Board of Trustees

Leading our Community, Leading our Community Foundation

The members of the CFNIL Board of Trustees represent communities across the foundation's service area, numerous professional backgrounds, and have a variety of community engagement and volunteer experience. Every trustee volunteered as a CFNIL scholarship or grant advisor before becoming a member of the Board of Trustees. 

kathy kwiat hess
Kathy Kwiat-Hess – Chair
Retired – Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Email: Kathy Kwiat-Hess – Chair
Steve Schmeling - Headshot
Stephen Schmeling - Vice Chair
Schmeling Construction, Co.
Dayton Smith - Headshot
Dayton Smith, III – Treasurer
DBS Accounting
Dan Ross - President - headshot
Dan Ross – Board Secretary
CFNIL President
Phone: 779-210-8201
Email: Dan Ross – Board Secretary
Cheryl Balsam - Headshot
Cheryl Balsam
Retired – Hyzer, Hyzer & Jacobs
Ed Clift headshot
Edward Clift - Assistant Treasurer
Remax Professional Advantage
Jim Derry - Headshot
Jim Derry
Field Fastener
Derek Dreier headshot
Derek Dreier
SPX Flow Inc.
Mike Gann - Headshot
Mike Gann
Retired - MPEC
Sherry Gaumond - Headshot
Sherry Gaumond
Larson & Darby Group
Brian Heidemann - Headshot
Bryan Heidemann
CoyleKiley Insurance Agency
Annie Hobson - Headshot
Annie Hobson
Active Minds
Beth Howard - Headshot
Beth S. Howard
Friends of the Coronado / Rockford Coronado Concert Association
John Kehoe photo
John Kehoe
Retired – Mercyhealth
Becky Kendall - Headshot
Rebecca Kendall
Rockford Health Council
Dino Pandya - Headshot
Dr. Dinesh (Dino) Pandya
Retired - Doctor of Podiatry
Bill Reilly - Headshot
William Reilly II
Reilly Law Offices
Karen Schiller - Headshot
Karen Schiller
Winnebago County CASA
Beth Thacker - Headshot
M. Beth Thacker
Northwestern Mutual
Dick Leighton - Headshot
Richard T. Leighton
Trustee Emeritus