Building on a strong team of diverse experts in their fields,Governor J.B. Pritzker recently made appointments to eight state boards in Illinois. Of especial interest to the White County area, is the appointment of three people to the New Harmony Bridge Authority.
Michael Egbert will serve on the New Harmony Bridge Authority.* For the past 26 years, Egbert has served as Executive Director of the Office of Opportunities for Access, a center for independent living in Mount Vernon. In this role, he overlooked the approval of policies, budgets, and new hires for the non-profit, which also has satellite offices in Carmi and Effingham. He has concurrently served as a board member of the Illinois Network of Centers for Independent Living and also served as its president. Egbert also has been serving as treasurer of the White County Bridge Commission for the past 23 years and also served on the boards of the Southern 14 Workforce Investment Board, Illinois TechConnect, the Private Industry Council and Egyptian Public and Mental Health Department. Egbert received his Bachelor’s in business and accounting from Illinois State University.
Ellen Schanzle-Haskins will serve on the New Harmony Bridge Authority.* Haskins currently serves as the General Counsel of the Midwest Region of the Laborers’ International Union of North America, overseeing 10 states. Haskins has been an attorney for 44 years, including 19 years as a prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney and the Illinois Attorney General. Haskins has also served as Chief Counsel to the Illinois Department of Transportation from 2003 to 2013, where she was involved in the legal issues regarding the reconstruction and reopening of the McKinley Bridge and the East St. Louis Martin Luther King Bridge as well as the new construction of the $654 million Stan Musial Veteran’s Memorial Bridge on I-70 in 2013. She attended Eastern Illinois University and the charter class of Southern Illinois University School of Law.
Sara Brown will serve on the New Harmony Bridge Authority.* Brown is a small business owner from Carmi, Illinois. She owns and operates her own coffee shop, which she also managed of for nine years before taking ownership. Brown has also served as manager of the Historic New Harmony program at the University of Southern Indiana for six years. Brown earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Illinois.
* Appointments pending confirmation by the Illinois Senate.
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