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 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.
Chuck Kaiser, Immediate Past President (Senior VP, 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)
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)
Frank Roberts (Vice President, First National Bank)
Dan Templin (Executive Director, DeKalb County Community Foundation)
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 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
Monica Dombrowski-Sycamore Public Library
Mark Eddington-Kishwaukee Water Reclamation District
Mark Ekstrom-S.C.U.S.D. #427
James Elliott-Afton Road & Bridge
Emily Faulkner-DeKalb Public Library
Jennifer Groce-Northern Illinois University
Terry Hannan-DeKalb County Forest Preserve
Jim Hanson-Genoa Township
Jill Hansen-Kishwaukee College (Appointed Proxy)
John Heckman-Northern Illinois University
Jennifer Jeep-Johnson-DeKalb Township
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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