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.
Jennifer Walker, Vice-President/Business Development 2021-2022
(Director, Global Community Relations)
Jennifer joined Tate & Lyle in 2005. Across her 15+ year tenure with the Company, she’s had the opportunity to lead and manage a number of strategic efforts within key functions, including talent and training, change management, ingredient marketing, and brand and communications.
In her current role, Jennifer heads up the Company’s community relations and charitable / volunteerism programs globally, working internally and externally to extend and support Tate & Lyle’s purpose of Improving Lives for Generations.
In addition to serving on the DeKalb County Economic Development Corporation Board, she has recently completed service on the Hoffman Estates Chamber of Commerce, spending two years as Chair before wrapping up as Past Chair in December 2020.
Prior to her time with Tate & Lyle, Jennifer worked in publishing – academic and newspaper – writing, editing, and guiding authors through the editorial process.
Jennifer holds a B.A. degree in English and Secondary Education from Millikin University.
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).
Cohen Barnes, Immediate Past President
(Owner, SundogIT, Inc.)
Cohen Barnes is the 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.
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 (Administrator, DeKalb County Government)
Greg Millburg (Manager, DeKalb County Farm Bureau)
Bill Nicklas (City Manager, City of DeKalb)
Maggie Peck (Interim Manager, City of Sycamore)
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)
Douglas Dashner (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
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)
Rich Robinson-City of Sandwich
Allysa Seguss-City of Genoa
Dr. Brad Shortridge-Genoa-Kingston C.U.S.D. #424
Mayor Russell Stokes-Town of Cortland
Ted Strack-Sycamore Park District
Nancy Teboda-DeKalb Township Interim Supervisor
Mark Vicary-City of Genoa
Chad Willis-Indian Creek C.U.S.D. #425
Phil Young-DeKalb Park District
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