Board of Directors
2010 - 2011 Officers and Board of Directors
These are our current Officers and Board of Directors. If
you have interest in serving on the board with us please contact us. We
always welcome new faces and fresh ideas.
President - Mike Bayers
Hometown: Park Ridge, Illinois
High School: Maine South
Major(s) at U of I: BS Electrical Engineering
Favorite class or instructor: Railroad Engineering - W.W. Hay
Other memories: Met my wife last semester of my senior year.
Dorm life on the third floor of Scott Hall (Da Ritz) with music blaring
in the courtyard. The aroma of south farms. Streakers on the Quad.
Fall Football. The Chief. The Red Lion.
Work history: GTE Automatic Electric – Engineer, Digital
Equipment Corporation – Sales Manager, Apollo Computer – Sales Manager,
Hewlett Packard – Area Sales Manager, Bay Networks – National Account
Manager, Cadence Design Systems – Major Accounts Manager, Entropia –
Regional Sales Director.
Present: Canyon Computer Services of Tucson - Owner
Spouse’s Name: Patti Bayers (U of I – BS Biology)
Children: Aimee (ISU - Marketing) and Jonathan (U of I – BS Computer Science)
Hobbies: Technology, Golf, Hiking, Cooking
Vice President - Barton Ladd
Hometown: Chicago IL
High School: Hirsch High School
Major(s) at U of I: Marketing/Journalism
Favorite class or instructor: "Campaigns" with Hugh Sargent
Other memories: J.C. Caroline on Saturday afternoon (with QB Hiles Stout & R.B. Bobbie Mitchell)
Work history: GE V.P. Marketing (GE Capital)
Director of Marketing, American Medical Assn.
XVP N.W. Ayer (Major International Advertising Agency) -- When Congress
eliminated the draft, N.W. Ayer was hired to create the new volunteer
army via civilian marketing techniques. With 152 employees and $200
million, I was in charge of executing that recruitment program for
several years in New York.
Spouses Name: Janice
Children: Ann -- Hinsdale, IL, Nancy - Minneapolis, MN
Hobbies: Golf, Civil War, Veterans' Administration Volunteer
Secretary - Martin Kissil
Hometown: Bronx, New York
High School: Dewitt Clinton H.S.
Major(s) at U of I: Physiology/Cell Biology
Work history: University of Illinois (Urbana, IL), 1979-1983
Amersham Corporation (Arlington Heights, IL), 1983-89
R&D Systems, Inc. (Minneapolis, MN), 1989-2003
Spouses Name: Michèle Kissil
Alumni or other college? University of Illinois & University of Illinois Medical Ctr.
Children: Marie and Meagan
Treasurer - Mark Yonan
Hometown: Decatur, Illinois
High School: MacArthur High School
Major at U of I: B.A. of History, 1993
Memories: Attending Basketball and Football Games, Hanging out on the Quad, Green Street Fun
Work History: Owner Wright and Yonan, PLLC. Law Firm, Tucson, Arizona, 2007 - Present
Associate General Counsel, First Magnus Financial Corporation, Tucson, Arizona, 2005-2007
Associate Attorney, Lewis and Roca, Tucson, Arizona, 2004-2005
Associate Attorney, Rusing and Lopez, P.L.L.C., Tucson, Arizona, 1998-2004
Law Clerk for Judge Nanette Warner, Pima County Superior Court, Tucson, Arizona 1997-1998
Spouse’s Name: Nansi Naranjo
Children: Tony and Sam
Hobbies: Golf, Running, Sports Watching, Playing with my kids
Hometown: Tamaroa, IL, Perry Co., all of 750 strong
High School: DuQuoin
Major(s) at U of I: Industrial Administration/ College of Commerce
Favorite class or instructor: Labor Economics
Other memories: Delta Sigma Phi, ROTC, Mining Engineering minor, ushering at McKinley Presby Church.
President of UIUC Dad’s Assoc. ’91-’92.
Work history: 2 years at the Infantry School at Fort Benning.
35 years with IBM in Sales and Sales management in several states on the east coast.
Spouses Name: Jean Prater Blanchard
Children: Townsend “Ty” Blanchard, UIUC class of ’94.
Elizabeth Blanchard, UCONN class of ’89.
Hobbies: Golf, Hiking, SAR, attending Illini football games, cooking, and vacation trips.
Snowbird – Summers in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.
Member of Gideons International
High School: Clarence (NY) Central
Major(s) at U of I: Engineering Physics (BS '64), Physic (MS '65)
Favorite class or instructor: Solid State Physics -- John Bardeen
Other memories: '64 Rose Bowl, Kennedy visit in '60, Goldwater
Whistle Stop ' 64, first married residence above old McBride's drug
store on Lincoln Avenue, beating UCLA 110-87 -- five great years!!
Work history: United States Steel -- International Manufacturing and Technical Assistance -- Gary Works
Indiana General Magnet Products
I G Technologies
Lake Station Community Presbyterian Church
First Presbyterian Church, Merrillville
Valparaiso University School of Business
Highlands Presbyterian Church
Spouses Name: Patricia Coyne-Johnson
Alumni Other College: University of Chicago (JD '69)
McCormick Theological Seminary (M.Div. 97)
Hobbies: Golf, Weigh-lifting, Opera, Reading, Travel
I bleed orange and blue, have served on Visitors Committee of College of
Engineering, am in second term as a member of Foundation, and was a
Alumni Homecoming honoree in '98, one of my greatest thrills.
Hometown: Springfield, IL
High School: Lanphier
Major(s) at U of I: B.S. Business Administration (Marketing) 1976
Favorite class or instructor: Jagdish Sheth: Consumer Behavior
Other memories: Going to Basketball & Football games even
though we were not very good. Great concerts, Second Chance, Murphy’s,
Memories after graduating: Watching the Football team go undefeated in October 1983 on their way to the Rose Bowl.
Work history: Manager/Owner Zorba’s Restaurant, Champaign, IL 1976 – 1997
Owner/Operator: Centre Café, Tucson Arizona 1997 – 2002
Loan Originator: Charter Funding, Tucson, AZ 2001 - 2007 Loan Originator: Sunstreet Mortgage, Tucson, Arizona 2007 - December 2011
Owner: TucsonNightOut.com, Tucson, Arizona 2010 - Present
Director of Kitchen Operationa, Christ Community Church
Spouses Name: Barbara Heintze
Children: Ellie Heintze, Graduate NAU 2006,, MBA NAU 2008
Hobbies: Softball, Running, sports watching.