BOARD MEMBERS

Rockford Promise is led by a passionate group of board members who believe in the power of education to transform lives and communities. By volunteering their time and expertise, they are changing lives and transforming Rockford. We thank them for their dedication to making our community better for all who live here.

Elaine Breck

President

“As the years have passed, I have become more committed to and inspired by the Promise Scholars, their energy, and their hopes and dreams. I'm excited when I think about the impact our Scholars will have in our community and the talent and strengths they will bring to our local employers.”

Susan Fumo

Susan Fumo

Vice President
Executive Director of School Improvement, Rockford Public Schools

“Rockford Promise is the single biggest strategic thing that can change our city. It's simple; it's practical; it's immediate. Kids win; schools win; businesses win. There are literally no down-sides to this strategy.”

Brian Kobischka

Treasurer
CFO, North American Tool

“The economic vitality of a community is reflective of and limited by the collective educational and training levels attained by its citizens.”

Emily Hartzog

Secretary
Vice President, Chartwell Agency

“A promise program has the potential to positively impact every resident of our community. It will help us realize the future we want for the Rockford region.”

MEMBERS AT LARGE

Alex Agnew

Attorney

“Access to education is one of the best gifts we can give our community. It’s wonderful to be part of a team bringing that gift directly to our future leaders.”

Will Ashford, PhD

Vice President of Student Services, Rock Valley College

''Education is an economic equalizer. The Rockford Promise scholarship affords students the opportunity to strive for their dreams. I'm proud to be a part of this wonderful organization that develops a family of committed volunteers, the wonderful Rockford community, and the wide-eyed and grateful students receiving this opportunity.''

Evan J Bonnett

Attorney, Hinshaw and Culbertson LLP

“I am proud to be involved with Rockford Promise and its amazing mission to change lives and our community. I am particularly excited about our efforts to mentor RP scholars as they begin their college journeys, helping to solidify the students' hard work by working with the whole student instead of just handing a check. It is truly an investment in the student and in Rockford!”

Victoria De La Rosa

Community Outreach Coordinator/Paralegal, Dady & Hoffmann LLC

“Giving back to the Rockford community has always been important to me. I am proud to contribute to the transformation of our area as a result of the work done by Rockford Promise.”

Jorge Herrera

Senior Vice President, Rockford Bank & Trust

“I’m involved with Rockford Promise because I wanted to help at-risk youth, many of whom have the opportunity to be first-generation college students. Helping them obtain scholarships, complete a degree, and encouraging them to stay in the area contributes to progress in the Rockford region.”

Keith Kruchten

Keith Kruchten

Sales Consultant, Lexus of Rockford

''Why Rockford Promise? Education is the great equalizer. Education is hope. Education is change. Education is growth. Education is lower crime. Education is better jobs. Education is a vibrant community. Rockford Promise is the key to Rockford's renaissance.''

Jeff Lewis

Advisor, Savant Capital Management

“Investing in yourself is the best investment any person can make. With help from Rockford Promise, our community has the potential to provide affordable education to high school graduates who otherwise may not go to college. If providing access to education for hundreds of individuals who otherwise wouldn't go to college doesn't give you goosebumps, then nothing will.''

Maurice Redd

President, Redd Insurance Group

“I became involved in Rockford Promise because this is the single greatest initiative that could transform the Rockford region. A fully funded Rockford Promise will attract and retain talent to the region.”

Kay Wadsworth

Vice President, Illinois Bank & Trust

''It is with great honor and excitement that I am joining the Rockford Promise Board. I look forward to collaborating with others as we uncover opportunities to empower individuals through education.''

Karen Walker, Ed.D.

Coordinator, Minority Male Mentoring Program, Rockford University

“Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.” - Marian Wright Edleman

Tiffani Weatherly

Guidance Counselor, Rockford Public Schools

Robert Young

CEO/President, Midwest Container & Packaging

The great African Statesman Nelson Mandela once said, “education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela’s compelling words poignantly applies to our community here in the Rockford region. I am a proud Board Member and supporter of Rockford Promise because there is no greater investment in our future than our children. If we aspire to achieve our potential as a community, we must invest in the education and development of our next generation of leaders. By helping our scholars reach their goals and dreams, we are helping Rockford do so as well. ``

EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS

Matthew Vosberg

Assistant Superintendent, Rockford Public Schools

FOUNDERS