Cinda Klickna, President

IEA President Cinda KlicknaCinda Klickna of Rochester was elected president of the Illinois Education Association in March 2011 after serving six years as IEA Secretary-Treasurer.

Klickna began her teaching career in Springfield, Illinois, in 1973 teaching high school English and Advanced Placement Literature. Since 1981, she taught at Southeast High School.

Klickna began her union activism as a summer IEA Legislative Intern in 1981, working with the late State Senator Vince Demuzio, State Representative Richard Reilly, and State Senator Terry Bruce.

Prior to her election as an IEA officer, Klickna served on the IEA Board of Directors (1988-2000), the National Education Association (NEA) Board of Directors (1994-2000), and as president of the Springfield Education Association (1991-1997 and 2003-2005). She has chaired committees for IEA (Partnerships for Educational Innovation, Legislative Committee) and NEA (Membership Services and Affiliate Relationships).

In 1997, Klickna was awarded the Illinois State Genealogical Society Community Service Award for her classroom’s research of an abandoned cemetery at Lake Sangchris.

In 2002, Klickna was a finalist for the Horace Mann Educator of the Year Award.

Klickna earned her Bachelor’s Degree in English Education at the University of Illinois, Urbana, in 1973 and her Master’s Degree in Literature at the University of Illinois at Springfield.

Klickna has been a freelance writer for more than thirty years, writing feature articles on history, travel and human-interest. She is a monthly book-reviewer for the Springfield State Journal-Register.

The first teacher to serve as the chair of the Education Committee for the Greater Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, Klickna has also served on the United Way Board, and as PTO President in Rochester, Illinois, where she raised two sons, Keith and Kevin. Her husband, Kim, recently retired as a band and music instructor in Springfield.

Kathi Griffin, Vice President

Kathi Griffin was elected IEA vice president in March 2011. Before becoming an IEA officer, Griffin was an elementary teacher in Schaumburg. In her career as a union activist, Griffin also served IEA members as an NEA director as well as a member of the IEA Board of Directors and the IPACE executive committee. In addition to her work at the state level, prior to becoming an officer, Griffin served as a member of her region council and her local’s executive board.

Al Llorens, Secretary-Treasurer

Al Llorens was elected IEA secretary -treasurer in March 2011.

Before becoming an IEA officer, Llorens taught high school mathematics and coached athletics in Dolton. Llorens’s career as a union activist includes service as an NEA Director as well as a member of the IEA Board of Directors and the IPACE executive committee.

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