LINCOLN — Three Lincoln College graduates are among six new trustees added to the school's board.

Brenda Chapman-Lima, Mill Valley, Calif.; Rikeesha Pehlon, Springfield; and Phillip Styles Jr, Mableton, Ga., are the alumni named to the board. The other new members are the Rev. Glenn Shelton and Dr. Amir John Wahab, both of Lincoln, and James Glenn, Chicago.

The new trustees joined the board on Sept. 20. The board names the college president and top administrators. Board committees oversee finances, development, planning, academic affairs and student services.

President David Gerlach said, “Lincoln College is on a voyage of rediscovery, as we return to our traditional role of offering baccalaureate and master degree programs — just as the college did for more than half a century after its founding.

Chapman-Lima, a 1982 graduate, is an Oscar-winning writer, animator and director. She grew up in Beason and began working for Walt Disney Feature Animation Studios shortly after receiving her bachelor's degree from the California Institute of Arts. She later joined Pixar Animation Studios.

Phelon graduated in 1997 and is president and chief operating officer of Phelon Public Strategies. She previously served as press secretary to the Illinois Senate President John Cullerton and as a consultant to the Democratic Governors Association.

Styles, a 1987 graduate, co-leads Willis Towers Watson Diverse Solutions Network. He previously served as director of strategic alliances for Aon Corporation.

Glenn is a Chicago litigation and trial attorney. He concentrates on employment and traditional labor litigation, compliance, training and counseling. He has a bachelor's degree from Illinois Wesleyan University.

Shelton has been pastor of Second Baptist Church in Lincoln since 1984. He co-founded the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship at Lincoln College.

Wahab practices family medicine with Memorial Physician Services in Lincoln and has been on the medical staff at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital since 1997.



Reporter for The Pantagraph.

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