Board of Directors

CLASS OF 2020


Jay Anderson, SVP & President
Northwestern Memorial Healthcare/Kishwaukee & Valley West Hospitals

Mike Carpenter, Real Estate Broker
RVG Commercial Real Estate

Dan Curran
Curran Contracting Co.

Gary Hanson, Administrator
DeKalb County

Eric Olson, Editor-Manager
The Daily Chronicle

Dean Panettieri, VP & COO
Auto Meter Products, Inc.

John F. Pappas, Owner-Operator
Pappas Developments, LLC/Cornerstone LLC

Cortney Strohacker, Executive Director
Genoa Area Chamber of Commerce

Dan Templin, Executive Director
DeKalb County Community Foundation/DCCF

Rose Treml, Executive Director
Greater Sycamore Area Chamber of Commerce

Jerry Wahlstrom, Realtor
McCabe Realtors

Jennifer Walker, Brand Manager
Tate & Lyle

Sam Walt, Operations Manager
WALT, LTD

CLASS OF 2019


Cohen Barnes, President/CEO
SundogIT, Inc.

Dr. Laurie Borowicz, President
Kishwaukee College

Paul Callighan, Community Consultant

Sue Elsner, Broker
Century 21 Affiliated

Gary Evans, Vice President-Business Development
First National Bank

Jarid Funderburg, Strategic Philanthropy Officer
OSF Healthcare Foundation

Tana Knetsch
Broadcast Consultant

Tom Matya, Business Development Manager
ZeaMays Holdings, Inc.

Mike Milano, General Manager 
Target Upstream Distribution Center

Greg Millburg, Manager
DeKalb County Farm Bureau

Scott Pretzsch, Manager
3M Campus-DeKalb Distribution Center

Jim Stoddard, Partner
Klein, Stoddard, Buck & Lewis, LLC

Marc Strauss, Attorney
First Midwest Group

CLASS OF 2018


Matt Duffy, Executive Director
DeKalb Chamber of Commerce

Troy Dukes, Manager of Production Plant
Monsanto

Dr. Lisa Freeman, President
Northern Illinois University

Brian Gregory, City Manager
City of Sycamore

Appointed Proxy- City Manager
City of DeKalb

Jim James, Chairman & CEO
IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC.

Don Jones, President
DeKalb Forge Company/Forge Resources Group

Chuck Kaiser, Senior Vice-President
First Midwest Bank

John McCann, Economic Development Business Manager
ComEd, an Exelon Company

David Pietryla,  Manager of Community Relations & Economic Development 
Nicor Gas

Julie Sommese, Vice President -Market Leader
Heartland Bank & Trust Company

Mike Wiersema, Senior District Manager
Waste Management of Illinois


NON-VOTING EX OFFICIO MUNICIPAL LEADERS

James Baenziger
Village of Kingston

Darryl Beach, President
Village of Waterman

Ryan J. Block, President
Village of Kirkland

Kathleen Curtis, President
Village of Maple Park

Don Goncher, President
Village of Shabbona

Aaron Grandgeorge, President
Village of Somonauk

Robert Iversen
Village of Malta

Jennifer Jeep Johnson, Supervisor
DeKalb Township

Curtis E. Lang, Mayor
City of Sycamore

Nancy Nelson, President
Village of Hinckley

Richard Olson, Mayor
City of Sandwich

Mark Pietrowski, Jr., Chairman of DeKalb County Board
DeKalb County Board

Jerry Smith, Mayor
City of DeKalb

Russell Stokes, Mayor
Town of Cortland

Mark Vicary, Mayor
City of Genoa