Executive Committee



Frank Roberts, President 2021-2022

(Vice President/Managing Director Community Banking-First National Bank of Omaha)

Frank Roberts is a Vice President of Commercial Banking with First National Bank.  His job is about serving the community by helping local businesses fulfill their visions and meet their goals. 

In addition to his recent appointment to the DeKalb County Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors, Frank has served as past Board President for the DeKalb County Community Foundation and ReNew DeKalb, amongst others.

Roberts earned his Bachelor of Science in Economics and Management from DePauw University in Greencastle, IN. 

Roberts and his wife, Sue, live in DeKalb and have six fantastic children and three grandkids.


Michael Kokott, Vice President 2022

(Vice President Operations for Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hosptial & Valley West Hospital)

Mike moved to DeKalb with his family when he was six years old.  He attended DeKalb High School and NIU at the undergraduate and graduate level.

His first job was at Kishwaukee Community Hospital as an orderly (back when there were orderlies), and soon switched his focus to become a Respiratory Therapist.  In addition to Kishwaukee Hospital, he practiced Respiratory Care in a number of hospitals in the Chicago area including Northwestern Medicine, University of Illinois Hospital, and St. Francis in Evanston.

He came back to Kishwaukee Hospital to become the Director of Cardiopulmonary Services, and eventually expanded his scope to include ambulatory services in Hampshire, Genoa, Waterman, Rochelle, and Plano as Assistant Vice President, Marketing and Planning.  Ambulatory Services included physician practices, rehabilitative services, and behavioral health.

When Kishwaukee Hospital became part of Northwestern Medicine, he initially worked in the Strategy Department before becoming Vice President, Operations for Kishwaukee and Valley West Hospitals.

He has served on the boards of a number of community organizations, including Safe Passage, the YMCA, DeKalb and Sycamore Chamber of Commerce, and DCEDC.


Dan Templin, Secretary 2021-2022

Executive Director of DeKalb County Community Foundation

Dan is originally from Peoria, IL but has lived in DeKalb County, IL for most of his life.  He attended Northern Illinois University in DeKalb and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and a Master of Science Degree in Marriage & Family Therapy.  Having had a variety of work experiences, including teaching and youth ministry, he worked full time with at-risk youth and families through the DeKalb County Youth Service Bureau (YSB) in DeKalb.  He worked at YSB for a total of 15 years, starting out as a mentor, then as a counselor, program supervisor, and serving as the agency’s Executive Director for nine years. 

Dan joined the DeKalb County Community Foundation (DCCF) in 2005, serving as the DCCF’s first Program Director.   In 2008, upon his predecessor’s retirement, Dan was selected as the DCCF’s third Executive Director, where he currently serves.  Dan earned a Master’s Degree in Non-profit Administration from DePaul University in 2008.  He is passionate about community and loves collaborating with others to achieve meaningful goals.

Dan has been married to his wife Kristal (a school counselor at Sycamore High School) since 2001 and they have two children, Erin (17) and Luke (15).  They reside in Sycamore, IL.


Kevin Lamb, Treasurer 2021-2022

Chief Financial Officer, IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC>

Kevin Lamb is the Senior Vice President/Chief Financial Officer at IDEAL Industries, Inc.  IDEAL is a Sycamore-based global manufacturer of electrical and electronic products with 2,500 employees across 9 countries.

Kevin has been with IDEAL for 4 years and has been a CFO focused on middle-market, privately held manufacturers for the past 30+ years including Sauder Woodworking Co., Sagus International, Plymouth Tube Co., and Nelsen Steel Corp.  Previously he was a consultant at Deloitte.  His focus is to add value to his companies and customers through financial excellence, strategic thinking, and empowered management.

Kevin has a Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Illinois University and an MBA from the University of Chicago, along with CPA and CGMA certifications.  Kevin has served on six “for-profit” boards of directors and currently is a director at Nelsen Steel. 

Kevin lives in St. Charles, is married (Kathleen), and has four children (two teenagers and two adults).

Executive Committee Members/*

Dr. Laurie Borowicz (President, Kishwaukee College)

Paul Callighan (Former External Affairs, ComEd)

Dr. Lisa Freeman (President, Northern Illinois University)

Brian Gregory (Administrator, DeKalb County Government)

Michael Hall (City of Sycamore)

Tom Matya (Executive Director, Opportunity House)

Greg Millburg (Manager, DeKalb County Farm Bureau)

Bill Nicklas (City Manager, City of DeKalb)

Cortney Strohacker (Executive Director DeKalb County Convention & Visitors Bureau)

Appointed Proxy’s

Dr. Rena Cotsones (Assistant Vice-President for Outreach, Engagement & Regional Development, Northern Illinois University)

Jordan Gladden (Corporate Projects Manager, IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC.)

LaCretia Konan (Director of Business and Training Partnerships, Kishwaukee College)

President’s Council of Advisors (Non-Voting)

Douglas Dashner (Community Consultant)


DeKalb County Enterprise Zone Advisory Board Meeting Information Here

DeKalb County Enterprise Zone Advisory Board Members 

DCEDC Executive Committee Members* (see above)

Participating Units of Government/Taxing Bodies

Jen Barton-Genoa Public Library

Jonathan Brust-City of Genoa

Pete Robinson-Village of Waterman

Randy Bourdages-Afton Township

Cindy Carpenter-D.C.U.S.D. #428

Dan Carson II-Pierce Township

Mark Eddington-Kishwaukee Water Reclamation District

Mark Ekstrom-S.C.U.S.D. #427

James Elliott-Afton Road & Bridge

Emily Faulkner-DeKalb Public Library

John Frieders-DeKalb County Board Chair

Kim Halsey-Sycamore Public Library

Terry Hannan-DeKalb County Forest Preserve

Jim Hanson-Genoa Township

Jill Hansen-Kishwaukee College (Appointed Proxy Dr. Laurie Borowicz)

John Heckman-Northern Illinois University (Appointed Proxy Dr. Lisa Freeman)

Todd Latham-City of Sandwich

Allysa Seguss-City of Genoa 

Dr. Brad Shortridge-Genoa-Kingston C.U.S.D. #424

Mark Pietrowski, Jr.-Town of Cortland

Ted Strack-Sycamore Park District

Mary Hess-DeKalb Township Supervisor

Chad Willis-Indian Creek C.U.S.D. #425

Phil Young-DeKalb Park District

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