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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 2014

Tony Aghaei

Tony Aghaei

Mattoon, IL

Hometown:Mattoon, IL
Employer: K.C. Summers Buick, Inc.
Job Title: Sales Manager
Profession/ Occupation: Automotive Sales
Attended: Fall 1978
Major: Microbiology

"I came to Lake Land College as a foreign student in 1978 the faculty and staff was the most helpful and met a fellow student named Keith Summers, which offered me a job at this family owned car dealership. I washed cars, and worked in service while attending Lake Land College. I attended Southern Illinois University and when I came back to Mattoon I started in sales at the place where I had my first automotive experience, and it truly has been a great career. I am grateful for the wonderful opportunity that I was given. In my view Lake Land College is one of the most solid higher education institutions in the country and will promote it as best I can. "

Brett Henschen

Brett Henschen

Pana, IL

Hometown: Pana, IL
Employer: Automotive Equipment Sales & Service
Job Title: Owner/Vice President
Profession/ Occupation: Sales & Manager
Graduated: 1984
Degree: Associate in Applied Science
Major: Business Management

"Lake Land College provided a business management program that has given me the skills to establish Automotive Equipment Sales & Services, along with my father in 1991.  With business & accounting classes taken at Lake Land we were able to grow our business to employee 12 to 14 local people in full time capacity, never having to cut any of our employees under 40 hours a week.  Lake Land’s ongoing support to educate people of all ages, skill levels, and careers in this region is a great asset to our communities. "

Patty Montgomery

Patty Montgomery

Mattoon, IL

Hometown: Oakland, IL
Employer: Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center
Job Title: Physician Assistant - Certified
Profession/ Occupation: Sales & Manager
Graduated: 1984
Attended: Summer & Fall of 1996
Major: Business Management

"At that time in my life, I was aggressively pursuing admission into a Physician Assistant program. I had earned a well-rounded education at EIU, but was lacking some experience and class work in a few disciplines.

I researched what Lake Land College had to offer and was pleasantly surprised at the variety of classes offered. I was able to pick a few classes, which were required pre-requisites to a few of the programs I had applied to.

I feel taking those classes rounded out my education needs and requirements for admission to my physician assistant program."

Mike Sullivan

Mike Sullivan

Mattoon, IL

Hometown: Humboldt, IL
Employer: Illinois Eastern Community Colleges
Job Title: Director of Outreach, Small Business Development Center
Profession/ Occupation: Business Start-up and Growth Consultant
Graduated: 1970
Degree: Ag-Transfer
Major: Agriculture

"After returning home from the service my plans were to attend college; I just didn’t know where. But while in Vietnam, my dad mentioned in a letter about a new college starting in Mattoon and encouraged me to attend. Being a new college with no official approved accreditation papers, the Military was not in a hurry to allow me to leave early to attend Lake Land College. After a couple of calls from then College President Virgil Judge, asking who in Washington he should call, I received my discharge papers and headed home to attend the new college in Mattoon.

One of my older brothers who had already started at Lake Land kept telling me to get involved in something; so I did. Each of the activities I joined, such as student government, photographer for the newspaper or the state IBHE- SAC (Student Advisory Committee) had one thing in common, helping others. I did not know nor did I understand that while at Lake Land I had become what is now known as a servant-leader. A term I was not comfortable with until accepting the idea; if you are going to be the leader, you need to find a way to help others.

Education has helped me help others in many ways throughout my life; for education is like the roots of a plant; they are usually unseen but they are the strength of the plant. By being the tool to cultivate and add air to the roots we help others grow.?"

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