Regional Vice President, Field Operations & Commercial Lending
Michael Baker serves as regional vice president for commercial lending and risk assets. Mike earned bachelor degrees at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in economics and mechanical engineering. Mike returned to Farm Credit in 2009 as vice president of credit services after working for Farm Credit previously as a loan officer and credit analyst for six years. He is a member of the Illinois Agricultural Leadership Program’s Class of 2012. Mike and his wife Laura reside in Philo and have four children—Nick, Jamie, Abigail, and Nathan.
Chuck Foran is the regional vice president for the Decatur, Mahomet and Watseka offices. Raised on a grain farm in Champaign County, Chuck earned agricultural degrees from Parkland College and the University of Illinois. Chuck returned to FCI in 2010 as vice president of credit services, having previously worked for Farm Credit in the 1990s. Chuck and his wife Tricia reside in White Heath and have four children – Will, Sarah, Abdullah, and Owen.
Shaun Gress is regional vice president for the Lawrenceville, Marion, and Mt. Vernon offices. A native of eastern Iowa, Shaun earned an associate’s degree in production agriculture from Kirkwood Community College before earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agribusiness economics from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Shaun began his Farm Credit career in 2003 as a loan officer. Shaun and his wife Andrea reside in rural Lawrenceville with their two children – Westin and Becca.
Justin Knobloch serves as regional vice president for the Jacksonville, Jerseyville, Highland and Red Bud offices. He was raised on a small livestock operation in Monroe County. Justin earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from St. Louis University and a master’s in business administration from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He joined Farm Credit as the regional manager of the Red Bud regional office in 2015 with nine years of agriculture lending experience. Justin and his wife Kristin reside in Columbia with their two children – Mason and Audrey.
Steve Witges is regional vice president for the Effingham, Paris, Sherman, and Taylorville offices. He was raised on a grain and livestock farm in Jefferson County, where his is still involved. He attended Rend Lake College before earning a bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Steve started his Farm Credit career in 1985 at the Farm Credit Bank of St. Louis, then worked in branch offices in Quincy and Vandalia before becoming an account executive in Effingham. He was promoted to Regional Vice President in 2009 and has taken on a number of responsibilities while serving in this capacity. He resides with his wife Jackie in rural Effingham. He has 3 sons and 7 grandchildren.