Executive Committee



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. 

In addition to serving on the DeKalb County Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors, he also serves as President of the #ProudlyDeKalb and as President of the DeKalb Corn Classic 10k.

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.


COHEN BARNES | Sundog | President/CEO                                      
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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 us in welcoming Mr. Nicklas back to the City of DeKalb.

Frank Roberts, DCEDC Secretary/Treasurer

(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.

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)

Dr. Lisa Freeman (President, Northern Illinois University)

Brian Gregory (City Manager, City of Sycamore)

Gary Hanson (County Administrator, DeKalb County Government)


Greg Millburg (Manager, DeKalb County Farm Bureau)

Frank Roberts (Vice President, First National Bank)

Dan Templin (Executive Director, DeKalb County Community Foundation)


Appointed Proxy’s

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

Mike Kokott (Vice President Operations, Northwestern Medicine)

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

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 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

Darryl Beach-Village of Waterman

Randy Bourdages-Afton Township

Dan Carlson II-Pierce Township

Dr. Jamie Craven-D.C.U.S.D. #428

Amy Doll-DeKalb Park District

Mark Eddington-Kishwaukee Water Reclamation District

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

James Elliott-Afton Road & Bridge

Emily Faulkner-DeKalb Public Library

Terry Hannan-DeKalb County Forest Preserve

Jim Hanson-Genoa Township

Jill Hansen-Kishwaukee College (Appointed Proxy)

John Heckman-Northern Illinois University

TBA-DeKalb Township

Kim Halsey-Sycamore Public Library

Jim Hanson-Genoa Township

Allysa Segus-City of Genoa 

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

Rich Robinson-City of Sandwich

Mayor Russell Stokes-Town of Cortland

Ted Strack-Sycamore Park District

Mark Vicary-City of Genoa

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

Phil Young-DeKalb Park District

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