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Foundation Board

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Don Banks
Director

For the past eight years, Don has been an active board member with the Boone County Community Foundation. He is the Executive Vice President at Byron Bank.  Don has over 32 years experience in the banking and financial industry with over 20 years experience in commercial lending. He earned his BA in Business Management from Western Illinois University. He is also a graduate of the ABA Commercial Lending School and the CBA’s Illinois Midwest School for Community Bankers.

Don stays active in the community as a trustee for Flora Township and a member of the Kirkland Lions Club. He is also a member and past president of the Boone County Historical Society, a board member for the Greater Kirkland Area Chamber of Commerce and president of the Flora Cemetery Board. He serves as president of the Belvidere IOU Club and is a board member for the School District #100 Charitable Foundation.

Matt Branom

Matt graduated University of Illinois in 1996 with a BA in Finance. Matt also earned his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management in 2005 with an emphasis on Marketing, Strategy, and Finance. Along with his brother Ed, he owns and operates the Boone County Shopper.

Matt is actively involved in the community. He joined the Boone County Community Foundation Board in 2019. He also is a member and Past President of the Cosmopolitan Club of Belvidere, a board member and Past President of the Belvidere Area Chamber of Commerce, President of the District 100 Charitable Foundation, Secretary of Growth Dimensions, board member and Past President of Boone County Crime Stoppers, and Past Chairman of the Boone County Planning Commission. Matt lives in Boone County with his wife, Tara, and their two daughters.

Jeremy Doetch
Treasurer

Jeremy has been an active member of the Boone County Community Foundation since 2017.  He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management from Aurora University.  Jeremy has years of experience in the financial industry, where he is currently the Vice President of Ag & Commercial Lending at German American State Bank.

Jeremy’s commitment to his community is evident in his volunteer work as president of the North Boone Education Foundation, vice-president of North Boone Youth Sports, and as a volunteer coach for North Boone Junior Tackle and Poplar Grove Power Baseball.

His past commitments include former president of the Plano Economic Development Corp, past board member of Fox Valley YMCA, program manager for North Boone Junior Tackle, program manager & co-founder of Poplar Grove Power Baseball and co-founder & volunteer coach of Poplar Grove Power Softball.

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Jeff Ernest
Secretary

Jeff earned his Bachelor of Science of Architectural Studies from the University of Illinois. As a licensed architect, he is part owner of Ollmann Ernest Martin Architects in Belvidere.

He serves on the board of directors for the Belvidere YMCA, is a member of the Belvidere IOU Club and is involved with the District 100 Foundation. He joined the Boone County Community Foundation in 2016.  He is also an active member of Zion Lutheran Church, where he is a council member and past council president.

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Paul Fischer
Executive Director

Paul became a member of the Boone County Community Foundation in 2015. He retired from Alpine Bank as a Senior Vice President of Commercial Banking.  He was also former president of the State Bank of Kirkland.

Paul also stays active in the Boone County community as a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Crusader Community Health Foundation Board and the Belvidere Rotary Club.

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Dave Gallano
President

Along with his family, Dave owns and operates Gallano Trucking, Inc. in Belvidere, IL.  As a Boone County native, Dave is involved with the Belvidere IOU Club, the Boone County Community Foundation and countless other local organizations.

An avid outdoorsman, Dave lives and works in Boone County with his wife and son.

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Scott Greenlee
Director

After obtaining his Bachelor’s of Science Degree from the University of Illinois, Scott went on to get his MBA from Aurora University. From the University of Wisconsin, he was a graduate of the School of Banking. Scott has been with Poplar Grove State Bank for over 17 years. He has served as past president and board member of the Belvidere Area Chamber of Commerce.

Gerald Grubb
Director

Gerald recently joined the BCCF in 2018.  He served as an associate, circuit, and chief judge in the 17th Judicial Circuit from 1987-2007.  Currently retired, Gerald stays active in giving back to the community by volunteering thru the Belvidere Rotary Club, Belvidere IOU Club, and Northern Illinois Hospice.

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Barbara Hall
Director

Barb graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She taught
high school Biology and Chemistry in Iowa before returning to Illinois to join the family business, Edwards
Apple Orchard in Poplar Grove. Barb loves people, hiking and being with family. She is
a founding member of the North Boone Education Foundation and a member of the
Poplar Grove United Methodist Church.

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Jeffrey Hartle
Director

Jeff graduated from Northern Illinois University. He serves as the Senior Vice President of Stillman Bank. He is very active in our community through his involvement in the Belvidere IOU Club, Blue Thunder Boosters, Belvidere Masonic Lodge, Tebala Shriners Club of Rockford, and the Belvidere Area Chamber of Commerce.

Robert Kemp
Director

After completing his undergraduate at Beloit College, Robert went on to obtain is MA in Educational Administration from Northern Illinois University.  A farmer for 35 years, he also was a teacher and coach.  Robert has been an active and long-time supporter of Boone County through various groups and organizations such as, Lions of Poplar Grove, Boone County Soil & Water Foundation, Leo Club Advisor, advisor to the Vintage Wings & Wheels Museum, and is a member of the Poplar Grove Methodist Church.

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Amy Morris
Director

Amy is a graduate of Western Illinois University where she played volleyball and graduated with her B.A., cum laude, in Communications.  She went on to graduate from Northern Illinois University with her Master’s Degree in Organizational/Corporate Communications.  She has been the Development Director for RAMP since 2007.

Amy has been active in the community and has served as a member of the North Boone School District 200 Board of Education, a member of the North Boone Booster Club, Boone County Special Education Cooperative, K-Cancer Baseball Not-For-Profit, North Boone Junior Tackle, Belvidere Cosmopolitan Club, Association of Fundraising Professionals, and Northern Illinois Planned Giving Council.

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Michael Schultz
Director

Michael has been active with the Boone County Community Foundation, since 2014. He is currently a partner with Reno & Zahm LLP.

He is a graduate of North Boone High School and went on to receive his B.A., cum laude, in Economics and Political Science from Knox College. He received his Juris Doctor from Southern Illinois University.

He is actively involved in the Cosmopolitan Club of Belvidere, where he serves as president. Michael is also vice president of the Lions Club of Poplar Grove and volunteers as a youth basketball coach.  He is a past president of the Boone County Bar Association and former Boone County Board member.

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Ken Swanson
Chairman

Ken has served on the Foundation’s Board of Directors for three years and is currently the Chairman of the Marketing Committee.  A former Illinois Education Association President and retired District 100 teacher, Ken graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Concordia Teachers College and a Master’s in elementary education from Northern Illinois University.  His past foundation experiences include School District 100 and the Belvidere Park District Foundation Board.  Ken is an avid golfer, a 50’s and 60’s car enthusiast, and an active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church.

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Therese Trenhaile
Director

Therese grew up in Bettendorf, Iowa, and received her Bachelor’s degree and M.D. from the University of Iowa. She completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology in New York before moving to Belvidere in 2002. She practiced locally for several years before taking time off to raise a family. She is on the Foundation Boards of Boylan High School and Club Blue Rockford. She lives in Belvidere with her husband, Scott, and their four children.

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Jean Twyning
Director

Jean is a founding member of the Boone County Community Foundation. She is a graduate of Western Illinois University where she received her Bachelor of Science Degree.  Jean taught in the Belvidere School District, retiring after 26 years.

She is Vice President of the Belvidere Township Park Board, President of the District 100 Foundation for Excellence in Education, and Secretary of the Boone County Arts Council. Jean is also the treasurer of the Panhellenic Society of Belvidere.

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Heather Wick
Vice-President

A lifelong resident of Belvidere, Heather has been a member of the Boone County Community Foundation since 2017.  She graduated from Kishwaukee College with an Associate’s Degree in Agriculture and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism with a minor in Communications from Northern Illinois University.  Professionally, she works as a Marketing Specialist for Blackhawk Bank.

She is dedicated to her community serving as a member of the Belvidere School District 100 Board of Education, member of the Boone County Community Foundation, and Sunday School teacher & Nurturing Committee member at Zion Lutheran Church-Belvidere.

She is a past board member for the University of Illinois Extension and Habitat for Humanity of Boone County.  She lives in Belvidere with her husband and two children

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Amy Wilcox
Director

A graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University and the National Auto Dealers Association Dealer Candidate School, Amy is part owner of Jack Wolf Pontiac-Cadillac-GMC, Inc. and Jack Wolf Chrysler/Jeep with her father John T. (Jack) Wolf who started the business in 1963. She has been a Boone County Community Foundation board member for over five years.

Her community involvement includes serving on the Swedish American Hospital Board of Directors, the Belvidere Family YMCA Board of Directors and the Children’s Home & Aid Society Board of Directors.

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John Wolf
Director

Earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in business from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, John graduated from the GM School of Merchandising and Management and is a member of the Chevrolet Legion of Leader Sales Society.

He joined the Alpine Bank Family in 2006 as a board member and is vice president of Wolf Chevrolet Sales, Inc. in Belvidere, which has been owned and operated by three generations of the Wolf Family since 1924. John is past president and a board member of the Belvidere Chamber of Commerce, a board member and executive committee member of Growth Dimensions of Belvidere and Boone County, Inc., and current chairman and a member of the Belvidere Salvation Army Advisory Board. In addition, John is a board member of the Boone County Community Foundation, a board member of UW – Whitewater Alumni Association, vice chairman of the Illinois Auto Dealer Association, a past president and member of the Belvidere IOU Club, and a board member of the Boone County Historical Museum. John is also a volunteer and member of Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church.

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