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2015/16 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



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 - Jerry Heintze

Hometown: Springfield, IL

High School: Lanphier

Major 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, Record Service.

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

     Equity Mortgage Planner: Tucson, AZ 2001 -  2010

     Director of kitchen operation and IT, Christ Community Church

Spouses Name: Barbara Heintze

Children: Ellie Heintze, Graduate NAU 2006, Masters NAU 2008, Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine and Masters Degree of Acupuncture

Hobbies: Softball, Running, sports watching.


Board Members


John Johnson

 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.



Paul Holze 
Hometown: Dunlap, Illinois
High School: Dunlap High School
Major(s) at U of I: Animal Sciences 
Favorite class or instructor: Molecular Biology
Other memories: Running Club Kramerica - a Club About Nothing
Work history: Director of Groundwork Promotions, Filmmaker at Groundwork Global Media
Hobbies: Running, Social Media, Playing Cards, Watching Movies, Fishing



Frank Ratey

Hometown: North Chicago, IL (not Chicago) 
High School: North Chicago Community High School 
Major(s) at U of I: Political Science, History 
Favorite class or instructor: American Political Philosophy
Other memories: Being the late Sixties and early Seventies, it was political activism and protests of the time. There was a great deal of energy and the dream of a better world at that time.
Work history: VISTA volunteer for 2 years in Boston and Arizona. Twenty years of social work experience primarily with children and families in Child Protective Service in Arizona and Colorado. Teaching Government, Economics and History was my last and most rewarding career. I am semi-retired; I substitute on a regular basis. 
Spouse's Name: Beth 
Alumni or other college? Beth attended college in her hometown, Cincinnati. 
Children: We have two adult sons, both still living in Tucson, but no grandkids. 
Hobbies: Volunteer guide at the AZ Historical Society Museum and serve as Secretary of their docent council plus reading various histories keeps me busy.





 Jerry Carbonari

Hometown:  Chicago
High School:  Bogan H.S. in Chicago
Major at U of I:  Speech & Communications
Memories:  I had a football schlorship to the University of Illinois and played football for all four years
Work History:  Upon graduation I went to work for A.B. Dick Co., a Chicago based firm. My first position with them was in New York City. I was promoted and went to Sales Training in Chicago. I met my wife, Kay, while in Chicago, we knew each other in college but didn't date until after college.  We got married in 1971 and moved to Dallas. I worked at A.B. Dick regional office. I moved to Alambama to run one of A.B. Dicks sales office. I then ran their offices in New Haven Ct. and Detroit Michigan. In 1979 I opened my own business in Tucson, Az. My Company name was A.B. Dick Products of Tucson.  While in Tucson I got involved with the Fiesta Bowl and served on there board of directors in Phoenix for many years. I am still active with the Fiesta Bowl as a life director. I truly enjoy college athletics. I was also very involved with the Better Business Bureau, as well as the Arizona Small Business Association. Over the years I have been very active in the Tucson business community.
 We had a very successful business here until I sold it in 2012. I am now retired and enjoying traveling and help with my 5 grandchildren here in Tucson.
Spouse’s Name:  Kay


Larry Newman


Hometown:  Chicago
High School:  Brother Rice H.S.  A catholic school named after the religious brother who founded the order  that taught there, the  Christian Brothers of Ireland.
Major at U of I, Chicago Circle:  I got my bachelors degree from the U of I, Chicago Circle campus in Liberal Arts and Science, majoring in history.
Work History:  That degree helped me get a job in Tucson in Social Work after I moved here after graduating in 1970. I started to invest in real estate until I got enough out of that. Later in life I went back to school and followed an interest in electronics, and eventually got my last job at Raytheon where I worked on the EKV, and Tomahawk programs.
Spouse:  I never wanted to have any children, and share my life with a wife, Susan, who is the love of my life.
Hobbies:  I enjoy computers, reading, travelling, having a dog, problem solving of all kinds, short walks, learning, sunsets, eating and drinking.
 Vanessa Miller

Hometown: Park Ridge, IL
H.S: Maine Township High School South
Major at U of I: Anthropology/Pre-med
Favorite Class:  Forensic Anthropology
Other Memories: The beauty of the fall colors on campus. Living above Papa Del's pizza, right over their ovens so my apartment floor was always warm and always smelled like pizza.  (Ironically, I only ate there once because it was so expensive.)  Nickel beers on Monday nights at O'Malley's and singing "American Pie" at midnight and sharing the "Bucket 'o Beer" with my friends at C.O. Daniel's. What can I say?...I like beer!  But I also recall many long hours studying organic chemistry and biochemisty in Grainger Library.
Work History:  Master of Accountancy from the U of A, CPA in the State of Arizona.  I have worked in Public Accounting, Corporate Accounting and to fully round out my career I currently work for the Federal Government.   
Anthony Castiglia. Bachelor's degrees from Illinois State University and Master's Degree from Arizona State University.
Children: Carson Castiglia
Hobbies: Doing anything in my power to make Carson laugh.  In my spare time (when is that, really?) I enjoy Mountain Biking, Hiking, Tennis & Reading.


Larry Jagnow

Hometown: Moline, Illinois 

High School: Moline High School, 1959 

Major at U of I: Journalism          

Favorite class or instructor:   Dr. Starr, Roman History

Other memories: A load of intramural fraternity sports

Work history: Began as writer on suburban weekly newspaper; went to trade magazine in  Madison, Wisconsin; served three years as officer in U.S. Army, including tour in Vietnam; went into public relations with Western Electric, International Harvester and Loyola U. of Chicago; then public relations with Evangelical Health Systems (now Advocate Health Systems), and ended as senior v.p. with Ancilla Systems, Hobart, Indiana

Spouse's Name: Anne Jagnow

Alumni or other college? Anne graduated U. of Wisconsin, 1967

Children: Lauren (40) and William (35)

Hobbies:  Golf, writing and model railroading.  Very interested in U. of I and its Tucson alumni association.