Board of Directors

 Executive Officers


Jessica Lee
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 News


    Dolonna (Loni) Mecum
    Chair of Finance/Treasurer

    Professional Affiliations:

  • League of Women of the Elgin Area, Board Member
  • Women In Management, Board Member 

    Degree and certifications: Associate Degree from Elgin Community College; Professional Legal Secretary and Paralegal certification from Harper College, Certified Municipal Clerk, Legal Secretary/Paralegal with an Elgin law firm for 21 years and a Municipal Clerk with the City of Elgin for 17 years.

    Employment: 21 years as a legal secretary/paralegal with an Elgin law firm, 17 years as an Elgin Municipal Clerk.

    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

    Charlotte Hoffer-Canning
    Board Fund Development Chair

     Professional Affiliations:
  • League of Women Voters 
  • American Marketing Association Member
  • Society of Plastic Engineers Member
  • Elgin Junior Service Board, Associate Member
  • Loyola Family Business Center
    Background: Purdue University Graduate, Area Sales Manager - Pepsi Lipton Tea Partnership,
    Business Development Manager- Hoffer Plastics Corporation, Director of Marketing - Hoffer Plastics Corporation




    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 


    Susan Featherstone

    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.


    Karla Guzmán 

    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.

    Pat Kressin

    Professional Affiliations:

  • Realtors Association: RAFV, IAR, NAR
  • Accredited Buyers Representative
  • Senior Real Estate Specialist
  • Women's Council of Realtors
  •  Background: Native of Dundee, IL; Dundee Crown High School graduate; Elgin Community College graduate; Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Northern Illinois University Graduate; MS in Education from Northern Illinois University;

    Kathryn (Katie) Michel

    Professional Affiliations:

  • Member of Association of Fundraising Professionals
  • Member of Elgin Young Professionals Network 
  • Member of Suburban Chicago Planned Giving Council
  • Member of West Suburban Philanthropic Network
  • Graduate of Elgin Area Leadership Academy - Class of 2013
  • Background: Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership - Judson University; Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, minor; Management, Organizational Leadership Certificate - Roosevelt University; Associate in Arts - Elgin Community College. Employment - Fundraising and Development Coordinator for the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County.


    Lydia Turgeon

    Professional Affiliations:

  • Assistant Vice President & Commercial Lender at First Community Bank
  • Finance and Accounting Educator at First Community Bank
  • Member of Anderson Animal Shelter Board of Directors
  • Past Coordinator of Sherman Hospital's Animal Assisted Therapy Program

    Background: G

    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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