Meet our Leadership

Board of Directors

The Rockford Area Economic Development Council Board of Directors consists of up to 50 Voting Directors plus up to eight 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 Board approves employment of a President and approves the annual budget, capital expenditures, and contracts in excess of a two-year duration or $10,000.

The term of office for elected Directors is three years. The term of office for Ex-Officio Voting and Ex-Officio Non-Voting Directors is one year. Any vacancy occurring in the Board of Directors may be filled by election by the Board.

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: Dr. William Gorski, SwedishAmerican Health System
  • Director at Large: Sunil Puri, First Midwest Group
  • Director at Large: David Schertz, OSF HealthCare
  • Leadership Council Chair: Mick Gronewold, Fehr Graham
  • Business Retention & Expansion Solutions Team Chair: John Saunders, Larson & Darby Group
  • Business & Community Relations Solutions Team Chair: Paul Gaier, Rockford Register Star
  • Mayor Lawrence J. Morrissey, City of Rockford
  • Chairman Frank Haney, Winnebago County
  • Nathan Bryant, Rockford Area Economic Development Council


  • 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
  • Jerry Busse, Rockford Toolcraft, Inc.
  • John Chadwick, WREX-TV
  • Dr. Rena Cotsones, Northern Illinois University
  • Eric Cunningham, UTC Aerospace Systems
  • 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
  • Bill Roop, 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
  • Mayor Jerry Bolin, Village of Machesney Park
  • 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 Darryl Lindberg, 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
  • Ron Clewer, Rockford Housing Authority
  • 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
  • Fred Wescott, Winnebago County Economic Development
  • David Young, Northwest Illinois Development Alliance
  • Carrie Zethmayr, IL Department of Commerce
  • Growth Dimensions of Belvidere/Boone County

City of Rockford Liason

  • Alderman Tim Durkee
  • Alderman Tom McNamara

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