Board Members

Jim Coughlin
Jim is a life long resident of McHenry County. For over 30 years, Jim considers it a privilege to have been working in the Real Estate Industry; whether it has been selling, buying, developing, or building. His intimate understanding of this business, combined with a fierce commitment to community, has allowed Jim to play a significant role in shaping many iconic local neighborhoods. He counts his time with the Lakeside Legacy Arts Park and his involvement with the creation of it’s “Listening Room”, one of his most significant volunteering accomplishments to date. Jim and his wife have three grown children and several grandchildren.
Jim Thorpe
Jim received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign. He has been the President & CEO of Crystal Lake Bank since 2000. He has always been active in the community and has served on many boards including the United Way, the Centegra Foundation and the Raue Center for the Arts. He has also been involved in several Rotary clubs and is a Leadership of Greater McHenry County graduate. Jim lives in Crystal Lake with his wife Beth and they have three daughters. In his spare time Jim likes to go boating, waterskiing, motorcycling and hunting
Gina O'Connor

A passion for serving and connecting families to services is what motivates Gina in career and volunteer opportunities. After graduating with a Masters Degree in Family Studies from Kent State University, Gina has worked in several roles (Activities Director, Social Worker, and Admission Director) in the senior health care field for over 15 years.Serving as a Care Pastor for Willow Crystal Lake and President of the McHenry County Task Force on Aging are areas that allow Gina to reach out to the community and connect, educate and serve others in need. Gina sees her role on the Board of Directors for the Senior Care Volunteer Network as an opportunity to ensure that the safety and well being needs of seniors in the McHenry County area are being met. “To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world” is an important motivating quote to Gina, SCVN is an agency that allows Gina to ensure that every senior has “That One”. Gina lives in Lakewood with her husband and three daughters; she enjoys traveling, fitness, and spending time with family.

Bob Blazier
Bob is retired from CL District 47, the Centegra Foundation, and most recently as president of the CL Chamber. Having failed retirement, like many of our hard working members, he now works for Home State Bank as a Commercial Community Relations Officer and serves on several not-for-profit boards.
John McCallag
John received his Bachelor's Degree in Finance from DePaul University. He worked as a Divisional Manger for Combined Insurance Company for many years. From there, he went on to become President & CEO of Illinois Life Insurance Company. Since 1993 John has been the President & CEO of Financial Services, Inc. in McHenry. He is an active member of McHenry County Chamber of Commerce and the Treasurer and board member of the McHenry County Task Force on Aging.
Justin Hansen

Justin Hansen is a Circuit Judge for the Twenty-Second Judicial Circuit in McHenry County. Immediately preceding to his appointment, Judge Hansen was an attorney at Swanson, Martin & Bell. Prior to that he worked at Cowlin, Naughton, Curran & Coppedge.  He successfully represented individual, corporate and municipal clients in a wide variety of matters including medical malpractice, contract, land use, and criminal and traffic cases. He obtained his J.D. from DePaul University and his undergraduate degree from Augustana College.  Judge Hansen and his family live in unincorporated Crystal Lake and he is active in the community.


Sue Sklar

Susan Sklar is the Manager of Education and Outreach for the Illinois Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Before joining the Association Susan was the Director of an Information and Assistance team at a large non-profit agency in Rockford, assisting older adults with benefits and services.  She has taught Powerful Tools for Caregivers, SAVVY caregiver, facilitated many caregivers support groups and serves as not only an educator but a family counselor for families struggling with dementia. Sue also is on the board for Fostercare Luggage for Kids, a nonprofit that provides luggage for foster children so that they do not have to move in trash bags. She is also on the Board advisory committee for the Northwestern Illinois Area Agency on Aging, on the board of the McHenry County Senior task force and is a member of the Rockford Chamber of Commerce. She lives in Rockford IL and has one wonderful daughter. If she had her way she would live in Cancun Mexico

Ken Nicholsen

In 1983, Ken formed Systems Live Ltd, a small consulting group focused on business process engineering and custom financial software development. Since then he has led more than 100 significant IT projects, serving primarily Fortune 500 clients. Meanwhile, as the role of the internet in business grew, he expanded SLL's services to include professional web sites and web-based applications under the name 3 Step Internet. For the last fifteen years, he has focused on providing properly designed, effective websites to a diverse client base.


Ken has been active with the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce for 14 years, including service on their Board of Directors and President's Council.  He also currently chairs the Business 2 Business Networking Group.

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Jennifer Johnson
Jennifer L. Johnson is a partner with Zanck, Coen, Wright & Saladin, P.C., having been with the firm since 2005. Jennifer graduated with a B.A. from Marshall University in 2002 and earned her J.D. (cum laude) from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2005. Jennifer is admitted to Illinois Bar, the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, and the Trial Bar of the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois. A faculty member of Sterling Education Services and the National Business Institute, she’s led several Illinois workshops on collection and landlord / tenant law. Jennifer further handles adult guardianship, probate, real estate transactions and general civil litigation matters.