Barbara Johnson

Barbara Johnson is the Chief Executive Officer of Johnson Private Wealth Management, LLC. Previously, Barbara's financial consulting tenure was at Morgan Stanley in Chicago, where she finished first, nationally, in their Reach for Excellence program, and facilitated the single largest lending facility for the BusinesScape Division at that time. During her successful tenure at Morgan Stanley, she brought more than $2 billion of business to Morgan Stanley's fixed income, cash management, and investment banking divisions.

Barbara was educated at Roosevelt University in Chicago, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree, and at Keller Graduate School of Management, where she earned an MBA concentrated in finance.

Barbara has a long history of assisting and offering guidance to conservation organizations. She was appointed to the Illinois Conservation Foundation board in 2012 by Governor Quinn, and then received a lifetime appointment to the Illinois Conservation Foundation board in 2015 by Governor Rauner. Barbara helped expand ICF's Youth Conservation Education Center, developed their membership program, and launched their "Ride of Your Life" campaign, while building awareness throughout Illinois about the importance of youth conservation education.

From 2009 to 2013, Barbara was an At-Large Board Director for Ducks Unlimited, during which she co-chaired the Conservation Programs Committee and was recipient of the 2009 "Wings of Innovation" Award for the development of Ecopraxis. Barbara also served on the board of the American Land Conservancy in San Francisco during 2008 and 2009.

Barbara's leisure time includes family, farming, and gardening. She spends ample time tending to her farm, now planted in native grasses and wildlife food plots. She has a special interest in clean water and habitat conservation.

William F. Cullerton

Chicago, IL
Bill Cullerton grew up loving the outdoors as he learned how to hunt and fish from his father and grandfather at an early age. Bill also embraced the family legacy of being in involved in the business of the outdoors as well. His grandfather, Bill Jamison was a lure maker (Jamison Lure Co.), and his father William J. Cullerton was a well-known radio personality (WGN Great Outdoors Show) and a manufacturer's rep in the Chicago area.Bill took over a successful family rep business and expanded it from one to ten states representing well known product lines such Remington, Rapala, and Plano. Bill became the President of the Tackle and Shooting Sports Association (TSSA) which represents the rights and work conditions of independent fishing and hunting manufacturers sales reps across the US. Currently Bill leads efforts in manufacturing, marketing, and sales management for Zippo Mfg., Revo Brand Group, and Bagley Baits.He is a board member of the Illinois Conservation Foundation and has hunted and fished extensively throughout the North America, and Central and South America. He lives in Chicago with his wife Linda and has 4 adult children.

Robert C. Russell, M.D.

Springfield, IL
College - Indiana University (B.A.) - Bloomington, Indiana 1968
Medical School - Indiana School of Medicine - Indianapolis, Indiana 1972 (M.D.)

Resident -Indiana University School of Medicine General Surgery 1973-75
Plastic Surgery - 1975-76
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine - Springfield, IL Plastic Surgery - 1977-79

Current Employment/Career Information:
Professor of Surgery SIU School of Medicine July 1, 1987 to present;
Director of Micro Surgery research unit - SIU School of Medicine

Conservation/Natural Resources Activities & Interests:
Whitetails Unlimited; American Wild Turkey Federation; N.R.A.; Heartland Outfitters

Civic Activities, Hobbies and other interests you would like to share:
Big Brother Big Sister of Sangamon County, hunting, fishing

Michael C. Hillstrom

St. Charles, IL
Position: President and Owner, Select Marketing Group, LLC; a strategic marketing and media management firm specializing in digital and social media platforms.

Mike also acts as consultant / executive director for the Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana Chevy Dealers Association.

He is a former broadcaster having worked for CBS Radio, WGN Radio, and was part owner of a radio station in Louisville, KY.

Mike is an avid waterfowl hunter and Labrador Retriever trainer. His outdoor experience began with pheasant hunting on his family's farm in Livingston County. He is a graduate of Southern Illinois University, where his introduction to waterfowl hunting and bass fishing took place.

Additionally, Mike is a member of the Executive Board Committee at Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation. He also serves as chairman of McGraw's Outdoor Recreation and Land Management Committee (ORLOC) and assisted the growth of McGraw's canine training program.

He is a long-time board member of Chicago Baseball Cancer Charities and an active member of the Chicago Blackhawks / Eddie Olczyk Scholarship Committee for youth hockey.

Mike has two adult daughters and resides in St. Charles, IL.

Thomas Bennett

Pontiac, IL
Thomas was raised in Gibson City, Illinois. He is a former IT manager for a national insurance company; former high school science teacher and a corporate computer software developer and trainer. Thomas earned a BS in Education, BS in Applied Computer Science, MBA, and a Doctorate of Business Administration. He is married with two grown children and three grandchildren.

Diane Schneider

Elgin, IL
Diane grew up in Chicago and currently resides in Elgin, Illinois with her husband, Tom. She attended University of Wisconsin, Madison where she earned a B.S. degree in Chemistry. She has also studied at University of California, Berkley and the Roosevelt University, Chicago and holds additional certifications in Business. Since graduation, Mrs. Schneider has held various professional positions and been a self-employed business owner. Diane is currently the Director of Customer Success at Tradavo.

Mrs. Schneider is also the Chicago Director for Blue Star Families, and volunteers with several local conservation clubs in Illinois. She is a passionate and active volunteer with numerous fishing and conservation events for families around Illinois. Diane is a past chairwoman of the American Cancer Society Northwest Suburban 5k, Multiple Sclerosis Suburban 5k, and the Misericordia Sportsman's Dinner Fundraiser. She is a former board member of the Hoffman Estates Chamber, Elgin Jr. Service board, and a past PTO president at Summit Academy.

Mrs. Schneider has four daughters. Kristi is a speech therapist in Houston, TX; Danielle is co-founder of Original Strength in Cary, NC; Carly is a PGA golf professional; and her youngest daughter, Erin, is a 1st Lieutenant in the Army and recently returned from Kosovo as commander of a NATO Explosive Ordnance Disposal team.

Diane has always been interested in the outdoors and conservation. She was mentored by her father. At a young age she learned to fish, camp and trap shoot. She joined a conservation effort as a teenager in the 70's to clean the water ways around the northern Illinois and Chicago area. Mrs. Schneider is committed to maintaining and developing the outdoors such that our Illinois youth and their families have the same opportunities that she had.