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                                      
DIRECT: 815.991.2402 | OFFICE: 815.991.2400
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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 (Vice President-First National Bank)

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)


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

Dr. Anne Kaplan (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)

Communities & Taxing Bodies-

Jen Barton-Genoa Public Library

Darryl Beach-Village of Waterman

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

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

Emily Faulkner-DeKalb Public Library

Jennifer Groce-Northern Illinois University 

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

2020 EZone Advisory Meeting Schedule

Enterprise Zone Public Hearing Agenda 01022020


DeKalb County E Zone Public Hearing Notice 01022020

Meeting Minutes DeKalb County Enterprise Zone Advisory 09192019


DeKalb County Enterprise Zone Public Hearing Agenda

October 2019 Public Hearing Notice – EZone Abatement Policy Changes


DK County EZone Advisory Board Minutes 06272019

Enterprise Zone Advisory Board Agenda 09192019

DeKalb County Enterprise Advisory Meeting Minutes 03212019

Enterprise Zone Advisory Board Agenda 06272019

Agenda with Notes 06202019

EZone Agenda 06202019

DeKalb County Enterprise Zone Meeting Minutes 12-13-18

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DeKalb County Enterprise Zone Meeting Minutes 06142018

Revised EZone Advisory Board Agenda 12132018

EZone Advisory Board Agenda 12132018 FINAL

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DeKalb County Enterprise Zone Advisory Board 2018 updated 09112018

DeKalb County Enterprise Zone Advisory Board 2018 updated after June meeting


EZone Advisory Board Agenda 6142018

DeKalb County Enterprise Zone Advisory Board 2018 Meetings Revised 04102018

EZone Advisory Board Agenda 04052018

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