Taylor Crouch has been an active member in the rebuilding of the Maroa Livestock 4-H club for the last three years. She has served as an officer helping to grow the membership, and create fun opportunities for the members of Maroa Livestock. She has been awarded with both the Emerald and Diamond honors at the state level. Her own 4-H successes include the Supreme Breeding Ewe at the Illinois State Fair Junior show 2 of her first 3 years in 4-H and has won showmanship one year at state. She has presented at State Fair her swine projects and her public speaking projects which she has dedicated a lot of time to. Taylor loves 4-H and participates in as much as possible. Taylor will continue to work on the 4-H Motto to “Make the Best Better” and help others grow the same.
This is Ethan Aughenbaugh and he is a senior at Clinton High School. He has been a 4-H member for over 10 years! He was nominated and selected as the 4-H kid of the month for his hard work, dedication, excellence in all he does socially, civically, and academically. He’s received many awards in 4-H and even won the reserve award at the State Fair for his woodworking project. Ethan is a great example of what the 4-H kid of the month should aspire to be!
Ethan spent some time in the 95Q studio with Brittney talking about why he loves 4-H. Here some of it below…
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.
Dr. Laura Zimmerman is Assistant Professor of Biology at Millikin University. Dr. Zimmerman’s research uses turtles to examine the effects of the environment, age, and other factors on their immune responses. She received a M.S. and Ph.D. in biology from Illinois State University. Dr. Zimmerman is also an alum of Millikin University, having received her degree with a major in biology and minor in chemistry. While at Millikin, she was a member of the 2005 national championship women’s basketball team. Dr. Zimmerman is also a member of the Macon County Board and the Macon County Board of Health. In 2019, Dr. Zimmerman became chair of the Macon County Democratic Central Committee, becoming the first woman of any political party to serve in that role in Macon County. She lives in Decatur with her husband John and dog Max and serves as an assistant basketball coach at St. Teresa High School.
Amy Frazier, is the Assistant Vice President of Human Resources at Hickory Point Bank & Trust where her role is to source the best and most diverse talent, shape the bank’s culture to innovate and adjust rapidly to change and as a company leader propel the organization forward. In 2019, Amy has developed an internal university for colleagues education and career development.
Ms. Frazier joined Hickory Point Bank in March 2012 and has over 10 years of human resource experience. In 2017, she was recognized as the top 20 under 40 by the Herald and Review. She is the 2015 recipient of the United Way of Decatur & Mid Illinois Volunteer of the Year.
Ms. Frazier is a graduate of Eastern Illinois University and holds HR certifications from the Society of Human Resources and HR Certification Institute. Please welcome Amy Frazier.
Julie Beyers is a 1990 graduate of Millikin University, graduating magna cum laude, and a 1993 graduate of the Southern Illinois University School of Law, where she was a member of the Law Review. She is a managing member at the firm of Heavner, Beyers & Mihlar, LLC, which has offices in both Decatur and Chicago. In addition to being a manager of the firm, Ms. Beyers oversees the firm’s litigation department, as well as its Chicago office. Heavner, Beyers & Mihlar is certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise by the Women’s Business Development Center – Chicago Certificate Committee, a regional certifying partner of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). The firm was also recently chosen for membership in the prestigious National Association of Women & Minority Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF).
Ms. Beyers currently serves as chair of Women in Legal Leadership (WILL) a subgroup of the American Legal and Financial Network (ALFN). She is a board member and vice president of the Illinois Creditor’s Bar Association (ILCBA), and further serves as co-chair of the education committee for that organization. She is also a member of the Illinois State Bar Association.
Ms. Beyers has been a frequent speaker on mortgage foreclosures and related topics at IICLE conferences and was selected for membership and served on the Cook County Mortgage Foreclosure Mediation and Housing Counseling Subcommittee, as well as the Cook County Commercial Foreclosure Advisory Subcommittee.
Danielle began her radio career with Clear Channel Radio in 2002 as an Account Executive. She advanced rapidly and was promoted to NTR Director then General Sales Manager overseeing the Sales Department for Springfield, IL’s four station cluster. In 2008, Neuhoff Communications purchased that cluster and in 2009 they promoted Danielle to the position of VP of Sales. In 2017, Danielle transitioned into her new position as VP/Market Manager for Neuhoff Media Bloomington.
Over the course of her career, Danielle has been recognized for her accomplishments including:
Danielle has also been a presenter and panelist at many industry events including the NAB Show, RAB Show, International Idea Bank and the BMI/MIW’s Rising Through the Ranks Program.
A graduate of from Eastern Illinois University, Danielle has also achieved certification through the Radio Advertising Bureau as a Certified Radio Marketing Consultant, Certified Digital Marketing Consultant and Certified Radio Sales Manager. She is also a 2011 graduate of the Radio Advertising/BMI Rising Through the Ranks management program and was designated as a Mildred Carter Mentee in 2012.
Danielle has served the industry on many committees including the Illinois Broadcaster’s Association, Radio Show, and the NAB Education Foundation Media Sales Institute Task Force.
Following her dream, Danielle is the Owner of Outlaw Athletics est. 2014
National Executive Board Member for the United State Trampoline and Tumbling Association
2019 USTA Illinois Coach of the Year
Cheerleading Advisory Board Member for the Amateur Athletic Union