NIU Foundation Board of Directors

Officers and Leadership

jeffrey yordonCHAIR

Jeffrey Yordon

B.S. Political Science '70

President & COO,
Athenex Pharmaceuticals

mike cullenVICE CHAIR

Michael Cullen

B.S. Finance '84,
B.S. Accountancy '87

President & CEO,
First Midwest Bank

chris coleTREASURER

Chris Cole

B.S. Accountancy ‘75

Retired Senior Vice President, Finance Strategy,

McDonald’s USA, LLC


William Taylor

B.S. Accountancy '67

Retired Partner,
Deloitte & Touche

catherine squiresPRESIDENT & CEO

Catherine Squires

B.A. Music ‘80

V.P. University Advancement, Northern Illinois University

melissa nigroSECRETARY

Melissa Nigro

Director of Board Relations,
Chief of Staff,

NIU Foundation


stacey barsemaStacey Barsema
Barsema Foundation

william bostonWilliam Boston  

B.S. Marketing '70,
M.B.A. '71

Chairman & CEO, DynamicSignals, LLC

brent brodeskiBrent Brodeski

B.S. Finance '88,
MBA '91

CEO, Savant Capital Management, Inc.

john-burnsJohn Burns

B.A., English, ‘88


Citizens Rx

ken chessickKenneth Chessick M.D., J.D.

J.D. Law '84

Medical Negligence Attorney

Chairman & CEO,

carol-crenshawCarol Crenshaw

B.S. Accountancy '78

Retired Vice President & CFO, The Chicago Community Trust

cindy-crockerCynthia Crocker

B.S. Marketing ‘80

Retired Senior Vice President, Investor Relations, Corporate Communications,

Equity Group Investments

john-thomas-futrellJohn Thomas Futrell

M.B.A. '79

Senior Vice President,
First Trust Advisors, LLC

montel gylesMontel Gayles

B.S. Communications ‘83

Owner & Founder,
Gayles Consulting, PC

dave heideDavid Heide

B.S. Marketing ‘85

Managing Director &
Financial Advisor, RBC


Anthony Kambich

B.S. Education ‘59

President, Deerfield/North Shore Montessori Schools


John Landgraf

BS Biological Sciences,

CLAS, 1974

Retired Executive Vice President, Abbott

rs16843_001_james_pick_cp-119x169 James Pick, Ph.D.

M.S. Education ‘69

Professor, School of Business

University of Redlands, CA


Manny Sanchez

B.S.  Political Science ‘70

Founder & Managing Partner,

Sanchez Daniels & Hoffman LLP


Jaymie Simmon

B.S. in Education '70




John (Jack) Tierney

B.S. Marketing ’75,
M.S.Ed. ‘78

Executive Director,

Unit Trust Division,

Invesco Ltd.

Not Pictured:

Zachary Kalk, student director

Ian Pearson, student director