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Ste. Marie Foundation
Board of Directors
Ste. Marie Foundation Directors


Gina was one of the original three board members of the Sainte Marie Foundation.  A native of Sainte Marie, Gina now resides in Charleston but still holds a deep love and admiration for Sainte Marie.  Gina has spent her lifetime teaching the youth of Jasper County.  She retired in May of 2019 after teaching for 30 years.  Gina is married to Steve Fox and has three grown daughters (Leslie Taggart, Sara Grissom, and Allison Tharp), and a son Evan, and eight grandchildren.  She is very involved in volunteering for the community and their church. She loves to travel, read, learn and spend time with the grandchildren.  After leaving the Board in 2010 to obtain her Master's Degree, she rejoined in the Fall of 2016.  Gina is following in the footsteps of her grandmother, Mayme Hartrich, and mother, Rosemary Mullinax by keeping the rich history of Sainte Marie alive through writing and sharing information with others.


Mike is retired from Newton Community High School (NCHS) where he was athletic director. He grew up in Sainte Marie but has lived in Newton for many years with his wife Teresa (two children, five grandchildren). Mike has a long career in education; he taught junior high English for nine years at Newton Junior High School and at West Junior High before moving on to NCHS where he taught English and American History for 29 years.  He has also coached basketball, baseball, softball, cross country, and track.  Though retired, he works part-time at Hartrich Meats in Sainte Marie, with his brothers, is a volunteer track coach at Newton Community High School, and is curator for the Foundation Museum.



Kevin was first elected to the Foundation’s board in 2011. He served as the Jasper County State’s Attorney from 2008 through 2015 when he was appointed associate judge of the Fourth Judicial Circuit from Jasper County. He was reappointed in July of 2019 for another 4-year term on the bench.


Kevin is a member of the Sons of the American Legion Squadron #932 in Sainte Marie, the Knights of Columbus 3rd Degree Council 1704, and the 4th Degree Assembly 1554 in Newton and he is a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Newton.

Kevin formerly served on the board directors of the Sunrise Community Center and as vice president of the Jasper County Chamber of Commerce.  Kevin lives in Newton with his wife Becky, who recently retired from teaching and currently works at The Peoples State Bank in Newton.




Norma has lived in Ste. Marie Township since marrying David Ochs 35 years ago.  They raised 3 sons, whom all reside in Jasper County, the youngest on the Ochs Centennial Farm.  Norma retired from Nursing after 37 years to stay with her grandchildren and volunteer.  She is an active member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and a member of Jasper County HEA. 



Dolores is a retired Fundraising Manager with over 30 years of experience and 21 million dollars raised for education, health, religious, political, national, and local organizations. Her background includes Administrator for University of Illinois, Roosevelt University, College of DuPage, and Lake Land College. She volunteered for 55 nonprofit organizations with fundraising efforts. Her father Delbert Schmidt was raised several miles west of town by his parents Raymond and Laura Schmidt at the farm now owned by Florence (Archie) Schmidt. Delbert made a home for his wife Alfonsina and seven children in the area as well. Dolores is married to Larry Hahn who was raised in Ste Marie and is the son of Jim and Dorothy Hahn. Larry’s six siblings have deep roots and great pride in Ste. Marie. Larry and Dolores have 5 children, 9 grandchildren and one on the way.


Donna is active with the Sainte Marie American Legion Auxiliary Unit 932; the Cork & Pork Festival and Sainte Marie Community events; the latest being the Sainte Marie Farmers Market in which she and fellow board member Sharon Tuttle are involved.  She served as chair of the Sainte Marie 175th Anniversary Parade and also the 150th Parade.  For 12 years she was co-owner of Simple Rewards Day Spa & Salon in Newton, and before that was manager of Jasper Artisans in Newton.  Donna is now “retired” and enjoying life with family and friends and continues to volunteer in the community.  She and her husband Bob own the family business, Keller Grain & Livestock, Inc., founded by her father-in-law, Art Keller, along with their son, Jason, daughter-in-law Anna, and their 3 children, Brittany, Alex, and Zach.



Ed resides in Robinson, IL, he is a retired CPA and former partner at Kemper CPA Group in Robinson. While working there for 43 years, he served 20 as manager of the Robinson office.  Ed grew up on a farm south of Sainte Maire, a son of Gene and Zita Reis, since deceased.  He and his wife Linda have three children and ten grandchildren.



Sharon Yager Tuttle grew up in the Bend area and married Roy Tuttle.  Sharon has two daughters Shannon and Farrah and two grandsons.  Sharon and Roy retired and moved to Pople County for twenty years where they were active with a variety of community endeavors, she is a 39-year member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 932 and has deep roots in Ste. Marie.  Sharon and Roy moved back to the Bend in 2018 and stay busy remodeling, gardening, volunteering and enjoying family and friends.


Jason resides in Newton, IL, and serves as vice president of Kuhl's Trailer Sales, Inc. in Ingraham, IL.  In addition, he is also Chairman of the Jasper County Board and serves on the Board of Directors for EJ Water.  Jason serves on a variety of other boards in the community including the Jasper County Economic Development, Inc., South Central Illinois Regional Planning & Development Commission, University of Illinois Extension Council, Jasper County CEO Program, JCCU#1 Building Committee, and Local Workforce Innovation Area 23 Board. He is active in the local Knights of Columbus and Holy Cross Church in Wendelin.  Jason is the father of Cora Raelynn, featured in the 175th historical book as "Sainte Marie's Newest Resident."  Jason was born and raised in Jasper County, and attended East Jr. High in Ste. Marie and lived in the village for 7 years.



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