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LLCC honors 2024 Distinguished Service Awards recipients

Recognizes service anniversaries and retirees

Press contact: Angela Try

SPRINGFIELD — Lincoln Land Community College honored 2024 Distinguished Service Award winners, employees with service anniversaries and retirees at the LLCC Employee Recognition Ceremony May 16.

The college presented five Distinguished Service Awards to individuals who demonstrate exemplary leadership and service to the college community, promote a student-focused environment and exhibit a strong commitment to the college’s core values. 

Distinguished Service Award recipients:

Hillsboro: Classified Staff – Brenda Loschen, administrative assistant to the dean of arts & communication
Pana: Adjunct Faculty – Raven Hinton, adjunct instructor of sonography
Springfield: Faculty – Bill Harmon, professor of agronomy; Professional Staff – Samuel Penning (also celebrating 25 years of service); Administrator – Chris Russell, LLCC chief of police

Thirty-five-year service honorees:

Springfield: Dr. Cynthia Maskey, dean, health professions

Thirty-year service honorees:

Springfield: Ira Bradley, building custodian

Twenty-five-year service honorees:

Auburn: Tony Rothering, professor of biology
Chatham: Karie Longhta, associate vice president, finance
Springfield: Julie Clevenger, executive director, center for academic success; Matthew Shaver, professor of integrated media design; Lori Smith, financial and research analyst, LLCC Foundation.

Twenty-year service honorees:

Arenzville: Anita Glydewell, child development teacher
Chatham: Mary Beth Ponser, child development teacher
Loami: Dr. Tricia Kujawa, assistant vice president, institutional research and effectiveness
Nokomis: Karen Sanders, vice president advancement/executive director, LLCC Foundation
Pawnee: Stephanie Cummings, placement and testing coordinator
Rochester: Rich Teeter, professor of agri-business management
Springfield: Leslie Stalter, professor of art; George Vaughn, professor of communication
Waverly: Tracy Kesinger, professor of nursing


Nina Koch, records specialist, 30 years
Beardstown: Jennifer Meyer, education services representative, LLCC Jacksonville, 14 years
Hillsboro: Cathleen Ferguson, associate professor, basic nurse assistant, 14 years
Jacksonville: Michael Meyers, assistant professor, respiratory care, 11 years
Mechanicsburg: Dr. Mary Goldstein, professor of nursing, 21 years
New Berlin: Cindy Burger, administrative assistant to the dean of English and humanities, 6 years
Pleasant Plains: Barb Bernardi, professor of biology, 16 years
Springfield: Laurie Clemons, student success coach, 28 years; John Ryan, building custodian, 24 years; Lynn Whalen chief communications officer, 18 years