Our Team

Experienced, professional, and committed to philanthropic service. 

As the regional leader of philanthropy, the Community Foundation serves as a promoter and advisor on charitable giving, a resource to the nonprofit sector, and an excellent steward of the community’s resources. Together, the staff of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois brings more than 75 years of experience in the community foundation field.

Jon Bates
Jon Bates
President
Phone: 779-210-8201
Email: Jon Bates
Kaye Connelly
Kaye Connelly
Donor Services
Phone: 779-210-8208
Email: Kaye Connelly
LuAnn Groh
LuAnn Groh
Executive Assistant & Office/Property Manager
Phone: 779-210-8200
Email: LuAnn Groh
Sarah Lambert
Sarah Lambert
Community Investment Director
Phone: 779-210-8207
Email: Sarah Lambert
James Munch
James Munch
Vice President of Finance & Administration
Phone: 779-210-8202
Email: James Munch
James Patterson
James Patterson
Program Director
Phone: 779-210-8206
Email: James Patterson
Marianne Plath
Marianne Plath
Director of Finance
Phone: 779-210-8205
Email: Marianne Plath
Jennifer Smith
Jennifer Smith
Engagement Director
Phone: 779-210-8204
Email: Jennifer Smith
Ciara Stahly
Ciara Stahly
Program Officer
Phone: 779-210-8209
Email: Ciara Stahly