Community Involvement

Elected Rock Valley College Board of Trustees (2013)

  • Appointed to Human Resources Committee (April, 2013)
  • Appointed to Ad-Hoc Recruiting / Communications Committee (June, 2013)
  • Appointed to Presidential Search Committee (December, 2013)
  • Elected Board Chair (2014, 2015)

As an RVC Trustee, I have served on a team that:

  • Is responsible for an approx. $80 million operating budget.
  • Hired an outstanding CEO.
  • Overhauled board policies.
  • Adopted Board Strategic Initiatives that became the starting point for the college’s strategic plan.
  • Hosted community feedback sessions with multiple stake-holder groups.
  • Expanded our Aviation Maintenance Program; the critical workforce component in landing AAR, a large maintenance and repair organization (MRO).
  • Advocated for a community-wide discussion on how we can better work together to solve the Region’s GED Crisis.
  • Partnered with the RRSTAR for a location downtown with expanded programming.
  • Partnered with the Rockford Area Economic Development Council on Techworks, a fast-track manufacturing program.
  • Partnered with OSF to offer students a 2-year nursing degree via RVC as well as a 4 and 6-year nursing degree on RVC’s campus.
  • Partnered with NIU, Woodward, Transform Rockford, and the Rockford Area Economic Development Council to offer students a 2-year pre-engineering degree via RVC as well as a 4 and 6-year engineering degree on RVC’s campus.
  • Increased outreach and connectivity with the community. Examples include increased student recruiting efforts, website redesign, and new approaches in social media, digital and traditional marketing.
  • Supported efforts to improve customer service and efficiencies in the registration process.

Next Rockford

  • Past Peer-Elected Facilitator (October 2012 – September 2014)
  • Strategy Team (2011 – Present)
  • Member (2005-present)

Transform Rockford Volunteer

Rockford Area Economic Development Council Board of Directors (Next Rockford representative)

Rockford Area Economic Development Council Attracting & Retaining Talent Committee (ARTRA)

Carpenter’s Place Board of Directors

YMCA Strong Kids Campaign Volunteer

Red Cross Campaign Volunteer

Sharefest Volunteer

Next Rockford Boots & Coats Drive

Next Rockford Business Environment Committee

Boys and Girls Club Little League Coach

Saint James Catholic Church Home & School Past President

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