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Board of Directors 

Mannie Jackson

Director & President

Mannie Jackson

Mannie Jackson was born in a railroad boxcar in Illmo, Missouri, before moving to Edwardsville, Illinois and finding statewide high school success on the basketball court. In college, he became the first of the University of Illinois' African-American student athletes. He then went on to a playing career for the Harlem Globetrotters before rising through the ranks at Honeywell to become one of the company's senior corporate officers. Jackson later bought the Harlem Globetrotters and became the nation's first African-American owner of a global sports and entertainment brand.

Robert L. Watson

Director & Vice President

Robert L. WatsonRobert Watson is an attorney who has worked with the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission in Washington D.C. and served as Illinois Attorney General from 1965-1967. He is the longest tenured member of the Lewis and Clark Community College Board of Trustees, having joined in 1977. Watson has built strong ties through volunteerism with several community organizations, including the Piasa School District, Brighton Picnic Association, Macoupin County Economic Development Partnership and the State and Macoupin County Bar Associations.

Dr. Dale Chapman

Director & Secretary, Treasurer

Dr. Dale ChapmanDr. Dale Chapman is president of Lewis and Clark Community College, executive director of the Lewis and Clark Community College Foundation and chairman of the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center. During his two-decade tenure as president, college enrollment has more than tripled, and Chapman has overseen the construction of many major capital projects totaling more than $180 million His leadership has resulted in numerous unique, iconic partnerships that have expanded educational opportunities for students throughout the college district.



ELSIE MCCABE THOMPSONElsie McCabe Thompson is the President of the New York City Mission Society, one of the nation's oldest social service organizations that has entered its third century of the war against poverty. In 2011, she was one of the first 15 individuals, selected from an international pool of candidates, to be awarded the Ford Foundation Visionary Award for her innovative efforts on the front lines of social issues that offer clear and concrete pathways to improved economic opportunities and the expansion of political and social participation for millions of marginalized people.

Vada Manager


Vada Manager

Vada Manager is the Chief Executive Officer of Manager Global Consulting Group and Senior Counselor of APCO Worldwide, a strategic consulting company. Prior to that, he was an independence global consultant. Manager served as the Senior Director of Global Issues Management for Nike, Inc. from 2006 until March 2009, and held various management positions at Nike beginning in 1997. Before Nike, he performed a similar role for Levi Strauss & Co. and was also a Vice President of the Washington D.C.-based public affairs firm, Powell Tate, a part of Weber Shandwick. Manager is also Chair of the Civilian Public Affairs Committee of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Mark Goldenberg


Mark Goldenberg

Mark C. Goldenberg was one of the founders of Goldenberg Heller Antognoli & Rowland, P.C., and currently serves as the firm’s managing partner. Goldenberg focuses his practice on Estate Planning, Tax Law, Commercial Law and Class Actions. He is also a Certified Public Accountant and practiced as a CPA for more than 10 years. Goldenberg serves as a member of the University of Illinois President’s Council, College of Law Cribbet Society and Fighting Illini Scholarship Fund Loyalty Cirtcle. He was appointed to the College of Law Board of Visitors in 2001. Goldenberg is also an annual presenter at the University of Illinois School of Law’s Trial Advocacy program.  

David J. Downey


David Downey

David J. Downey, founder of the Downey Group, Inc., is a current member of the Board of Directors of M Financial Holdings and of M Life Insurance Company. He is a frequent speaker at local, state and national meetings of lawyers, accountants, life insurance agents and various business groups, has conducted seminars in 42 states and 10 foreign countries, and spoken at annual meetings of the Million Dollar Round Table, the American Society of Chartered Life Underwriters, the Association for Advanced Life Underwriting, the National Association of Life Underwriters, the International Forum and Top of the Table. Downey has served as national President of the Association for Advanwatson ced Life Underwriting (1984) and as International President of the Top of the Table (1980). He is presently a life member of the University of Illinois Foundation Board, and formerly on the University of Illinois College of Business Board of Overseers, as well as a board member of First Busey Corporation and The Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette, Inc.


Executive Director

Edward HightowerDr. Edward Hightower is a former member of the Lewis and Clark Community College Board of Trustees and retired 20-year superintendent of the Edwardsville Community Unit School District 7. He is known nationally as an award-winning Division I basketball referee, officiating in 12 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Final Four tournaments. Hightower is also a former member of the SIU Board of Trustees, and has been recognized locally and nationally for his contributions to education.

Gayla Moore


Gayla MooreGayla Moore is the previous CEO and owner of Nevco, a sports technology company. During her leadership, Nevco transformed from near obsolescence to industry leader and became the largest privately held scoreboard manufacturer in the world. Throughout her 25 years of manufacturing, supply chain, and consulting experience, she has embraced cultural and philosophical diversity as a leader. She has spoken at numerous events on the topic of women in manufacturing. Gayla’s participation in various organizations, non-­?profits, and boards reflect her interest and passion for helping others: African Vision of Hope, Women’s President Organization, APICS, Deloitte Women’s Leadership Initiative, EGHM Foundation, Nevco Sports LLC, and Restore Décor (ministry of Faith Coalition).

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