I have been a Trustee in the Village for 16 years. My background includes 4-US Design Patents, I was the Vice-President, promoted to President of a manufacturing firm in Batavia for 23 years. I also made a career change in 1993 20 years ago in the Security and Life-Safety field and hold a NICET Level II certification. I also hold a FEMA ISO 100, 200 & 700 Certification. My community involvement includes, coaching softball, basketball, T-ball, Corn Boil Volunteer for 19 years and started and continue to bring the Corn Boil Fireworks to the Village. My civic involvement is testimony of my love for the Village of Sugar Grove.
I have worked for 30+ years in Law Enforcement/Emergency services and hold a M.S. Degree in Management & Organizational Behavior. I believe that every Trustee should bring a unique skill set to the board so that we can share our particular areas of expertise to improve the quality of life for our residents. My background in emergency services brings valuable insight to issues like community emergency planning, police equipment purchasing, traffic flow issues for special events and so forth. I have lived in this community for 19 years and have coached youth soccer, baseball & basketball, been active in Kaneland Music Boosters & Sports Boosters, actively involved in the development of the new St. Katharine Drexel Church, served 7 years on the public safety committee, 5 years as the Chair of the Board of Police Commissioners, and the last 4 years as Village Trustee, during one of the toughest economic times this country has seen in decades. We have accomplished many things over the last four years while keeping within a balanced budget. I believe we have provided effective and efficient government while showing that we have been fiscally responsible and are providing quality services to our residents, while many communities around us have been struggling. My experience, educational background and dedication to a lifetime of community service are what make me a good candidate.
I have worked with corporations and not-for-profit organizations in the field of Business Development, Marketing, Public Relations and Special Events. I have achieved my CMP designation from the CIC and have been a keynote speaker at local and national conferences. I am currently the Director of Special Events for the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago and I am responsible for all of the organizations events and fundraisers, as well as developing their sponsorship programs to achieve their financial objectives. Additionally, I have also had the honor of writing state legislation. I was the constituent that brought House Bill 180 to State Representative Kay Hatcher. The bill sought to keep protesters 1000 feet away from funerals, including military funerals, and restrict any protesting an hour before or after a funeral. I assisted in the drafting of the bill and was asked to testify before Committee in Springfield. The bill achieved record bi-partisan support from both houses and was signed into law. With my diverse background, I hope to implement my many years of business experience and community involvement to help the Village of Sugar Grove to achieve their goals in a responsible manner that will be beneficial to all residents.
Having moved to Sugar Grove nine years ago, I love the feeling of family and community here, and I want to see our village prosper. Having worked in administrative and customer service positions throughout my career, I have experience in helping people find solutions to their issues. I am always opened to hearing what people have to say and am able to see things from the other side. I attend the village board meeting, so I have an understanding of issues the village is facing.
The combination of my education, work experience and service – both overseas in the military and in our local community as a volunteer – make me an outstanding candidate to serve as Village Trustee. Currently I enjoy being a teacher in the Kaneland school system. I have also learned the values of discipline and service after ten years in the Army. For the four years between those jobs I combined my time working as an account manager for a major manufacturer, completing my college degree and mentoring at risk elementary school students. I am passionate about serving.