Meet our Leadership


Board of Directors

The Rockford Area Economic Development Council (RAEDC) Board of Directors consists of up to 49 Voting Directors plus four Officers. By working directly with RAEDC investors, allies, and staff, Board members provide leadership and broaden considerations about how the RAEDC will achieve its missions and goals.

The term of office for elected Directors is three years. The term of office for all Ex-Officio Directors is one year.

Executive Committee

  • Chairman of the Board: Michele Petrie, Wintrust Commercial Bank
  • Vice Chair/Treasurer: Mike Paterson, Mid-West Family Broadcasting
  • Immediate Past Chair: Sagar Patel, Woodward, Inc.
  • Director at Large: Eric Cunningham, UTC Aerospace Systems
  • Director at Large: Sunil Puri, First Midwest Group
  • Director at Large: David Schertz, OSF HealthCare
  • Leadership Council Chair: Mick Gronewold, Fehr Graham
  • C-A-R-E Committee Chair: John Saunders, Larson & Darby Group
  • Business & Community Relations Solutions Team Chair: Paul Gaier, Rockford Register Star
  • Mayor Tom McNamara, City of Rockford
  • Chairman Frank Haney, Winnebago County
  • Nathan Bryant, Rockford Area Economic Development Council

Directors

  • David Anspaugh, Northern Illinois Building Contractors Association
  • Richard Bastian, III, Blackhawk Bank
  • Teresa Beach-Shelow, Superior Joining Technologies
  • Edward C. Berg, First Northern Credit Union
  • Steve Bois, Rockford Area REALTORS
  • Dr. Mike Born, SwedishAmerican Health System
  • Jerry Busse, Rockford Toolcraft, Inc.
  • John Chadwick, WREX-TV
  • Dr. Rena Cotsones, Northern Illinois University
  • George Gaulrapp, ComEd
  • Linda Gerber, Rock River Valley Blood Center
  • Thomas Green, Barrick, Switzer, Long, Balsley & Van Evera
  • Jennifer Hall, Mercyhealth System
  • Matthew Hevrin, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP
  • Jeffrey Hultman, Illinois Bank & Trust
  • Dr. Ehren Jarrett, Rockford Public Schools
  • Jeffrey J. Kaney, Kaney Group LLC
  • Tom Kress, Associated Bank
  • Jeff Layng, JP Morgan Chase
  • Penelope Lechtenberg, Lechtenberg & Associates LLC
  • Dr. W. Stephen Minore, Rockford Anesthesiologists Associated, LLC
  • Fran Morrissey, The Morrissey Family Businesses
  • Ed Munguia, Stillman Bank
  • Tim Myers, WIFR-TV
  • Mark Peterson, CherryVale Mall / CBL & Associates Properties
  • Matt Roegner, Alpine Bank
  • Joel Sjostrom, Sjostrom & Sons, Inc.
  • Glen Turpoff, Northwestern Illinois Contractors Association

Ex-Officio Voting

  • Mayor Dale Adams, Village of Rockton
  • Jon Bates, Community Foundation of Northern IL
  • Einar Forsman, Rockford Chamber of Commerce
  • John Groh, Rockford Area Conv. & Visitors Bureau
  • Tim Hanson, Rock River Water Reclamation
  • Dr. Douglas Jensen, Rock Valley College
  • Mayor Steve Johnson, Village of Machesney Park
  • Mayor Greg Jury, City of Loves Park
  • Paul Logli, United Way of Rock River Valley
  • Jeff Polsean, Greater Rockford Airport Authority
  • Dr. Alex Stagnaro-Green, U of I College of Medicine
  • Senator Dave Syverson

Ex-Officio Non-Voting

  • Darcy Bucholz, Northern Illinois Workforce Alliance
  • Todd Cagnoni, City of Rockford
  • Pam Fettes, Growth Dimensions of Belvidere/Boone County
  • John Phelps, Rockford Local Development Corp.
  • David Pietryla, Business Attraction Solutions Team Chair
  • Senator Steve Stadelman
  • Craig Steege, Education for Workforce Development Committee Chair
  • Khoi Vu, RAAN Chair
  • David Young, Northwest Illinois Development Alliance
  • Carrie Zethmayr, IL Department of Commerce

City of Rockford Liason

  • Alderman Joseph Chiarelli
  • Alderman Ann Thompson-Kelly

Winnebago County Liaison

  • County Board Member Gary Jury

For more information about serving on the RAEDC Board of Directors, contact Jimsi Kuborn, RAEDC Vice President of Investor Relations, at 815.987.8118 or at jkuborn@rockfordil.com.