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 mission and goals.

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

Michele Petrie - Chairman of the Board - BMO Harris Bank N.A.Michele Petrie, Chairman of the Board
Michele Petrie is the Chairman of the Board for 2017 and 2018. The goal established during her tenure is to make progress moving down the path of increasing Company Attraction and Expansion efforts, to focus on reaching out for new opportunities. One of the priorities outlined in Petrie’s plan is to ensure the RAEDC, Rockford Chamber of Commerce, and the Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (RACVB), in addition to many other community stakeholders continue to work closely together to create efficiency and ensure the community leaps forward toward top 25 status.

Mike Paterson, Vice Chair/Treasurer
Mike Paterson, MidWest Family BoardcastingMike Paterson currently serves on the RAEDC Board of Directors as Vice Chairman and Treasurer. Paterson will be Chairman of the RAEDC Board following Petrie.

Executive Committee

  • Chairman of the Board: Michele Petrie, WinTrust Commercial Banking
  • Vice Chair/Treasurer: Mike Paterson, Mid-West Family Broadcasting
  • Immediate Past Chair: Sagar Patel, Woodward
  • 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
  • CARE 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


  • David Anspaugh, Northern Illinois Building Contractors Association
  • R. 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
  • Rebecca Epperson, Chartwell Agency
  • George Gaulrapp, ComEd
  • Linda Gerber, Rock River Valley Blood Center
  • Thomas Green, Barrick, Switzer, Long, Balsley & Van Evera
  • Jennifer Hall, Mercyhealth
  • Matthew Hevrin, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP
  • Jeffrey Hultman, Illinois Bank & Trust
  • Dr. Ehren Jarrett, Rockford Public Schools
  • Tom Kress, Associated Bank
  • Kelly Lattimer, WQRF/WTVO
  • Jeff Layng, JP Morgan Chase
  • Penelope Lechtenberg, Lechtenberg & Associates LLC
  • Dr. W. Stephen Minore, Rockford Anesthesiologists Associated, LLC
  • Ed Munguia, Stillman Bank
  • Tim Myers, WIFR-TV
  • Mark Peterson, CherryVale Mall / CBL & Associates Properties
  • 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
  • Dr. Rena Cotsones, Northern Illinois University
  • 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
  • Dr. Alex Stagnaro-Green, U of I College of Medicine
  • Senator Dave Syverson

Ex-Officio Non-Voting

  • Lisa Bly, Workforce Connection
  • Todd Cagnoni, City of Rockford
  • Pam Fettes, Growth Dimensions of Belvidere/Boone County
  • John Phelps, Rockford Local Development Corp.
  • David Pietryla, Nicor Gas
  • Jeff Polsean, Greater Rockford Airport Authority
  • Senator Steve Stadelman
  • Craig Steege, Education for Workforce Development Committee Chair
  • Khoi Vu, RAAN Chair
  • David Young, Northwest Illinois Development Alliance

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