Board of Directors

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.

2018 Board of Directors

Melissa Larson


Melissa has been a PWMC member for 7 years, having served on the board the past 5 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.


Andrea Aggertt

Andrea, 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 on the board this year, while assuming the role of 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.

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.

Nicole Allen


Nicole, 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 6 years. She has been a member of PWMC for 6 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.

Chris Linder

Director of Communications

Chris Linder has been a member of PWMC for 1 year and has proudly accepted the position of Director of Communications for the board in 2018. She currently works for CertaPro Painters as a Painting Estimator in Residential Sales and is also a Marketing Consultant for McLean County Foot & Ankle. She has worked for several local companies over the years, including jobs in retail management, office management and most recently, in the sales and service industries. She is a BNI member for the Bloomington-Normal Nooners chapter and is an active member of both the McLean County Chamber of Commerce and Sunrise Rotary Club of Bloomington-Normal.

Chris is a graduate from Illinois State University ’91 with a B.S. in Communications. She has just recently participated in an 8-week, Dale Carnegie Course “Skills for Success,”  course receiving a Certificate of Achievement in November 2017

Melissa Marx

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.

Melissa received the AHRA Leadership Institute Basic Management Skills Certificate in January 2016.

Director of Membership

Melissa Menke

Melissa Menke has been a PWMC member for 1 year 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!


Interested in a position on the board? Currently we have openings on the board including:

  • Secretary  
  • Director of Programs  
  • Director at Large

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

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.