Rick Gottman is the current mayor of the city of Vandalia. He was recently elected to a second term.
Liz is a life-long resident of St. Peter, Illinois. She graduated from LaGrove High School (presently, South Central High School) in 1977. Liz has worked at The First National Bank of Vandalia for thirty years, and she is currently the Trust Officer for that institution. She serves as secretary of Soroptimist International Women's Club/Vandalia Chapter. For ten years she was a 4H Club Leader, and she has been a volunteer EMT.
Donna Walton Johnson graduated from Vandalia High School in 1966. She is a real estate broker in Fayette and the surrounding counties. She is married to Harold and has four children and five grandchildren. She serves on the Sharon Township and Fayette Rural Water Boards.
Marc is a 1991 graduate of Vandalia Community High School, a graduate of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and from John Marshall Law School in Chicago. After ten years in a private legal practice, he was sworn in as an associate judge for the Fourth Judicial Circuit in March of 2011. Marc is married to Michelle (Johnson) and continues to reside in Vandalia with their son, Andrew.
Sharon Mortland LaDage grew up in Vandalia, and graduated from the Vandalia Community Schools. After graduating from college, she and her husband, Bill, returned to teach in the Vandalia School System for 34 years. Presently, she is retired from Vandalia Community High School, but still pursues her love of teaching as a current teacher for the Illinois Virtual High School. She is passionate about offering the best education possible to the children of Vandalia.
Lori is a 1981 graduate of the Vandalia Community Schools and has been employed by the Vandalia School District since 1997.
Mark is a 1991 graduate of Vandalia High School and a 1996 graduate of Southern Illinois University Carbondale with a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering. He is currently a Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Illinois and a LEED Accredited Professional with the United States Green Building Council. He is a shareholder and project manager for Hurst-Rosche Engineers/Design Architects, Inc. in Hillsboro, Illinois.
Ken is a 1972 graduate of VCHS and a 1976 graduate of EIU. He taught 8th Grade Science at Vandalia Junior High School for 33 years before retiring in 2009. Ken also coached 4 different sports and was the Junior High Athletic Director. He and his wife Kathy (Barth) have 2 daughters and 2 grandchildren.
Steve Stombaugh graduated from Vandalia Community High School in 1973 and is currently President of Stombaugh HVAC Inc. He is the 4th generation in a 96 year old family business. Graduating from the University of Illinois in 1977, he became a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Illinois. In Vandalia he has served with the Vandalia Fire Department for 27 years, as a member of Rotary Club, the Industrial Commission, and the Chamber of Commerce.
Graduating from Lewistown High School, Lewistown, Illinois, Rich came to Vandalia in 1990 as a teacher, Varsity Baseball and Varsity Basketball coach. He married a local girl, Kim Lotz, and decided to make Vandalia his permanent home. He served as Assistant Principal and Athletic Director for three years and the Principal of Vandalia High School for one year before becoming the current Superintendent of Vandalia Community School District, #203. He has served on The Fellowship of Christian Athletes Leadership Board, First United Methodist Church Board, and was an International Softball Congress Area Representative.
Judy is a native of Vandalia and a VCHS graduate. After college, Judy returned to Vandalia where she taught band, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades. She retired after 34 years of service. She is currently a member of the Vandalia School Board, vice presideent of Soroptimist International of Vandalia, and president of Wednesday mroning bowling. Judy belongs to Augsburg Immanuel Lutheran Church. She is married to Charles "Shorty" Wasmuth. They are the parents of two daughters and five grandchildren.
Julie is the Regional Superintendent of Schools for Bond, Fayette, and Effingham Counties. Julie has served on the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campaign as the Education Committee chair. She has also coached Family Y softball and baseball and currently leads Shafter Friends 4H Club. Julie is married to Lynn and the parents of four children who attend or have graduated from Vandalia Community Schools: Austin, Haley Jo, Nic, and Kanon.