JEFF RENNE

PRESIDENT

Jeffrey L. Renne is a lifelong resident of Dixon, IL. Jeff graduated from Dixon High School in 1977 after which he attended Western Illinois University and received his B.S. degree in Law Enforcement Administration in 1981. Returning to Dixon and after pursuing several law enforcement opportunities, Jeff took a job with Viking Builders Construction and worked on the Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home Restoration project until it’s completion in 1984. Early that same year, Jeff started Rock River Raynor, Inc. a local Raynor Garage Door dealership and owned and operated his business until 2008 when he sold his business to Raynor Manufacturing Company. Jeff remained with the company and currently serves as the Site & Sales Manager for Raynor Door Authority Sauk Valley. Jeff and his wife Betty reside in Dixon and are the parents of three grown children Megan, Brandon & Lauren. Phone: 815 973 7090

DAVID AMES JR.

VICE PRESIDENT

David Ames Jr. Retired Dixon Business owner and local banker. He is a KSB Hospital volunteer and Reagan Home Docent for three years. David was also on the board of directors for the Lee County Honor Flight and Treasure of the Riverfront Commission. Phone: 815 222 6987

PAIGE TOMS

RECORDING SECRETARY

Paige serves as the Marketing Director for Sauk Valley Bank. Prior to her current role, she was the Director of Retail Banking for the bank. Paige has been in the financial industry for over 13 years with prior experience working in Chicago with JP Morgan Chase. She serves on the board of the Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home Foundation, where she is the Secretary and Chair of the Marketing Committee. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Northern Illinois University. Paige and her husband, Chris, live in Dixon, and are the parents of two daughters.

JOE RUDOLPHI

TREASURER

Dixon resident since July 1972. Worked for Rock River Production Credit Assoc. until 1987 as financial analysis and tax consultant. He transferred to Agro System from then to 1997 as accountant and tax consultant for 150 clients. From 1997 until present working as free lance financial and tax consultant. A past member of Lee County Board, was treasurer for State Rep Jerry Mitchell Campaign Committee Member of Dixon Kiwanis Club and Treasurer, Treasurer of Lee County Senior Center, Treasurer of Blackhawk Waterways, Accountant for Lydig Center.

ALEX PASCHAL

BOARD MEMBER

Alex T. Paschal grew up in Rock Falls, just down the road from the Boyhood home. He attended Newman High School, Sauk Valley College and Northern Illinois University, earning a BFA in Photography. Alex is married to Carla Paschal, has two step-daughters and has worked for Sauk Valley Media for 17 years as Chief Photographer.

GREG HICKS

BOARD MEMBER

Greg grew up in Dixon & has been an owner of the Hicks Insurance Agency & Associates, Inc. agency since 1981. He is a member of The Kiwanis Club of Dixon and the Dixon ELKS Club. He has served on the board of directors of the Dixon Chamber of Commerce, Dixon Main Street and Dixon Family YMCA.

JERRY SCHNAKE

BOARD MEMBER

Jerry is 63 years of age and Married and currently retired. He worked for 37 years for Motorola as Field Service Technician. His current activities; Blackhawk War guide at Northwest Territory Historical Center, Reagan Home guide and general maintenance, Church activities, and 7 grandchildren. Send me an email me at snock1015@gmail.com.

LINDA FRANA

BOARD MEMBER

Linda Frana resides in Grand Detour. Linda is a graduate of Lincoln College, and Southern Illinois University both in Illinois. Her BA degree is in Political Science. Linda is a long time volunteer. In the Summer, of 1987, she had the honor of traveling with a group of Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home volunteers to Washington D.C. to visit with President Reagan in the Oval office. She enjoys working both in the visitor center and boyhood home. She enjoys sharing the story of Ronald Reagan’s Illinois boyhood with visitors from all over the U.S. and around the world. Her thirty plus years of volunteer service at the boyhood home have allowed her to experience from our visitors perspective, the respect and admiration that President Reagan garnered during his lifetime. His formative years began in this home on Hennepin Avenue and it’s a story she loves to tell. Linda is married to Jerry, retired professor from Sauk Valley Community College Their son David Jeremiah and his wife Siwen reside in China. Linda is the current Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home volunteer representative on the board.

MARILYN SHIPPERT

BOARD MEMBER

Marilyn is a retired DHS mathematics teacher who has served on the Lee County Board since 2004.  Marilyn grew up in the area and probably the most interesting fact for this site is that Marilyn’s great-grandmother Elizabeth Hanne owned and occupied what is the Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home Visitor Center when the Reagan family lived next door.  Marilyn enjoys working in her great-grandma’s house.

ROBERT (BOB) BELL

BOARD MEMBER

Bob is a retired architect. He spent 40 years designing buildings of all types in the United States and in five counties beyond our shores. Bob was a founding member of architectural firms in Minneapolis and Dallas. Past VP of Reagan Home Board

TOM DEMMER

BOARD MEMBER

Tom is a State Representative for the 90th District in the Illinois House of Representatives. The 90th District includes parts of DeKalb, LaSalle, Lee and Ogle Counties in north central Illinois. As a legislator, Tom serves on several healthcare and education committees and is a strong voice for transparency, reform, and fiscal responsibility. He is Republican Caucus Chairman and is a member of the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules.


Tom is also Director of Strategic Planning at KSB Hospital, a not-for-profit community hospital with locations in Lee and Ogle Counties. Tom is a member of the senior leadership team and works to set system strategy and meet organizational goals. Tom graduated from the University of Dayton, and was a White House Intern in the Office of the Vice President of the United States. Prior to the General Assembly, Tom served on the Lee County Board.


Tom is a 2016 Henry W. Toll Fellow with the Council of State Governments. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home Preservation Foundation. He is a member of St. Anne Parish, the Dixon Rotary Club, the Knights of Columbus, and is a volunteer teacher with Junior Achievement

TOM KITSON

BOARD MEMBER

Tom is a lifelong resident of Dixon, retired after 43 years of industrial supervision experience. Has a bachelors degree in Business management from National Louis University. Tom has served on Lee County Board since 2012 and is a member of the Knights of Columbus council #690 in Dixon. Tom can be reached at 815-288-6330 or by email at kitsontom49@gmail.com

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