EXECUTIVE BOARD ELECTIONS
We greatly appreciate everyone who stepped forward to serve on the 2022-2023 Executive Board. Our club is run by dedicated and talented volunteers with a passion for serving their community. These are just a few of the many positions that need to be filled so that our organization runs smoothly. Applications for the Board of Governors are available now. Click here to be directed to the application.
Per our bylaws, the Nominating Committee presented a slate of qualified candidates at the March general membership meeting. A vote on the following candidates will be held at our April general membership meeting.
Amanda Reeder | President
Amanda Reeder was born and raised in Virginia. She graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelor of Art in International Affairs and a Bachelor of Art in Modern Foreign Language with a concentration on the Russian Language. While attending ROTC classes at James Madison, she met her soon-to-be husband. Amanda and Michael have been married for 23 years and have three children: Austin 16, Abigail 14, and Jacob, 12. All three children attend Mascoutah schools and are competitive swimmers for the Seahawks here in Illinois. Additionally, Abigail is a competitive water polo player for the St. Louis Lions in Missouri.
Upon graduation Amanda worked as a program coordinator for the Mine Action In-formation Center in Virginia in support of State Department and Defense Department contracts to support landmine awareness, victim assistance, research & development, and landmine clearance. From there she went to North Carolina where she was an education director for a center to support young children with special needs to older students preparing for the SAT. In Alaska, she began her Master’s program in International Relations and also served as FRG leader at the company level, and volunteered with Protestant Women of the Chapel. In Colorado, she continued her volunteer work as a board member and facilitator for PWOC and as a board member for Mothers of Preschoolers. She later went on staff at Ranch Creek Elementary where she worked with students with autism. In Italy, she continued to volunteer with PWOC as a facilitator and board member. She served as a board member for the Vicenza Mako Sharks swim team as their statistician and as an assistant swim coach (ASCA level I). She served as a fundraising coordinator for the PTSA and volunteered within the 509th Signal Battalion as the senior advisor for the SFRG. She also acted as a senior advisor to the Vicenza Community Club and Key Leaders Information Forum. In Maryland, she volunteered for her children’s swim team. She currently serves on the PWOC board at Scott AFB.
During the 13 moves as an Army spouse, Amanda has had a heart to serve in the military communities. Amanda loves traveling with her family to sightsee and enjoy local cuisines. She enjoys baking and anything crafty. When she is not watching her children compete in the water, you can find her watching football.
Elizabeth Farar | First Vice President
Since arriving to Scott AFB in July 2021, Elizabeth Farar and her husband Mike have appreciated the friendliness of Scott and have enjoyed getting involved on base. They have been married 28 years and have two children: Levi and Ryleigh. Levi is married to Lily and they live in Lincoln, IL, while Levi works on his Master of Divinity degree and Lily completes her Bachelor’s of Nursing. Ryleigh is a Junior at SIUE, majoring in French with a minor in Linguistics. You can see why they were excited to be stationed at Scott…they are now near their kids! They are soaking up as much family time as they can while they are here.
Elizabeth and Mike have ten years of military life under their belts (Offutt AFB; unaccompanied remote assignment to Thule, Greenland; Joint Base Andrews). Prior to the military, they spent 18 years in civilian ministry. Currently, Elizabeth’s husband Mike is Deputy Wing Chaplain for the 375th. Elizabeth works at Southwestern Illinois College, serving as the Vocational Coordinator for the Adult Education Department. She loves her job, and is especially grateful that its flexibility has allowed her to participate in SSC programs. From the genuinely warm welcome at the first program she attended to the great conversations at every gathering, to the creative themes and activities, the SSC has helped her to feel at home at Scott AFB
Rebecca Hughey | 2nd Vice President
Rebecca Hughey believes that families are the heart of the military community. She is a champion for military spouses and families, working to support them in achieving their goals by promoting resiliency, unit support and a special sense of military community. While at Scott Air Force Base, she has volunteered as the Key Spouse for the Medical Group and Healthcare Operations Squadron for Scott Air Force Base. In this position, she has supported families during record-breaking deployment tempo as a result of medical support for Worldwide COVID-19 operations and worked to increase unit support and improve the quality of life for families. Rebecca was instrumental in planning and implementing several group-wide events to increase morale and allow families and service members to connect in a casual environment. Most recently, she created and established a monthly event titled “Coffee with Command'' that gives the families and support systems of squadron servicemembers an opportunity to meet with the Command team, receive important information, and work to bridge the communication gap between the unit and family members. Rebecca currently serves as the Social Treasurer for the Scott Spouse Club Executive Board. She volunteers as a Community Liaison for Blue Star Families, helping military families feel connected within their community and providing resources to connect with organizations. She is also a Giving Tuesday Military Ambassador working to promote acts of kindness among the military community. Rebecca is a graduate student working on her Masters in Accounting at Southern New Hampshire University, which she plans to use to benefit the US Military by working in a capacity that provides financial assistance to military servicemembers and their families.
Rebecca is the spouse of Captain Matthew Hughey of the 375th Medical Group and mother to Margot. In her free time, she enjoys traveling with her family, staying fit, baking, and giving back to her community. Before her military commitment, Rebecca was a Middle School Educator and Realtor.
VACANT | Social Treasurer
We currently have no candidate for Social Treasurer
Cassie Cole | Charitable Treasurer
Cassie grew up in a military family. When her father got out of the Air Force, they moved to central Illinois where she met her future husband, Darren, in high school. They have been married 30 years and in the Air Force for 29 years and counting. Cassie graduated from Texas Tech University with a bachelor’s in business administration/Marketing. She is a licensed real estate agent in the state of Virginia and has worked in marketing and public relations for 30 years.
Spouses’ club involvement is a big part of Cassie’s life and has served on multiple boards. She and her family love to travel internationally or go camping in their camper. Reading, sewing, shopping, and CrossFit fill up most of her days. Darren and Cassie are empty nesters. They have a daughter Alexandra (25) and a son Nathaniel (20). A Beagle named Jasper and Maggie the cat complete the family.
Cindy Thiel | Secretary
Cindy Thiel is the proud mother of a teenager, a college student, and one fun-loving dog. She and her husband have been married for 27 years and are originally from Ohio. They currently live in Mascoutah and their youngest is about to graduate from high school here. She has enjoyed a fun job working as a decorator for a local bakery in New Baden, as well as operating her own business making and decorating sweet treats. She graduated “several” years ago with a bachelor’s degree in business management and has a professional background in human resources, again, from “several” years ago. She has mainly been a stay-at-home mom since her second child was born, finding satisfaction in the service of others through her church, the school’s parent-teacher organizations, and the spouse clubs at their duty stations.
The most relevant experience for applying for the Scott Spouse’s Club’s Secretary position is that she has served over the last year in the position and has found it to be a good fit to both serve our spouse community as well as find enjoyment in the activities/friends it provides. In addition, she has also served as the spouse club advisor for two years at Grand Forks AFB. These two positions have given her a solid overview of the different clubs and their operations.