respond as needs arise. The Greater Peoria Economic Development Council is presently compiling a regional analysis which can serve as a springboard to discussing priorities. The key is to ask leading employers what skill sets they find most in demand.
How will you use your power as Trustee to advance these priorities? I desire to bring an leading employer’s perspective to the Board. I believe the strength of the seven member Board is in its diversity. Understanding how workforce demand in Central Illinois can help drive educational decisions is vital.
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Eight running for three seats on ICC board (Peoria Journal Star, 3/27/17)