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Board of Directors

The Economic Alliance of Kankakee County Board of Directors is comprised of private-sector leaders and elected members of the Kankakee County Board.

Chairman Jeff Hammes, President / CEO, Peoples Bank

Vice Chairman Dr. Michael Boyd, President, Kankakee Community College

Jeff Bennett, Managing Partner, McColly Bennett Real Estate

David Johns, Partner, Geoffrey, Johns & Associates

Melissa Kahoun, Environmental Compliance Manager, Aqua Illinois

Phil Kambic, President / CEO, Riverside Healthcare

Stephen Liehr, Kankakee County Board

Steve Magruder, IBEW retired

Pat Martin, Market President, Midland States Bank

Chad Miller, Kankakee County Board

Theodis Pace, President, Kankakee County NAACP

Samuel Payton, Kankakee County Board

Maureen Powell, Head of Communications, CSL Behring Kankakee

Christopher Shride, President / CEO, AMITA Health

Russell Tobey, Vice President, Kankakee Valley Construction Co.

Andrew Wheeler, Kankakee County Board



Timothy Nugent

Tim Nugent has more than 20 years of experience in business, real estate and community development. In 16 years as mayor of the Village of Manteno, Illinois – a role he retains as Alliance President/CEO – the northern Kankakee County municipality’s population has grown more than 20% and sales tax receipts have doubled through a combination of comprehensive planning, targeted business incentives and a collaborative development environment. Prior to serving as Manteno mayor, Nugent owned and operated Manteno Lumber & True Value while leading numerous residential real estate development projects. Nugent holds a BA from Governors State University.