Board of Directors

 Executive Officers


Jessica Lee-Cole
Board Chair

Professional Affiliations:

  • Past member of the Salvation Army Elgin Corps Board of Directors


    Background: Finance/accounting education, currently Financial Service Advisor for JPMorgan Chase, former community editor for the Courier New

    Susan Featherstone
    Chair Elect

    Professional Affiliations:

  • Corpus Christi Church of Carol Stream, Member
  • Glenwood School in Saint Charles, Past Mentor
  • Background: Northeastern Illinois University Graduate, BA in Education; American College, Advance Degree of ChFc; Wealth Management Relationship Manager for PNC Bank.

    Lydia Turgeon
    Chair of the Finance Committee/Treasurer

    Professional Affiliations:

  • Member of the Safe Haven Dog Rescue
  • Member of the A&S Rescue
  • Finance and Accounting Educator at First Community Bank
  • Past Coordinator of Sherman Hospital's Animal Assisted Therapy Program
  • Background: Finance/accounting education. Currently the Assistant Vice President & Commercial Lender at First Community Bank

    Julie Jindra
    Vice Chair of Community Relations/Secretary

    Professional Affiliations:

  • Altrusa International of Elgin
  • Bethlehem Lutheran Church
  • Center for Disease Control, Board Member

    Background: U-46 Substitute Teacher, Graduate of Alma College


    Nancy Burnidge

    Professional Affiliations:

  • League of Women Voters, Member
  • AAUW, Member
  • Background: Rhodes College Graduate, B.A. in English; Fulbright Scholar to France; Teacher, retired, School District U-46; Massage Therapist.


    Ramona "Monie" Burns        

    Professional Affiliations:

  • AAUW, Member
  • Elgin Short Film Festival, Selection Committee
  • Elgin Symphony Orchestra, Patron
  • First Congregational Church of Dundee, Member
  • Fort Bidwell Paiute Indian Community, Tribal Member
  • League of Women Voters of the Elgin Area, Board Member
  • Women in Management, President
  • Women on the Brink, Chair
  • Background: University of MN: American Indian Studies; UCLA: Tribal Law & Policy; owner of MoMo's Concierge Services, LLC.


    Gloria Casas

    Professional Affiliations:

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    Bethany Caughlin

    Professional Affiliations:

  • Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society, Member
  • Background: Resident of Elgin for 3 years. Elgin Community College: Associates Degree in Arts and Science; Strayer University: Bachelors in Business Administration with a specialized focus in legal studies with honors.


    Gail Cohen

    Professional Affiliations:

  • Northeast Neighborhood Association Executive Board
  • Elgin Human Relations Commission Staff Liaison


    Background: Bachelor of Arts Degree from Vassar College, Juris Doctor Degree from University of Miami,
    Human Resources Director for the City of Elgin 



    Karla Guzman Jimenez 

    Professional Affiliations:

  • United Way, Board Member
  • Elgin Hispanic Network, President
  • League of United Latin American Citizens, Treasurer
  • Background: Keller Graduate - MPA, Employed by School District U-46 since 2004.

    Krisilee Murphy

    Professional Affiliations:

  • Elgin Young Professionals Network, Board President
  • Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin's Promotion Committee, Chair
  • Northwest Chicagoland Sports Commission, Public Relations Manager
  • City of Elgin's Art & Soul on the Fox, Social Media Chair
  • Enhancing Elgin Committee, Committee Member
  • Background: Bachelor of Arts Degree from Western Illinois University, Employed by the Elgin Area Convention & Visitors Bureau as the Director of Marketing.


    Dorothy Wiese, Ed.D

    Professional Affiliations:

  • Provena St. Joseph Hospital Foundation, Board Member
  • Provena St. Joseph Hospital Foundation, Chair of the Donor & Engagement Committee
  • Stephen Minister (Inactive Status)
  • Trinity Lutheran Church Roselle
  • Elgin Community College, Professor Emeritus
  • Hampshire High School, Former Business Teacher

     Background: Graduate of Norther Illinois University - B.S. in Business Education; M.S. in Business Education and Administrative Services; Doctorate in Adult Continuing Education


    Julia A. McClendon
    Chief Executive Officer

    Professional Affiliations:

  • League of Women Voters, Member
  • Women in Management, Member
  • AAUW, Member
  • Women in History Celebration, Committee Member
  • Workforce Investment Board, Member

    Background: Iowa State University Graduate; Employment; Iowa State University, BS and MS; Community of Hope, Las Cruces, NM; YWCA Elgin


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