50 Notable Alumni

Susan Jepsen

CFO, Reynolds Towing Service, Inc., Urbana, Illinois

Associate in Applied Science



After graduating from Urbana High School in 1977, Susan entered Parkland College that fall and graduated in 1980 with a degree in Accounting. She returned to Parkland over the years and picked up a few additional business classes. “It was always a rewarding experience.  I love that I worked my way into my CFO position today from a start at Parkland College.”

Susan started as a retail accountant for JM Jones (SuperValu) immediately after graduating from Parkland, then moved on to staff accountant for American Oil Chemist Society, and has been the CFO for Reynolds Towing Service for the last 17 years. She and her brother, Greg Reynolds who also attended Parkland, have worked together to build a small towing business into one of the largest in central Illinois.

She is part of many committees and organizations including serving on the Board of Directors for Professional Towing and Recovery Illinois; Champaign Chamber of Commerce; Central Illinois Rental Property Professionals; accountant for the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon; and is a member of the Champaign West Rotary, which named her Rotarian of the Year in 2013.

Susan’s most memorable moment at Parkland was “actually enjoying speech class! It was one of my most dreaded classes required to get an accounting degree and in the end it has helped me become more comfortable with public speaking.  In addition to enjoying my classes, I made many great friendships that I still maintain.”