About Us

HCAA Executive Board

  • Carole Bomba, President, Term (Fall 2021-Fall 2023)
  • Linda Frank, Past President, Term (Fall 2019-Fall 2022)

Board Members at Large

Term Fall 2021 – Fall 2023

  • Barb Anderson
  • Karen Chandra
  • Jim Edstrom
  • Joni Rothblum

SUAA Board of Directors

Region 1, Term ends June 2022

  • Mary Jeans (Triton CC)

Standing Committees

  • Legislative – Jim Edstrom, Linda Kobusz-Kozan
  • Membership – Hazel Rilki, Barbara Anderson
  • Social – Diane Kinn, Jaci Carroll
  • Communications – Michele Ukleja
  • Website – Karen Chandra

Board Members Emeritus

  • Sharon Alter
  • Bruce Bohrer
  • Steve Catlin
  • George Evans
  • Bonnie Henry
  • Betty Hull
  • Jeanne Leinenger
  • Pat Wenthold
Meet your 2018-2019 Executive Board Featuring (l-r) Jaci Carroll (social co-chair, along with Diane Kinn, not present), Michael Nejman (past president), Linda Frank (past president), Bonnie Henry, Betty Hull, Russ Mills (member-at-large), Pat Wenthold (SUAA rep), Kathy Hanahan (recording secretary), Sharon Martin (treasurer), and Hazel Rilki (membership chair); Not pictured, but was “present” via phone, was Linda Kolbusz, who sits on the Legislative Committee).

Our History

The Harper College Annuitants Association (HCAA), chartered as a Chapter of the State Universities Annuitants Association (SUAA) in 1994, is a growing advocacy organization made up of current employees and retirees of Harper College, their spouses and their survivors who are members of the State University Retirement System (SURS). We have approximately 300+ former and current employees as members. We are the grounds keepers, custodians, faculty, secretaries, food service workers, administrative personnel and others who — are working/have worked — to provide the education and services to our students who are either continuing their studies in higher education and/or entering the workforce. Chapters operate on or near college and university campuses throughout Illinois.

What We Value

  • Investment in higher education as the State’s most effective engine for long-term economic development in Illinois since it provides for an educated work force and, consequently, a higher standard of living for Illinois citizens.
  • The Illinois Constitution’s guarantee that membership in the State Universities Retirement System constitutes an enforceable contractual relationship, the benefits of which shall not be diminished or impaired.

Our Purpose

To promote the individual and collective interests and welfare of Harper College annuitants (retirees) and their survivors, and employees through:

  • Early notification and perceived effects on HCAA members of proposed changes to State law
  • Relevant updates to HCAA members on healthcare/Medicare coverage
  • Dicussions with and service to Harper College
  • Improved communications between Harper and its retirees
  • Scheduled social events for members
  • Discussion/participation with other IL annuitant and state organizations
  • Active communication with legislators on relevant concerns
  • Workshops/ presentations on relevant topics
  • Harper parking stickers
  • Reduced admission to select Harper events


Read the HCAA Bylaws to gain a comprehensive understanding of how the organization functions.