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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 a Senior Vice President of Commercial Banking at Alpine Bank. 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.

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Kevin Behling
Director/President

Kevin has been a member of the Boone County Community Foundation for 8 years. He holds his ABD Civil Engineering, Masters of Science and Bachelors of Science degrees from Iowa State University.  Professionally, he is the Executive Director of Design for Rockford Public Schools.

Along with being an active member of the Boone County Community Foundation, Kevin is also a member of the Belvidere IOU Club.

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John Crone
Director

A Certified Public Accountant, John is a graduate of the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting.  Throughout his professional career, he worked for an international accounting firm and served as vice president of financial planning for a diversified, family-owned business.  He was also a founder of his own company, a partner of a regional CPA firm and served as chief financial officer for a manufacturing company.  John joined the Alpine Bank Family in 1991, where he still actively serves on their Board of Directors.

John is a founding member of the Boone County Community Foundation and past president of ZION Development Corporation.  He previously served as a board member and president of the Rock Valley College Foundation and of Wesley Willows.

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 a  Commercial Relationship Manager with Midland States Bank in Belvidere, IL.

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
Director

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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Rob Funderburg
Director

A graduate of Denison University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics, Rob is a businessman, leader, and entrepreneur in several different industries, including financial services, real estate development and investment, and agribusiness. Currently, he is president and treasurer of Funderburg Farms, Inc. and president & treasurer of K-B Farms, Inc. In addition, chairman of Alpine Bancorporation, Inc. as well as chairman of Alpine Bank. Under Rob’s leadership and guidance, Alpine Bank has become the leading local community bank serving Winnebago, Boone, and DeKalb counties.

Rob’s dedication to our community is not only evident through his professional contributions but also through his community board positions. He has served on numerous boards and continues to serve on many, including the YMCA of Rock River Valley, Rockford Art Museum, Keith School, Belvidere Community School District #100 Foundation for Excellence in Education, Rockford Symphony Orchestra Foundation and Rockford Park District Foundation. A supporter of education, social services, and the arts, Rob is also president and treasurer of The Funderburg Foundation and a founding board member of the Boone County Community Foundation. In addition, Rob was a board member of the United Way of the Rock River Valley where he and his wife, Cathy, chaired the Tocqueville Society for five years.

In 2009, Rob was honored by the Rockford Chamber of Commerce as the Citizen of the Year. In 2010, Rob was awarded the Doctor of Civic Betterment by the Belvidere Chamber of Commerce.

Dave Gallano
Vice-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.

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.

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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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
Director

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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Curt Tobin
Director/VP

With a Bachelor of Arts degree from Illinois Wesleyan University, Curt graduated from the University of Illinois College of Law with a Juris Doctorate degree. After 50 years of owning his firm, Tobin and Ramon,  Curt retired in 2015.

He has been a member of the Alpine Bank Family since 1984 when he accepted the position of director. He currently volunteers at Zion Lutheran Church and is head football coach at Belvidere North High School. Curt is a founding member of the Boone County Community Foundation.  He also volunteers with the Poplar Grove Lions Club, Boone County Historical Museum, and the Boone County Arts Council.

Curt is past president and a member of the IOU Club of Belvidere and a board member of the Attorneys Title Guarantee Fund. Previously, he has served as a director of the United Givers, a board member of the Belvidere Family YMCA, and a board member of the Belvidere Chamber of Commerce. In addition, Curt was a member of the Belvidere/Boone County Planning Commission, past president of the Zion Lutheran Church Board of Trustees, a board member for Growth Dimensions of Belvidere and Boone County, Inc., and a trustee for the Lutheran Social Services of Illinois.

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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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Richard Van Evera
Director/Treasurer

Earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and history from Coe College, Dick served in the U.S. Air Force before graduating from Samford University Cumberland School of Law with a Juris Doctorate degree. He is a partner with the law firm of Barrick, Switzer, Long, Balsley & Van Evera, LLP and has been a board member of Alpine Bank since 2003.

He currently serves as president and a board member of Growth Dimensions of Belvidere and Boone County, Inc., president of the Board of Education for Belvidere Community Unit School District #100, and board member of the Belvidere Chamber of Commerce. In addition, Dick is a member of the IOU Club of Belvidere, Boone County Community Foundation, the Air Force Association and the Military Officers Association of America. He previously served on the boards of Rockford Memorial Hospital and the Rockford Symphony Orchestra.

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/Chairman

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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