Kiersten Sheary is the Communications Manager at Skeff Distributing Company, Inc. in Decatur, IL. In her role she manages social media and the company website focusing on corporate credibility, organizational trust, customer relational development, brand attitude, and brand interest. Kiersten is a graduate of Illinois State University with a B.S. in Public Relations and is currently obtaining her M.S. in Communications with an emphasis on corporate digital media and digital media analytics from Illinois State University.
Julia Roundtree Livingston is the Executive Director of Macon County CASA. She previously served as the Director of Development for Macon County CASA since August 2017. In the same development role, Julia worked at Baby TALK, Inc. in Decatur, IL from 2015-2017. Prior to her work in the non-profit sector, Julia taught English, Literature, and Humanities at Southern Illinois University (Carbondale, IL), Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL), Richland Community College (Decatur, IL) and the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana (Urbana, IL).
While in college, Julia was a Division I two-sport athlete at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale where she lettered for four years in cross country and indoor/outdoor track. As a college athlete, Julia was involved in many parts of the business within athletics including a Student Athletic Advisory Board member for both SIUC and for the Missouri Valley Conference, a Fellowship of Christian Athletes officer, and
Julia loves being an impactful member of the Macon County community as well. She is the secretary of the Forsyth Public Library Commission and the secretary of Maroa-Forsyth Community Club. She has also been the project coordinator for 9 years for the Judy Mason Thanksgiving Basket Project which provides boxes of food to 4,000 families in Macon County during the week of Thanksgiving each year. She resides in Forsyth, IL with her husband, Stan, Supplier Collaboration Engineer at Caterpillar, Inc., and their 3 children (Joella-13, Stanford III-7, and Silas-5).
Linda Slagell is a retired teacher, coach and administrator. She began her professional coaching career with Decatur Public Schools. As a “three sport” coach, she successfully coached High school volleyball, basketball and track and field. During a brief tenure at Effingham High School, her coaching assignment also included the development of their first time softball program. Coaching was supplemental to her high school Social Studies teaching. Coach Slagell became the Head Women’s Volleyball Coach at Millikin University securing 300+ wins in her 13 seasons before moving to administration at the University. She retired from Millikin after 27 years of service.
Coach Slagell was a “pre Title IX” student. In other words, she never had the opportunity to participate in competitive athletics in high school or college. Her exposure to sports was primarily as a spectator with occasional participation in a 4-H softball game, a pick-up game of basketball in the haymow with her brothers and their friends or at a church picnic volleyball game.
Coach Slagell graduated from Illinois State University in 1973 with a degree in Sociology. She earned her Master of Arts degree in 1980. She had a general career path in mind with goals and timelines, none of which included coaching. And yet, her professional career evolved around teaching and coaching. Providing physical and intellectual challenges, leadership opportunities and a focus on excelling and commitment to excellence, Coach Slagell followed a passion she barely knew she had.