The Illinois Correctional Employees' Memorial Association is only successful due to the hard work of the Board Members (past and present) and the support of the membership from all around the Illinois Department of Corrections and the Department of Juvenile Justice.
Mike Funk - President
Manager Jail and Detention Standards - IDOC Concordia Campus
Mike Funk has been employed with the Illinois Department of Corrections for 25 years. His IDOC career started as a Correctional Officer at the Jacksonville Correctional Center in 1990. In 1996, he promoted to Correctional Lieutenant where he supervised 50-60 officers and managed 15 eight man inmate public work crews on a daily basis. In 2002, he promoted to an Executive II at IDOC central office as co-coordinator of the Correctional Officer Trainee screening/hiring division. He supervised 30- 40 employees and co-coordinated the statewide Correctional Officer Examination process. In 2006, he was promoted to Public Service Administrator managing the IDOC statewide background investigation unit. The unit conducts comprehensive background checks on all prospective state employees, contractual employees, volunteers, tours, outside workers and any other individual entering an IDOC facility. In 2011, he began his current position as a Public Service Administrator managing the Jail and Detention Standards Unit. The unit is responsible for monitoring and inspecting all Illinois County Jails and Municipal Lockups. Both the Illinois County Jail Standards and the Illinois Municipal Jail and Lockup Standards are governed by the Illinois Administrative Code Title #20: Corrections, Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement, Chapter 1: Department of Corrections. He communicates and corresponds with numerous state wide law enforcement agencies. In addition, the unit receives a federal grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention to monitor juvenile detainment in approximately 1400 municipal lockups and county jails. In addition to his daily duties, he is a member of the IDOC statewide critical incident/security review team, certified Rutan interviewer and IDOC Springfield Employee Benefit Fund Committee. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Illinois Juvenile Officers Association as is the current Vice President of the Illinois Correctional Employee Memorial Association.
Ryan Nottingham - Vice President
Methods and Procedures Advisor III - IDOC Concordia Campus
Ryan Nottingham began his career in state government in 1999 as a Student Intern with the Illinois Department of Rehabilitation. He later transferred to the Department of Human Services and then to the Department of Revenue before finally transferring to the Department of Corrections in August 2000. Mr. Nottingham started his corrections career as a Telecommunicator in the Operations Center. In this capacity, he helped operate and maintain the Statewide commander center for IDOC and IDJJ. He was responsible for maintaining fugitive case files, ensuring an appropriate response for all critical incidents and assisting in parole case management. After 11 years, Mr. Nottingham promoted to Vehicle Coordinator in the Property Control Unit. He was responsible for overseeing the Department’s 1,500 vehicle fleet and served as the Department’s Vehicle Accident Coordinator. In January 2013, Mr. Nottingham accepted a promotion to the Policy & Directive Unit as a Methods & Procedures Advisor II, and in July 2014 accepted a promotion to Methods & Procedures Advisor III, serving as Assistant Manager of the Unit. In this capacity, Mr. Nottingham researches, drafts and distributes policy on a Statewide basis and is responsible for the supervision of the other staff writers. In addition to his professional duties, Mr. Nottingham is the Chairman of the Springfield Employee Benefit Committee; is very active in the Springfield chapter of Share, a parent’s bereavement group; is currently a board member of the Illinois Correctional Employee Memorial Association; and stays very busy with his two young boys. Mr. Nottingham holds an Associate’s Degree in Biology; a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology; and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Criminal Justice Administration.
Mandy Page - Secretary
Administrative Assistant I - IDOC Concordia Campus
Ms. Page began her career with the Illinois Department of Corrections in 1999 as an Office Specialist, working in the Office of Inmate Issues. In 2001, she promoted to an Office Administrator III when the Background Investigations Unit was established. Ms. Page has worked as an Administrative Assistant since 2004 in a variety of offices. She was temporarily assigned as the statewide FOIA Officer in 2011. Ms. Page has worked in the offices of the Central District Deputy Director, Chief Legal Counsel, Deputy Chief of Operations, Chief of Operations and Executive Chief to the Director, where she currently works today.
David Allen - Treasurer
Business Administrator - Lincoln CC
David Allen began his career with the State of Illinois in 1985 as a Governor’s Intern in the Capitol Building. His internship served with the Governor’s Assistant on Education where he reviewed, summarized and recommended action for the Governor, as well as assisting on the Governor’s talking points and speeches regarding educational issues. In November of 1988, he served as an intern with the Governor’s Bureau of the Budget wherein he provided statistical analysis on proposed budgets for several smaller Public Safety agencies. David then accepted a position with the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office in November of 1989 supervising staff overseeing the withdrawal of driving privileges of Illinois motorist. In May of 2001, Mr. Allen began his career with the Department of Corrections as a Budget Analyst in the Department of Finance and Administration. Under the guidance of this Department’s supervisor, he built and monitored budgets for numerous correctional facilities and assisted on a multitude of special projects including the Department’s annual Illinois State Legislative reports. At times, David also served as the Property Control Administrator for Central Office and Aftercare and occasionally served as the Department’s Statewide Property Coordinator. In November of 2012, Mr. Allen accepted the position of Business Administrator at the Lincoln Correctional Center. Here he has served as the chairman of the facility’s Employee Benefit Fund for two years and currently chairs the Employee Recognition Committee. He also serves as an information officer for this facility as well as being a member of their Inmate Benefit Fund Committee. He has found it an honor to work with the men and women at this facility that put themselves at risk for the public’s safety. David holds his degrees from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.
Edwin R. Bowen - Member
Chief of Staff - Illinois Department of Corrections
Edwin R. Bowen was named chief of staff of the Illinois Department of Corrections effective June 22, 2015.He most recently served as executive assistant to the director.
Bowen is a veteran in the field of corrections, having begun his career in 1988 at Hill Correctional Center as a corrections leisure activity specialist I. He transferred to Graham Correctional Center in that position and was later promoted to correctional counselor II in 1990, with duties including reception and classification; and mental health, sex offender and drug treatment programs. He was promoted to record office supervisor at Vandalia Correctional Center in 1993 and was later promoted there to assistant warden of programs and assistant warden of operations. Bowen was named warden of Centralia Correctional Center in 1999 and served in that capacity until 2005.
Returning to the field of corrections in 2009, he was appointed superintendent of Taft Youth Development Center under the State of Tennessee’s Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ). Taft served as a hardwire secure juvenile facility, housing students who had committed three felonies or more or had been disrupted from another DJJ facility. The facility was closed due to budget cuts in 2012.
In addition to Bowen’s corrections experience, he held positions as production supervisor for the world’s largest producer of plastic containers and vice president of business operations for a commercial roofing company. He also served as director of facilities for Kaskaskia Community College.
Bowen has previously served or is serving on a number of community boards and committees, including the Bond County Board of Supervisors, Southwestern Illinois Planning Commission, Southern Illinois Law Enforcement Commission, Fayette County YMCA, Sequatchie Valley Area Health Council and Kaskaskia College Administration of Justice Advisory Board.
He holds an associate in applied science in administration of justice from Kaskaskia Community College and a bachelor of science in administration of justice from SIU-Carbondale. Bowen is also a member of the American Correctional Association, American Jail Association and United States Deputy Warden’s Association
Stephanie Waggoner - Member
Assistant Warden - Centralia CC
Stephanie Waggoner began her career with the State of Illinois in February 1990 with the Illinois House of Representatives as a Committee Clerk. After 6 years with the Illinois House of Representatives, she went to the Illinois Department of Corrections in 1996 as an Office Assistant in the Record Office at Big Muddy River Correctional Center. During the time between 1996 and 2004, she was promoted to Office Associate then Office Administrator III. In May 2004, she was promoted to Executive II (Record Office Supervisor) at Centralia Correctional Center. She is responsible for the day to day operations of the Record Office which includes a variety of responsibilities, including but not limited to, releasing offenders. She was instrumental in serving on the Record Office Training Manual Project Team ensuring every aspect of the Record Office was covered and explained in full detail and distributed to each facility for training purposes. Stephanie goes to other facilities to assist in the Record Offices as needed. She was named Employee of the Year in 2004 at Big Muddy River Correctional Center, Employee of the Month in 2005/Employee of the Year in 2005 at Centralia Correctional Center and received the Directors Exceptional Job Performance Award in 2014. Stephanie was instrumental in starting up the Wamac Mission of Hope Food Pantry and continues to be very active with the Food Pantry. For the past 10 years, she has volunteered serving/delivering free Thanksgiving Dinners for those less fortunate. Stephanie resides in Centralia with her husband Chuck.
Jeff Hooker - Member
Retired - Illinois Department of Corrections
Jeffrey J. Hooker started his Illinois Corrections career as a Correctional Officer in February, 1989 at Western Illinois Correctional Center in Mt. Sterling. Mr. Hooker was promoted to Lieutenant in March, 1990 and served as the Relief Shift Commander on the 11-7 Shift. Mr. Hooker was promoted to Captain in March, 1993 at the Greene County Impact Incarceration Program affiliated with Jacksonville Correctional Center and served as the 1:30pm to 9:30pm Shift Commander. In May, 1996 Mr. Hooker was promoted to Academy Supervisor at the Corrections Academy overseeing many programs including the cadet programs, Tamms Supermax training program, and started the agencies first Statewide Hostage Team. In July, 2000 Mr. Hooker was promoted to Assistant Director of Staff Development and Training and included within his responsibilities were campus safety and the enhancement of the departments parole re-organization and training program (Operation Spotlight). In In June, 2001 Mr. Hooker was promoted to Superintendent of the Greene County Impact Incarceration Program and served as Duty Warden for Greene County, Pittsfield Work Camp, and the Jacksonville Correctional Center. In June, 2002 Mr. Hooker returned to Staff Development and Training as Administrator of Regional Training creating the agencies first regional training sites and the college credit program for corrections staff. In addition Mr. Hooker resumed as Statewide Coordinator of the Hostage Negotiator Team leading the team in their first live hostage situation in May, 2006 at Dixon Correctional Center. In August, 2007 Mr. Hooker was named the Chief of Training and Staff Development for the newly created Department of Juvenile Justice. Over the next seven years Mr. Hooker created the new hire screening process and pre-service training programs in addition to coordinating all emergency responses for the department. In January, 2014 Mr. Hooker returned to his current position as Assistant Administrator of the Corrections Training Academy. Mr. Hooker has been a member of the Illinois Terrorism Task Force, Vice President of the Illinois Crisis Negotiators Association, and a volunteer youth coach at the YMCA and the Boys and Girls Club. Mr. Hooker holds an Associate’s Degree in Psychology, a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Communications, and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice.
Raymond Ainslie - Member
Retired - Illinois Department of Corrections
Retired Major from Centralia Correctional Center. Career spanned 28 years beginning as an Officer and serving as a Sergeant, Lieutenant, captain and Major. Mr. Ainslie was a cycle training instructor and cultural diversity trainer. In 1993 he was named the Department Officer of the Year stating his hours spent in volunteer service for his community. In the same year he was named one of the Ten Outstanding Young Illinoisans He has served as President of the Illinois Jaycee Charitable Foundation and continues to serve as an advisor to that association. He is a Founder of the Centralia Jaycee Foundation. He has been named as an outstanding 4-H leader and is one of thirty-nine members of the Illinois Jaycee Hall of Fame along with former Senator Roland Burris. He has served as Chaplain for the United States Junior Chamber International Senate for which he was recognized as The Outstanding Appointed Officer of the year. He resides in Hoffman with his wife Melodie. They have two married children and two grandchildren.
Christine Brannon - Member
Warden - East Moline Correctional Center
Christine Brannon started her career with the Illinois Department of Corrections at Hill Correctional Center as a Correctional Officer in May 1995. Christine worked in a variety of positions which included the Armory, Adjustment Committee and Institutional Trainer. While at Hill Correctional Center, Christine participated in events and activities with the Employee Benefit Fund Committee and was the Chairperson for the Employee Recognition Committee for several years.
In November 2008, Christine was appointed as the Intelligence Unit Coordinator at Hill Correctional Center. While assigned in the Intelligence Unit Christine received extensive training in the investigative realm and received commendations for investigative actions while assigned in the Intelligence Unit.
In May 2013, Christine was named as the Acting Assistant Warden of Programs at Hill Correctional Center. She was then appointed Acting Assistant Warden of Programs at Illinois River Correctional Center in July 2013 where she was later named in September 2013. In August 2014 Christine was appointed as the Warden at Danville Correctional Center, where she was the first female Warden at the facility. While at Danville Correctional Center, Christine was a member of the Recalibration Task Force Committee for the Education Justice Project program at the facility. On August 4, 2015 Christine was appointed as the Warden at Logan Correctional Center.
Throughout her career, Christine has built a strong working relationship amongst her peers and co-workers. Christine was a Trustee for the AFSCME Local 1274, Ambassador for the Women in Corrections in 2010, a former member of the Illinois Department of Corrections Religious Advisory Board, Nominated as Employee of the Month and was honored as the Correctional Officer of the Year at Hill Correctional Center in 2013.
Christine studied at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, University of Illinois at Chicago and Moraine Valley College.
Vacant - Member
Austin Randolph, Jr. - Member
Retired - Illinois Department of Corrections
Retired Deputy Director of Operations is a 29 year veteran of the Illinois Department of Corrections. Randolph is a Graduate of Greenville College, and member of many law enforcement and civic groups. To name a few : Immediate past president of Illinois Correctional Employee Memorial Association( ICEMA), past president of National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice (NABCJ), member, American Correctional Association (ACA), North American Association of Wardens and Superintendents (NAAWS), Federal Bureau of Investigations Citizens Academy Alumni Association (FBICAAA), National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), Frontiers, International.
Ken Hilgendorf - Member
Training Manager - Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice
Ken Hilgendorf started his career with the Illinois Department of Corrections at the Illinois Youth Center in Kewanee as a Youth Supervisor 2 in March 2001. In 2006 the Juvenile Justice division of the Illinois Department of Corrections separated and became the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice where Mr. Hilgendorf worked as a Juvenile Justice Specialist. Mr. Hilgendorf then served as the Intelligence Specialist for the Illinois Youth Center Kewanee until August 2013 when he was promoted to Internal Affairs Supervisor. In August 2014 Mr. Hilgendorf was appointed the Training Coordinator for Illinois youth Center Kewanee.
Since 2010, Mr. Hilgendorf has assisted with the Juvenile Justice Academy serving as a Class Counselor, Class Advisor, and now assisting the Department of Juvenile Justice’s Chief of Professional Development and Training with the design and implementation of the Academy classes. In addition, Mr. Hilgendorf plays a key role in the screening process for hiring the Juvenile Justice Specialist Intern position.
Throughout his career, Mr. Hilgendorf has built a strong working relationship with staff throughout the Department of Juvenile Justice and the Department of Corrections. In addition, he has been involved with the Employee Benefit Committee as a member and the Employee Recognition Committee as its President. Mr. Hilgendorf holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and multiple training certificates. Mr. Hilgendorf has been a member of ICEMA since 2001. He lives in Kewanee, Illinois with his wife Shellie, and their four dogs : Maggie, Stewie, Archie, and Lucie.
William Leonard - Member
Retired - Illinois Department of Corrections
William Leonard started his career with the Illinois Department of Corrections in 1989 at the Pontiac Correctional Center in Pontiac, IL. In July of 1993, Leonard transferred to the Dwight Correctional Center, where he continued to work as a Correctional Officer. In January, 1997, Leonard transferred back to the Pontiac Correctional Center where he worked as a Correctional Officer until he was promoted to Correctional Sergent in March, 2012. Mr. Leonard was then promoted to Correctional Lieutenant at the Pontiac Correctional Center in August, 2014. Mr. Leonard currently serves the Illinois Department of Corrections at the Pontiac Correctional Center as a Hostage Negotiator, a Crisis Intervention team member, Employee Drug Screener, and a Historian. Mr. Leonard is proud to serve the Illinois Department of Corrections in many roles, while only working in Maximum Security facilities.
Cathi Inendino - Member
Retired - Illinois Department of Corrections
Inendino began her career at Stateville Correctional Center in March 1975 and retired from Logan Correctional Center in March 2008. In this 33 year span, she held many titles and, in addition to her maximum security job experience, she also worked at Graham and Lincoln Correctional Centers. In this 33 year career she worked with many talented and wonderful people and made many lifetime friends and learned so many life lessons. She remembers when ICEMA was a dream and watched as it became the wonderful organization it is today. It has been a pleasure to serve on the board of an organization who honors our heroes of this department as many of these heroes touched my life in some sort of way.
Trincie Harris - Member
Parole Agent - Parole
Tincie Harris has been a member of ICEMA since January 2011 and has served on the ICEMA Board since 2014. Harris has been employed with the Illinois Department of Corrections as Executive Secretary III for the Parole Division since March of 2004. In that capacity she previously served as Employee Review Hearing Officer and Grievance Officer. In addition to her current responsibilities, she serves as Litigation Coordinator, Employee Assistance Coordinator, Smoking Cessation Coordinator, SECA Ambassador and as Chairman of the Employee Recognition Committee for the Parole Division. Harris has also served as a member of the Springfield Employee Benefit Fund since January 2013. Harris has a passion for public service and volunteers extensively within her community. She serves as Community Relations Commissioner for the Village of Hazel Crest and as Recording Secretary for the Highlands Civic Association Executive Board.