Staff

Crouch MTU #10 Director:  Robert S. Crouch    director@letac.org

Bob began working for MTU #10 in May of 2016. He previously retired as a police Sergeant with the Springfield, IL Police Department after 28 years of service. He has a background in working with budgets and grants as well as serving on many specialized units over his career including the Emergency Response Team, Neighborhood Policing Unit, Traffic Unit and the Field Training Officer program among a host of others.

Bob has a Bachelor's degree from Benedictine University in Business Administration and Organizational Behavior and a Master' degree from Western Illinois University in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration, as well as Police Executive Administration certificate.

He lives in rural Sherman with his wife, Paula, and is the proud father of two boys.   

His goal is to continue the LETAC tradition. The bar has been set high and he intends to work diligently to continue the program's success.

Simone
MTU #10 Administrative Assistant:  Simone Virden    Simone@letac.org

Simone began working for LETAC in October of 2016. She brings with her an extensive background in accounting, marketing, and general Customer Service awesomeness. She recently moved from Lake County, IL to Springfield. What was supposed to be a visit with relatives turned into a permanent move, and we could not be happier!

Simone graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2002 with a Bachelors in English/Pre-Law, where she was a President’s Award Scholar. During her time there, she was heavily involved in campus organizations, including the Resident Housing Association, Leadership Development, and Men of Impact.

In her spare time, Simone enjoys writing and performing poetry (using the stage name Sole Tempest), listening to music (Stevie Wonder for life!!), and of course…watching “The Walking Dead”. She says she’s the coolest because : “I brazenly and thoroughly embrace my quirkiness.”


Cara MTU #10 Administrative Assistant:  Cara Dasher    cara@letac.org

Cara started working for LETAC in August 2016. She brings with her an extensive knowledge of office organization. Her previous work history makes her a perfect fit within the LETAC office. Her most recent employment was with a county clerk's office where she was responsible for filing court papers, certifying documents, collecting child support fees as well as a host of other duties related to the office. 

Cara grew up in Springfield, Illinois along with her twin sister Candice. Our goal at LETAC is to make sure the right one shows up for work! She currently resides in Sherman, IL with her husband, Jason, and is the proud mother of three children, Makenna, Carter, & Kyndal.

In her spare time, (which she claims she has none), Cara enjoys reading and spending time attending the children's many sports activities.


Gleason MTU #10 Off-Site Coordinator:  Mark Gleason  offsite@letac.org

Mark came to LETAC in 2014 after a 35-year law enforcement career. He began as a police officer in Chatham, IL at the age of 21 and escalated to Chief of Police in 1982. He retired as Chief of Police in Leland Grove, IL in 2014. Mark held numerous positions during that time including an undercover assignment with the Illinois State Police Drug Task Force.

Mark is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, 141st Session as well as the Northwestern University, School of Police, Staff & Command. His extensive law enforcement background and education makes him the ideal person to facilitate the training of police officers.

With his joyful attitude and willingness to help others, Mark serves the LETAC area well. He can always be found helping out when there is a need. His ability to bond with fellow officers makes him a great fit for the LETAC mission.
Dan Ryan
MTU #10 Part-Time Officer Basic Training Program Coordinator:  Dan Ryan  ptbasic@letac.org

Leland Grove Chief of Police Dan Ryan began working as MTU #10's contractual Part-Time Officer Basic Training Program Coordinator in November 2003.  Prior to that, Dan served as the previous Part-Time Coordinator's Assistant, starting in July 1999 with Class #4 of the Part-Time Basic Training Program, after graduating from Class #3 in April of that same year, while working part-time for Pleasant Plains Police Department.

As MTU #10's Part-Time Basic Training Coordinator for over sixteen years, Dan has seen the program progress from using computer workstations with VHS tapes, to the current system which allows students to access all computer training via the Internet and complete their training online from anywhere.  He was presented with his 10 Year Service Award at the conclusion of Class #16 of the PT Basic Training.  

Dan lives in Rochester with his wife Shannon, a homemaker, and their four children.  Dan works hard to keep the Part-Time Program running smoothly with only minimal assistance from the office, and although he's not in the MTU office a great deal, he's still a very important part of our office family.

We will get an updated picture of Chief Ryan just as soon as we can get him to hold still long enough!
IROCC Program Manager:  Kenton Manning  kenton@letac.org

Mr. Kenton Manning began work as the Illinois Retired Officer Concealed Carry (IROCC) contractual Program Manager on August 30, 2010.

A resident of Pawnee his entire life, his professional career consists of the Illinois Air/Army National Guard, Springfield Police Department, Illinois Secretary of State Police, Private Business, Four (4) term elected Village President of Pawnee, Illinois, and Corporate President for Common Thread Farms, a farming, hunting, outfitting corporation in Schuyler County, Illinois.

Kenton is married to Joette (Floyd) Manning, with three (3) adult children, Jeremy (spouse Lisa) Strawn, Sarah (spouse James) Maley, Morgan Manning, and four adorable grandchildren.

LETAC & IROCC staff love working with Kenton.  His soft-heartedness and jovial attitude as well as his dedication to serving law enforcement, particularly those participating in the Concealed Carry programs, have endeared him to us all.
IROCC Administrative Manager:  Jennette Nall  jennette@letac.org

Mrs. Jennette Nall began working for IROCC on September 22, 2008.  She is a transplant to Central Illinois.  Having grown up in Central California, she moved here when she was 18 years old.  Mrs. Nall graduated from Sangamon State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Communications and has worked in some field related to communications ever since.

Prior to coming to IROCC, Jennette worked for Kerasotes Theaters in Springfield for over 10 years, both in the office, and as a Theater Manager.  She was married to Craig Nall in March 2010, and gave birth to their daughter later in that same year.  Jennette also has a 10 year old son who is a "handsome dude", and is smart, funny, and very articulate.  She also has a beautiful step-daughter, Kylie.  Jennette enjoys spending time with family and friends and anything that has to do with theater. 

In her spare time she enjoys reading, attending live theater events, learning new things, and exploring the world through the eyes of her children.  She also enjoys singing, dancing, and acting, and is looking forward to getting back into those things once her children get a little bit older. She is thrilled to be part of the IROCC family and is looking forward to the continued growth of the program under the guidance of the great team here at MTU #10.

Jennette always has a smile for everyone and fits right in with her creativity, dedication, and bubbly personality.   

IROCC Product Manager:  Ernie Ashby  ernie@letac.org

Mr. Ernie Ashby began working for IROCC on August 24, 2009.  He was born in Springfield and grew up in Pawnee, attending Pawnee High School.  In 2000, Ernie earned the rank of Eagle Scout with Boy Scouts of America.  He attended Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, graduating in May 2008 with his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Photography.  While attending school, Ernie worked full time at WSIU Public Broadcasting.  There, he received two student awards, the WSIU Student Service Award and the Lee O’Brien Student of the Year Award.
 

Ernie loves to travel.  (We love getting to travel through him vicariously!)  He has traveled extensively through Europe and North America, and is always in the process of planning a trip to a new location.
 
Ernie has been an incredible asset to the IROCC program and a great friend to us all since we welcomed him to our little family.  He can always be depended upon to help in any way possible and has a way of tackling any new project with a smile and a "can-do" attitude.

IROCC Administrative Assistant:  Beth Edwards  

Beth joined the IROCC team in August 2016. She was born in Springfield and grew up in the Sherman area. She is a graduate of Williamsville High School. Beth graduated with honors from Lincoln Land Community College with an Associate's degree in Business and then went on to attend Illinois State University, earning her Bachelor's degree in Marketing.

Beth came to us after working as the manager of a local graphics shop for 10 years and as an assistant manager of a local retail shop prior to that. Her background serves the IROCC organization well.

Beth is married with 3 children, all of whom (STILL) live at home. She enjoys spending time with her family and following  them through their various activites.

Updated October 19, 2016