Board of Directors
Learn more about Kandice Henning
Kandice is the Founder and Executive Director of the Alive Not-for-profit Center in Naperville, Illinois. The first organization of its kind, Alive aims to provide the community with an inclusive experience of learning, sharing, and discovery that enables people to connect with what makes them come alive. From the merger with NaperBridge in January of 2015, Alive will have an even stronger teen program.
Kandice is a Life Coach and Certified Yoga Teacher (CYT). After spending 25+ years as an executive in the corporate world at Accenture and IBM, she is now following her true passion – helping people to create the life they desire. Kandice is a graduate of Life Coaching school, Coach for Life. She also is a certified Heal Your Life Workshop Leader (Louise Hay’s work). She has her 200hr CYT from Moksha Yoga in Chicago and is currently obtaining her 500hr CYT through ParaYoga (Rod Stryker). She has a B.A. in Communications from the University of Illinois.
Learn More About Amy Sandison
Amy is the author of a series of children’s books (including The Luckiest Kid and Oh, Really? available at Anderson’s Bookshop in downtown Naperville) and the Founder of Posikidly. After 15 years building brands with great companies like Gerber, Tropicana and Gatorade, she now strives to build her own. Posikidly’s mission to “fuse hearts and minds to power confident minds” is achieved by sharing the social-emotional lessons of the stories through engagement with kids at speaking engagements and school assemblies.
Amy is an alum of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and earned her MBA at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. She resides in Naperville with her husband and two children.
Learn More About Kim Coyne
Kim Coyne has enjoyed a 14 year career in retail banking management after changing careers from retail newspaper advertising with The Chicago Sun Times in 2002. Her experiences with both careers have helped her play many different roles in community organizations. Kim has spent the majority of the past 20 years living in and serving the Naperville community. Kim took a step back from community involvement in the past few years to raise her daughter and is looking forward to becoming more active in 2016.
Learn More About Rick McNeel
Rick’s business career included 30 years with Amoco Chemical including living in Naperville on three occasions and once in Winfield. He started in manufacturing in Texas and worked in operations planning, marketing, business development (in Asia) and several general management positions culminating as Group Vice President responsible for all of Amoco Chemical’s global polymer businesses. The following three years Rick served in London as Group Vice President for all of BP/Amoco’s Chemical Intermediates global businesses. Following an 11 month retirement, Rick held the position of CEO of Lord Corporation for ten years and then Chairman of the Lord Board for four years. Lord is a private manufacturing company in Cary, North Carolina selling into automotive, aerospace and general industrial markets. Lord’s sales increased from $420 Million to $860 Million under Rick’s leadership and International sales increased four-fold as did profitability.
Rick received a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Nebraska and an MBA from the University of Chicago. He has served on several Boards over the years including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce board. He is currently is on the Board of the North Carolina Museum of Art and the Engineering College Advisory Board at the university of Nebraska.
As a person who grew up on a cattle ranch in western Nebraska and attended a one room schoolhouse for grades kindergarten through eight, Rick is a big believer that hard work and determination can allow anyone to lead a successful life. He also has concerns about the work ethic and lack of opportunity for many of our nations disadvantaged youth. The Alive Center is on the right track to teach our youth that they can succeed, feel great about themselves and contribute to society.
His favorite quote is by Indira Gandhi “There are two kinds of people, those who do the work and those that take the credit. Try to be in the first group, there is less competition there”.
Learn More About John Freiburger
John is the founder and managing partner of Partners Wealth Management. An experienced Certified Financial Planner® (CFP®) with more than 20 years’ experience in wealth management, John’s commitment to excellence has served as the foundation for Partners Wealth Management’s culture of proactive client service. John is a Registered Representative and Investment Advisor Representative with NFP Securities, Inc., and he holds Series 7 and Series 63 securities licenses, as well as FINRA’s Uniform Securities Agent & State Law Examination licenses.
John’s educational background includes a B.S. in management/marketing information systems, with honors, from St. Joseph’s College, and an MBA from DePaul University. John has also earned his Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) and Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) designations from The American College. He continued on at The American College to obtain his Masters of Science in Financial Services (MSFS). This advanced degree is one of the highest levels of professional education available in the insurance and financial services industry.
John is the co-author of a book entitled Strictly Business: Planning Strategies for Privately Owned Businesses. He frequently hosts educational seminars and speaks to a variety of groups on a national level on topics ranging from asset protection* to wealth transfer and investment management to financial independence.
Learn More About Austin Hansen
Austin Hansen loves Naperville! While attending Naperville North High School, he served on a variety of community and statewide organizations including the City of Naperville’s Downtown Advisory Commission, the Naperville Education Foundation, and the Illinois State Board of Education’s Student Advisory Council. It was through his involvement with the community that Austin was a part of the creation of NaperBridge and later served as the organizations Community Liaison.
Over the years, Austin has been recognized for his service, and was named the Naperville Jaycee’s Distinguished Student Volunteer in 2013, Naperville North’s Outstanding Senior of the Year in 2014, and the Naperville Exchange Club’s Youth of the Year in 2014.
Today Austin is student at the George Washington University, pursing a B.S. in Economics and B.A. in Political Science. While in DC, Austin has worked for one of Naperville’s local Congressmen, and number of political advocacy groups. Austin is currently the Health Policy & Advocate Coordinator at the National Partnership for Hospice Innovation. This summer Austin will be interning at the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce, where he hopes to continue his personal mission to make a difference in his community.
Learn More About Paul Hinterlong
Naperville City council member. Long term resident of Naperville. Councilman, Naperville City Council, 2009-2013 City of Naperville Plan Commission, 2005-2009 City of Naperville Advisory Commission on Disabilities, Board Member, 2012-Present City of Naperville Special Events Committee, Board Member, 2012-Present City of Naperville CAPS (Citizens Appreciate Public Safety), Board Member, 2012-Present Naperville Healing Fields, Board Member, 2012 Centennial Beach 75th and Naperville Park District 40th Anniversary Aquathon Committee, 2006 Naperville 175th Birthday Heritage Committee and co-chair of the Electric Light Parade, 2006 Naperville 175th Birthday Unity Committee- area captain, 2006 Westside Homeowners Association President, 2002-2005 Naperville Area Homeowners Confederation Director, 2004-2005 Washington St. Corridor Study stakeholder group, 2003 Downtown DuPage River Trail stakeholder group, 2003 Centennial Park Skate Park Facility citizen committee, 2003 City of Naperville Comprehensive Transportation Plan work group, 2002 Community First Founding and Board Member, 2000-Present Conservation Foundation member and annual participant of the DuPage River Sweep Naperville North High school Class of 1983 Reunion Committee
Learn More About Dwight Yackley
Dwight Yackley is the president and owner of BBM Incorporated, a Naperville‐based firm specializing in the redevelopment of suburban downtowns and mixed‐use projects. In this capacity, he has been responsible for developing many properties in the Chicagoland area. Locally, these projects include the Main Street Promenade buildings, Washington Corners, Benton Terrace condos, and several residential properties.
Dwight is actively involved in the betterment of the local community through growth projects, while maintaining a historical perspective. A strongly civic‐minded person, he is a longstanding member of the Naperville Exchange Club, Rotary Club of Naperville, and Downtown Naperville Alliance. He is also an active member of the Naperville Development Partnership board, which is dedicated to enhancing the economic vitality of Naperville and maintaining its outstanding quality of life.
Dwight previously served on the boards of directors of the Naperville Heritage Society and Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce, among many others. An avid cyclist, he has also been involved with the Naperville Pedestrian Advisory Committee.
Prior to founding BBM, Dwight was a systems analyst for a major telecommunications company. He resides in Naperville with his wife Ruth.
Learn More About Elizabeth Gretz
Elizabeth Gretz is an award winning Real Estate professional known for her sales and marketing experience, knowledge, hard work, and above all enthusiasm. Elizabeth is one of Coldwell Banker’s top residential brokers who specializes in representing her clients in the selling and purchases of new homes. Elizabeth is also the author of Live and Laugh in Naperville, a guide to life and fun times in Naperville. Elizabeth’s three children all come to the Alive Center.
Learn More About Keri King
Keri is a lover of Naperville for 15+ years, although she and her husband are transplants from Chicago’s North Shore. With a background in Occupational Therapy and Health Care Administration, Keri started a virtual consulting business. She recently completed her Master’s Degree in Bio-Medical & Health Information Management from The University of Illinois.
In addition to running her company, being an active member of her church, and serving as a Girl Scout co-leader, Keri is intensely devoted to raising her children and volunteers at their schools often. She is the co-founder of Beebe Elementary’s S.U.C.C.E.S.S Group (School Using Coordinated Community Efforts to Strengthen Students); a parent volunteer organization first started at Naperville North High School. Her gratitude toward education, specifically areas of STEM or STEAM motivates her to actively develop projects, workshops, and plan events with the focus of empowering as well as inspiring students to reach their full academic potential.
One of her favorite quotes: “Education is the great equalizer of our time. It gives hope to the hopeless and creates chances for those without” –Kofi Annan
Learn More About Dawn Portner
Dawn Portner is the Special Events Coordinator for the City of Naperville. She has been there for 2 ½ years. Prior Dawn was the Special Events and Marketing Manager for a key local Naperville nonprofit for over 10 years. Dawn also serves on the Board of the Exchange Club of Naperville, where she has held many different roles and responsibilities, on the local, district and national level.
Dawn graduated from Lewis University with a Master’s degree and from California State University, Sacramento with a Bachelor’s degree, both in the field of Criminal Justice.
Volunteering is an important part of Dawns life and she is looking forward to serving on the Board if the Alive Center
Learn More About Jim Hayes
James (Jim) Hayes is the global managing director responsible for Accenture’s ecosystem of alliances. In this capacity, he provides oversight for Accenture’s broad network of alliances such as IBM, SAP, Oracle, etc. Hayes and his team play a key role in selling and delivering high-value enterprise solutions and applications to Accenture’s clients worldwide. He is charged with driving thought leadership related to the application software landscape, building delivery capabilities, and creating differentiation through business process optimization within enterprise solutions.
Hayes has been with Accenture for more than 30 years. Prior to his current role, he served as the managing director of Accenture’s Platform Capability in India, China, and the Philippines. Based in Bangalore, he was responsible for the development of critical selling and delivery assets across application software ecosystems including SAP, Oracle, Microsoft, and independent SaaS vendors.
Throughout his career, Hayes has specialized in helping multinational organizations implement wide-ranging, mission-critical enterprise solutions, working with and leading some of Accenture’s largest and most strategic client programs. He also acted as the overall lead for cloud and other transformational programs within Accenture, including Accenture’s High Velocity Enterprise program.
Hayes graduated from Purdue University with a BS in industrial management. Jim and his wife reside in Naperville, Illinois.
Learn More About Connor McGury
Connor McGury is a long-term resident of Naperville, attending both Naperville Central High School, and North Central College. For four years Connor served on the City of Naperville’s Downtown Advisory Commission, and he currently serves as a member of the North Central College Alumni Board of Directors.
During his time at North Central College, Connor studied business and Mandarin Chinese and was elected and served as student body president. Additionally, in 2017 Connor was awarded the North Central College Students in Free Enterprise Scholarship, as well as the State of Illinois Abraham Lincoln Civic Engagement Award from Governor Bruce Rauner.
Connor is passionate about youth entrepreneurship and actively participates in North Central College Enactus’s “Ask-A-Mentor” program, helping local high school students start new businesses. Connor is also an avid runner, having completed the Chicago Marathon twice, raising over $5,000 for cancer and veteran related charities.