Cornerstone Society - planned giving society





The Cornerstone Society recognizes donors who have included Northern Illinois University in their planned or estate gifts. Through their bequests and qualified deferred gifts (such as charitable gift annuities and charitable remainder trusts), these generous and insightful donors have provided for generations of NIU students. These gifts will become the cornerstone upon which the University will grow.


Society Levels
Platinum Guild $1,000,000+
Gold Guild $250,000 - $999,999
Silver Guild $50,000 - $249,999
Bronze Guild under $50,000


Membership in the Cornerstone Society is open to all Northern alumni, parents, and friends who have created a lasting legacy at NIU through an estate gift.

To become a member or to discuss a gift opportunity, please contact John Sentovich, Executive Director of Principal Gifts and Gift Planning Officer at 


Last updated 7.20.2020


Platinum Guild ($1,000,000 and above)

Dennis and Stacey Barsema

Angelo* and Linda Capua

John and Nancy Castle

Douglas and Cynthia Crocker

Dean and Brenda DuCray

David Graffam

Mary Greb

Lawrence Greb

James and Tina Kendrick

David and Sherry LaCerra

James and Leslie Lawson

Peter and Corinne Magnoni

James Martin and Marie Petersons

Michael* and Louise McSweeney

George and Ann* Nahas

William and Pamela Russell

Howard and Jill Sadkin

Kay Shelton

Gregory Schatzle and Mallory Simpson

Ronald Sparks 

William and Dian Taylor

Gary and Elizabeth Walker

Gold Guild ($250,000 – $999,999)

David Swanson and Anne Barrett Swanson

Janiece Bollie

William* and Eileen Breitzke

Donald and Gladys Charleston

Kevin and Roberta Cleary

Joyce De Winter

Glen and Jamie Gildemeister

Pierre Guibor

Jan Half

Darrell and Joyce Jacob

Leonard Kouba*

Roy Lee

Keith and Linda Liden

Wilma Miller

Kimberly Nickels

Stephen Erenburg and Francine Pepitone

Rabon* and Theresa Prater

Earl and Cynthia Rachowicz

Steven* Huck and Mary Ann Rasnak

David Reidy

Ken Newbaker and Lori Richards

Karen Rogers

Marianne Rosen

Robert Schwemm

Alan* and Roberta Sell

Sally Stevens

Norman and Carla* Tchun

Vera Verbel

Herbert Woyach

James and Karen* Zabel

Robert Zerwekh and Susan Russell

M. Nadine Zimmerman

Jan Kellogg and Mary Zordan

Silver Guild ($50,000 – $249,999)

Christopher Anderson

Abraham* and Elizabeth Bass

Marshall Sayad and Melissa Bault

Raoul Baumel

Gary and Gloria Baumgartner

John Ferguson and Mary Bonjour-Ferguson

Susan Bonzi

Scott and Judith Borchardt

Barbara Bostian

Robert Bovinette and Yvonne Truesdell-Bovinette

Allen* Staver and Almeda Bridge

James and Deborah Brucker

Edward and Kay Burton

Kenneth and Penelope Cameron

John and Audrey Chiricotti

John* and Margaret Christiano

Harry and Nora Clark

Marcus and Margo Crotts

Gary Cueno

Carr and Jill Davis

William Di Paolo and Laura Hall

James Doherty

Christian and Carrie Dow

Herb and Patricia Eldean

James and Beth Ellis

Barbara England

Brett Feinstein and Stephanie Lane

James Fluckey

Jeanne Fogarty

Robert Frauenhoffer

Walter and Suzanne Froberg

Matthew and Jennifer Gerdes

Susan Haller and Diana Gilbertson

Norm Read and Winifred Halsey

Bill and Marcia* Harper

Susan Herman

Rosalie Hewitt

James and Sheree Hill

Gertrude Hinsch

Mohammad and Patrice Iqbal

William Johnson

Anthony and Carolyn Kambich

Frank Kassel

Mary Kilburg

Robert and Carol Kornecki

Frank and Linda Kulesa

Richard Lassin

William and Paula* LeRoy

Frank Court and Abigail Loomis

John and Doris Ludes

Laurence Lurio

Joy Mangold

Michael Mangold

Scott McCullagh and Sharon Keutzer

Vincent McGirr

David and Marcie McMahon

Colette Michael

Donald Millette

Mark and Beth Mniszewski

Andrew Morgan and Danny Richard

Dennis and Victoria Morgan

Gerald and Susan Mortensen

Lou Jean Moyer

Ronald and Lucille Nelsen

Loring Olk

James and Nancy Palumbo

Dennis Parker

Rick and Amy Ridnour

Carol Rolf

Fred Rose

Richard and Nancy Schroeder

Robert and Lois Self

Christian Smith and Roxalene Wadsworth

Anthony Stompanato

Trace Tyler

Arlyn* and Carol Waite

Rebecca Yingling

Thomas Zydowsky


Bronze Guild (<$49,999)
Mark and Sharon Adams
Richard and Elaine Albright
Audrey Anderson
Matthew J. Angela

Stephen and Christine Barton
Dennis and Nancy Boma
William* and Lois Bouton
Lee and Debbie Brown
Judith Bukowski
Esther Bullock
Paul Cave and Judy Toth
Natalie Churyk
Linda Conrad
Michael and Norma Cornell
Cheryl Crates
James and Jeri Donnelly
Susann Doody
Sherry Fletcher
Lawrence* and Lois Gelzer
James and Julie Hansberry
Barbara Haugen
Gary Hawker
Craig and Mary Hermanson
John* and Jan Hess
William and Barbara Higgens
Charles* and Beatrice Hodson
Stephen* and Theresa Horvath
Stephen and Margaret Horvath
Judy Huss
Maria Iafollo
Blake and Julie Jancius
Lou Ann Jones
Phillip and Linda Keller
Terry and Linda* Kirch
Thomas and Betty Knawa
Marlene Kotulla
Thomas Krupp and Mary East Krupp

Larry* and Lois Leadley

Eric Crane and Amy Levin

Christina Manow
Gary Janowitz and Joyce Marcus
Sharon Marsh
Donald* and Marjorie Meanger
John and Kathy Mecklenburg
Michael and Marita Menard
Frank and Sharon Messmer
Harvey* and Patricia Meyers
Kristina Misic
Dale and Teresa Muir
Douglas and Pamela Nelson
Arthur and Carol Norman
Donald* and Rosemarie Ostberg
Tyrone Pearson
Stephen Perrault and John Sygielski
Dale and Loretta Pierson
Shirley Rees
Raymond Rodriguez
Joe and Diane Safin
Leslie and Sandra Sandy
Richard and Dayle Sazonoff
Bernadette Schleis
Don and Deborah Schmalholz
Thomas and Shirley* Scott

Stephen and Suzanne Sharer
Donald and Linda Shearer
James and Helen Shirley*
Harry and Carla Sillin
Marilyn Sjoholm
Marvin Smith
John and Eileen Snyder
Marvin* and Frances Stearn
Calvin and Judith Stockman
Donald Babo and Cherry Stoddard
Carol Swanson
Paul and Karen* Taylor
Judith Tobias
Renee Tobias

Janet Ulmer
Peter and Luann Walton
Chauncey* and Dorothy Watson
Dennis and Elizabeth Wendt
Donald and Helen* Westlake
Matthew Wetstein and Cynthia Ostberg



* deceased donor


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