Cohen Barnes, President (Owner, SundogIT, Inc.)
Cohen Barnes is owner of Sundog www.sundogit.com, a 30 year old Technology firm in DeKalb that supplies, supports, and secures the Microsoft and Cloud technologies used by organizations every day.
Barnes earned his Associate of Art’s Degree from Kishwaukee Community College and his Bachelor’s Degree in English from Northern Illinois University. He is also a Veteran of the United States Army.
Barnes and his wife Amy, live in DeKalb with their two children.
Dr. Bill Nicklas, Vice President/President Elect (City Manager, DeKalb, IL)
Dr. Bill Nicklas is no stranger to municipal government in the DeKalb area, having previously served as City Manager in DeKalb from 1992 to 1997 and City Manager in Sycamore from 1998 to 2011. After leaving the City of Sycamore, he served in several executive-level positions at Northern Illinois University (NIU) between 2011 and 2014. Most recently, Mr. Nicklas has served as Special Assistant to the President at Kishwaukee College. He holds both doctoral and master’s degrees in History from NIU, as well as a bachelor’s degree in History from Bucknell University in Pennsylvania. Please join use in welcoming Mr. Nicklas back to the City of DeKalb
Mike Milano, Secretary/Treasurer (GM-Target Upstream Distribution Center)
James M. “Mike” Milano is currently a Senior Distribution Director for Target Corporation in DeKalb, IL, a position he assumed shortly after joining Target in May, 2012. Previous to joining Target, Mike enjoyed a 33-year career in the United States Army, rising to the rank of General Officer (Major General). His military service career featured command of combat units from platoon-level to division and installation command, including command of Fort Knox, KY and Fort Jackson, SC.
Mike earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Lafayette College in Easton, PA, and has earned two Master’s degrees: Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University and a Master of Strategic Operations from the United States Army Command and General Staff College, Leavenworth, KS.
Mike’s wife is Kim Milano, a registered pediatrics dietitian and doctoral candidate at Northern Illinois University; together Mike and Kim have two grown children, Nick, 30 and Tony, 28, both of whom are musicians living in Denver, Colorado. Nick works by day as a sales manager/graphic designer for the Denver bicycle company, Giantnerd, and Tony is a chef at Citizen Rail, a top-flight restaurant in Denver. Mike has a son by a previous marriage, Jim Milano, who is recently married and a lawyer in Jackson, New Jersey.
Mike is an avid guitar player, hiker and reader, and he values greatly physical and mental fitness, as well as great wine.
Chuck Kaiser, Immediate Past President (Senior Vice President, First Midwest Bank)
Chuck Kaiser is Senior Vice President and Senior Lending Officer with First Midwest Bank, Sycamore. He has been in the banking industry for the past 36 years, with the last 18 years being at NB&T, now known as First Midwest Bank. Previous to joining the bank, he worked for 10 years with the First Chicago Corp at their St. Charles location as a manager of that division. His business motto has always been “help customers be successful.”
In addition to volunteering with the DeKalb County Economic Development Corporation, Kaiser represents various non-profit boards in leadership positions. Most recently with DeKalb Area Retirement Center/Oak Crest, Sycamore Chamber of Commerce and Ben Gordon Center as President.
Kaiser earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb.
Kaiser and his wife, Cindy, live in Sycamore with two grown children, Chris and Stephanie.
Executive Committee Members/*
Jay Anderson (SVP & President, Northwestern Memorial Healthcare & Kishwaukee/Valley West Hospitals)
Dr. Laurie Borowicz (President, Kishwaukee College)
Paul Callighan (Former External Affairs, ComEd)
Troy Dukes (Production Plant Manager, Bayer)
Gary Evans (Vice President-Business Development Director, First National Bank)
Dr. Lisa Freeman (President, Northern Illinois University)
Brian Gregory (City Manager, City of Sycamore)
Gary Hanson (County Administrator, DeKalb County Government)
Kevin Lamb (CFO, IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC.)
Greg Millburg (Manager, DeKalb County Farm Bureau)
Dan Templin (Executive Director, DeKalb County Community Foundation)
Jo Ellen Charlton (Assistant Director Community Development, City of DeKalb)
Dr. Anne Kaplan (Vice-President for Outreach, Engagement & Regional Development, Northern Illinois University)
Mike Kokott (Vice President Operations, Northwestern Medicine)
Vicki Slomka (Senior Vice President/Global HR, IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC.)
President’s Council of Advisors (Non-Voting)
Dan Curran (Former owner Curran Contracting Company-Community Consultant)
Douglas Dashner (Community Consultant)
Dave Juday (Former CEO, IDEAL INDUSTRIES, Inc.-Community Consultant)
DeKalb County Enterprise Zone Advisory Board Members
DCEDC Executive Committee Members* (see above)
Communities & Taxing Bodies-
Jen Barton-Genoa Public Library
Darryl Beach-Village of Waterman
Kathy Countryman-S.C.U.S.D. #427
Dr. Jamie Craven-D.C.U.S.D. #428
Monica Dombrowski-Sycamore Public Library
Mark Eddington-Kishwaukee Water Reclamation District
Emily Faulkner-DeKalb Public Library
Jennifer Groce-Northern Illinois University
Jim Hanson-Genoa Township
John Heckman, Northern Illinois University
Jennifer Jeep-Johnson-DeKalb Township
Mayor Rick Olson-City of Sandwich
Brad Shortridge-Genoa-Kingston C.U.S.D. #424
Mayor Russell Stokes-Town of Cortland
Ted Strack-Sycamore Park District
Mark Vicary-City of Genoa
Chad Willis-Shabbona C.U.S.D. #425
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