NIU Foundation Board of Directors

Officers and Leadership

Chris ColeCHAIR

Chris Cole

B.S. Accountancy, ‘75

Retired Senior Vice President, Finance Strategy,

McDonald’s USA, LLC



John (Jack) Tierney

B.S. Marketing, ’75
M.S.Ed., ‘78

Retired Executive Director,

Unit Trust Division,

Invesco Ltd.

catherine squiresPRESIDENT & CEO

Catherine Squires

B.M. Music, ‘80

President and CEO, NIU Foundation

V.P. University Advancement, Northern Illinois University

melissa nigroSECRETARY

Melissa Nigro

Director of Board Relations,
Chief of Staff,

NIU Foundation


Sophia ArnoldSophia Arnold

Student Director

Major: Theatre Arts

NIUF LogoRay Banks
M.S. Geology, '86
Senior Partner,
Red Crown Energy Consulting

william bostonStacey Barsema

President, Barsema Foundation


william bostonWilliam Boston  

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

Chairman & CEO, Dynamic Signals, LLC

brent brodeskiBrent Brodeski

B.S. Finance, '88
M.B.A., '91

CEO, Savant Wealth Management, Inc.

ColemanWheeler 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

cindy-crockerCynthia Crocker

B.S. Marketing, ‘80

Retired Senior Vice President, Investor Relations, Corporate Communications,

Equity Group Investments

Rich EscalanteRich Escalante

B.S. Political Science, ‘74

M.A.P.A., 78

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

john-thomas-futrellJohn Thomas Futrell

M.B.A., '79

Senior Vice President,
First Trust Advisors, LLC

Pete GarrityPete Garrity

B.A. Marketing, 71
M.B.A., 76

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

Kenneth GreismanKenneth Greisman

B.S. Economics, ‘82

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

dave heideDavid Heide

B.S. Marketing, ‘85

Managing Director &
Financial Advisor, RBC


Anthony Kambich

B.S. Education, ‘59

President, Deerfield/North Shore Montessori Schools

Jeffrey LiesendahlJeffrey Liesendahl

B.S. Accountancy, ‘87

Managing Partner

Island Peak Capital, LLC


Cherilyn Murer

J.D., ‘78

President & CEO, CGM Advisory Group, LLC

rs16843_001_james_pick_cp-119x169 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 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

NIU Foundation LogoIsabelle Vondra

Student Director
Major: Biomedical Engineering