James C. Gay of Rockport was elected to the Board in April 2009; he previously served on the Board from 2005 to 2007. Owner/operator of a grain and beef cow operation, Mr. Gay has been active in a variety of community organizations and has served on several boards, including the Illinois Soybean Checkoff Board, the Pike County Farm Bureau Board, and Pikeland School Board. He is Chairman of the Board of the Blessing Care Corporation (Illini Hospital), is Secretary of the Board of the Illinois Rural Electric Cooperative, and serves on the Community Foundation of the Quincy Area. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois and has served on the Field Crops Advisory Committee for the UI-U/C Crop Science Department.