Professional Women of McLean County, Inc., is guided by a volunteer Board of Directors consisting of local professional women. Each member of the board serves graciously and we are thankful for their service! Interested in getting involved? Current board openings along with a board application can be found below.
2019 Board of Directors
Andrea Aggertt, AIA, NCARB is a Project Architect at Shive-Hattery Architects and Engineers. She has been with Shive-Hattery for 13 years, has a passion for the built environment and specializes in commercial and retail clients. She joined PWMC in 2017, and is excited to be serving as President for 2019. Andrea is active in the community as a member of Bloomington Normal Young Professionals, McLean County Chamber of Commerce, Volunteers at her son’s school and serves on the Salvation Army Golf Outing committee, Treasurer for Boy Scout Pack #55 and a Director of the local American Institute of Architects organization.
Andrea is originally from the Effingham Illinois area. She graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Architectural Studies from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and her Masters of Architecture from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Andrea, her husband and two kids currently reside in Bloomington. In her spare time Andrea enjoys spending time with friends and family, golfing and sewing.
Maureen Fuller has been a member of PWMC for the past year. A Central Illinois native with an adventurous spirit, she graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale with a degree in Marketing and minor in Spanish. Shortly after graduating college, she began her career in newspaper advertising, first with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in Atlanta, GA and then with the Santa Barbara News-Press in Santa Barbara, CA. A job offer received through a networking opportunity led her to Los Angeles and Live Nation where she spent five years selling season seats to the hottest shows at Live Nation owned and operated amphitheaters and clubs in the city.
A trip to Africa led her to make a career change with the opportunity to realize a childhood dream. Over a period of 3 ½ years, she taught English to a variety of students while living in Korea, Japan, and Colombia. She returned stateside over 2 years ago and currently works as an Account Executive with Neuhoff Media in downtown Bloomington where she connects local businesses to the community through radio and digital advertisements. In addition to PWMC, Maureen is currently involved with Community Cancer Center’s Advocacy Group and the YWCA.
Nicole Allen, CPA, CVA is a manager at Insight CPAs & Financial Services, LLC. Nicole has been with Insight for more than 7 years and brings a wealth of experience in the area of tax, accounting, business valuations and fraud investigations. Nicole is past-president of Professional Women of McLean County (2015 & 2016) and has served on the board for 8 years. She has been a member of PWMC for 8 years. In addition, Nicole is a member of BNI (Bloomington YX Marks the Spot), and the McLean County Chamber of Commerce. Nicole graduated from Illinois State University and lives just outside of Bloomington/Normal with her husband and daughter.
Director of Communications
Melissa Larson has been a PWMC member for 9 years, having served on the board the past 7 years. In her professional life, Melissa works as a Graphic Designer and Operations Manager at CPG Printing & Graphics, a local small format print and graphics company since 2000. Additionally, Melissa owns a marketing consulting business, Mad Strategy, where she helps businesses create a unique, personalized and local voice for online marketing and advertising.
Melissa is a native of the Bloomington/Normal community, enjoys travel, reading, and spending time with her family. Melissa graduated from Lincoln College (Normal, ABE) in 2013 with a BA in Business Administration, concentrated in marketing. Melissa is also an active member in BNI (Bloomington ONE chapter), Heartland Community College Alumni Association Board of Directors, Bloomington/Normal Jaycees. and the McLean County Chamber of Commerce.
Director of Membership
Melissa Menke has been a PWMC member for 2 years and looks forward to an exciting year ahead. Melissa is an Interior Designer at Shive Hattery, an architecture & engineering consulting firm. Prior to working at Shive Hattery, Melissa worked at BLDD Architects and helped design several educational and religious facilities in the McLean County community and other surrounding communities. She has a strong passion creating spaces that positively impact, and improve, any and all end-users. She also enjoys building strong, trusting, and long-lasting relationships with her clients, contractors, and pretty much anyone she meets.
Melissa graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts, concentrated on Interior Design and a minor in Psychology from Maryville University in St. Louis. She, like Melissa Larson, is a proud native of the Bloomington-Normal community. In her personal life, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, exercising (or finding time to!), and running her daughters to and from their different dance and gymnastics classes!
Director of Special Events
Melissa Marx was born in Hammond, Indiana and points to her roots in Hammond as an integral part of her life. Melissa has dedicated her professional life to the health care industry and is now the Administrator at Fort Jesse Imaging & Gale Keeran Center for Women.
Melissa is incredibly active within the Bloomington/Normal community serving on the Pink Partners of the Community Cancer Center Board of Directors, Leadership McLean County class of 2016-2017, Heartland Community College Alumni Association Board of Directors, Heartland Community College Radiography Board of Directors, Bloomington/Normal Jaycees, NeXt Professionals, McLean County Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, Melissa has recently become a Customer Coach for G.E. Healthcare in addition to her full time role and volunteer activities.
In 2014, Melissa was nominated as a 20under40 recipient through McLean County Chamber of Commerce and The Pantagraph. The following year, Melissa was recognized for her leadership skill of Connection through the Shoop Shift Leadership Awards. Melissa received the AHRA Leadership Institute Basic Management Skills Certificate in January 2016. She is a 2017 graduate of Leadership McLean County. In the fall of 2018, Melissa had the opportunity to present at the Automated Breast Ultrasound (ABUS) User Meeting.
Director of Programs
Cassandra Newman is the Vice President of Four Seasons Health Club, located in Bloomington IL. Cassandra has a background in marketing communication, sales, technology, lead generation and organizational leadership. She began her career at 19 as single mother working full-time supporting herself through college. Cassandra graduated with a Bachelors in Integrated Marketing Communication from Abilene Christian University, being the first person to attend college in her family.
After college Cassandra took on the adventure of moving from Texas to the Chicago area with her son and husband. She continued to work in the marketing and publishing field as an Account Executive for Aspen Marketing Agency in West Chicago. In this role she oversaw marketing and advertising campaigns for the Daimler Chrysler and Jeep brands. In 2006 Cassandra joined Transcontinental Printing in Montreal, Quebec as their Business Development Manager. For six years Cassandra traveled across the US and Canada training and leading their sales and marketing efforts for the Catalog and Magazine division. Her clients included Time Magazine and American Airlines.
Cassandra and her family then relocated to the Bloomington-Normal area. As a member of Four Seasons at that time, Cassandra chose to follow her passion and took a role in their marketing department. She fell in love with the Four Seasons culture and the opportunity to make an impact on people’s lives, leading her to take on additional roles and responsibilities.
Cassandra has certifications in Business & Life Coaching as well as completed the ISU Organizational Leadership Certification Program. She was a graduate of the 2017 Class of Leadership McLean County Program. In 2018 Cassandra was honored with the Shoop Shift Award for Coaching in Leadership. Cassandra continues to serve on advisory committees for the Chamber of Commerce LMC program, Director of Programs for Professional Women of McLean County and Director of Vocational Training for Catalyst Ministries. She is passionate about the humane treatment of animals and the environment as well as coaching others on the topics of strengths based empathetic leadership. Cassandra believes that true strength and wisdom comes from adversity and experience.
Director at Large
Charlene Homan is a writer and founder of Touchstone Storytelling which she established in 2015. Through Touchstone Storytelling she writes, edits and designs personal histories and family stories, creating custom family books. Touchstone Storytelling also recently started a series of custom adoption books.
Additionally, Charlene works as a freelance editor, book designer and business communication manager. She has worked in corporate communications, public relations and development for over 15 years.
Charlene earned a bachelor of art’s degree in English from Eastern Illinois University where she also minored in Journalism and Public Relations.
Originally from Lansing, Illinois, Charlene and her husband Chris have three children.
Interested in a position on the board? Our meetings are open to any of our members, please join us for a meeting to see how you can get involved!
Apply for an open board position by filling out the form below, the current Board will be in contact with you shortly. If you have questions about the responsibilities of the Board of Directors, you are welcome to reach out to the Board president at email@example.com
Board of Director Responsibilities
As agents of Professional Women of McLean County, Directors shall conduct themselves ethically and responsibly on behalf of the organization and its members. Working in conjunction with one another, the directors shall function as a team and utilize consensus-building approaches in leading and directing the organization as determined by the members and in accordance with the by-laws.