Our Mission

is Prosperity for DuPage

Choose DuPage is the collective voice of our County’s business community. Together, we open a dialogue between private- and public- sector leaders, so our economy continues to thrive.

We support and promote the DuPage Advantage the high quality-of-life, business-friendly environment, premier location and skilled workforce that call our County ‘home’. It’s the Difference that makes DuPage County the proven and premier global business location.

For the future of our economy, the prosperity of our people and the legacy of our County, we are Choose DuPage.

A Legacy of Making

The Right Choices

It was 2005, and the local economy was shifting rapidly.

The public and private-sector leaders of DuPage knew that needed a long-term action plan, a commitment among the area’s decision-makers. For the good of their neighbors and the prosperity of local commerce, the County’s first economic development alliance was formed.

Under the banner of Choose DuPage, we’ve fostered a collaborative public/private partnership, encouraged commercial enterprise and made the right choices for the future of DuPage.

The Goals of Choose DuPage

  • Grow, retain and attract businesses
  • Support county-wide economic development initiatives
  • Address policy issues critical to the needs of the regional economy

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Nancy M. Tinsley
President
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Norm Peterson
Director, Government Relations
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John Quinn
Area Manager, External Affairs
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Anna Caroline Ball
President & CEO

Mike Williams
Director, Human Resources
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Patricia E. Ariano
Special Assistant to the President, Community Relations

Charles W. Gregory
President
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Kemi Solade
Senior Vice President, Corporate Banking – Middle Market
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John Calamos
Chairman & Global CIO
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Ken Witkowski
Senior Vice President
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Starr McCaffery
Director, Communication Strategy
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John Cook
Chief Growth Officer
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Tyke Spencer
Benefits Consultant
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Diana Riekse
Senior Vice President
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Brian McKiernan
Senior Vice President, Development

Matt Yang
Manager of Development Transactions
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Stuart D. Strahl, Ph.D.
President and CEO

Leah Rippe
Vice President, Marketing & Communications
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Christopher B. Burke
President

John Doria
Director of Government Affairs
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Dr. Brian Caputo
President


Joe Cassidy
Dean, Continuing Education/Extended Learning


Mary Ann Millush
Director, Government Relations
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Anthony M. Signorella
Senior Manager, Government & Regulatory Affairs
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Edward M. Sitar, III
Manager, Economic & Business Development
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Brian Quigley
Executive Vice President
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Dan Allen
Executive Director
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Bert Nuehring
Partner
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Hugh Elliott
Principal

Nick Pollastrini
Senior Associate
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Beth Marchetti
Executive Director
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Joan Olson
Chief Communications Officer
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The Honorable Dan Cronin
Chairman
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The Honorable Timothy Elliott
DuPage County Board Liaison
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Dr. Darlene Ruscitti
Regional Superintendent of Schools
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The Honorable Richard Veenstra
Mayor, Village of Addison
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Lisa Schvach
Executive Director
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Mary Lou Mastro
System President & CEO

Ahmed A. Elganzouri
Deputy General Counsel
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Glenn Mazade
Senior Vice President
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Robert Hutchinson
President
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Mark Sullivan
Principal
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Ron Lunt
Partner

Paul O’Connor
Partner
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Donald Kleyweg, Jr.
Senior Vice President

Noreen Ligino-Kubinski
Project Coordinator
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Mike Kelch
CEO

Mike Riordan
Vice President, Business Development
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Michael Roth
Partner

Robert Schillerstrom
Partner
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Kevin Kalus
Market Executive, Middle Market Banking
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Ray Kinney
Partner
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Richard Price
Executive Chairman

Vincent A. Allegra
Senior Managing Director, Investment Management

Christopher Pohlman
Senior Managing Director, Investment Management
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Frank Steurer
Senior Director, Procurement Compliance & Services
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Rick Trujillo
Manager, Customer Development
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Robert Christie
Senior Vice President, External Affairs
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Christine Rose
Community Relations Representative
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Gregory Sjullie
Senior Vice President
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Karyn M. Charvat
Executive Director
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Mark McAndrew
Partner
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Marsha Cruzan
Regional President, Commercial Banking
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Stephen Collins
Vice President, Government Programs
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David R. Andalcio
CEO
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MEMBER EMERITUS

Founding Member

Lisa Miceli
Vice President, Economic Development
(331) 401-5817 | lmiceli@choosedupage.com

Before joining Choose DuPage, Lisa served as a policy analyst for the Civic Committee of The Commercial Club of Chicago where her focus was on regional economic development for Northeastern Illinois. Prior to that, she worked for the Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission as an urban planner and for Cushman and Wakefield as a research analyst. Lisa graduated from Ohio University with a degree in Public Administration and the University of Illinois at Chicago with a Master’s of Urban Planning and Policy.


Amy Schilling
Director, Investor Relations
(331) 401-5818 | aschilling@choosedupage.com

Amy joined Choose DuPage in 2018. Amy is responsible for assessing the changing needs of the DuPage County business community, helping to create and communicate the Choose DuPage vision and developing a strategy to foster and grow board membership. Prior to joining Choose DuPage, Amy worked in sales management for a large international manufacturer.


Katie G. DeDio
Manager, Event Planning & Administration
(331) 401-5815 | kdedio@choosedupage.com

Katie joined Choose DuPage in 2019, and is responsible for the planning and management of Choose DuPage events, as well as office management and administration. Prior to joining Choose DuPage, Katie worked for Benedictine University for 10 years where she managed events and partnered with local agencies, volunteers and community leaders to showcase the University. Katie is a graduate of Elmhurst College.


Courtney Healy
Marketing & Advertising
(630) 353-4434 | courtney@maclyngroup.com

Choose DuPage partners with MACLYN, a boutique advertising agency located in Naperville, for marketing services including creative branding, advertising, strategic planning, and communications. Courtney has been working with MACLYN and Choose DuPage since 2011, and has a bachelor of science in marketing from DePaul University.