Venice Community Unit School District #3 Financial Oversight Panel
Rudolph G. Wilson, chair
Rudy Wilson, Assistant Provost for Cultural and Social Diversity with Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, also holds rank of Associate Professor of Secondary Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. He has been chairperson of the English Department at Claremont and was Master Teacher of English for the State of California. He served for 18 years on the Edwardsville School Board and 6 years as President. He has served as President of the Piasa Health Care and as Chairperson for the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at SIUE.
Wilson has been recognized for his leadership and contributions in many areas. He is the recipient of the SIUE's Teaching Excellence Award, The Hudlin Award for Humanistic Teaching and the Great Teacher Award, Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award, The Kimmel Leadership Center Aware for Faculty who contribute greatly to the community and was named Educator of the Year by the St. Louis American newspaper.
Mr. Dennis Brueggemann has served the education community as a teacher, assistant principal, and assistant superintendent for finance in the Highland Community Unit School District No. 5. Since his retirement from the Highland District in 2006, he has served as a mentor for new school business officials in several Illinois districts. In July, 2009, he was appointed as the Administrative Assistant – Finance for the Madison County Regional Office of Education. He serves as an adjunct professor for McKendree University, teaching a course entitled School Finance and Facilities.
A native of Illinois, Mr. Brueggemann further serves the community in his additional roles as an active member of the First Baptist Church of Alhambra, a member of the Highland Community Area Foundation Board of Directors, and Secretary / Treasurer of the Harris Cemetery Association in Alhambra.
Mary C. Kane
Mary C. Kane is employed as an investment banker at Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Inc. She is responsible for initiating, and currently leading, Stifel's Public Finance Office serving central and southern Illinois. She worked for Southwestern Illinois Development Authority as its Executive Director. In this position she guided the issuance of over $150 million in economic development bonds, the establishment of a multi-bank Community Development Corporation providing loans to small businesses and the acquisition of land for the MetroLink Light Rail.
She has been executive Director of a not-for profit economic development and regional promotion group comprised of major business, industry, labor, government and education leaders of the southwestern Illinois counties of Madison and St. Clair. She has also been the Director of Administration and Community Development Director for Madison County. Kane's honors include the Albert Cassen Community Leadership Award, St. Louis Women of Achievement, and 15th Anniversary Community Leadership Award in St. Louis.