Illinois Lincoln Excellence in Public Service Series
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Class of 2015

Kathleen DavisKathleen Davis, Normal

Dr. Kathleen Davis is a lifelong resident of McLean County and currently lives in Normal, Illinois.  She was appointed as the McLean County Coroner on November 18, 2014. Prior to her appointment, Kathleen was a Nurse Practitioner for Advocate Medical Group in Emergency Medicine at Advocate BroMenn Regional Medical Center.

Kathleen is a 1996 graduate of Mennonite College of Nursing with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. In 2005, she went on to Mennonite College of Nursing at Illinois State University where she obtained her Master of Science in Nursing to become a Board Certified, Family Nurse Practitioner. 

After obtaining her Family Nurse Practitioner license, she joined the Neurosurgery team at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, IL. In addition, she taught at both Illinois Wesleyan University and Illinois State University; undergraduate and graduate schools of nursing.

She then obtained her Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. While attending Vanderbilt University, she continued to provide care to neurosurgical patients at Carle Foundation Hospital and worked on research for a “cooling brain helmet”, a NASA inspired, Department of Defense contract funded award, which was presented at the International Stroke Conference.

Kathleen is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society and was on the Board of Directors for the Illinois Society of Advanced Practice Nurses in 2008. Currently, Kathleen is on the Advisory Board of Directors/Executive Committee for Mobile Task Unit 8 (MTU8) in Central Illinois.

Kathleen is an active Republican in McLean County. She will run for election for her current position as McLean County Coroner in 2016. She is dedicated to suicide prevention, improving lives through Alzheimer’s and ALS research, and increasing educational opportunities to medical residents, nursing students, and EMS personnel. 

Vickie DeppeVictoria Deppe, Naperville

Vickie Deppe grew up in Bensenville. She was the first in her family to attend college, graduating from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a B.S. in computer science. She performed software development, systems analysis, and project management roles for AT&T and Coopers & Lybrand.

She transitioned to the non-profit arena in order to have the flexibility to be home with her children while they were young. She held a staff position as the Director of Early Childhood Ministries for six years at Calvary Church of Naperville, during which time she completed an M.A. in Educational Ministries at Wheaton College. She has served with Friends of Music at Naperville North High School as Publicity Chair, '40s Dance Chair, and coordinator of marching band travel. She is currently a member of the Youth Outreach Committee of the Fox Valley Orchestra Board, and the Secretary and Newsletter Editor for KidsMatter in Naperville.

In 2013, Vickie joined the Convention of States Project as Legislative Liaison for Illinois. COS is a non-partisan, grassroots organization working to mobilize state legislatures to impose reforms on Washington by calling for an Article V Convention "to limit the scope & jurisdiction of the federal government, and establish term limits & spending controls on its officials." She is a LOOP Precinct Committeewoman in Lisle Township, and a member of the committee to elect Kevin Coyne to the Naperville City Council. She was also involved in the Mark Kirk and Bruce Rauner campaigns.

Vickie and her husband, Jim, live in Naperville and will be celebrating 30 years of marriage in 2015. They have two adult daughters, one a graduate of Illinois Institute of Technology, the other a student at Grand Valley State University.

Sue HamiltonSue Hamilton, Carterville

Sue grew up in Danville, Illinois and attended college at Western Illinois University. While student teaching in Herrin, IL, Sue met her husband and settled in Southern Illinois for most of the past 38 years. Sue received a bachelor’s degree in education at Western Illinois University (1976), a master’s degree in education at Southern Illinois University (1988), and second master’s degree in educational administration at Eastern Illinois University (1997). She has worked in the field of education for more than thirty-four years, in roles that include teaching, supervision and technical assistance, and assistant director. Sue retired from her position as Assistant Director at Wabash & Ohio Valley Special Education District on June 30, 2013.

Sue Hamilton currently serves as Chairman of the Williamson County Republican Party, Treasurer of the Illinois Federation of Republican Women, Treasurer of the Illinois Republican County Chairmen’s Association and a member of the Herrin Civic Center Board. She has many years of experience in working in politics, coordinating her own race as the nominee for a regional office, managing local campaign races, hosting events to promote the Party and our candidates, organizing fundraisers and many other responsibilities that are expected of those that serve in the role of Precinct Committeeman and leader in the Williamson County Republican Party.

Sue is married to Chuck Hamilton, also a special education administrator. They have two grown children, Jennifer & Nathan and are blessed with three beautiful grandchildren all residing in Southern Illinois & Missouri.

Deb WarningDeb Warning, Minooka

Originally from northern Minnesota, Deb Warning has called rural Grundy County and Minooka home for over two decades. First elected to the Grundy County Board in 2012, Deb was recently re­elected to a four-year term on the Grundy County Board. While on the county board, Deb has served on Health, Education, Rules, Economic Development and other committees. As Chair of the Legislative Committee, she is excited to forge productive relationships with legislators and others for the benefit of the citizens of Grundy County.

Previous volunteer service within Grundy County includes church, 4H, STOA Debate tournaments, senior citizen events, blood drives and voter registration drives. Deb is a passionate advocate for great educational opportunities for students of all ages. Educational options she advocates for include high school/college dual credit opportunities, homeschooling, IMSA, early college entry, and volunteering on political campaigns. Deb helped initiate a local Classical Conversations program in Minooka, serving as director for five years.

In addition to county board elections, Deb's political experience includes nine years of service to her public high school Board of Education (MCHS #111). She served annually as the BOE delegate to the IASB assembly. A member of the Board of Directors of the Mom's Association at the University of Illinois-Champaign, she assists with scholarship awards.

Deb is a Registered Nurse, CCRN, with an extensive critical care background, as well as experience in travel nursing, home care, occupational health, and managed care. A 2013 graduate of the Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois, Deb is enthused about the Lincoln Series and gaining a better understanding of political processes to benefit Grundy County and Illinois.

Married to Joe Warning, they have five children, all of whom volunteered on Republican campaigns this past year, including a Congressional campaign and interning for Governor Bruce Rauner's and State Representative John Anthony's election campaigns.