Cornerstone Society - planned giving society





The Cornerstone Society recognizes donors who make planned or estate gifts to Northern Illinois University. 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 Judy Scheider, Gift Planning Officer at 


Platinum Guild ($1,000,000 and above)
Dennis and Stacey Barsema
Janiece Bollie
John and Nancy Castle
Douglas and Cynthia Crocker
Dean and Brenda DuCray
David Graffam
Lawrence and Mary Greb
James and Tina Kendrick
Ronald and Caryl* Krannich
James and Leslie Lawson
Eugene Lebrenz
James Martin and Marie Petersons
Michael* and Louise McSweeney
George and Ann* Nahas
Owen* and Joyce Nangle
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
Phillip* and Barbara Walpole
Alex Wenner


Gold Guild ($250,000 – $999,999)
John Ferguson and Mary Bonjour-Ferguson
William* and Eileen Breitzke
Donald and Gladys Charleston
Glen and Jamie Gildemeister
Pierre Guibor
Jan Half
Darrell and Joyce Jacob
Leonard Kouba
Roy Lee
Keith and Linda Liden
Fred Mansfield
Wilma Miller
Stephen Erenburg and Francine Pepitone
Rabon* and Theresa Prater
Earl and Cynthia Rachowicz
Steven Huck and Mary Ann Rasnak
David Reidy
Rocky and Mary Rosen
Diane Sabo
Robert Schwemm
Alan* and Roberta Sell
Lester Smith
Sally Stevens
Norman and Carla* Tchun
Vera Verbel
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
Gary and Gloria Baumgartner
Lou Jean Moyer
Barbara Bostian
Robert Bovinette and Yvonne Truesdell-Bovinette
Allen Staver and Almeda Bridge
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
Herb and Patricia Eldean
James and Beth Ellis
Glenn* and Dorothy Erickson
Brett Feinstein and Stephanie Lane
James Fluckey
Jeanne Fogarty
Walter and Suzanne Froberg
Matthew and Jennifer Gerdes
Norm Read and Winifred Halsey
Bill and Marcia* Harper
Rosalie Hewitt
Gertrude Hinsch
Mohammad and Patrice Iqbal
William Johnson
Anthony and Carolyn Kambich
Frank Kassel
Romualdas and Nijole Kasuba
Mary Kilburg
Robert and Carol Kornecki
Frank and Linda Kulesa
Richard Lassin
William and Paula LeRoy
John and Doris Ludes
Laurence Lurio
Joy Mangold
Michael Mangold
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
Ronald and Lucille Nelsen
Dennis Parker
Daniel Reynolds*
Rick and Amy Ridnour
Fred Rose
Richard and Nancy Schroeder
Robert and Lois Self
Christian Smith and Roxalene Wadsworth
Allen and Virginia* Staver
Arlyn* and Carol Waite


Bronze Guild (<$49,999)
Mark and Sharon Adams
Richard and Elaine Albright
Audrey Anderson
Stephen and Christine Barton
Dennis and Nancy Boma
Dennis and Marcia* Boma
William* and Lois Bouton
Kenneth and Martha* Brooks
Lee and Debbie Brown
Judith Bukowski
Esther Bullock
Paul Cave
Natalie Churyk
Linda Conrad
Michael and Norma Cornell
Cheryl Crates
Joseph* and Rosemary Daurer
James and Jeri Donnelly
Susann Doody
Sherry Fletcher
Christine Gasser
Lawrence* and Lois Gelzer
Delores Gildea
David and Margaret Gueulette
James and Julie Hansberry
Karen Harrer*
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
Karen M. Kadens*
Alan Kardoff
Victoria R. Kash*
Phillip and Linda Keller
Terry and Linda Kirch
Thomas and Betty Knawa
Marlene Kotulla
Thomas Krupp and Mary East Krupp
Patricia Lindmark
Christina Manow
Gary Janowitz and Joyce Marcus
Sharon Marsh
Gerald* Maryanov and Mona Theisen
Scott McCullagh and Sharon Keutzer
Daniel McCullough
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
M. Joan Popp*
Shirley Rees
Janan Rieff
Raymond Rodriguez
Joe and Diane Safin
Leslie and Sandra Sandy
Richard and Dayle Sazonoff
Bernadette Schleis
Don and Deborah Schmalholz
Thomas and Shirley* Scott
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
Gerald J. Struck and Judy E. Struck
Carol Swanson
Paul and Karen* Taylor
Harry and Mona Theisen
M. Ladd Thomas*
Judith Tobias
Janet Ulmer
Bruce* and Estelle Von Zellen
Peter and Luann Walton
Chauncey* and Dorothy Watson
Dennis and Elizabeth Wendt
Donald and Helen* Westlake
Matthew Wetstein and Cynthia Ostberg
R. Nicolas Woll
Rebecca Yingling


* deceased donor


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