About Us

Harper Students

The Harper College Educational Foundation was established in 1973. Since its inception, the Foundation’s mission has been to support the educational service of William Rainey Harper College and, to this end, to receive, invest and steward contributions for the financial support and benefit of the College in accordance with the Foundation’s policy and donor specifications.

Through the years, the Foundation has matured into a not-for-profit organization that has instituted best practices for foundations affiliated with public community colleges. Its Board of Directors continues to monitor those practices and procedures in order to improve continually the operations of the Foundation. By forging strong relationships with community and corporate leaders, the Foundation has helped to create a nationally recognized community college and a strong foundation for the future.

Board of Directors


William H. Kesler, President
(Retired) Executive Vice President/Treasurer,
HSBC Finance Corporation

Kathleen A. Gilmer, Past President 
(Retired) Outreach Centers Director,Northern Illinois University

James P. Meier, Vice President Development
Principal/Project Manager,
MeritCorp Group, LLC
Dee Beaubien, Vice President Board Membership
(Retired) Mental Health Counselor and Consultant
James A. Moehling, Vice President Programs
Attorney and Counselor

Richard P. Hohol, Treasurer
Chartered Consultants, Inc.

Patty Moyer, Secretary
Vice President,
Cedar Creek Investment LLC & Terra Cotta Corners LLC

William D. Provan, Member at Large
American Commercial Bank & Trust

Dr. Avis Proctor, (Ex-Officio)
Harper College

Diane Hill, (Ex-Officio) Trustee Liaison
(Retired) Northwestern University,
School of Communication
Laura J. Brown, (Ex-Officio) 
Vice President, Harper College
Chief Advancement Officer, Harper College Educational Foundation


Dr. Nancy M. Castle
Retired Director, Center for Non-Governmental Organizational Leadership and Development
Northern Illinois University
Dr. Young Chung
Retired Physician,
Elgin Barrington Neurosurgery, S.C.

Mark W. Cleary
(Retired)Vice President of Supply Chain Management,
Northrop Grumman Corporation Electronic Systems

Warner Cruz
J.C. Restoration

Polly Davenport
Senior Vice President/Chief Regional Officer,
AMITA Health

Randy L. Green
President and Chief Executive Officer,
First Bank of Highland Park
James J. Hagelow
(Retired) Managing Director,
Marsh USA, division of Marsh & McLennan Companies

Don Houchins
Executive Director, Women's and Children's Services,
Northwest Community Healthcare

Dan Klaras
Assurance Agency, Ltd.
Brenda Knox
Financial Elements, Inc.
Ella Liberman
Assistant General Counsel - Regulatory,
Markel Corporation
Rafael Malpica
Director, Community and Guest Relations,
Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital
Monica Mueller
Senior Director, Inclusion, Diversity, and Outreach
Motorola Solutions

Eric Pan
Area President,
Arthur J. Gallagher

Scot Pepper
Executive Vice President,
Pepper Construction Company
Jim Pfeiffer
Division Counsel,
Northrop Grumman Corp
Susan Rogers
Chief People Officer,
School Health Corporation
Jacob H. Sadoff
Drew J. Schaefer
Senior Vice President - Division Head,
Cornerstone National Bank & Trust
Jeffrey F. Sronkoski
Principal and Chairman,
Legat Architects
Marianne J. Stanke
Client Relations Executive,

W. Bradley Stetson
Chairman & CEO,
Barrington Bank & Trust

Dr. Robin S. Turpin
Director, Health Delivery Systems and Pharmacoeconomics,
Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc.

Thomas G. Wischhusen
Senior Vice President & Senior Managing Director,
Northern Trust

Emeritus Directors

Martha A. Bell
Tilton, Kelly + Bell, L.L.C.
Jeffery J. Bowden
(Retired) Senior Vice President,
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Luz N. Canino-Baker
LNC Coaching LLC.
Rita Canning
Community Philanthropist
Clark Delanois
Senior Vice President,
Northern Trust

Dr. Kenneth L. Ender
Immediate Past President,
Harper College

Robert P. Fiorani
(Retired) Vice President Communication,
Schneider Electric
Robert H. Glorch
Law Offices of Robert H. Glorch
Richard T. Guttman
(Retired) Vice President, Industry & Government
Affairs and Assistant General Counsel,
Schneider Electric
Diane G. Hill
(Retired) Northwestern University
School of Communication
Dr. Robin M. Hoffer
(Retired) GCG Financial Inc.
Richard D. Hoffman
Atomatic Mechanical Services, Inc.
Kris Howard Jensen
(Retired) Girl Scouts – Illinois Crossroads Council
(Retired) Harper College Board of Trustees
James R. Lancaster
(Deceased) Executive Vice President,
First Chicago NBD

Joseph J. Legat
Legat Architects

Jack A. Lloyd
Market President,
BMO Harris Bank
Thomas P. MacCarthy
Cornerstone National Bank & Trust Company

Georgeanna Mehr
Hoffman Estates Community Bank

Lane Moyer
Vedder Price PC
Rita L. Mullins
(Retired) Mayor,
Village of Palatine
Kenneth J. Nykiel
(Retired) Partner,
Clifton Gunderson LLP

Sam Oliver
Non-Profit Consulting, Inc.

Carol C. Pankros
(Retired) Founder and Financial Advisor,
CCP, Inc.
Richard D. Schonhoff
(Retired) President,
Northern Trust
Al Shapiro 
(Deceased) President,
Active Glass Company Inc.
Gerald J. Smoller
Kovitz Shifrin Nesbit
Stephen J. Topolski
(Retired) Partner,
Donald D. Torisky
Century Solutions, L.L.C.

Gregory G. Werner
Senior Vice President,
Mortenson Construction

Mary Jo Willis
(Retired)Professor Emerita,
Harper College Speech and Theatre Department