CARBONDALE -- Seven SIU alumni have joined the SIU Foundation Board of Directors. They are serving three-year terms that will conclude June 30, 2017.

The newest members of the Foundation’s volunteer board include: Barbara Blacklock, a 1989 university studies graduate of SIU; Robert C. Bleyer, who earned a master’s degree in business administration in 1992; Kathryn Bohn, a 1983 graduate of SIU’s medical school; Stephen Goepfert, a 1975 accounting alumnus; Ray Griffith, a 1975 marketing graduate; Edward Hamilton, a 1988 finance graduate, and Larry Jones, who earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and his medical degree from SIU in 1973 and 1976, respectively.

The board governs the SIU Foundation, an independent nonprofit organization that provides alumni and friends a means to invest in the university’s future. Established in 1942, the Foundation solicits and administers gifts from private sources in support of SIU Carbondale’s academic mission. Private funding is generated through annual giving, planned giving, major giving, corporate and foundation relations and campaigns.

Blacklock is managing director-investments at Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC in Carbondale. 

Bleyer is president, CEO, CFO and board member for The Bank of Carbondale. 

Bohn is a physician/owner of The Vein Specialists in Bloomington, and an adjunct professor for Illinois State University, as part of its healthcare pre-professional mentorship program.

Goepfert served as vice president - internal audit (chief auditor) for United Airlines in Chicago until his retirement in October 2013.

Griffith is the former president and CEO of Ace Hardware Corp., an Oak Brook-based cooperative with 4,400 stores in all 50 states and 62 countries.

Hamilton is an independent investor currently residing in Charlotte, N.C. He focuses on early-stage private equity investing, residential real estate investment and equities and options trading.

Jones’ medical practice, which he established in 1979, has evolved into the Primary Care Group, the largest health care access organization in southeastern Illinois. Jones serves as president of the Harrisburg-based group, which has six equal partners and four employed physicians.

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