25 Women in Leadership

Dr. Tamara Olt

On April 29th, 2012 Dr. Tamara Olt experienced the worst tragedy imaginable, the loss of her son, Joshua to a heroin overdose. 

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Abby Lotz

Abby Lotz is a leader in the neuroscience service line at OSF Healthcare Illinois Neurological Institute. 

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Alycia Hightower

Alycia Hightower is the Vice President of Human Resources at CEFCU where she is known for her work ethic and decision-making ability. 

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Becky Wood

Becky Wood is a proven outstanding leader. Her positive “We get to do this!” approach has led her to where she is today. Becky is coaching students at Bradley University through the Center of Professional Excellence. There she covers interpersonal behavior, organizing for results in management and organizing behavior in health care. Becky brings real world work experience into the classroom from owning her own advertising agency, to working for a non-profit, to working as…

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Kitty Yanko

Loving all creatures great and small makes Kitty Yanko the ideal person to fill the shoes as the Education Coordinator at the Peoria Humane Society. 

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Mugdha Pattekar

Mugdha is a multi-tasker who thrives on hard work. Mugdha is quick to take the leadership role when the opportunity or need arises and does so with great enthusiasm. She is active in the Hindu Temple activities and has led many fundraising events; delivering meaningful results for a range of community organizations including Common Place, Trewyn School and The Center for Prevention of Abuse. Mugdha is engaged in educational outreach leading groups in tutoring underserved young peopl…

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Beth Rock

Beth Rock is the vocal music teacher at Midland School District in Varna, but her love of music doesn’t stop when the final school bell rings. Beth is active with the Peoria Area Civic Chorale. She implemented the Young Artist’s program which auditions, recognizes and rewards two to three eighth graders each year with a scholarship to Choral Music Camp in Eureka along with the opportunity to perform during a Peoria Area Civic Chorale concert. Beth played a role in creati…

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Sue Sinclair

Coach Sinclair is the head volleyball coach and the Director of Athletics and Physical Education at Illinois Central College. 

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Emily West

Emily West is quick to take on a challenge and to engage others both in her professional life at Caterpillar Inc. and in the community.

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Mary Pille

Mary Pille serves as the President of Junior Achievement of Central Illinois with a mission of inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy.

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Ashley Hereen

For today’s 25 Women in Leadership, we would like to introduce you to an active member of  Scoutreach with the Boy Scouts. 

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Heather Oyler

Professionalism, passion and a commitment to help others to learn and to grow… these are the qualities of leadership Heather Oyler embodies. 

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Carmisha Turner

Responsibility should be Carmisha’s middle name. She oversees the daily operations of the Peoria County Jail which includes one hundred corrections employees and contractual staff and up to 350 detainees. Carmisha started her career with the sheriff’s department just 11 years ago as clerical staff and quickly moved up the ranks to the number two position in the Corrections Division as the Assistant Corrections Superintendent. In her spare time, she continues serving her …

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Channing Petrak

Dr. Channing Petrak is the only practicing board-certified child abuse pediatrician in Central Illinois. She provides outstanding medical care to children who are victims of physical abuse, sexual abuse and neglect. 

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