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

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Catherine Squires

B.M. Music, ’80

President and CEO, NIU Foundation

V.P. University Advancement, Northern Illinois University


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-crenshawCarol 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.

Grant GoralGrant Goral

Student Director

Major: Political Science and History

Kenneth Greisman

Kenneth Greisman

B.S. Economics, ’82

Retired Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary, Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc.


Anthony Kambich

B.S. Education, ’59

President, Deerfield/North Shore Montessori Schools

Yousuf KhanYousuf 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

Sankat PatelSankat Patel

B.S. Operations Management & Information Systems, ’00

Managing Director, US Head of Client Acquisitions RBC Cash Management

Mike PaullMike Paull

M.B.A., ’15

Regional Director, Vice President 
Northern Trust

rs16843_001_james_pick_cp-119x169 James Pick, Ph.D.

M.S. Education, ’69

Professor, School of Business

University of Redlands

manny-sanchez-niu-foundation-board-member1-119x169Manny Sanchez

B.S. Political Science, ’70

Founder & Managing Partner,

Sanchez Daniels & Hoffman LLP

Joe SenerJoe 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

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Isabelle Vondra

Student Director
Major: Biomedical Engineering