Nominations & Upcoming Election to the Executive Committee

At the April 28 meeting, four members will be elected to the twelve-member executive committee for three-year terms. The four nominees below were selected according to Article V of the Bylaws. Additional candidates may be nominated from the membership by petition signed by no fewer than five members and filed with President Richard Winkel ( or Secretary Penny Nigh ( at least one week before the April 28, 2019 meeting. Nominees added by petition will also appear on the chapter website ( as time allows, and all nominees will be included on the ballot presented at the meeting. A hard copy of the biographies of nominees added by petition will be available at the meeting.

Meet your candidates (nominees appear in no particular order):

Kathleen Holden holds degrees in Social Work from UIUC, and the majority of her career was spent as an administrator at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Following her retirement in 2006, Holden returned to the campus to be the founding director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), retiring in 2012. Her interests have always centered around not-for-profit programs, which is reflected in her community service on the boards of the United Way, the Humane Society, Allerton Park and Conference Center and most recently, Clark Lindsey Village. Holden's work with OLLI sparked an interest in programs for older adults and currently, she is working with individuals on campus and in the community to pursue a World Health Organization Age-Friendly designation for the twin cities of Urbana and Champaign. She believes it is important to work on behalf of current and future UIUC retirees, and hopes to continue that work as a second-term member of the Executive Committee.

Bill Adams has spent most of his professional career in higher education. After twelve years at Washington State University, he moved to the University of IllinoisUrbana/Champaign in 1990, working there until his retirement on June 30, 2012. At UIUC, he held positions in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences as Budget Officer; in the Provost’s Office as Associate Provost for Budgeting and Planning; and finishing his career as Associate Chancellor and Chief Staff in the Office of the Chancellor. Postretirement, he assisted with special projects in the Office of the President and is now fully retired. Bill and his wife, Carolyn, reside in Urbana. Bill is currently serving as Vice President of the SUAA-UIUC Executive Board.

John C. Marlin holds a PhD in entomology from the University of Illinois. He served as executive director of the Coalition on American Rivers during the 1970s helping protect Allerton Park and numerous Midwestern rivers from dam projects. He was appointed to the Illinois Pollution Control Board in 1983. He was at the Prairie Research Institute’s Illinois Sustainable Technology Center from 1993 until he retired in 2010. He worked on many issues including the relationship between tires and disease spreading mosquitoes, livestock waste, and beneficial use of river sediment. He is in both SURS and SERS. John is active in local conservation organizations and on the board of the local Land Conservation Foundation and a member of Grand Prairie Friends. His family was well known for growing woodland wildflowers during the 80s and 90s. He is still involved with pollinator conservation, native plants and river issues. Military history is one of his hobbies. He lives in Urbana with his wife, Diane.

Richard J. Winkel, Jr. is Deputy Executive Director, Prairie Research Institute. PRI is an applied research institute of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign that houses five large scientific surveys covering a wide range of expertise including biology, water resources, climate, geology, sustainable technology, and archaeology. Winkel is the former Director, Office of Public Leadership, Institute of Government and Public Affairs, University of Illinois, where he was responsible for administering the Edgar Fellows executive leadership program, and its alumni. Winkel was an Illinois state senator and a state representative. Winkel practiced law for 24 years. Winkel earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (B.A. Economics, 1979) and law degree at DePaul University College of Law (J.D., 1982).