RCCA Leadership

RCCA Leadership

Mark Shaw Mark Shaw, President (Lake County)

Contact Information: Telephone: (847) 609-3482 / E-Mail: markshawgop@gmail.com

Mark L. Shaw currently serves as the Chairman of the Lake County Republican Central Committee, the State Central Committeeman for the Illinois Republican Party from the 10th Congressional District, and the Co-Chairman of the Illinois Republican Party. Shaw is a 35-year, Registered Pharmacist and a 31-year, Licensed Attorney, and serves as the President of Shaw Law Ltd., a general practice law firm with 9 attorneys and 4 paraprofessionals. Shaw Law Ltd. represents working families and small businesses in nearly all areas of law – both in and out of court. Shaw previously served his community as a Lake Forest Cub Scouts Master, Lake Forest Soccer and Basketball Coach, a Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Teen Court Judge, a Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Lions Club Member, a Lake Forest Municipal Caucus Official, a Lake Forest Plan Commissioner, a Lake County Government Reform and Accountability Commissioner, and a Teacher Retirement System of Illinois Trustee. Shaw currently serves his community as a West Skokie Drainage District Commissioner. Shaw is a Certified Guardian ad litem and Arbitrator. Shaw was born in Christian County, was raised in Bond, Christian, and Wabash Counties, and spent his adult life in Cook, Lake, Wabash and Williamson Counties. Shaw has been married to Lynn, a C.P.A., for 29 years, and is the father of 17-year old, A.J. Shaw is a graduate of Purdue University (B.S. Pharm., with honors) and Indiana University Law School (J.D., magna cum laude).


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Kurt Glazier, Vice President (Northern Region) (Whiteside County)

(Counties Included: Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Henry, Jo Daviess, Lee, Mercer, Ogle, Rock Island, Stephenson, Whiteside, and Winnebago)
Contact Information: Telephone:815-441-4737 / E-Mail: kglazier67@gmail.com

Kurt Glazier currently serves as the Chairman of the Whiteside County Republican Central Committee, and Vice President of the Northern Regional for the Republican County Chairmen’s Association of Illinois.  He is a life-long resident of Whiteside County, having grown up in the Lyndon, and has resided in Sterling since 1989.  Kurt is a 1985 graduate of Prophetstown High School and a 1987 graduate of Morrison Institute of Technology.  He was been employed by the Illinois Department of Transportation for  31 ½ years, having retired on December 2020.  Kurt was elected to the position of Sterling Township Highway Commissioner in the April 2021 election.  He has been married to Roxanne for 12-1/2 years and is the father of two daughters, Samantha and Sydney, and three step-children, Danielle (deceased), Derek and Rayce.  His involvement in the Republican Party began after running for a Sterling Township Trustee position in 2009.  He was elected to the Whiteside County Board in 2010 and has been serving ever since in that elected position.  Kurt has been, and is, active in his community in addition to his activity in the Republican Party.  He and his wife are avid campers and enjoy camping in Northwest Illinois with their friends.



James L. Ayers, Vice President (Central Region) (Piatt County)

Contact Information: Telephone: 217-369-7957 / E-Mail: ayers@prairieinet.net
(Counties Included: Adams, Brown, Bureau, Cass, Champaign, Clark, Coles, Cumberland, DeWitt, Douglas, Edgar, Ford, Fulton, Grundy, Hancock, Henderson, Iroquois, Kankakee, Knox, LaSalle, Livingston, Logan, Macon, Marshall, Mason, McDonough, McLean, Menard, Morgan, Moultrie, Peoria, Piatt, Pike, Putnam, Sangamon, Schuyler, Scott, Stark, Tazewell, Vermillion, Warren, and Woodford)
Contact Information: Telephone: (217) 369-7957 / E-Mail: ayers@prairieinet.net

Mr. James L. Ayers is the Piatt County Republican Chairman following a long line of local distinguished Republicans including his brother Stephen Ayers, Jim Reed and Mike Wildman representing 40 years of Piatt County Republican leadership. His family traces their Republican support back to the Reagan election. His sister Betty Ayers, now Comerford worked in the Reagan White House for his first 6 years. Mr. James L. Ayers is a principal in the law firm of Shonkwiler & Ayers located in Monticello, Piatt County, Illinois. He is a past president of the Piatt County Bar Association and a member of the Illinois and American Bar Associations. In addition, Mr. Ayers is President of Central Illinois Manufacturing Co.(Cim-Tek Filtration) in Bement, IL. For the past 60 years, this company has provided petroleum solutions for the agricultural market, gas stations and industrial filtration systems. Mr. James L. Ayers was elected to the Parkland College Board of Trustees in 1989 and re-elected four more times. He became Board Chairman when John Albin retired in 1999 until 2001, served as Vice-Chairman from 2002-2003 and Chairman in 2007 to 2012 and since as Secretary. James L. Ayers is the former Mayor of Monticello, 1993-2001. Mr. Ayers graduated from the University of Illinois, January 1970 and from the University of Tulsa College of Law in July 1972. From 1972 to 1976 he served on active duty in the USAF as an Assistant Staff Judge Advocate. James also is dedicated to serving various civic organizations, including Rotary, Lions, and the Boy Scouts. James led the first GSE Rotary Group Study Exchange to China in 2006. In addition to the Silver Beaver Award, he is the Past President of Prairielands Council, BSA. James is married to Linda and they are the parents of a son Jeff and a daughter Leslie Patrick. They have four grandchildren.

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Laura Kent Donahue, Deputy Vice President (Central Region) (Adams County)
Contact Information: Telephone: (217) 257-7740 / E-Mail: lkd@reagan.com

Laura Kent Donahue served in the Illinois State Senate from 1981 to 2002 representing the western edge of central Illinois. Former Senator Donahue served in the Senate Republican leadership as the Majority Caucus Chair and as an Assistant Majority Leader. During her tenure in Springfield, Laura also served as the Vice-Chairman of the Senate Appropriation Committee and as a member of the Energy and Environment and the Public Health and Welfare Committees. She served as the Treasurer of the Illinois Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus and as Chairman of the Mississippi River Parkway Commission. Laura was born in Quincy, Illinois, graduated from the Quincy public school system and was a graduate of Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri. Laura Kent Donahue currently serves on the Illini Community Hospital Board, as the Republican Chairman of the Adams County Republican Central Committee, Deputy Vice President of the Republican County Chairmen’s Association of Illinois, and as Vice-Chair of the Adams County Republican Women. She is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and previously served as a Board member of the YMCA and on the Executive Committee of the Quincy Society of Fine Arts.



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Rhonda Belford, Vice President (Southern Region) (Hardin County)
Contact Information: Telephone: 618-289-3607 / E-Mail: belstar@shawneelink.net
(Counties Included: Alexander, Bond, Calhoun, Christian, Clay, Clinton, Crawford, Edwards, Effingham, Fayette, Franklin, Gallatin, Greene, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Jersey, Johnson, Lawrence, Macoupin, Madison, Marion, Massac, Monroe, Montgomery, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Randolph, Richland, Saline, Shelby, St. Clair, Wabash, Washington, Wayne, White, Williamson, and Union)
Contact Information: Telephone: (618) 525-1855 / E-Mail: belstar@shawneelink.net

Rhonda Belford currently serves as the Chairman of the Hardin County Republican Central Committee, the Vice-President for the Southern Region for the Republican County Chairmen’s Association of Illinois and the Deputy Central Committeewoman for the Illinois Republican Party for the 15th Congressional District. Belford is a Registered Nurse of 33 years and has served in Long term, Primary and Acute Care settings in administrative roles. Belford has also served in the Community Affairs and Marketing Department for two of Illinois’s State Treasurers for approximately 6 years. Belford works in community development, economic development and tourism as a director of the Golconda Main Street Organization and as a Director of the Ohio River Scenic Byway (ORSB), Inc. (a not-for-profit corporation). Rhonda also serves as a member of the Southeastern Illinois Regional Planning and Development Commission, the Egyptian Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council, the Pope/Hardin Farm Bureau, the Harrisburg Kiwanis Club and as a long-time Fluorspar Festival Committee Member. Rhonda is an active member of the First Apostolic Church of Rosiclare where she is a part of the praise and worship team. This is where she credits her inspiration for her singing ability, in addition to the encouragement of her dear Mother, which led to the Singing News No. 2 chart song, “When Nothing But a Miracle Will Do”. Rhonda is married to her high school sweetheart, Michael, and they have 2 grown sons, Jerod and Britt, and 4 grandchildren.

Kenneth C. Shepro, Vice President (Collar County Region) (Kane County)
(Counties Included: DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will)
Contact Information: Telephone: (708) 471-4630 / E-Mail: kcshepro@aol.com

Kenneth C. Shepro currently serves as the Chairmen of the Kane County Republican Central Committee, and the Vice President for the Collar County Region of the Republican County Chairmen’s Association of Illinois.







Phil Sherwood, Deputy Vice President, Central Region (Cumberland County)
Contact Information: Telephone: (217) 259-6165 / E-Mail: philp_sherwood@yahoo.com

Phil Sherwood currently serves as the Cumberland County Republican Chairman and part of the Republican Central Committee since 2010. He is Deputy Vice President of the Republican County Chairmen’s Association of Illinois. He was a Science teacher at Cumberland Unit 77 form 1972 to 1977. Currently is working at Ag Business from 1977 on a part-time basis. Phil was born October 18, 1949 and graduated from Cumberland Unit 77 High School in 1967. He attended Eastern Illinois University in 1971 and graduated with an degree in Education. Phil served in the Army National Guard and stationed at Mattoon, Illinois in 1971-1977. He married his wife, Alice in 1970 and they have one daugther, Amy Robinson and two grandsons. Phil’s hobbies include golf, fishing, the Cardinals Baseball team, and Illini Basketball.


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Sean Morrison, Vice President (Cook County Region)
(County Included: Cook)
Contact Information: Telephone: (773) 294-4166 / E-Mail: sean@morrisonsecurity.com

Sean Morrison currently serves as the Chairman of the Cook County Republican Central Committee, and the Vice President of the Cook County Region of the Republican County Chairmen’s Association of Illinois. Sean is motivated by his devotion to family, community and the rule of law. A strong believer in limited government and proactive private assistance, Sean Morrison has spent his adult life creating jobs and giving back to the community to improve the quality of life in Cook County. Sean Morrison knows how to get things done, and he’s been doing it for over 30 years. Long before he became actively involved in government and volunteering for qualified suburban candidates, Sean Morrison was an outspoken advocate of responsible and sustainable government financing. A successful business owner who created his company after working his way through Moraine Valley Community College, Sean Morrison now employs and supervises almost 1,000 employees as the CEO of Morrison Security Corporation. Sean and his wife Lora, a registered nurse, are raising their two daughters in south suburban Palos Park.


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Barbara J. Viviano, Secretary (St. Clair County)
Contact Information: Telephone: (618) 971-9555 / E-Mail: barbv0722@gmail.com

Barbara Viviano currently serves as the Chairman of the St. Clair County Republican Central Committee, and the Secretary for the Republican County Chairmen’s Association of Illinois. In addition, Barb is a founding member of the Republican Women of St. Clair County Club, Secretary for the Illinois Federation of Republican Women, 12th Congressional District State Central Committeeman and Co-Chairwoman of the Illinois Republican Party. As one of the hardest-working grassroots Republican organizers in her district, Barb Viviano is known for “getting things done.” Barb organizes and encourages others as she walks in parades, makes phone calls, gets petitions signed, and works on fundraisers for candidates and the GOP. She worked tirelessly to help elect Congressman Mike Bost as the first Republican elected in the 12th Congressional District in decades. Barb was born and raised in Missouri, attended the University of Missouri and graduated from a St. Louis School for Medical Technology. She moved to Illinois after graduation where she accepted a position at Memorial Hospital in Belleville and has lived in St. Clair County ever since. As Barb says, “life happened” and during the thirty-five years she worked at the same hospital there was marriage and two children. She now greatly enjoys a relationship of much love and respect with her two grown children with their busy and professional lives. Her two grandchildren complete this cycle. She says that having a husband who understands her love of politics is a great help as she continues her part in helping build the Republican Party.

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Jeremy Plank, Treasurer (Madison County)
Contact Information: Telephone: (618) 931-2377 / E-Mail: jeremy.plank@gmail.com Jeremy Plank currently serves as the Chairman of Madison County Republican Central Committee, and the Treasurer of the Republican County Chairmen’s Association of Illinois. He is a CPA and Certified Fraud Examiner with over twelve years of accounting and five years of audit experience in government and not-for-profit sectors. He also gives presentations related to fraud and internal controls for local governments. Jeremy graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with a Bachelor of Science, Accountancy, from North Central University, Minneapolis, with a Bachelor of Arts, Pastoral Studies, and from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, with a Masters in Business Administration. His professional affiliations and memberships include: Association of Certified Fraud Examiners; American Institute of Certified Public Accountants; Illinois Government Finance Officers Association; Illinois Certified Public Accountants Society; and Southwestern Illinois Flood Prevention District Board Member.