Louderbach Reappoiinted to ISU Board of Trustees

From the JB Pritzker Administration:

Gov. Pritzker Appoints New Members of Illinois State University Board of Trustees

Building on a strong team of diverse experts in their fields, Governor JB Pritzker announced the following appointments in his administration: 


Kathryn Bohn will serve on the Board of Trustees of Illinois State University.* Bohn is currently a physician and partner at the Vein Specialists. Prior to this role, Bohn worked as an emergency physician for 24 years and served on the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Family Violence Council. She has also served on the Red Cross Board, the Illinois State University Foundation and Alumni Boards, the Southern Illinois University Foundation Board and served as the President of the Southern Illinois School of Medicine Board of Governors Alumni Association from 1999 to 2003. In 1999, Bohn was awarded the McLean County YWCA “Women of Distinction: Award for Professions” award and in 2005 she was inducted into the Illinois State University College of Arts and Science Hall of Fame. She received her Doctor of Medicine from Southern Illinois University, after receiving both her Master of Science and Bachelor of Science from Illinois State University. 

Robert Dobski will continue to serve on the Board of Trustees of Illinois State University.* A former co-owner of 10 area McDonald’s Restaurant franchises, Dobski served as president of the Peoria-Bloomington McDonald’s co-op and vice chair of the Ronald McDonald House Charities Board in Springfield. His newest venture, RobDob’s Restaurant and Bar is scheduled to open in Bloomington in Summer 2019.  A long-time supporter of Illinois State and the Bloomington-Normal community, Dobski and his wife, Julie, were named Philanthropists of the Year by the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation. Dobski’s service includes leadership roles with The Baby Fold’s Festival of Trees and the McLean County Chamber of Commerce. He has been active with The American Red Cross of the Heartland, the Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council and the W.D. Boyce Council Boy Scouts of America. He is a 1969 DePaul University graduate.

Rocky Donahue will continue to serve on the Board of Trustees of Illinois State University.* Donahue is a 36-year veteran of Pace Suburban Bus and currently serves as executive director, overseeing over 1,500 employees and a $400 million annual operating budget. Donahue began his career with Pace as a legislative analyst in 1984 and went on to serve as deputy executive director of external relations and interim deputy executive director of internal services before taking the helm of the agency. He is former chairman of the ISU board and current member of the Illinois Public Transportation Association Board of Directors, Good Shepherd Board of Directors, a member of the APTA Legislative Committee and a member of the ARC of Illinois. Donahue received his Master of Public Administration from Roosevelt University and his Bachelor of Science in finance at Illinois State University.

Julie Annette Jones will continue to serve on the Board of Trustees of Illinois State University.* Jones has spent the last seven years working in real estate and estate planning law at her firm Julie Annette Jones P.C. Jones is committed to making first-class legal assistance accessible and convenient within the Chicagoland area. Jones launched her firm following 15 years in corporate law and two years in estate planning. Jones also serves as the immediate past president of the National Council of Negro Women-Chicago Central Section, the secretary of Gospel Kitchen, and a member of the University’s Attorneys Advisory Board, Black Colleagues Association, Alumni Association Board of Directors. the Board of Trustees at St. John Missionary Baptist Church and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Jones received her Juris Doctor from Emory University and a dual Bachelor’ degree in political science and psychology from Illinois State University.

Mary [Ann] Louderback will continue to serve on the Board of Trustees of Illinois State University.*

Mary Ann Louderbach and State Rep. Mike Tryon at the at a Lincoln Day Dinner.

Louderback is a co-owner of Liberty Outdoor Advertising/Liberty Self-Storage. Louderback has worked for the State of Illinois in numerous positions since 1983, when she started with the Department of Commerce and Community Affairs. From 1991 to 1993, Louderback served as the Executive Assistant for Education to the Governor. In this role, she served as a policy advisor and was a liaison for the Illinois Community College Board, Illinois State Board of Education, Illinois Board of Higher Education, Illinois State Scholarship Commission and all public institutions of higher education in the state of Illinois. In 1993, Gov. Edgar appointed Louderback to the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board, where she served for 7 years. She began her career as a fifth-grade science teacher Dwight Elementary School District. Louderback is a former president of the Literacy Volunteers of America and the Illinois State university Alumni Association. Louderback received her Ph.D. and Master of Science in Educational Administration and her Bachelor of Science in Educaiton from Illinois State University. 

Robert Navarro will serve on the Board of Trustees of Illinois State University.* Navarro is currently the President and CEO of Heritage Corridor Convention and Visitors Bureau. In this role since 2006, Navarro administers a viable destination marketing program for the Illinois and Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor region that is designed to achieve economic development through tourism, marketing, promotion and development. He previously served as Director of Housing Services as U.S Equities Reality, where he worked to open the 18-story University Center that houses students from Columbia College Chicago, DePaul University and Roosevelt University in the Chicago loop. Navarro also served as a facility manager for the DuPage Children’s Museum and began his career at Illinois State University as an assistant director. He is a founding member of the Illinois State University’s Latino Alumni Network and a former chairman of the Illinois Council of Convention and Visitors Bureaus. Navarro earned his Doctor of Philosophy from Illinois State University.

Sharon Rossmark will continue to serve on the Board of Trustees of Illinois State University.* Rossmark is the CEO of Women And Drones LLC, the premier global platform for Women in the Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) industry. She also currently serves as principal of Zayos Global Ventures, a board governance and leadership development consulting firm working with corporate clients, healthcare, non-profits and education. Rossmark previously spent 29 years at Allstate Insurance, serving as their director of field support and assistant vice president of sales and distribution. She also serves as an independent board director for Special Olympics of Illinois and for Board Source, an organization that supports excellence in nonprofit governance. Rossmark received her Master of Business Administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her Bachelor of Science from Illinois State University.

*Appointments pending confirmation by the Illinois Senate.


Louderbach Reappoiinted to ISU Board of Trustees — 5 Comments

  1. Wife of former senator and career feeder at the political trough, Jack Shaffer?

    Which qualification is more important to her getting/holding this position?

    The PhD or. . .?

  2. BTW, anyone know what this seat pays?

    How much work is involved?

    Monthly meetings?



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