We are proud of our members, and thankful for their involvement in our community. Click on the names below to read a full profile of each.

Bill Hopkins

Elected 2003


Occupation: Retired mathematics teacher and coach
Family: Married, 2 children
Education: HS Diploma from Hopedale High School, BS Eureka College, Masters from ISU

“After retiring from teaching and coaching in Tremont, I was aware that we had an excellent school system. I also knew that I was still interested in education, especially in maintaining Tremont’s 'Tradition of Excellence'. I felt that serving on the board of education was a good place to put my ideas and 37 years of experience to good use.”

Renee Kaiser

Elected April 2009


Occupation: Wife, Mom, Registered Nurse- employed part-time at Koch Family Medicine in Morton
Family: Husband: Mark, 4 Children: Lucas, Lance, Morgan, Grace
Education: Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing

“I have a passion for education and providing students with great opportunities.”

Todd Kilgus

Elected April 2009


Occupation: Project Manager/Superintendent for Core Construction Services Inc.
Family: Wife-Rita, Children-Nichole, Janelle, Dustin, AshleyEducation: Graduate of Fairbury-Corpsey High School, Carpenter Apprenticeship Program, certified in the AGC Supervisory Training Program

“I enjoyed the two years I spent working with the school staff on their new building project. That experience gave me the desire to continue being involved with an a part of this great school district.”

Robert Ropp

Elected April 2015


Occupation: Attorney
Family: Married; two children
Education: Associates from ICC, BS from ISU, Visiting Student, University of Illinois School of Law, Juris Doctor, Creighton University School of Law

“I had the opportunity to receive a first class education in our Tremont Schools, and always vowed that if given the opportunity, I would give back in any way I could. I have been given that opportunity by our community and will continue to devote the time needed to create the atmosphere at Tremont that allows our students to thrive.”

Steve Runyon

Elected April 2007


Occupation: Farmer
Family: Wife, Anitra, 3 Children
Education: 1984 Green Valley 1, 1988 Illinois State University B.S. in Agriculture

“Tremont has a great tradition of academic excellence in conjunction with high moral standards and expectations. I chose to seek a position on the board so that I could maintain these proud traditions, while at the same looking to the future in order to ensure that our children receive the best educational opportunities available. I look forward to working with fellow members of the board, the school staff, and the community. I sincerely appreciate the opportunity to serve.”

Volkan Sumer

Elected April 2005


Occupation: Physician- Family Practice- Pain Management & Osteopathic Manipulation
Family: Married, 3 children
Education: HS - Dunlap, BS-ISU - Major in Biology and Chemistry, ISU - Master in Biochemistry, Midwestern University- Medical School, Residency- Metropolitan Hospital Grand Rapids, MI

“I feel that an excellent education is the foundation for a successful future and that every American should have this opportunity. The Tremont schools provide this foundation and are ranked among the best schools in the state. My desire to serve on the Board of Education is to participate in the wonderful system and to volunteer any time and talent that I have while providing input on policies that continue the tradition of educational excellence provided by District 702.”

Kevin Ulrich

Elected 2007


Occupation: Owns and operates Anthem Insurance Group, Inc with offices in Tremont and Delavan
Family: Married, 4 Children
Education: HS Diploma- Roanoke Benson, Associates Degree ICC, 1991 graduate of University of Illinois- BS in Agriculture Economics

“Communities will only be successful as the people in them that are willing to serve. Our school system has a track record that is matched by few other schools within the State of Illinois and that is a testament to educators, administrators, staff and board members. I feel that I’m at a point in my life where its time to give back to a great community that has become my home and I look forward to the many challenges and opportunities this position will offer.”