INA, Ill. – Three Rend Lake College employees were selected to receive this year’s Outstanding Staff Award from the RLC Foundation. Nominated by their peers; Angie Kistner, Stephanie McKinney and Donnie Millenbine were handed their awards at the RLC Board, Faculty, Staff ceremony on May 3 in the college theater.
Kistner, the college’s controller, is in her 19th year with RLC. As controller, Kistner works closely with business office staff and the college’s chief financial officer to oversee the financial aspects of college operations. She was nominated by staff from the RLC Foundation Children’s Center who said Kistner “daily exceeds expectations and ... continuously strives to help us brainstorm ideas to improve [the center’s] budget and manage [its] finances.”
Her nomination went on to say Kistner goes out of her way to assist the center where her daughter, Anna, once attended and son, Tony, now attends in the early preschool classroom. From helping with grant writing to catering lunch, and bringing in chocolate to arranging vehicles for Big Truck Day, “Kistner daily brings joy into our building.” In addition to her duties as controller, Kistner serves on the Children’s Center Parent Advisory Council, Online Degree Committee, Policies and Procedures Committee.
“I am truly honored because this is an award from my peers,” she said. “It’s nice to be recognized for simply doing a job that you love to do.”
Kistner lives in Scheller with her husband Scott and their two children.
McKinney is a subsidized child care specialist for Project CHILD at the RLC MarketPlace in Mt. Vernon. She has worked at the college since 2000. She processed cases prior to moving to the front of the house where she now assists walk-in clients and those who call in to the Project CHILD office. Her history with casework helps McKinney save her co-workers and clients valuable time by making sure paperwork is complete and questions are answered on the front lines. Her co-workers say she is professional and knowledgeable.
“She goes the extra mile to ensure that [clients’] needs have been met,” stated Jamie Nichols.
“She is always positive, always has an ear to lend, and always, always goes the extra mile to help our customers and ... each ... staff member,” wrote Paula Burris.
McKinney said she was amazed when her name was announced as a 2011 Outstanding Staff Award recipient.
“I get a lot of personal fulfillment from doing my job,” she said, adding that she herself benefitted from Project CHILD services as a single mother raising two children. “I get to help my co-workers and parents out there who need assistance. For someone else to recognize that ... wow! Very humbling. It’s like mission accomplished. Maybe I am making a difference.”
McKinney lives in Mt. Vernon with her two children, Bryan and Lindsay.
Millenbine is the grounds supervisor at RLC where he has worked for nine years. His job is to keep RLC beautiful – all 93 acres and 60,000 square-foot of landscaping that’s maintained! One can find Millenbine supervising numerous jobs from one corner of the college grounds to the other on a daily basis. That is probably why those who nominated him for the award include not only his co-workers in the physical plant, but staff and faculty from other departments.
“Donnie ... has been very dependable, responsible and courteous in his daily work duties,” stated those who nominated him. “How we determined this recommendation was due to many positive attributes we see every day working with him.”
Some of those attributes are excellent attendance, knowledgeable, dependable, team-oriented, altruistic, and a strong work ethic.
“I was totally shocked and honored,” he said. I received my horticulture education at Rend Lake and it was actually a dream of mine to work here. To be able to do it is, well, a dream come true.”
Millenbine lives in Dahlgren with his wife Sarah and their two children Mallorie and Trevor. He was part of the first class to graduate from a horticulture program at the college. In fact, all three Outstanding Staff Award recipients are RLC Alumni.
Their names will be added to the Rend Lake College Wall of Honor, dedicated for recipients of the Outstanding Staff Award and Faculty Excellence Award, and located in the center of the main campus in Ina.