FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WAUKEGAN, IL September 29, 2014 — A new Strategic Plan, new Officers and new Board members were the highlights of Waukegan Main Street’s Annual Meeting. The event provides Waukegan Main Street members the opportunity to vote on leadership for the downtown organization as well as network with business leaders, active citizens and volunteers.
Retaining their positions as President and Secretary respectively were Jamie O’Meara and Dulce “Candy” Ortiz. Seated as Vice President is John Quinn, of the law firm Churchill, Quinn, Richtman & Hamilton, Ltd. in Grayslake, and as Treasurer is Megan McKenna de Mejia, Executive Director of Mano a Mano in Round Lake. “After the busy and productive year we’ve had, it’s wonderful to have consistency of two officers staying for another term,” said Jane Ferry, Executive Director of Waukegan Main Street. “And we look forward to the creative ideas and direction from the new officers as well.” All four officers live in Waukegan.
Joining the Board as new members are Tamika Jones and Karen Nystrom. Jones is a Human Resources professional at Baxter Healthcare, specializing in early talent programs. She grew up in Waukegan’s Third Ward and is a graduate of Waukegan High School and Illinois State University. She recently moved back to the area and began volunteering with Waukegan Main Street in 2013, becoming Promotions Committee Chair shortly thereafter. Nystrom was raised in the north suburbs and serves as the director of advocacy for the Financial Planning Association, a national membership organization for financial planning professionals with 23,000 members and 93 chapters. She has 15 years of experience in both the 501c3 and 501c6 non-profit areas and in state government legislative work.
McKenna de Mejia was the featured speaker at the event, giving the highlights of Waukegan Main Street’s Strategic Plan 2015 – 2018. “Megan took the lead on completing our Strategic Plan which had been in the works for two years. Through those efforts, we reworked our Mission and Vision statements to more accurately reflect our concentration and included easy-to-understand bullet points as our Core Values,” said Ferry. The Strategic Plan positions Waukegan Main Street to be the lead convener and champion of the downtown and lakefront, building on existing assets through coalition-based action and community engagement, while balancing the past and the future. Also presenting were Board President Jamie O’Meara, Membership Chair Sandy Petroshius and Executive Director Jane Ferry giving a year in review.
“Over the next month or so, we will have meetings to engage – and re-engage – people of action throughout the community,” Ferry said. “We have inspired leadership and we look forward to the positive effects we can have when we all work together.” The meeting was held at the Waukegan Yacht Club.
Photos of the Annual Meeting were taken by Ali Albakri and can be found here.