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Distinguished Alumni Society

One of our more ambitious and successful endeavors the past few years has been the formation of the Distinguished Alumni Society at Lake Land College. The Distinguished Alumni Society recognizes alum who has utilized the Lake Land experience to make an imprint on his or her profession or community. An Alumnus is anyone that has graduated from Lake Land College or has taken classes.

Class 2015

Brian Henningsen

Brian Henningsen

Williamsport, TN

Hometown: Atwood, IL
Employer: Sony Music Nashville / Arista Records / Sony ATV Publishing / Henningsen Farms
Job Title: Country Music Artist / Songwriter / Farmer
Profession/ Occupation: Automotive Sales
Attended: 1981
Degree: Associate in Agriculture
Major: Agriculture

"Lake Land College has a wonderful Ag program. It was a truly rounded and hands-on education. Our teachers were not only experts in the classroom, but had a broad range of real world experience under their belts. They were all truly respected by the students. I made great use of that education for years on our family farm near Atwood. Interestingly, my music career also started at Lake Land. My first band included a friend from Ag classes. We would sing and play country music for friends and it soon became a passion. I look back fondly on my years at Lake Land. It was a great life experience!"

Wendy S. Greeson

Wendy Greeson

Hanover Park, IL

Hometown: Neoga, IL
Employer: Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
Job Title: Global Director, Learning & Organizational Development
Profession/ Occupation: Talent Management
Attended: 1987
Major: Speech Communication, Training & Development

"Starting at a community college really helped ground me and provided the initial support I needed as a college student. As the first in my immediate family to attend college and because I was responsible for paying for my own education, I knew that the next four years would not be easy. I also knew that if I could stay focused, my hard work would eventually pay off. Suddenly faced with learning how to manage my time and money in order to work and attend classes, Lake Land College was affordable and allowed me to do both. While paying my way through school was challenging, I wouldn’t trade that experience for anything as it has helped me appreciate the value of my education. My time at Lake Land College helped me become better prepared to navigate and succeed as a student. As a result, I finished my bachelor’s degree in exactly four years.

Leveraging my facilitation skills has allowed me to help others learn and grow professionally. Diana creates a positive learning environment that helps students realize their potential, and I am grateful that I have had the opportunity to do the same for others. "

Mike Kallis

Mike Kallis

Mattoon, IL

Hometown: Mattoon, IL
Employer: Sound Source Music, Inc.
Job Title: President/Owner
Profession/ Occupation: Music Retailer
Attended: 1985
Degree: Associate in Arts
Major: Music

"College was a new experience for me and Lake Land College eased me into this world. I enjoyed music so that’s what I went to college to study. Little did I know the many choices out there in the music industry. My Music professor Wayne Bradtke opened my eyes to the many choices that awaited me. I found a quick passion for my business classes and really enjoyed the many other courses I was taking toward my degree. I truly believe if I had attended a 4 year university I would have been intimidated on which path to choose. Lake Land instructors took the time to discuss my interests and guided me to look at the many choices I was facing. As I went into my final year at Lake Land College Professor Bradtke had arranged for me to visit different 4 year institutions to help me get to the next level in my College career. I can’t tell you how important this was to my success. Without his guidance I would have struggled to find the right fit. With his blessing I chose S.I.U. Carbondale. They had a wonderful Music Business program that offered many off site classes in Nashville, Tn. I graduated in 1988 with a degree in Bachelors of Arts. If it was not for Lake Land College and especially people like Wayne Bradtke I would not be an entrepreneur today. Thank you Lake Land College."

Ryan Montgomery

Ryan Montgomery

St Albans, MO

Hometown: Mt. Zion, IL
Employer: Reliv, Inc.
Job Title: President
Profession/ Occupation: Attorney
Attended: 1993
Degree: Associate in Science
Major: Business Administration/Economics/Law

"Without a doubt, my two years at Lake Land College gave me the confidence, maturity and strength to move on with my college career of education and baseball. The curriculum stretched my thinking in the classroom and the competition on the field prepared me for a smooth transition as a junior to Vanderbilt University where I studied Economics and played two years of top ranked Division I baseball. Without my two years of growth at Lake Land, I honestly don’t believe I would have finished my college career with a degree from a top 20 university or played baseball in the Southeastern Conference. My Vanderbilt experience then gave me the poise and readiness to pursue a higher level of education at St Louis University to earn a law degree. Each degree was a stepping stone for the next phase of life and today I lead an international corporation doing business in 16 countries with 200+ employees and 50,000+ independent distributors. Lake Land advanced my discipline in the classroom and persistence on the baseball field. My parents always taught me: "It’s not where you start, it’s where you finish." Lake Land gave me the start that was best for me. If I had to do it all over again, I wouldn’t change a thing."

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