Illinois Comptroller Susana A. Mendoza took office in 2016 amid a two-year budget impasse. She managed Illinois’ finances through the state’s worst fiscal crisis. She changed the office’s policies to prioritize payments to the state’s most vulnerable. An advocate for stability, bipartisanship, comprehensive budget solutions and open and transparent financial reporting, Mendoza serves as the state’s chief fiscal and accountability officer and the first Latina independently elected to statewide office. Previously she was twice elected Chicago city clerk after serving 10 years as a state legislator.
Treasurer Conyears-Ervin went to Eastern Illinois University to earn her undergraduate degree and earned her M.B.A in Finance from Roosevelt University. Prior to becoming Treasurer, Conyears-Ervin served her community as a State Representative. Her focus was on policies to help working families such as increasing funding for programs for quality childcare.
Staci Mayall is the Fulton County Treasurer and current Treasurer of the Illinois County Treasurer’s Association. She is a committed public servant, focused on the collection and disbursement of tax funds for the provision of public services, public safety and an improved quality of life for all citizens. Staci is affiliated with various clubs and community organizations. She serves as a director on the Spoon River College Foundation, sits on the Canton Union School District Improvement Committee, and on the children’s ministry team at her church.
State Representative Meyers-Martin has over 20 years of experience, during which she was the Mayor for Olympia fields from 2010- 2017 and served on numerous committees including the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus Economic - Development Committee and the Environmental Justice Committee. She is a humanitarian and is committed to enhancing the quality of life for her constituents.
Mike Lee became the President/CEO for KCT Credit Union in August 2013. KCT is a not-for-profit financial institution with branch locations in the Fox Valley area of Northern Illinois. Lee’s financial background includes insurance, investments, correspondent services, lending, product development, technology, customer/member support, sales, call center, training, and management. Lee serves as a Board Director of the following organizations: Credit Union Executive Society of Illinois, Illinois Credit Union Foundation, Elgin Community College Foundation, Ministry Partner Investment Company, MP Securities and Gail Borden Library Foundation.
Beth Witczak joined CIBC Bank USA in October 2008 and currently serves as Managing Director and Head of CRA Strategy and Community Impact. Since joining the Bank, Beth has implemented several systems to streamline data reporting and has implemented a comprehensive Community Reinvestment program which includes processes ranging from performance monitoring to creating affordable products, implementing financial literacy programs, and developing a framework for CRA Investment approval and monitoring.
Tracy Frizzell is the Executive Director of the Economic Awareness Council (EAC). The EAC is an Illinois non-profit organization that provides statewide financial education programs with attendance of over 25,000 individuals each year. The EAC also produces financial education materials that reach an additional 38,000 youth each year.
Holly Kim is the Lake County Treasurer/Banker, responsible for the safe keeping and prudent investing of public funds. She is a proven leader with over twenty years in continuous quality improvement for Public and Private organizations. She graduated from University of Illinois Champaign- Urbana Institute of Government and Public Affairs, in 2017.
Barbara Martinez oversees the Heartland Alliance’s Community Partnerships & Asset Building programs where she manages a group of financial coaches and training staff. Barbara sits on the Leadership Illinois Asset Building Group and the Board of North Side Community Federal Credit Union. Barbara L. Martinez has over 15 years of experience in business and economic development, financial coaching, and entrepreneurship consulting services.
Eithne McMenamin is responsible for developing and shepherding United Way of Metro Chicago’s federal, state and local legislative policy agenda to ensure that it reflects United Way’s values and priorities and supports the human services agencies that it funds. Prior to joining United Way in 2018, Eithne served as the Associate Director of Policy for the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless.
Francisco Menchaca was appointed Director of the Division of Financial Institutions in July 2013. He previously served the Department as Credit Union Supervisor, a position he had held since October 2012. Prior to joining the State of Illinois, Mr. Menchaca spent over twenty years of his career in the banking and the financial services industry, notably serving as a Vice President at JP Morgan Chase before he served at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).
Mr. Rehwinkel was appointed Acting Director of Banking for the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation in June of 2019. Prior to his appointment he served as the Chief Economist and Director of the Bond Division for the Illinois Office of Comptroller where he worked on issues of state liquidity, public budgeting, debt issuance and access to capital.
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