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Heritage Operations Group Board of Directors


(L to R seated:)
Susan Jefferson, Director

Craig Hart, Chairman of the Board, Co-Founder - Heritage Operations Group

Benjamin Hart, Director, President & CEO - Heritage Operations Group

Cheryl Lowney, Director - Heritage Operations Group



(L to R standing:)
Brian H. Hart, Director

Bruce Hart, Director
Steven J. Wannemacher, Vice-Chairman of the Board

Paul Jefferson, Director
Tim Jefferson, Director



Board of Directors Biographies


craighart-large2-2014 smallCraig Hart co-founded Heritage Operations Group in 1962 with business partners William E. Froelich and Tom Jefferson. Today, Hart serves as Chairman of the Heritage Operations Group Board of Directors. Hart spent many years as a community leader and prominent local businessman in his role with Bloomington Federal Savings & Loan, where he began working in 1960. At the time, Bloomington Federal was a $35 million, single-office bank in Bloomington, IL. In 1971, Hart was named President of Bloomington Federal. He built the company into the largest financial institution in downstate Illinois with 48 branch offices and $2.8 billion in assets by the time he retired in 1992, the same year that Champion Federal (formerly Bloomington Federal) merged with First of America Bank. Read More...





benhart 2014 small 107Benjamin Hart is the President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Heritage Operations Group. He is responsible for the overall administration and operation of Heritage Operations Group. He has worked in the health care industry since 1996, all of which have been with Heritage. In his previous role as Executive Vice President of Administration, he was responsible for new development, capital budgeting & acquisition, facilities & grounds, purchasing, information technology, marketing, and housekeeping & laundry services.


Ben is a licensed nursing home administrator and was responsible for the overall operations of Heritage Health in Bloomington for several years. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Master of Business Administration from Illinois State University.


Ben serves on the board of directors for the Affordable Assisted Living Coalition. He is a member of the advisory board for the Illinois State University College of Business, and a member of the Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council board of directors. He is also a member of Rotary International.



cheri web 107Cheryl Lowney is a Director for Heritage Operations Group. She has 40 years of experience in the health care field and began her career with Heritage in 1969. Cheryl held various positions throughout the years, including staff nurse, director of nursing, administrator, and Executive Vice President of Nursing before becoming Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer, and eventually serving as the Chief Operations Officer. She is a licensed nursing home administrator and registered nurse. Her nursing degree is from Galesburg Cottage Hospital School of Nursing. She also earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of St. Francis and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Illinois.

Cheryl is a past president of the Illinois Health Care Association (IHCA). She serves on the Illinois Health and Social Services Subcouncil, the Provena Senior Services Board of Directors and Quality Assurance Committee, and on two committees for the American Health Care Association: the Facilities Standards Committee & By-Laws Committee and the Regional Multi-facility Committee. Locally, Cheryl sits on the McLean County Health Task Force.




steve-wannemacher-SMALLSteve Wannemacher is the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for Heritage Operations Group, Inc. Steve joined Heritage Operations Group in 1992 and assumed responsibility for managing facilities and purchasing, marketing, government and public relations, management information systems and risk management. He was the President and Chief Executive Officer from 2002-2013. Prior to working for Heritage, he was employed by Champion Federal for 16 years as the senior officer in charge of marketing, advertising, facilities management, human resources and branch operations.


Steve is a licensed nursing home administrator and a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Illinois Wesleyan University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Illinois State University. Steve currently serves as Treasurer of the Illinois Health Care Association and is Co-Chair of the Health Care Council of Illinois. He is a former member of the Illinois Health Care Association Assisted Living Task Force, served on the Regulatory Reform Task Force and was a member of the Assisted Living and Shared Housing Quality of Life Advisory Committee for the State of Illinois.


Steve is a director of Busey Bank. Active in the community, he is a trustee of Illinois Wesleyan University and a senior member of the  Kiwanis Club. Among many other activities, Steve's past community service includes commissioner/vice-chairman of the Bloomington/Normal Airport Authority, president and director (now emeritus) of the McLean County Historical Society, commissioner of the McLean County Regional Planning Commission, transportation chairman of the McLean County 21st Century Committee and fund raising for the United Way of McLean County.



paul-JeffersonD. Paul Jefferson C.P.A., has owned his own public accounting firm in Bloomington, Illinois, since 1992. His practice specializes in income tax, small business accounting and consulting services. He previously served in the accounting firm of Sulaski and Webb. Paul is a 1980 graduate of Indiana University with a B.S. in Accounting, and he received an M.B.A. from Illinois State University. Paul is a member of Sigma Chi fraternity and an avid golfer. Paul and his wife, Susan, have three children.








tim-jeffersonTimothy Jefferson is a partner in the law firm of Rawles, O’Byrne, Stanko, Kepley and Jefferson, P.C., in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. Tim joined his current law firm in 1993 after serving in the firm of Keck, Mahan and Cate in Peoria, Illinois. Tim is a 1983 graduate of Indiana University with a B.S. in Accounting and is also a C.P.A. He received his law degree in 1986 from the University of Missouri. In his practice, he concentrates on transactions, business, tax and personal planning matters. Tim and his wife, Kelley, have four children.








brian-hartBrian S. Hart is a partner in the Chicago Office of the law firm of Jenner and Block and is Chair of the firms’ Corporate Finance practice. Brian represents public and private corporations, major financial institutions and private equity funds in complex corporate financing matters. He previously was a partner with the law firm on Winston and Strawn in Chicago. Brian graduated in 1984 from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in Accounting, with highest honors. He is also a C.P.A. and received his law degree from UCLA in 1987. He and his wife, Lora Hall, live in Lake Forest, Illinois.








bruce-hartBruce H. Hart is a partner in the development company Vedura Residential in Phoenix, Arizona. Bruce is a 1982 graduate of the University of Arizona with a degree in Finance and received an M.B.A. in 1984. Bruce served as a Senior Vice President of Bank One Arizona until 1998 and was responsible for real estate lending. He then served as Senior Managing Director of Trammell Crow Residential from 1998 to 2010, developing 5,100 apartment and condominium units. Bruce and his wife, Nadine, have three children and reside in Paradise Valley, Arizona.








susan-jeffersonSusan Jefferson and her late husband, Tom, were one of the founding families of Heritage Operations Group in 1962. Tom was actively involved in Heritage until his death in 2004, at which time Susan took his seat on the Board of Directors. Susan, a lifetime resident of Bloomington, Illinois, is a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University and has been active in community affairs for many years. Susan is the mother of Paul and Tim Jefferson, who also serve on the Heritage board.

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