The Board

 

 
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Michael Burroughs

President


Michael Burroughs joined ECAF in 2007 as a Director. He served as the Foundation’s Treasurer from 2009 until 2013, when he began serving as President, a position he currently holds. Michael became involved with ECAF because, "I enjoy working to help children and families when unforeseen circumstances negatively affect them. The impact is overwhelming at times and our goal is to ease that burden."

 
 

Julie Grainge

Vice President


Julie joined the board in 2012, and currently serves as Vice President. Born in Elmhurst, she always wanted to raise her family here.

"This community has meant so much to me my entire life.  I feel very blessed to be able to give back in any way I can."

 
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Kim Kortes

Secretary


Kim Kortes joined ECAF after serving on the 3rd annual casino night committee in 2012. She was elected to the Board in 2013 as Secretary and currently holds the same position. 

Her passion and desire to be a member of ECAF and help kids and families in need stems from the loss of her own child. She wants to give back for a good cause and be a positive influence to children and their families in need.

 
 

Kevin Diamond

Treasurer


Kevin Diamond joined ECAF in 2006 as a Director. He served as the Foundation's Treasurer from 2006 until 2009, and President from 2009 until 2011. Kevin became involved with ECAF serving as the Elmhurst Jaycees Board representative. Kevin and his wife Sarah received the 2011 Elmhurst Jaycees Distinguished Service award.

"I like the community aspect of ECAF.  All of our beneficiary's live work or have some connection to Elmhurst which give the organization a local feel. Our donors can feel good about supporting us knowing that the money they donate will stay in the Elmhurst Community."

 
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Jeff Crum

Director


Jeff Crum joined ECAF in 2007 as a Director. He has served as the Golf Outing Co-Chair since 2007. Jeff joined ECAF because of all the great work that it had done in the community and wanted to give something back. 

"This has been one of the most rewarding things that I have done and I get to work with some of the greatest people working toward the same goal of helping families in need.“

 
 

Melissa Hahn

Director


Melissa Hahn joined ECAF in 2013.  She started as a volunteer for casino night and also serving as Co-Chair in 2016.  She joined the board in 2015 to get more involved in the community she loves, meet new people,  align herself with others with the same interest in giving back and serving her community.  There is lots of great work that has been done by ECAF and more to accomplish. Being involved in ECAF has been a great experience and I encourage others to help out children and families in need.

 
 

Terry Jaeger

Director


Terry Jaeger is the founder and President of Jaeger Financial Group LLC.

Terry first became involved with ECAF in 2010, where he served on the Golf Committee.  Terry joined the Board of Directors in January, 2011.

"Serving on the Board of Directors of ECAF has been very rewarding.  There is no better feeling than to be there for people, especially children, in there moment of need.  To have a direct impact on the quality of life for a child and their family in our community makes this all worth while.  It is a honor to serve ECAF with a Board of Directors that feels exactly the same as I."

 
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Steve Weatherford

Director


Steve joined the Board of Directors in February 2007. He was elected Board President in 2008, serving two terms. Steve is currently a Director and has served on the Casino Night Committee and the Golf Classic Committee.

Steve became involved with the Elmhurst Children’s Assistance Foundation because he liked that it was a local charity, where the funds were raised by local people and stayed in the community. “I like being able to help my community.”

In addition, Steve serves on the Board of Directors for the Elmhurst Walk-In Assistance Network. He previously served on the DuPage and Tree Towns American Cancer Society Board of Directors, Metropolitan Family Services DuPage Board of Directors and was the Board Chairman of the Big Brothers Big Sisters DuPage board. Steve has also served as an Explorer Scout Advisor and served on the IL State Law Enforcement Exploring Conference Committee.

 
 

Robert Heise

Director


Bob joined ECAF in October 2016. Bob brings over 13 years of experience in events and hospitality where he has developed a love for interacting with clients and a passion for building lasting relationships. Always up for a challenge, he is keen to designing out of the box creative programs from vision to execution. Having started volunteer work at a young age, Bob enjoys working with and giving back to the local community. Bob received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Elmhurst College.

 
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Past Board


Peggy Babyar • 1998 - 2002

Scott Bretl • 2004 - 2005

Debbie Conroy • 2004 - 2011

David Cooke • 2002 - 2004

Sally Cruger • 1999 - 2004

Pete DiCianni • 1996 - 2006

Ginny Dolhesy • 1999 - 2003

Susan Duffy • 2012 - 2017

Dick Dufort • 2004 - 2011

Don Feeley • 1998 - 2000

Hiedi Forbush • 1997 - 2001

Pat Golden • 2002 - 2007

Jackie Haddad • 1996 - 2000

Monica Iacono • 2003 - 2012

Don Jacobsen • 2000 - 2011

Glen Kistner • 1998 - 2000

Clare Klock • 2012 - 2017

Ken Larson • 1994 - 1998

Mike LaSpisa • 2005 - 2007

Thad Malik • 2004 - 2010

Jeff McGinnis • 2003 - 2004

Jill Mueller • 2011 - 2015

Danielle Nagel • 2012 - 2015

Margie Peterson • 1999 - 2004

Beth Plummer • 2005 - 2006

Kristi Reynolds • 2007 - 2008

Stephen Rhea • 2003 - 2012

Erika Smith • 2015

Mark Sukowicz • 1994 - 1996