Chris was born and raised in Red Bud. He graduated from Red Bud High School in 2006. He then attended Maryville University in St. Louis, MO. While at Maryville he played baseball for 4 years and was elected captain his senior year. In 2009 he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Chris continued his education at Maryville and obtained his MBA in 2011. Currently, Chris is the Transportation Project Specialist for Nooter/Eriksen in Fenton, MO. He has been with the company for 3 years. Chris and his wife Jessica will be married a year this month and currently reside in Red Bud.
West Field Designz
Andrew was born and raised in Red Bud and graduated Red Bud High School in 2004. He went on to get an Associates Degree in Web Design at Ranken Technical College and graduated in 2006. Andrew has worked for various companies in the St. Louis Area since then. He is currently an Applications Developer for Mercy Hospital in St. Louis. He also has helped over 20 clients on the side with their website needs, many here in Red Bud. Andrew recently partnered with a new online company called "The Tournament Guy" and looks forward to its growth. Andrew and his wife Tiffany have been married for seven years and have two daughter named Abby & Ellie. They currently reside in Red Bud.
Red Bud Regional Hospital
Julie was born right here in Red Bud at St. Clement Hospital in December of 1959. She lived in rural New Athens until she was five years old and then her family moved to Red Bud in the summer of 1965. She attended Red Bud High School and graduated in 1978. She chose to begin working right out of school and got her first job as a legal secretary for the law firm of Nehrt, Sachtleben, and Fisher in Chester where she worked from July 1978 to November 1979. She then went on to work at First National Bank where she shared a teller window with John Ratz and worked alongside Patty Hanebutt and Stuart Langrehr.
She left the bank in the summer of 1985 and went to work at the corporate office of Snyder General Corporation in St. Louis. Two years later, the company decided to move the office to Texas so she answered a tiny, little ad in the North County News for an executive assistant at St. Clement Hospital. She started at the hospital on June 29, 1987 and never left. The first 10 years at the hospital she worked in Administration for the Vice President of Finance and Vice President of Nursing. In August 1997, Julie was asked to fill in in the Human Resource Department and she eventually became the HR Coordinator. In November of 2009, Julie was asked to take on the additional role as Senior Circle Advisor and in 2011 she was awarded Employee of the Year!
In early 2016, she transitioned out of Human Resources with the new role of Healthy Circle Advisor, Volunteer Services and Community Relations Coordinator. Through this role, Julie is responsible for organizing “Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” “Stick it to Alzheimer’s Challenge,” and “Dinner and a Healthy Heart.” Her goal is to keep Red Bud Regional Hospital in the forefront of our community and the surrounding service areas.
Julie married Chris Hudson in May of 1991. They have one son, Trevor, who is currently engaged to Julie Mudd of Waterloo. Chris and Julie have two pets, Buddy the lab, and Miss Kitty their very spoiled cat. Julie enjoys sewing, reading house and garden magazines, and watching HGTV in her spare time.
The Kutting Edge
Kathy was born and raised in Red Bud. Her parents are Robert and Doris Liefer. She is married to James Valleroy and they have two children, Skylar and Tanner. Kathy worked with Charlie Mudd for 20 years starting out. Charlie decided he wanted to retire and offered Kathy to buy the business which she did in January 2013. She renamed the business "The Kutting Edge". Kathy feels very blessed and is excited to work as a chamber director.
Cooper & Liefer Law Firm
Rebecca was born and raised here in Red Bud. She is the daughter of Rick and Carolyn Cooper. She graduated from Red Bud High School in 2005 and went on to get her Bachelor's in Finance and Economics from William Woods University in 2009. After this, she graduated from the University of Memphos School of Law in 2012. She became a partner at Cooper & Liefer Law in the Fall of 2012. She is married to Tom Westcott and currently resides in Red Bud.
North County News
Growing up on a farm outside of town, Mary Koester is a lifelong resident of the area. A graduate of Red Bud High School, she went on to get degrees at Southwestern Illinois College and Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She was the editor of the Steeleville Ledger for six months before accepting a position at the North County News here in Red Bud in May 2008. She became the editor at the News in August of that year.
Mary tries to be an active member of the community. She is one of the charter board members of the Community Foundation of Randolph County. She represented the Southern Illinois Rotary District in an exchange program to Brazil in 2013. She is also a Randolph County 4-H alumni, was a member of the Randolph County 4-H Foundation Board, and helped coach the high school's speech and debate team for several years. Mary has been recognized by the Regional Office of Education with a “Friend of Education Award” and by the Red Bud Masons Lodge with a “Community Builder Award.”
In her spare time Mary enjoys running 5Ks, doing obstacle/mud runs, hunting turkeys and spending time outdoors.
Mary is married to Daniel Koester. They have a daughter, Alison.
Superintendent Red Bud School District
Jon grew up in Carbondale, IL and graduated from Carbondale Community HS in 1994. Jon then attended Southern Illinois Univeristy Carbondale. Graduating from SIUC in 1998 with a Political Science/History degree, Jon has been involved in education ever since.
Since earning his undergraduate degree, Jon headed back to school and earned a Masters in Education Administration from SIUE and an Education Specialist Degree in Education Leadership from Lindenwood University.
Jon spent his first three years of teaching at Goreville High School in Goreville, Illinois where he taught social studies from 1998 to 2003. In addition to teaching, he also helped coach basketball and softball and even drove a bus route.
After three great years at GHS, Jon was hired to teach social studies at Belleville West High School in 2002. He stayed at Belleville West until the summer of 2011. While there, he also coached basketball, baseball, and football. The last four years of his time at Belleville West were spent serving as Social Studies Department Chair for three years, and as an assistant principal for one year.
In 2011, Jon was hired to be Principal of Red Bud High School. for the 2011-2012 school year. The following spring of 2012, he was hired to be Superintendent of the District. Red Bud is a wonderful district and community, and his wife Kelli and Jon have really enjoyed the move as well as the friendships we have developed over the past four years.
Kelli, who teaches English at O'Fallon Township High School, and Jon will be married 12 years this summer. They have three beautiful daughters, Adelyn (8), Reaghan (5), and Gracyn (3), and couldn't be a prouder dad of our girls.
Catherine moved to Red Bud in second grade and graduated from Red Bud High School in 2005. She worked at Keil’s throughout high school and then moved onto a law firm in Chesterfield where she worked for 2 years. Currently, Catherine works at Ironhorse and she has been there since April 2014. In her spare time Catherine enjoys going to Cardinal and Blues games and she is a big fan of musical theater. Catherine currently resides in Red Bud with her adorable Bichon Frise, Logan.
City of Red Bud
Matt was born and raised in Red Bud. A graduate of Red Bud High School, he went on to get his turfgrass science degree from Southwestern Illinois College. Matt was the golf course superintendent of Sparta Country Club for a while before he accepted the position as a plant health care specialist at Davey Tree Company. Currently, Matt is employed with the City of Red Bud and he has been there for 3 years. In his spare time, he enjoys golfing and watching the St. Louis Cardinals and Blues play. Matt and his girlfriend, Morgan Woosley, currently reside in Red Bud and they have a beautiful baby girl, Eleanor.
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