Board of Trustees

Forging a bright future depends on trusted leadership and passionate vision. Kishwaukee College is proud to introduce you to our Board of Trustees who guide and form policy at Kish.

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is charged with establishing policy for the financing, governance, operation and administration of Kishwaukee College. The Board of Trustees is comprised of seven elected officials, each elected for a six-year term, and one non-voting student trustee who serves a one-year term. Trustees legislate by majority rule through the formal passage of policies, resolutions and motions. Community College District 523 is one of 39 community college districts in the Illinois Community College System.

Board Members

Robert B. Johnson, Chair
Robert B. Johnson, Chair

rjohnson15@kish.edu

Dr. Robert Hammon, Vice Chair
Dr. Robert Hammon,
Vice Chair

rhammon@kish.edu

Kathleen Spears, Secretary
Kathleen Spears, Secretary

kspears@kish.edu

Dr. Roberta (Bobbi) Burke
Kathy Countryman

kcountryman@kish.edu

  • Term: 2021-2027
  • Initial Year on the Board: 2021
  • Residence: Sycamore, IL
  • Occupation: Education
Geri-Dee Hayden
Geri-Dee Hayden

ghayden@kish.edu

  • Term: 2021-2027
  • Initial Year on the Board: 2021
  • Residence: Rochelle, IL
  • Occupation: Finance
Linda Mason
Linda Mason

lmason10156@kish.edu

Kathleen Watkins
Kathleen Watkins

kwatkins@kish.edu

Ahmed Elfaki Student Trustee
Ahmed Elfaki,
Student Trustee
  • Term: 2021-2022
  • Initial Year on the Board: 2020
  • Residence: Sycamore, IL
  • Occupation: Student

Former trustees

  • Howard Andres, 1967-1975
  • Donald Bett, 1979-1989
  • Pamela Blickem, 2005-2011
  • Robert T. Boey, 1993-2005
  • Edward Bosic, 1982-1993
  • Dr. Roberta "Bobbi" Burke, 2014-2021
  • John T. Carroll, 1969-1973
  • Robert K. Caukin, 1967-1977
  • Charles Combs, 1975-1985
  • John Davis, 1977-1979
  • Ken Doubler, 2013-2021
  • Thomas Fenstermaker, 1979-1997
  • Samuel Finch, 2007-2013
  • Jerry Foster, 2011-2014
  • Donald R. Huftalin, 1975-2005
  • LaVerne A. Johnson, 1967-1975
  • Suzanne Juday, 1997-2009
  • Ronald G. Klein, 1986-1993
  • James Landis, 1982
  • Harry Loefgren, 1973-1976
  • Robert Miller, 2001-2007
  • Howard Mullins, 1967-1979
  • William Mullins, 2001-2007
  • Richard Ohlinger, 2001-2011
  • Mark Pietrowski, Jr, 2009-2012
  • Lois Purdy, 1979-2001
  • Mary Robbins, 1971
  • John C. Roberts, 1971-1997
  • James E. Russell, 1993-2001
  • Barbara Schaffer, 1967-1971
  • Leslie Springmire, 1989-2000
  • Kenneth Smith, 1967-1969
  • Vernon R. Smith, 1976-1979
  • James Waters, 1972-1982
  • Fred B. Willrett, 1967-1972

Former Student Trustees

Contact Us

Michelle OhlingerExecutive Assistant,Board Relations & PresidentP815-825-9324Emohlinger@kish.edu

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