NIU Foundation Board of Directors

Officers and Leadership



John (Jack) Tierney

B.S. Marketing, ’75
M.S.Ed., ’78

Retired Executive Director, Unit Trust Division, Invesco Ltd.



Cynthia Crocker

B.S. Marketing, ’80

Retired Senior Vice President, Investor Relations, Corporate Communications, Equity Group Investments

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David Heide

B.S. Marketing, ’85

Managing Director &
Financial Advisor, RBC

catherine squires


Catherine Squires

B.M. Music, ’80

President and CEO, NIU Foundation V.P. University Advancement, Northern Illinois University

Kate Quinn


Kate Quinn

Assistant Director of Board Relations & Deputy Chief of Staff University Advancement, Northern Illinois University



Ray Banks

M.S. Geology, ’86

Retired Senior Partner,
Red Crown Energy Consulting

Stacey Barsema

Stacey Barsema

President, Barsema Foundation

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William Boston  

B.S. Marketing, ’70
M.B.A., ’71

Retired Chairman & CEO, Dynamic Signals, LLC

brent brodeski

Brent Brodeski

B.S. Finance, ’88
M.B.A., ’91

CEO, Savant Wealth Management, Inc.


Wheeler Coleman

B.S. Computer Science, ’83

CEO & Executive Partner, Executive Consultants United


Carol Crenshaw

B.S. Accountancy, ’78

Retired Vice President & CFO The Chicago Community Trust

Rich Escalante

Rich Escalante

B.S. Political Science, ’74

M.A.P.A., ’78

Retired Vice Chancellor of Administrative Services, University of North Texas System


John Thomas Futrell

M.B.A., ’79

Retired Senior Vice President,
First Trust Advisors, LLC

Pete Garrity

Pete Garrity

B.A. Marketing, ’71
M.B.A., ’76

Retired Director of Field Service for North America, Snap-On, Inc.

Pat Gregolunas

Pat Gregolunas

B.S. Nursing, ’77

Retired Pfizer-Nurse Educator, State of Illinois

anthony-l-kambich-niu-foundation-board-member-119x169Anthony Kambich

B.S. Education, ’59

President, Deerfield/North Shore Montessori Schools

Becca Katz

Becca Katz

Student Director


Yousuf Khan

Yousuf Khan

Student Director

Major: Biological Sciences

Jeffrey Liesendahl

Jeffrey Liesendahl

B.S. Accountancy, ’87

Managing Partner, Island Peak Capital, LLC


Cherilyn Murer

J.D., ’78

President & CEO, CGM Advisory Group, LLC

Leanne Murphy

Leanne Murphy

B.S. Finance, ’86

Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, CPS Solutions, LLC

Mike Paull

Mike Paull

M.B.A., ’15

Regional Director, Vice President 
Northern Trust


James Pick, Ph.D.

M.S. Education, ’69

Professor, School of Business University of Redlands


Manny Sanchez

B.S. Political Science, ’70

Founder & Managing Partner, Sanchez Daniels & Hoffman LLP

Joe Sener

Joe Sener

B.S. Technology, ’93

M.S. Industrial and Systems Engineering ’10

Retired VP of Quality, Device Engineering and Customer Advocacy for ICU Medical

Harlan Teller

Harlan Teller

B.A. English, ’73

Chief Marketing Officer Northern Arizona University