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IVCC Foundation bids farewell to two directors

New leaders welcomed

OGLESBY — The Illinois Valley Community College Foundation this week bid farewell to two directors and welcomed a pair of new leaders.

Patty Godfrey of Ottawa, a Foundation director since 1994, stepped down from the board at the organization’s annual meeting but not before being lauded by board President O.J. Stoutner.

Terry Judd of Hennepin, a director since 2008, announced in a letter he was stepping down from the board.

Judd and Godfrey will be replaced by a pair of prominent IVCC alumni: Dr. Kim Novak of Grand Ridge and Cam Valle, a native of Oglesby who works in Streator.

Novak, a veterinarian with clinics in Ottawa and Streator, graduated magna cum laude from IVCC in 1972 before earning her bachelor’s and doctorate from the University of Illinois. She is a former member of the Ottawa Township High School Foundation Board and she and husband Gus Rinker created an IVCC scholarship. Daughter Caitlyn Rinker, also an IVCC graduate now studying veterinarian medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was named to the All-USA Community College Academic Team in 2011, distinguishing her among the top 20 community college students in the nation.
Valle, general manager at Plymouth Tube in Streator since 2009, graduated from IVCC in 1983 and Western Illinois University in 1985 with a degree in industrial engineering and a minor in business management while also playing football. An all-state running back at LP and IVCC, he still holds the Cavalier rushing record.

Valle, IVCC’s 2004 Alumnus of the Year, is vice chair of the board at Eureka Savings Bank and lives in Princeton with wife Barb, daughters Kristin, Sarah and Kelly, and stepson Ben.

The Foundation, established in 1976, expects to award more than 250 scholarships during the 2014-15 academic year, said Fran Brolley, director of community relations and development.

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