Two brothers, one a strategic consultant and the other a nuclear engineer, and a retired Hillsboro High School teacher who instructed them both, have been named this year's Distinguished Alumni by the Hillsboro Education Foundation.
Roger Reeves of the class of 1967, Doug Fuehne of the class of 1986, and Dave Fuehne from the class of 1989 will be honored during the foundation's annual banquet set for Tuesday, June 18, at Church Street Pub in Hillsboro.
The evening will begin with a social hour at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available at The Journal-News, Books and Moore, Patton and Company, and First Community Bank in Hillsboro.
George Roger Reeves
Roger Reeves of Hillsboro has spent his entire career in education.
A native of rural Donnellson, he graduated from Hillsboro High School in 1967. He graduated from Greenville College magna cum laude with a degree in physics and math in 1971, took graduate courses in physics and was a teaching assistant at Washington University in St. Louis in 1971-72. He earned his master of science degree from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville in 1978.
He came to work in the Hillsboro School District in 1972 as an earth science and eighth grade math teacher at Hillsboro Junior High School. In 1974, he transferred to Hillsboro High School where over the years he has taught general math, physical science, algebra I, microcomputer programming, algebra II, pre-calculus, advanced placement calculus, chemistry, advanced placement chemistry, and physics.
He also taught part-time at Greenville College where he instructed evening courses in pre-engineering physics (lecture and lab), introduction to personal computers, and Physics 120 pre-engineering physics (lecture and lab). For Lincoln Land Community College, he taught adult evening courses in microcomputers and chemistry, and summer session courses in chemistry for nursing students (lecture and lab).
He retired from Hillsboro High School in 2006 and since 2007 continues to teach physics and advanced placement calculus part-time at the high school, and continues as an Adjunct Professor of Physics at Greenville College, teaching Physics 102, Physics 110, DM 110, and is lab instructor for Physics 120.
Professionally, he is a member of the American Association of Physics Teachers with membership in the Illinois Section (where he served as president in 1996 and secretary-treasurer from 1984 through 1994) and the St. Louis Area Physics Teachers. He is a member of the Illinois Association of Chemistry Teachers and the Illinois Federation of Teachers. He served as editor of Illinois Physics Teacher from 1994 to 2006.
Reeves has participated as a member of the Illinois State Board of Education's review committee for the physics certification exam for prospective high school teachers, has served as a member of the Professional Development Council for the Hillsboro School District, and was chairman of the Regional Office of Education Professional Development Review Committee.
He earned the 2001 Distinguished Service Award from the Illinois Section of American Association of Physics Teachers, the 1984 SIU-E Excellence in Math and Science Teaching Award, and the 2004 Golden Apple Award from First Community Bank of Hillsboro.
In the community, he has served as commissioner on the Montgomery County Public Building Commission, which planned construction of the county jail in 1989 and the new courthouse in 1995. He also served on the Hillsboro Public Library Board from 1987 through 1994.
He and his wife, Kathy, are members of the Hillsboro United Methodist Church where he served as Administrative Council member and Lay Leader from 1974 though 1990.
Doug Fuehne, of Houston, TX, began his career in the aerospace industry but has spent most of it as a consultant helping companies improve profitability.
After graduating from Hillsboro High School in 1986, he graduated with honors from the University of Illinois in 1990 with a bachelor of science degree in aerospace engineering, specializing in orbital mechanics.
He took a job at Boeing Space Systems back when it was Hughes Aircraft Company. As deputy activity leader, systems analyst, he designed and executed mission flight plans for commercial and government satellite systems. That job also sent him to Australia to train engineers there in controlling the orbits of satellites purchased from Hughes.
He returned to grad school, where he earned a master of business administration (MBA) specializing in operations and finance from Vanderbilt University in 1998, where he was a Ralph Owens Scholar, graduating in the top five percent of his class.
After Vanderbilt, he joined Deloitte Consulting, leading teams performing supply chain strategy and process re-engineering work, including e-commerce and strategic sourcing for clients in the energy and chemical industries.
He then went to work for Enron as manager of e-commerce, where he was the sales and marketing team leader for the company's cutting-edge e-commerce tool for automating post-trade processing of energy commodities.
After Enron folded, Fuehne joined Reuters America as director of energy industry product strategy, where he guided strategy and led new development teams in commodities and energy, and testified before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on the relevance of existing indices in order to achieve consensus on the adoption of a new index.
He was a founding vice president of Quantum Solutions for Business (Q4B), a company creating consulting processes and methodologies for a recruitment process outsourcing firm. The company was named in the 2006 Houston Fast Tech 50 as the third fastest growing company.
He then joined Pricing and Revenue Optimization Solutions (PROS), where he is corporate vice president of strategic consulting and PROS pricing. His business focus helps a team consisting primarily of masters and PhD-level experts apply sophisticated math algorithms to enable companies to increase profitability. He has visited customers in Europe and Australia to make presentations on "pricing power and its effect on profitability."
He and his wife, Deanna, have two children.
Dave Fuehne is a nuclear engineer living in Los Alamos, NM, with top secret clearance from the Department of Energy.
He graduated from Hillsboro High School in 1989 before graduating from the University of Illinois in 1993 with honors, earning a bachelor of science degree in nuclear engineering. While at school, he interned at the former Illinois Power in radiation dosimetry and at American Electric Power in nuclear engineering licensing.
In 1996 he earned a master of science degree in health physics from Texas A&M University, focusing on environmental radiation monitoring.
While in grad school, he worked as a research assistant at Los Alamos National Laboratory, focusing on reducing environmental impacts of their particle accelerator. His thesis research on air emissions controls systems was one of the 10 Outstanding Student Presentations at the annual meeting of the Health Physics Society in 1996 and he was named Outstanding Graduate Presenter at the American Nuclear Society Conference in 1996.
His graduate work at Los Alamos led to a position as technical staff member in the air quality group after earning his master's degree.
Four years later, he was promoted to team leader for radioactive air emissions management, where he is responsible for managing the lab's program for complying with federal Clean Air Act regulations applying to emissions of airborne radioactive material from Department of Energy facilities.
His job requires him to measure radioactive air emissions from all Los Alamos National Laboratory facilities, calculating impacts to the public, and to interact with Environmental Protection Agency regulators. His program is also in charge of permitting new facilities, designing sampling systems for emissions monitoring, and working with other professionals on updating national standards for performing air emissions measurements.
His team's focus has most recently expanded to include all aspects of environmental radiation protection.
Fuehne has made many scientific presentations at meetings and conferences of the Health Physics Society, the American Nuclear Society, and the Department of Energy's Air Measurements User Group.
He and his wife, Holly, also a nuclear engineer, have three children. Outside of work, Fuehne spends much of his time coaching youth sports.