The Illinois Rural Heritage Museum is proud and honored to have the support and guidance of a high powered Board of Directors.
Josh Maschhoff of Carlyle, IL is Chairman of the Museum. He is a part of the sixth generation of The Maschoff’s, the United States’ largest independent pork producer network. Josh’s degrees include a BS, University of IL, 2007; MS, Purdue University, 2014 and a MBA from Indiana University, 2014. He and his wife, Angela, live in Hoffman, IL with their two sons, Kyler and Brayson.
Charles Greer is President of the Museum. Charlie is an avid collector of farm tractors and is generous with his time as he supports a number of local civic organizations. He’s also a Veteran of the US Army. Charlie’s wife, Mary, is a major contributor to the Museum’s success.
Greg Bigham lives in Pinckneyville, IL with his wife, Cheryl, and four children. Greg and his brother Allen manage Bigham Farms, a large farming operation headquartered near Vergennes, IL. Bigham Farms operates in Perry, Jackson and Randolph Counties. Greg and Cheryl are both very active in the community.
Dipal Chaudhari is currently an Area Business Manager for Monsanto’s brands Asgrow/DEKALB. Born in rural India and raised in the states since age five, Dipal calls Tennessee home and graduated from the University of Tennessee. After living in southern Illinois for a few years, he has come to value the local culture and heritage. He has helped coordinate the support of Monsanto for the Monsanto Exploration Hall.
Irl Engelhardt is the former Chairman of the Museum. He is the former Chairman and CEO of Peabody Energy, Chairman of Patriot Coal and co-CEO of The Energy Group. He was also on the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis 2005-2008 and is active with a number of civic organizations in the local community.
Josh Giacomo is currently serving as President of the American Thresherman Association. He works as lead mechanic with his father at the family owned business, Giacomo Auto Repair. Josh is also an officer and very active in the Pinckneyville Knights of Columbus. He and his wife, Beth, live north of Pinckneyville.
Wayne Keller is a co-Founder and partner of Buy A Farm, a large real estate sales company located in several states. Wayne has a keen interest in old Ag equipment and is a collector.
Vernon Mayer is a farmer in the local community, who enjoys collecting IH equipment. He serves on a number of local agricultural organization boards and is a Veteran of the US Army. He has shown tractors and equipment at the American Thresherman Show for several years.
Rodney Miller is the co-host of Small Town Big Deal on RFD TV. He previously served as an Assistant to the Dean at the University of Georgia. Prior to that, he was CEO of McCormick Tractors USA until May, 2010. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Association of Equipment Manufacturers. He also serves on the Georgia FFA Sponsor Board, and the Georgia Agribusiness Council. Rodney is a native of southern Illinois and still operates a farm there, but resides in Wray, GA.
Marty Vance is Morton Buildings’ Territory Sales Manager for Southern Illinois and is a Veteran of the US Army. His support resulted in Morton’s contribution toward the Museum’s signature red horse barn. Marty and his wife, Julie, live near Murphysboro.