JEFF & ANTONIA “TONI” (DEPAOLO) MEFFORD
City where you currently reside: Effingham
Year graduated from VCHS: Both in 1983.
Education or training after graduation: Jeff-Bachelor’s degree in business administration from Illinois College and master’s degree from William Woods University; and Toni-St. Johns School of Nursing, and bachelor’s and master’s degrees from University of Illinois.
Parents/Children: Parents-LaVerne and Dorothy Mefford of Vandalia, and Robert and Carol DePaolo of Vandalia; and children-Ryan, age 25, Eastern Illinois graduate and employed at Pilson Auto in Mattoon, and Taylor, age 21, a senior at University of Missouri.
Occupations during and after high school: Jeff has been in the finance /banking business for 29 years. He has worked in Chicago suburbs, Springfield, Quincy and Effingham. He is currently the executive vice president of banking for Midland States Bank in Effingham. Midland States Bank is a $3-billion dollar publicly traded bank that has been in business for 137 years.
Toni has been in the medical industry as a nurse and pharmaceutical sales representative for Procter & Gamble, and is currently a scientific medical trainer for Johnson & Johnson.
School activities/clubs/sports in which you participated: Jeff was the class president of student council for four years, and honor student, and played basketball and baseball.
Toni was in student council, cheerleading and golf, was editor of the yearbook and was an honor student.
School friends: Too many to name, and with the help of Facebook, can stay connected to peoples lives and their families.
Vandalia teachers/coaches/administrators remembered: Mrs. (Sharon) LaDage, Mrs. (Suzie) Thompson, Mr. (Mike) Patrick, Mr. (Rick) Moss … and you know all of them were instrumental in our careers.
Fondest memories of Vandalia: Winning sports teams, the small-town feel of Saturday nights, knowing everyone knew what you had done last night, driving around downtown and the old state capitol.
Also, Booster Club, Lions Club, churches and the many supporters of all things that helped shape the lives of so many of us during that time.