Nearly each Jacksonville Rotary Club meeting features a local, state, or nationally known speaker who addresses the club on issues of current interest. The club has been fortunate to attract speakers of renown on a regular basis. Check out some of the recent individuals who have recently addressed the Club.


photo-cPresident Mark J. Tierno, MacMurray College

MacMurray President Mark Tierno addressed the Jacksonville Rotary Club, presenting an optimistic program of expansion of MacMurray College. Tierno began his career at the college in 2016, and is looking to revitalize the campus community.

Tierno was president of Cazenovia College since 2000. During his tenure, the College’s enrollment grew by a third, and the retention rates of both first-year students and the student population as a whole have more than doubled. Further, he moved Cazenovia into the first tier of baccalaureate colleges in the US News rankings of the best colleges in the North.

“I believe my background and experiences relate directly to the agenda for growth and development that has been identified by the MacMurray campus community,” Tierno stated.

In his 15 years as president of Cazenovia College, Tierno has had a powerful, positive impact on the College’s improvement and expansion. In addition to the accomplishments noted above, Cazenovia saw the number of students applying to the College triple. The College’s fundraising arm was restructured under his leadership, helping to yield a five-fold increase in annual donations, including the first seven-figure foundation gifts in the College’s history.


President Barbara A. Farley, Illinois College

Barbara A. Farley, the 14th President of Illinois College, has dedicated her career to building strong academic institutions that inspire students to lead lives of meaning and service. Before coming to Illinois College in 2013, Farley was vice president of academic affairs and dean of the college at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She has served higher education in the classroom and through administrative roles for over 30 years in a range of liberal arts colleges and universities.

Farley graduated from the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration and a minor in French. She received her M.B.A and Ph.D. in business administration (with concentrations in organizational leadership and strategic management) from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. In 2007 she participated in the Institute for Educational Management at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and in 2013 returned to Boston to join colleagues from around the world in the Harvard Seminar for New Presidents.

Farley’s scholarly interests are in organizational leadership and practice. Her doctoral dissertation focused on the role of the chief executive officer as the catalyst for strategic alignment. Her personal interests include the study of French language and culture, world travel and contemporary dance.


Tyler Aring, CCK Automations

Tyler Aring is the C.O.O. of CCK Automations, an electronics and injection molding manufacturer in Jacksonville.  His responsibilities include overseeing day to day operations as well as the future developments of the company.  Previously, Tyler worked as the production manager for CCK Automations in addition to managing a machine and metal fabrication facility in Jacksonville.

Tyler worked for the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office as a deputy for 3 years and currently works part time for the Village of South Jacksonville and Jacksonville Special Response Team.

Tyler graduated from JHS, LLCC, and obtained his BA in Organizational Leadership from MacMurray College
Tyler is a veteran and served 9 years in psychological operations for the US Army from 2001-2009 and served in Iraq in 2003.


13317062_1441657369193369_2200120752297607056_oSamantha Sauer, Illinois College Al Habtoor Archives

Samantha Sauer addressed the club on the ongoing efforts of the Illinois College Al Habtoor Archives, and it’s role in preserving the history of the College and West Central Illinois. Sauer joined the Illinois College staff in 2015 to operate and organize the archives, and has helped establish it as one of the premier conservation efforts in the area.



Brent Keener, Nestlé USA – Plant Manager, Jacksonville Factory

Mr Keener is responsible for supporting $300 Million in annual sales of Coffee-Mate powder and 180 Associates on a 24/7 Manufacturing Operation in Jacksonville, IL.  With 10 years of experience with Nestlé , Keener has worked in three different divisions across 4 locations within Nestle. His experience includes frozen meals, confections, and beverage products and have worked internationally. He was also featured on Food TV’s “unwrapped” for Baby Ruth Manufacturing. Prior to joining Nestle, Keener had 5 years of experience with the Dept. of Defense as a project scientist, specializing in environmental science. Mr Keener was raised in the south and graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in chemistry. He is married to wife Carol, and welcomes his first child in May 2017.


Jack Cosner – City of Jacksonville- Superintendent of Operations

Mr. Cosner represents the City of Jacksonville, IL Utilities Department.  Prior to beginning his career in the water & wastewater fields, Jack worked in the commercial and industrial fields where he learned what is needed to assess a difficult situation and come up with solutions.  Jack began to apply those skills in the water/wastewater industry with the Village of Ashland, IL beginning in 1984.  In 1989, Jack took a position with the City of Jacksonville as a water plant operator, was promoted to lead man on the maintenance crew in 1997 and then promoted to Assistant Superintendent for the water department in 2000.  In 2006 Jack became the Superintendent of Operations for both the water and wastewater departments and maintains that position today.


Lydia Miller – DOT Foods

Miller has been with Dot since 2007.  Most recently, she was promoted to the Director of Corporate Recruiting after starting working in the Accounting, Replenishment, and Customer Service Departments.  She currently lives in Quincy with her husband Brett and 2 children.