Bill Pierce Chamber Person of the Year

News LeaderJuly 2, 2014 

CHAMBER PERSON OF THE YEAR — Tina Frank, director of Rehab Services at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland was named the Highland Chamber of Commerce Bill Pierce Chamber Person of the Year.

MARK HODAPP/NEWS LEADER

If the Highland Chamber of Commerce is planning an event, you can bet Tina Frank will be there helping out.

“Since joining the (Chamber) Board of Directors in 2006, (Frank) hit the ground running and has not slowed down yet, said Highland Superintendent of Schools Mike Sutton, the incoming Chamber president, who presented Frank with the Bill Pierce Chamber Person of the Year at the Highland Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting last Thursday.

Pierce was an integral part of Highland, serving as chief of police, city manager and in many other posts. The award named for him is given to a member who goes above and beyond the call of duty for the good of the Chamber and the community.

Frank has served on the Annual Fundraiser Committee, which she has also chaired. She is a member of the Strategic Planning Committee, Annual Awards Dinner Committee, Community Arts Center Committee and the Executive Committee, with roles including annual review, budget, past secretary, vice president and president. She has also been a Lighted Christmas Parade volunteer and a Street Art Festival Committee member, and chaired the festival food/beverage operations, as well as the overall event. She is a charter member of the Highland Arts Council and has also served as hospitality chair and overall event chair of Art in the Park.

“She has worn many hats during her service to our organization — from pushing a shopping cart in a parade to promote ‘Shopping Highland’ to running errands prior to events to folding napkins to sorting chalk. And while she has a great appreciation for art, she will be the first to tell you that she is not crafty or creative,” Sutton said.

The daughter of Rich and Rita Tebbe Frank grew up in St. Rose, the oldest of five children (Collette, Scott, Robin and Amanda), who shared many chores on the family farm. The milking had to be done like clockwork.

“Since brother, Scott, wasn’t old or tall enough to help, the girls conquered this daily task,” Sutton said. “Her sisters will tell you, though, that she had a natural talent at avoiding other things, like the laundry.” Her strong work ethic and love of sports were instilled from a young age with a very active family life.

“In addition to the hard work on the farm, her parents both coached the youth in the Clinton County area. Tina went to public grade school and graduated high school from Mater Dei in 1984 — going out with a successful career in track and field,” Sutton said.

It was no surprise that Frank went on to earn her degree in physical therapy, first with a bachelor’s degree from Maryville University in 1988 and then an MBA in 1994. She is now the director of Rehab Services at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Highland.

“She approaches every case, every patient, and every opportunity with a commitment and spirit that make her the respected leader of her 18-colleague department,” Sutton said. Tina is also highly regarded among her peers.”

The Illinois Physical Therapy Association named her PT of the year in 2009. She served on the organization’s board of directors from 2005-2008, was Services Committee chair from 2008-2010, on the Nominating Committee from 2012-2014, and she has been the Southern District Assembly PT representative for 12 years.

She married her husband, Brad, on Jan. 2, 2010, and they reside together in Highland with Tina’s 20-year-old cats, Harley and Max, as well as and Annie, a recent adoption that Harley tolerates and Max despises. They enjoy some travel when work allows, a challenging golf game and a good bottle of wine.

Frank said winning the Chamber’s Person of the Year award means a lot to her.

“And I’m grateful,” she said.

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