Kent Tarro, M.S., R.D.2017 Inductee
Mr. Taro, a 1971 graduate of Gillespie High School, has shown outstanding leadership in his home community as well as the rest of Macoupin County. Mr. Tarro earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Illinois State University, an M.S. in Clinical Nutrition from the University of Illinois at Springfield, and a Public Health Leadership Institute Fellowship from Unversity of Illinois at Chicago. His greatest impact has been through continuous hard work and innovative thinking as Administrator of Macoupin County Public Health Department. The department expands and thrives as new and varied programs, from dental services in public schools to the county transit system and everything in between is added or improved. These services have had a great impact on the lives of Macoupin County residents. A soccer enthusiast, Mr. Tarro has exerted great effort to form and improve the Coal Country Sports Complex. Features of the complex include a full soccer field, lights, concession stand, and restrooms, and the development of the complex is continuous. The field is used for youth soccer, high school soccer, and yearly celebrations to emphasize the importance of having a family-centered complex.