Board & Exec


Vermilion Advantage Board members give generously of their time, expertise and financial resources to support our efforts to grow and improve Vermilion County.  Collectively, they establish the directives for implementing and attaining our goals.


Chair Dr. Stephen Nacco, President, Danville Area Community College
Interim President Tinisha Spain, Vermilion Advantage
1st Vice Chair Linda Darby-Dowers, CEO, Trigard/Greenwood Inc.
Vice Chair Deanna Witzel, Co-owner, DND Witzel Enterprises (d/b/a/ McDonald's)
Imm. Past Chair Jon Stalcup, Plant Leader, Fiberteq
Secretary Jeff Fauver, President, Catlin Bank
Treasurer Gardner Peck, Assoc. VP of Mfg, Danville Metal Stamping Co., Inc.  
Director  Mike Hulvey, President, Neuhoff Family Broadcasting 
Director Gary Tucker, CEO, thyssenkrupp Presta
Director Dan Laughner, Vice President, First Financial Bank
Director Dr. Jared Rogers, President, OSF HealthCare Sacred Heart Medical Center
Director Dr. Alicia Geddis, Superintendent, Danville District #118
Director Heather Tucker, Administrator, Carle - Hoopeston 
Director Denise Crowder, Vice President, Old National Bank
Director Matt Smiley, Credit Underwriting Manager, First Midwest Bank 
Director Andy Price, Area Manager, Aqua Illinois
At Large Rickey Williams, City of Danville Mayor
At Large Larry Baughn, Vermilion County Board Chairman
Ex-Officio Scott Bennett, State Senator 
Ex-Officio Tom Bennett, State Representative 
Ex-Officio Mike Marron, State Representative


  • Doug Ahrens Danville Sanitary District, Director 
  • Jim Anderson Retired Executive 
  • Matt Arteaga Hyster-Yale, Manager Warehouse Group
  • Sherri Askren United Way of Danville Area, Executive Director
  • Shawn Bransky Veteran's Administration, Director 
  • Kalani Brown KIK Custom, HR Manager
  • Michelle Chesnut Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, Gen. Manager
  • Karly Combest Ameren, Community Relations Coordinator
  • Kevin Dawson Viscofan, VP Human Resources
  • Rev. Dale DeNeal Second Church of Christ, Pastor
  • Tim Donahoe McLane Midwest, General Manager
  • Darren Duncan Duncan Farms, Owner
  • Rick Elkin Heartland Properties Group, President
  • Joe Frazier Dawson Logistics, Dir. of Business Dev. 
  • J.R. Fregia Courtesy Ford, Owner
  • Rod Golden CCMSI, Vice President 
  • Matt Grandone Mervis Industries, HR Director 
  • Kevin Green Kickapoo Rail Trail
  • John Griebat Bunge Milling, Regional Director
  • Tara Hafner Christie Clinic, Clinical Services Manager 
  • O.J. Harrison Old National Bank, Banking Center Manager 
  • Mark Janesky Schlarman Academy, Principal 
  • Larry Kuchefski Coldwell Banker, Vice President
  • Jesse Lira Arconic, Production Manager
  • Bruce Lutes REG Danville, LLC, General Manager
  • Michael Mervis Vermilion Development, Owner
  • Seth Miller Westville District #2, Superintendent
  • Joe Mollica Central States Distribution Service, Director Business Development
  • T.J. Morris Iroquois Federal, Market President 
  • Larry Moss Automational International, Inc., President/CEO
  • Phil Muehl CliftonLarsonAllen, Partner
  • Jeanne Mulvaney Retired Executive
  • Bob Oltean Toyota of Danville, General Manager  
  • Larry Owen Owen Financial Services, Owner 
  • Jim Picillo Watchfire Signs, Signworks Mfg. Manager 
  • Zach Porter Meijer, General Manager
  • Ryan Quick Charlotte's, Owner 
  • Todd Smith Danville Bldg & Constr.Trades, Financial Secretary/Treasurer 
  • Mark Starr Republic Services, Business Unit Sales Manager 
  • Joe Steltzer  IBEW, Training Director 
  • Dori Stone Sleep Inn & Suites, General Manager
  • Jeff Summers Media One Visual Arts, Owner
  • Auston Surprenant Danville Area Board of Realtors
  • Scott Towne Towne Machine & Tool, Owner
  • Michelle Vandiver Walgreens Accounting, Director of Accounting Services
  • Jackie Vinson Housing Authority City of Danville, Executive Director
  • John Vogt thyssenkrupp Crankshaft, Human Resource Manager
  • Mike Weese Vermilion County Mayors' Council, Chair and Mayor of Westville
  • Amy Winter Commercial News, Publisher
  • Jim Wood The Cedarwood Companies, VP of Acquisitions
  • Richard Woodard Woodard’s Computing Services, Owner
  • Julie Zimmerman Genpact, Vice President