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Board of Directors

The Economic Alliance of Kankakee County Board of Directors is comprised of private-sector leaders and elected members of the Kankakee County Board.

Dr. John Avendano, Chairman, Kankakee Community College
Melissa Kahoun, Vice Chair, Aqua Illinois
David Johns, Treasurer, Geoffrey Johns & Associates
Stephen Liehr, Secretary, Kankakee County Board
Phil Kambic, Immediate Past Chairman, Riverside Healthcare
Pat Martin, Past Chairman, HomeStar Bank

Jeff Hammes, Peoples Bank
Johnny Jacobs, Nucor Steel
Amy LaFine, 2017 YMCA Strong Kids Campaign Chair
Steve Magruder, Kankakee Building Trades
Theodis Pace, Kankakee County NAACP
Samuel Payton, Kankakee County Board
Maureen Powell, CSL Behring Kankakee
Shane Ritter, Kankakee County Board
Russell Tobey, Kankakee Valley Construction Co. Inc.
Jim Vickery, Kankakee County Board


Timothy Nugent

Tim Nugent has more than 20 years of experience in business, real estate and community development. In 10 years as mayor of the Village of Manteno, Illinois – a role he retains as Alliance President/CEO – the northern Kankakee County municipality’s population has grown more than 20% and sales tax receipts have doubled through a combination of comprehensive planning and execution, targeted business incentives and a collaborative development environment. Prior to serving as Manteno mayor, Nugent owned and operated Manteno Lumber & True Value while leading numerous residential real estate development projects. Nugent holds a BA from Governors State University.


Lisa Wogan
Director of Marketing & Business Attraction

Tim Nugent