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  • Jennifer Bristow
    A lifelong entrepreneur, Jennifer Bristow has successfully built and operated several of her own businesses, positioning and distributing products nationally with unique marketing strategies. In addition, she has also been successful as the current Director of Marketing and Creative Development for OWP Pharmaceuticals. She has a degree from Northwestern University and a passion for innovative marketing and business development.
  • Jerry Foster
    Mr. Foster is a life-long resident of DeKalb County. He is married with two children and resides near Shabbona. He currently serves as the Director of Business Development for Resource Bank, N.A., and has over twenty years of business ownership experience with a diverse management background. Prior experiences include: Managing Member of Accelerated Performance, President of BMV Properties, and Vice President of Sales/Marketing of FFC, Inc. These prior roles have provided experiences from business start-up through the acquisition process, strategic planning, oversight of new product development, process management, and market development.
  • Michael King
    Michael King is an IT consultant and Service Director at CMJ Technologies. He is a DeKalb resident and has over a decade of technology experience, most of which have focused on working with and providing support to businesses and nonprofit organizations in DeKalb County. From growing up in his father's auto mechanic shop to working at CMJ, Michael has always been inspired by small business. In his time off, Michael enjoys golf, music festivals, trivia nights, and spending time with his girlfriend.

  • LaCretia Konan
    LaCretia Konan is the Coordinator of Employer Services at the Illinois WorkNet Center (IwNC) in DeKalb. Although she is primarily housed at the IwNC, located at 650B N. Peace Road, LaCretia is employed by Kishwaukee College in the Center for Business Development & Continuing Education Department (CBDCE). Her role includes developing and fostering business/industry relationships to yield placement opportunities for job seekers and participants enrolled in the Workforce Innovative Opportunity Act (WIOA) program. LaCretia works with the IwNC and CBDCE staff to provide a more holistic approach to addressing workforce needs and demands of DeKalb County.
  • JeaNae Remala
    JeaNae recently became the Accountant at Lionheart Critical Power Specialists, Inc. in Huntley, IL. She began her career in the public accounting industry with a focus on audit work for financial institutions, not-for-profit organizations, and manufacturing clients. Serving on the Executive Staff at a local national bank, she gained valuable experience related to many areas of the industry including accounting and finance, data processing, operations, and trust services. After over 20 years of working in and around the banking industry, JeaNae moved to the not-for-profit sector, serving as the Executive Director for the Illinois-Eastern Iowa District of Kiwanis International from 2004 – 2011 and for Pay-It-Forward House, NFP in Sycamore from 2011-2013. JeaNae worked as an Accountant at the Siepert Group in Sycamore from 2012-2016, serving local businesses, not-for-profit organizations and individuals with their accounting and tax needs.

    JeaNae graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater and is a CPA. She has been an active member of Kiwanis since 1997, having served as Distinguished President of the Kiwanis Club of Sycamore in 2003-04 and Chair of the District Secretary Committee of Kiwanis International in 2009. JeaNae is a current member of the Board for Safe Passage and has been active in the local community and has served on other boards for many years. JeaNae grew-up in Woodstock and now lives in Sycamore with her husband Jay, a lifetime member of the community.
  • Sandra Polanco
    Sandra Polanco is a corporate transactional attorney currently working for American Guardian Warranty Services, Inc. in Warrenville, Illinois. She was first appointed to the DeKalb County Board to fill a vacancy in August 2014. Ms. Polanco has a variety of legal experience including bankruptcy, securities registrations, 1940 Act and 1933 Act compliance, employment law, commercial litigation, and general business law. She served as the general counsel for the Aurora Hispanic Chamber of Commerce from 2008 through 2012. She has taught business law, constitutional law, criminal law, and Spanish at Kishwaukee College, paralegal studies at Chicago State University, and LSAT and GMAT classes at Northern Illinois University. She has both a Juris Doctorate and a Masters in Business Administration from Northern Illinois University.

  • Jeff Whelan

    Jeff Whelan is an elected member of the DeKalb County Board representing District 10. In addition to the DeKalb County Business Incubator Advisory Board, he also serves on the County's Health and Human Services, and Law and Justice Committees.

  • Anita Zurbrugg
    Anita Zurbrugg has been Program Director with the DeKalb County Community Foundation since 2011, overseeing nearly $2 million in grants that support programs and initiatives primarily serving communities in DeKalb County.

    Anita has lived in DeKalb County most of her life. Raised on a farm near DeKalb, she and her late husband farmed with her extended family for several years. She has been fortunate to nourish her agricultural and community roots, first teaching vocational agriculture at DeKalb High School and then as Horticulture Advisor with the University of Illinois Cooperative Extension Service. As a licensed attorney, she practiced law for 3 years before working for 11 years as Midwest Director with the American Farmland Trust, a national agriculture and environment not-for-profit organization headquartered in Washington D.C.

    Anita earned a M.A. in public policy/political science and J.D from Northern Illinois University and undergraduate degrees in agricultural education/landscape horticulture and biological sciences from The Ohio State University and Northern Illinois University.

    Anita has served on various boards in the DeKalb county region. Her three grown children and grandchild live in Illinois and Wisconsin.

    -updated 09/27/2017