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Our Team

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Melody LaMar
Business Manager

I began with The League in January 2015 during what would become a highly transitional period in the association’s history. During the eighteen months that followed, four other long time employees retired.  It seemed like overnight I went from being one of the most junior staff members to the most senior – figuratively and chronologically. As someone who relishes change, it’s been an exciting and constructive time. 

I’m a relative newcomer to Springfield. I grew up on the Texas Gulf Coast, graduated from the University of Houston with a BS in Finance, and then moved to southern California where I worked 10 years in the software industry before opening my own real estate firm. We all know what happened in 2008 and that led me to Illinois to be close to family. I completed a MA in Environmental Studies at UIS in 2013 and have been involved with local sustainability projects during my eight years in Springfield. My two daughters and grandson have joined me in Springfield.  

Working in the private sector and being a business owner instilled a sense of practicality, drive, and customer service that I continue to draw upon. I enjoy the kind of collaboration at The League which pushes me to further develop my position as well as improve The League’s overall business and professional standing. 

The League 2016 - 2017 Board of Directors


District 1

2017Ralph C. Carstensen 
Hoyne Savings Bank
Chicago 
2019Kathleen E. Marinangel 
McHenry Savings Bank
McHenry

District 2

2018Edward A. Mollo
Streator Home Savings Bank
Streator 
2018Walter “Chip” Hasselbring III
Iroquois Federal Savings and Loan
Watseka 
2019Larry W. Strohm
First Bank & Trust, IL
Paris 

District 3

2018TJ Burge
Marion County Savings Bank
Salem 


At-Large

2017Dane H. Cleven
Community Savings Bank
Chicago 
2017Gary R. Nation
Central Federal Savings & Loan Association
Cicero 
2017Stephen M. Oksas
Mutual Federal Bank
Chicago 
2018Karlie Krehbiel
Lisle Savings Bank
Lisle 
2018Steven F. Rosenbaum
Prospect Federal Savings Bank
Worth 

Officers

2018William J. Smigiel, Chairman
Liberty Bank for Savings
Chicago 
2019Travis Schroll
Chairman Elect
Beardstown Savings sb
Beardstown 
2020Tyler Rouse
Vice Chairman
First Federal Savings Bank of Champaign
Urbana 
2017Stephen G. Lear
Immediate Past Chair
North Shore Trust and Savings
Waukegan 

Erich J. Bloxdorf
President
Illinois League of Financial Institutions
Springfield 
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