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Brian Benton, Joliet Police Chief

United Way of Will County Board Member since January 2016

Brian began his career as a police officer with the Joliet Police Department in 1990. He advanced through the ranks and was appointed Chief of Police in 2013. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal/Social Justice and a Master of Science degree in Public Safety Administration, both from Lewis University.

Brian is a member of the board of directors because throughout his career as a police officer, he seen first-hand the value that the United Way of Will County provides to the community.

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Dawn Bullock, Plainfield School District

United Way of Will County Board Member since 2018

Dawn Bullock has taught elementary school since 1998 and has been as the President of the Association of Plainfield Teachers (APT) since 2012.

Dawn unknowingly began an association with United Way as a Girl Scout leader for her daughter’s troop in 2008. One of her responsibilities as the APT President is to serve on the Impact and Investment Council for United Way of Will County. She was pleased to see the level of real-world, real-people input into the allocation of funds collected through United Way campaigns. She then became more active in her district’s campaign by beginning a bowling league for her Plainfield teachers. What started as a 9 team endeavor has grown to a 31 team league with all funds raised donated to United Way of Will County after bowling fees.
Dawn became a member to better help the communities served by United Way of Will County.

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Donnie F. Chestnutt

United Way of Will County Board Member since 2017

Donnie begin her career in banking in 1988 with First Midwest Bank. She started in the Retail Sales area and held a number of roles; mortgage lending, investment advisor, consumer lender, just to name a few. In 2008 she transitioned to business sales. In 2015 she accepted a position with another bank and worked there until November 2017. She is dedicated to the Joliet community and has served on many non-profit organization boards over the years. In addition to serving on the United Way of Will County board, she is currently serving on the Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce, Will County Metropolitan Exposition and Auditorium Authority (Rialto Square), and the Lockport Rotary.

Donnie is a member of the board of directors because of the work the United Way Agency provides the community. Back in 1995, when she first started working with the United Way on the Funds & Allocation; she was impressed with the impact United Way of Will County has on the community. A lot has changed over the years, and the needs of the community is even greater today, along with the challenges of meeting those needs.

Joe DelReal, Nicor Gas

United Way of Will County Board Member since 2014

As Manager of Community Relations and Economic Development, Joe is part of a team that serve as liaisons between Nicor Gas and leaders in more than 650 communities throughout its service territory. He also represents Nicor Gas on the Board of Directors of the Will County Center for Economic Development. Joe began his career at Nicor Gas in 1997 where he has worked in Construction Operations, System Operations, and Engineering.

Joe earned an MBA from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a Bachelor’s of Science in General Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Joe currently lives with his wife and two children in Shorewood, Illinois.

Joe is a member of the Board of Directors because he supports Nicor Gas’ commitment to invest in United Way to enrich, strengthen, and nurture communities to make them more vibrant places to live and work.

April Elashi, Citgo

United Way of Will County Board Member since 2018

 

Joseph R. Fabbre, United Steelworkers Local 9777

United Way of Will County Board Member since 1989

Joseph Fabbre worked for US Steel for 26 years as a Machinist. Following that Mr. Fabbre has worked for the United Steelworkers for 29 years. Working for the Steelworkers, Mr. Fabbre held positions of President, Staff Rep. and he is currently President/Servicing Representative. Mr. Fabbre in this position services 22 different units doing contract negotiations, grievance handling and arbitrations.

Joseph Fabbre is a member of the Board of Directors because United Way is a worthwhile organization that helps less fortunate individuals. He would also like United Way to continue to be a viable organization for the Community.

Fredrick Gandy, Lewis University, Director of Residence Life and Housing

United Way of Will County Board Member since 2018

Fred has been at Lewis University since 2006, where he has served in various roles throughout his tenure. He currently serves as the Director of Residence Life and Housing where he oversee the overall residential experience for students.
Fred serves on the Board of Directors for United Way Will County because he is committed to helping and giving back to those in Will County. He moved to Joliet in 2000 to attend the University of St. Francis where my love started for the area.

Fred loves to give back as his family has benefited from various programs similar to those that United Way of Will County serves.

Lou Hagemaster, Mastermolding, Inc.

United Way of Will County Board Member since 2018

Lou is currently the Operations Manager for Mastermolding, Inc. in Joliet. Prior to joining Mastermolding, Lou retired from Illinois Tool Works after 39 years in general management of several injection molding facilities.

Lou is a member of the board of directors because she has been a faithful supporter for the past 40+ years, has served on the Impact & Investment Committee, and the Golf Outing Committee for several years, and has managed many campaigns. Lou resides in the southernmost edge of Will County and feels that between her Joliet employees and her home, she can serve United Way of Will County well.

Tom Hernandez, Director of Community Relations, Plainfield School District 202

United Way of Will County Board Member since 2006

Tom is a veteran communications professional, writer and public speaker. He worked for 10 years as a newspaper reporter with several suburban daily and weekly publications and has served as a school communications and public relations specialist for 21 years. He also wrote a community issues column for 11 years overlapping his journalism and public relations careers.

Tom has also published three books of essays, poetry and fiction. He has been married 29 years and has two adult daughters and one granddaughter on the way.

Tom is a member of the board of directors because he cares deeply for the families of Will County, where he was born and raised, and lives today.

Jeff Hettrick, ComEd External Affairs Manager

United Way of Will County Board Member since 2003; Chairman of the Board in 2007

Jeff has been involved with the United Way since 1977 in various locations, including serving as the Chair of the Ottawa Illinois United Way in 2003. Jeff has a mechanical engineering degree from Kansas State University and an MBA from Northern Illinois University. He has been employed at ComEd for over 35 years, serving in a number of positions.

Jeff lives in Ottawa with his wife Lisa, two daughters and a son.

Jeff Hettrick is a member of the board of directors because together we can work on helping our communities.

Tamara Holman, Caterpillar Inc.

United Way of Will County Board Member since 2011

Tamara is currently the Human Resources Manager for Caterpillar Inc.’s Advanced Components Manufacturing business unit with responsibility for labor relations, communications, policy administration, strategic workforce planning and all other human resource matters in 10 facilities spanning five countries. Tamara joined Caterpillar in 1997 as a part of the Human Resources Professional Development Program, and has held a number of progressive Human Resources assignments.

Tamara is a graduate of Illinois State University, with a BS in Human Resources Management. She also holds a MBA from Lewis University with a concentration in Human Resources. In addition, Tamara has held the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification since 1998. Tamara is a wife and mother of two and enjoys teaching Sunday School and cheering her children in various sports and activities.

Tamara is a member of the board of directors because she values the deep expertise the United Way of Will County brings to the community and the vast impact it has on enhancing and changing the lives of others and is excited to be a part of the change.

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Leslie Johnson, RN, MSN, MBA, FACHE, Silver Cross Hospital

United Way of Will County Board Member since 2015

Leslie Johnson, RN, MSN, MBA, FACHE, has served as the Senior Process Improvement Engineer at Silver Cross Hospital since March 2015. She is a certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt and LaMarsh Change Agent. Leslie holds a Master’s degree in Nursing Systems Administration from Illinois State University Mennonite College of Nursing and an Executive Master’s in Business Administration from Bradley University. With over ten years in healthcare leadership experience, Leslie enjoys “building a community of problem solvers.” She has successfully deployed process improvement in healthcare organizations and facilitated over 75 process improvement teams resulting in improved quality and safety, operational efficiencies, and positive financial impacts to organizations.

Leslie resides in New Lenox with her husband Ben, and their two children Laney and Keaton.

Leslie also enjoys being involved within her community. She has served in board of trustee leadership roles within multiple non-profit organizations including the United Way of Will County and the New Lenox Chamber of Commerce.

Leslie serves on the United Way of Will County Board of Directors to add value to the lives of so many individuals within Will County. Leslie believes there is no better way to spend her time and give back.

Mike Milam, Village of Bolingbrook

United Way of Will County Board Member since 2011

Mike is retired from Harrah’s Hotel and Casino after 18 years of Service. He worked as a Casino Manager for the majority of his career at Harrah’s. Previously, Mike owned his own Distribution Company. His adult life has been dedicated to service as a long time Scout Leader, youth ministry leader and 2005 Citizen of the Year in Bolingbrook.

He attended Western Illinois University with a background in Radio/Mass Communication and Marketing.

Mike serves on the United Way of Will County board to help Will County residents who need help improving their lives and reaching their full potential.

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Mark Mitchell, Reed-Custer CUSD 255, Superintendent

United Way of Will County Board Member since 2015

Mark Mitchell is the Superintendent of Reed-Custer CUSD 255. He has over 25 years of experience in education. Prior to being superintendent, he taught high school math, served as an elementary school assistant principal, and was an assistant superintendent of curriculum.

Mark Mitchell is a member of the board of directors because he believes in the mission and vision of the Will County United Way and their work in positively affecting the local communities.

Michael J. Paone, Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce & Industry

United Way of Will County Board Member since June 2014

Michael J. Paone, I.O.M. is the Vice President at the Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce & Industry, the largest and most active Business Organization in Will County. Mike has worked with numerous businesses and organizations in the Joliet region to help increase their awareness and bottom line through various member benefits and opportunities.

Mike is the co-creator of the Joliet Area Young Professionals (JAYP), co-creator of the African American Business Association (AABA), and the creator of two Chamber referral groups known as Business Builders. Mike works closely with the JAYP and AABA Board of Directors as their ex-officio. He is also the ex-officio leader of the Chamber Ambassadors, a volunteer group of 40 plus Chamber members.

Mike is on the board of directors because he believes in the mission of the United Way of Will County and wants to lend his time and abilities to help the organization carry out its objectives

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Marc Reid, Joliet Police Department

United Way of Will Count Board Member since 2018

Marc Reid has been a Joliet Police Officer since 1995. Marc Reid is currently the lieutenant of the Internal Affairs Division of the Joliet Police Department. During his career, Marc Reid has served in several different position of the police department which included the Neighborhood Orientated Policing Team, Investigations, Patrol Division, and Narcotics Unit.

Marc Reid is a member of the board of directors because he thrives to help other in the community and develop a long lasting relationship with the citizens of Will County.

Kathy Slattery, Lewis University

United Way of Will County Board Member since 2003

Kathy Slattery has served as the Dean of Student Services at Lewis University since 2001, overseeing various student affairs areas including student conduct, campus security, residence life, student activities, multicultural and international student services and health and counseling services. Ms. Slattery previously served Lewis University as Director of Campus Life and the Director of Student Life and Housing. She holds a Master of Science degree in College Student Personnel from Western Illinois University. Prior to 1992, Ms. Slattery served in residence life positions at Western Illinois University and Illinois State University. Kathy resides in Joliet with her husband Jim.

Kathy Slattery is a member of the Board of Directors because she has been an long time member of her workplace campaign and is dedicated to working in collaboration with the Board and United Way team to set the direction and measure our results with the desired outcome of deepening our relevance and increasing impact in the community.

 

Phillip Staley, AFT Local 604/Joliet Township High School, Retired

United Way of Will County Board Member since June 2016

Phil Staley retired after 38 years of teaching in several Joliet area schools. He began his teaching career on the elementary level and taught high school for the last 30 years. Retiring from Joliet Township High School in the spring of 2016, he continues as a vice president with the American Federation of Teachers Local 604.

Phil became a member of the Board of Directors after serving on the United Way of Will County’s Impact and Investment Committee. He states that the opportunity to participate on this committee greatly confirmed the extent to which United Way of Will County services local residents.

 

Sam Studer, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)

United Way of Will County Board Member since January 2012

Sam is an Overhead Electrician employed at ComEd since March of 1983. He currently holds the position of Business Representative with IBEW Local 15 representing ComEd workers.

Sam is a member of the United Way of Will County Board of Directors because he has a strong interest in helping people in need residing in Will County.

Brian Wielbik, Busey Bank

United Way Board member since 2011

Banking executive with over 30 years of experience in the retail, commercial and management levels of both very large and de novo institutions. Current role includes providing financial solutions to small business clients in various industries. Adds value by continuing to build and strengthen these relationships by understanding the key banking needs of the client.

Brian is a member of the Board of Directors because the United Way of Will County is an organization that works constantly for the betterment of the community. Helping others is what they do.

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