Leo F. Childers Jr. certainly has an impressive resume. Yet he is a humble man with southern roots, values family and community and is known for his personal integrity.
He also is one of the latest additions to a notable list of influential leaders forming the Rend Lake College Foundation Board of Directors.
"I am very honored to be a member of the Rend Lake College Foundation Board of Directors," he says modestly.
Childers joins captains of local industry on the board. Included are Anheuser-Busch’s Wayne Asberry, Continental GT’s Joe Angi, US Bank’s Jo Ann Joy, Walgreens’ Steve Lawrence and Hamilton County businessman Richard Rubenacker, all of whom have joined the RLCF Board in the last year.
Of the newest member, RLC Foundation Chief Executive Officer Pat Mitchell said, "Leo is an absolutely wonderful addition to our board. He is a respected businessman who we know will provide us with valuable insight and direction in planning for the Rend Lake College Foundation.
"In fact," she added, "we have put together one of the finest boards you could hope to have, with community and business leaders from a variety of industries and backgrounds. It certainly bodes well for the future of the College."
Since November 1993, Childers has been at the helm of Good Samaritan Regional Health Center, a member of St. Mary’s Good Samaritan, Inc. (SMGSI). St. Mary’s Good Samaritan, Inc. is co-sponsored by SSM Health Care (St. Louis) and Felician Services, Inc. (Chicago). Locally, SMGSI maintains campuses in both Mt. Vernon and Centralia.
SSM Health Care was recently awarded the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the first-ever winner in health care.
Childers’ 30-year-plus career in health care administration includes serving as President of Good Samaritan Regional Health Center, Mt. Vernon; President of Saint Eugene Community Hospital, Dillon, SC; Vice-President for Professional Services and Associate Administrator of Southampton Memorial Hospital, Franklin, VA, and various administrative positions at military hospitals as a Captain in the United States Air Force Medical Service Corps.
A native of Florence, SC, he graduated from Furman University in 1968, where he attained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration. In 1981, he graduated from Duke University with a Master’s Degree in Health Care Administration.
Childers is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and currently serves on the College’s Regent’s Advisory Council. Other professional affiliations include the American Hospital Association, Catholic Health Association and the Illinois Hospital Association. He also currently serves on the Policy Council and Patient Safety Steering Council of the Illinois Hospital Association.
Locally, Childers is a member of the Mt. Vernon Economic Development Commission and, in addition to his board post at the RLCF, serves on the Board of Directors of the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, American Red Cross and Old National Bank. He is a member of Rotary and American Legion Post 32 and is a deacon at Logan Street Baptist Church. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of both the Jefferson County United Way and the Mt. Vernon Rotary Club.
Childers joins Rend Lake College Foundation Board President Hunt Bonan (McLeansboro), Vice-President Jim Kelly (Sesser), Secretary Mark Ballard (Mt. Vernon), RLC President Mark S. Kern, RLCF CEO Mitchell, Terry Addington (Mt. Vernon), Angi (Mt. Vernon), Asberry (Nashville), David Beehn (Wayne City), Millie Caldwell (Christopher), Mildred Fitzgerrell (Sesser), Joy (Ina), Lawrence (Mt. Vernon), Sam Mateer (Mt. Vernon), Dr. Robert Parks (Mt. Vernon), Howard Payne (Benton), Dr. Warren Petty (Benton), Bill Regenhardt (Mt. Vernon), Dr. Charles "Bill" Roe (Pinckneyville), Rubenacker (Dahlgren), George Slankard (Sesser), Dr. Gene Stotlar (Pinckneyville) and Rich Yunkus (Benton).
Childers and wife Tam have four grown children -- Wesley (38), Cathy (36), Tony (29) and Julie (28). They have two grandchildren, Gabriel (7) and Abigail (3). Last but not least is another member of the family, Pepper, their miniature Schnauzer.
So what does a guy like Leo do in his spare time? When he is not working, serving on boards or councils, or being active in the church, you may see him jogging, at one of the local golf courses or spending time at home with Tam and Pepper.
"I really enjoy calling Mt. Vernon home and I do what I can to support the growth and development of Mt. Vernon and all of Southern Illinois," he concluded.