The Alton Educational Foundation

Board Members

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Ryan Bemis
Phil Trapani
Angela McDowell
Nita Whitten
Ellen Jackson
Lisa Long
Doug Mendenhall
Rebecca Steiner
Kim Haug
Ginger Woodman
Elaine Kane

Meet the Alton Educational Foundation Board

F. Ryan Bemis, D.C. currently serves as President of the Alton Educational Foundation and has been a board member since 2010. He is a fourth generation chiropractor practicing in Alton since 1997.  Ryan is a graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, IA. He and his wife, Kristin, have three daughters that attend the Alton School District. Ryan has spent countless volunteer hours coaching soccer in the Alton community.  In his free time, he attends his daughters' sporting events and likes to play golf.

Nita Whitten currently serves as Treasurer of the Alton Educational Foundation. She is currently the Fiscal Manager of William M. BeDell, ARC. ARC is a not for profit organization that services children with severe and profound intellectual disabilities in the school districts of Madison County and surrounding counties. She has spent the past 24 years as an accountant for a variety of businesses in the St. Louis Metropolitan area. Nine of those years were spent as Financial Controller with Argosy Casinos. She is currently the Sunday School Superintendent of College Avenue Presbyterian Church and has positions as an Elder and Deacon.

Ellen Jackson is an AEF Board Member. She retired in 2012 as a Boeing Executive after a 34 year career in Engineering and Information Technology where she held various management positions responsible for budgets of $400M, organizations of 800+ employees, and multiple suppliers and subcontractors supporting products for Boeing and its customers. She excels at leading diverse teams and is sought out to mentor individuals with diverse backgrounds including race, nationality, educational background, gender, and experience level. A 4th generation Altonian, Ellen and her husband currently live in Godfrey and, having had four children graduate from the Alton District, have been and continue to be very active supporters of children and their educational and extra-curricular opportunities. Ellen has been a member of the Alton Athletic Association, participates in community service events including the Boys & Girls Club of Alton, First Night, and Alton Memorial Hospital, and serves on the White Cross Auxiliary Board at Alton Memorial Hospital.

Lisa Long has served on the AEF board since 2007, as president for six years and the Redbird Raffle Chair for 2 years. She also serves as secretary and membership chairman for the Summers-Port board. She has been involved in Alton Children’s Theatre (serving as president and grant writer), was Mini-Art Chair for West Elementary, swim meet director for Summers-Port Sharks, assistant manager for an Alton United Futbol team, concessions director for Tri-City Area Tidalwaves, and served as “All God’s Children Shall Have Shoes” chairman for Junior League of Greater Alton. Her education includes a BS in Business Administration and a MS in Management Information Systems. She was employed as a Senior Systems Analyst at Olin Brass in East Alton from 1992 - 2006. Lisa currently resides in Godfrey with her husband and two children, who are juniors at AHS. Both Lisa and her husband are life-long Alton/Godfrey citizens and graduated from the Alton Community School District.

Doug Mendenhall is a partner at Smith, Mendenhall, Selby & Cole. He brings more than 35 years of experience to the firm and focuses his practice on the representation of petitioners in workers' compensation cases and plaintiffs in personal injury matters. After earning his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1973, Doug went on to receive his J.D. from the University of Illinois in 1976. Doug is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. He has lectured at continuing legal education programs for legal professionals on the topic of Illinois Workers' Compensation law. He is currently licensed to practice in Illinois. An avid golfer and Fighting Illini fan, Doug grew up in Alton, Illinois, attending Alton Community School District schools. He currently resides in Alton with his wife, Stephanie.

Phil Trapani currently serves as Vice-President of the Alton Educational Foundation. He is the former Alton High School principal/Assistant Superintendant of Secondary Schools for the Alton Community School District. Phil has worked in several communities as an educational leader and teacher for thirty-eight years. A five year member of the Alton Educational Foundation board, Phil continues his commitment to education. Passionate about the Alton community, Phil serves as a board member of the Greater Alton Development Board, and the Elijah P. Lovejoy Foundation. He is a member of the 100 Black Men, a regular volunteer at St. Louis Children’s Hospital and the Ronald McDonald Charities, and serves as Eucharistic minister at the Fountains living facility. He and his wife reside in Godfrey. 

Kimberly Gibbons Haug, DMD, MS has been a licensed orthodontist since 1995. She is the owner of Haug Orthodontics with offices in Alton and Highland, IL.  Born and raised in Alton, Kim is a 1984 graduate of Alton High School. She received her doctorate of medical dentistry degree from SIUE’s School of Dental Medicine in Alton, and her orthodontic specialty degree from St. Louis University. She is a member of the American Dental Association, American Association of Orthodontists and the Illinois State Dental Society. She is a past President of Alton Children’s Theater, served two seasons as an Encounter Sponsor and has been active with the Alton Athletic Association. Kim resides in Alton with her husband and three children.

Rebecca Steiner has worked in the non-profit sector for over 20 years. While attending Washington University in St. Louis, MO she minored in writing and majored in Environmental Science.  Upon graduation, she spent ten years employed by the Mississippi River Basin Alliance (MRBA), St. Louis, MO working on a variety of watershed scale issues.  Rebecca also served as the Environmental Education Program Coordinator for the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC) in Alton, IL. Rebecca has sat on numerous boards including Meeting of the Rivers Foundation, Bluff City Athletics, and The Joseph and Catherine Johnson Family Foundation. Rebecca is an avid gardener, freelance writer, Registered Yoga Teacher and an Independent Distributor for AdvoCare, a nutritional supplement company. She and her husband Kyle reside in Godfrey and have four children; all have attended Alton Schools, and participated in various extracurricular activities. 

Angela McDowell was born and raised in Tennessee and graduated from a high school in Springfield, Illinois. In 1992, she moved to the Alton area. She has been a counselor since 1991 and has a private practice professional counseling business called Angela McDowell Counseling Services. She is licensed and certified in counseling and addictions. Angela is an active member of the Illinois Counseling Association, Lewis & Clark Chapter of the Illinois Counseling Association, Illinois Mental Health Counselor’s Association, American Counseling Association, American Mental Health Counselor’s Association, River Bend Growth Association, and Alton Main Street. She has been blessed through volunteering in her community through the Junior League of Greater Alton, Options Now, Alton Women’s Home Association, Drug Free Alton Coalition, and Zonta Club of Alton-Wood River. She has enjoyed being an Alton School District parent volunteer through the Corridor 1 Parent Group, West Elementary School PTG, Alton Middle School PTG, Alton School District Parent Advisory Council, and the Alton Athletics Association. She and her husband have two children. Their son is a graduate of AHS in 2014 and their daughter will graduate from AHS in 2016. She is an avid reader, loves camping and being outdoors.

Ginger Woodman is co-owner of Woodman Collision Center with her husband Jess. They are life-long Alton/Godfrey residents and graduates of the Alton Schools. Both her mom and dad taught in the Alton District and her sister is currently a teacher at Alton Middle School. After graduating from SIUE she taught several years in Bethalto and then finished her career (2013) in Alton with another twenty-five years. Being certified in Gifted Education many of those years were spent teaching in the Gifted Program. She was awarded the Excellence in Education Award from the Illinois State Board of Education and was the 2013 Boys and Girls Club Teacher of the Year. She served many years on the Alton District Curriculum Council, LCCC Water Festival Committee, and as a board member for Options Now. Currently she is second vice-president and Carousel chair for the Godfrey Women's Club, supervises student teachers for Greenville College, works at Woodman Collision Center, and is a member of Calvary Baptist Church. Her two sons both work in the family business and have blessed Jess and Ginger with five grandchildren.



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