Mimi Barnes is a Loan Officer/Assistant V.P. at Peoples Bank of Kankakee County with over a decade in mortgage lending. Prior to being a mortgage lender, Mimi was a realtor in the area and active with the Kankakee Association of Realtors. She served as President of the Kankakee Iroquois Ford Association of Realtors KIFAR in 2003; Treasurer of the Homebuilders Association of Kankakee in 2009; and was named the 2010 KIFAR Affiliate of the Year. Mimi is also active in several community organizations. Mimi has been on the WIN committee for two years.
Mary Thomson, Volunteer Liaison at Hospice of Kankakee Valley; founding member of WIN; loves dancing, gardening, golf, music, photography, theatre, community volunteering, etc.; proud to be Athena recipient in 95, UW Woman of the year in 15; runner up to YES Magazine Woman of the Year in 15, Daily Journal Senior Citizen of the year in 13. Past careers include high school teacher, community college advisor, hospital sales/marketing/community/public relations/volunteer management and business banker/travel organizer for area bank.
JoAnne Keen along with her husband Mark, own and operate Frank’s Appliance Center & Sleepsource in Bradley and Manteno. JoAnne has been a part of the WIN committee since 2012. JoAnne states “My favorite hobby is traveling. If I’m not at a meeting hopefully it means I’m exploring a new destination.”
Melissa Tanner works at CSL Behring and has over 20 years experience in the Marketing/PR field. Melissa received the International Young Athena Award in 2009. She is also a board member for Kankakee Valley Theater Association and active in several community organizations. Melissa has been on the WIN committee for two years. She enjoys reading, traveling & spending time with her family.
Jan is the Executive Director of Harvest View Senior Living. She is also the owner/ director of Art Start Studio, which she founded in 1997. She is the immediate past director for the Gretchen Charlton Art Gallery in Kankakee. Jan is also an active artist and has been recognized locally, regionally and nationally. She is an inductee into “Who’s Who Among America’s Women Professionals and Entrepreneurs”. She also volunteers for many other community organizations. Jan has been a WIN member and Committee Member for several years.
Rhonda Olechowski is Director of Business Development at the Daily Journal working in Display Advertising in downtown Kankakee working with customers to achieve their advertising goals. Prior to working at the Daily Journal Rhonda had worked ten years with Bunge Oils and ten years in the banking industry. Rhonda is originally from Bay City, Michigan, and has lived in Bourbonnais for the last 25 years. In addition to her professional and family obligations, Rhonda has served on the original committee of the Women in Networking group since it’s inception. Rhonda is a member of the Kankakee County Republican Women, member of the Kankakee County Museum and Presence St Mary’s Auxiliary and attends St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. When Rhonda is not working, she enjoys spending time with family and friends. She resides in Bourbonnais with Kevin, her husband of 25 years.
Jackie Bruhn is a Trust Officer at HomeStar Bank & Financial Services. She has been working in trust services for the past 13 years. Jackie received her Bachelor of Sciences in Business Management from Olivet Nazarene University and trust services accreditation from Cannon Financial Services. Prior to her career at HomeStar Bank, Jackie worked in the charitable foundation field and communications industry. Jackie has served on the Women In Networking committee since its inception in 2011. Jackie enjoys spending her personal time giving back to her community through child outreach programs and her church.
Christel Dennison works for Riverside Healthcare as the community liaison for the Senior Behavioral Health Unit. She has been a nurse for 18 years, with a focus on seniors for a majority of those years. She has been a WIN committee member for 3 years. Christel is a member of the Senior Provider and Alzheimer Walk committees.
Jennifer Draper is an Assistant Vice President at First Trust Bank of Illinois in Compliance and Auditing. Jen has been with First Trust since 2004. She worked for National City Bank for 11 years in various roles that included Management, Corporate Training and Human Resources. Jen is active in the Kankakee School District PTO committees serving as Treasure at Montessori for 5 years and currently at the Kankakee Junior High School. Jennifer is a Board member and Treasurer of the Kankakee Elks Pony Baseball League. She is active in the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church Half Paddy Festival Planning committee. Jennifer and her husband Bill reside in Kankakee with their 4 children. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, being outdoors and music.
Julie Phelps is an employee benefits consultant and account manager at CIBC of Illinois. In conjunction with her extensive work experience within the insurance industry, her time serving as president of the Central Athletic Booster Club, a chairperson on the Clifton Pool Committee and a council member of St. Peter’s Parish, and as a working mother of two children, she has over 20 years of professional and voluntary experience. Julie enjoys spending time with family and friends. She resides in Clifton with David, her husband of 25 years.
Sandi is the Kankakee County Circuit Clerk from 2010-Present. She was born in Boulder Colorado, then, at the age of two, her parents relocated to Kankakee County. She was an avid 4-H’er, competing in horse shows, and volunteering in many areas at the fairgrounds. Sandi began her civic calling when she was elected to many offices in 4-H, and completed her tenure of 4-H as President of the Kankakee County Federation. Sandi’s first career was that of a licensed Cosmetologist, and maintains that license today Sandi is active on many boards and committees such as Zonta Vice President Kankakee County Republican Women and Executive Board Member of Illinois Association of Court Clerks.