Board of Directors
Learn more about Kandice Henning
Kandice is the Founder and Executive Director of the Alive Not-for-profit Center in Naperville, Illinois. The first organization of its kind, Alive aims to provide the community with an inclusive experience of learning, sharing, and discovery that enables people to connect with what makes them come alive. From the merger with NaperBridge in January of 2015, Alive will have an even stronger teen program.
Kandice is a Life Coach and Certified Yoga Teacher (CYT). After spending 25+ years as an executive in the corporate world at Accenture and IBM, she is now following her true passion – helping people to create the life they desire. Kandice is a graduate of Life Coaching school, Coach for Life. She also is a certified Heal Your Life Workshop Leader (Louise Hay’s work). She has her 200hr CYT from Moksha Yoga in Chicago and is currently obtaining her 500hr CYT through ParaYoga (Rod Stryker). She has a B.A. in Communications from the University of Illinois.
Learn More About Amy Sandison
Amy is an alum of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and earned her MBA at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. She resides in Naperville with her husband and two children.
Learn More About Kim Coyne
Learn More About Rick McNeel
Rick received a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Nebraska and an MBA from the University of Chicago. He has served on several Boards over the years including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce board. He is currently is on the Board of the North Carolina Museum of Art and the Engineering College Advisory Board at the university of Nebraska.
As a person who grew up on a cattle ranch in western Nebraska and attended a one room schoolhouse for grades kindergarten through eight, Rick is a big believer that hard work and determination can allow anyone to lead a successful life. He also has concerns about the work ethic and lack of opportunity for many of our nations disadvantaged youth. The Alive Center is on the right track to teach our youth that they can succeed, feel great about themselves and contribute to society.
His favorite quote is by Indira Gandhi “There are two kinds of people, those who do the work and those that take the credit. Try to be in the first group, there is less competition there”.
Learn More About Jim Hayes
James (Jim) Hayes is the global managing director responsible for Accenture’s ecosystem of alliances. In this capacity, he provides oversight for Accenture’s broad network of alliances such as IBM, SAP, Oracle, etc. Hayes and his team play a key role in selling and delivering high-value enterprise solutions and applications to Accenture’s clients worldwide. He is charged with driving thought leadership related to the application software landscape, building delivery capabilities, and creating differentiation through business process optimization within enterprise solutions.
Hayes has been with Accenture for more than 30 years. Prior to his current role, he served as the managing director of Accenture’s Platform Capability in India, China, and the Philippines. Based in Bangalore, he was responsible for the development of critical selling and delivery assets across application software ecosystems including SAP, Oracle, Microsoft, and independent SaaS vendors.
Throughout his career, Hayes has specialized in helping multinational organizations implement wide-ranging, mission-critical enterprise solutions, working with and leading some of Accenture’s largest and most strategic client programs. He also acted as the overall lead for cloud and other transformational programs within Accenture, including Accenture’s High Velocity Enterprise program.
Hayes graduated from Purdue University with a BS in industrial management. Jim and his wife reside in Naperville, Illinois.
Learn More About Paul Hinterlong
Naperville Plan Commission, 2005-2009 City of Naperville Advisory Commission on Disabilities, Board Member, 2012-Present
City of Naperville Special Events Committee, Board Member, 2012-Present City of Naperville CAPS (Citizens Appreciate Public
Safety), Board Member, 2012-Present Naperville Healing Fields, Board Member, 2012 Centennial Beach 75th and Naperville
Park District 40th Anniversary Aquathon Committee, 2006 Naperville 175th Birthday Heritage Committee and co-chair of the
Electric Light Parade, 2006 Naperville 175th Birthday Unity Committee- area captain, 2006 Westside Homeowners Association
President, 2002-2005 Naperville Area Homeowners Confederation Director, 2004-2005 Washington St. Corridor Study
stakeholder group, 2003 Downtown DuPage River Trail stakeholder group, 2003 Centennial Park Skate Park Facility citizen
committee, 2003 City of Naperville Comprehensive Transportation Plan work group, 2002 Community First Founding and
Board Member, 2000-Present Conservation Foundation member and annual participant of the DuPage River Sweep Naperville
North High school Class of 1983 Reunion Committee.
Learn More About Dwight Yackley
Dwight Yackley is the president and owner of BBM Incorporated, a Naperville‐based firm specializing in the redevelopment of suburban downtowns and mixed‐use projects. In this capacity, he has been responsible for developing many properties in the Chicagoland area. Locally, these projects include the Main Street Promenade buildings, Washington Corners, Benton Terrace condos, and several residential properties.
Dwight is actively involved in the betterment of the local community through growth projects, while maintaining a historical perspective. A strongly civic‐minded person, he is a longstanding member of the Naperville Exchange Club, Rotary Club of Naperville, and Downtown Naperville Alliance. He is also an active member of the Naperville Development Partnership board, which is dedicated to enhancing the economic vitality of Naperville and maintaining its outstanding quality of life.
Dwight previously served on the boards of directors of the Naperville Heritage Society and Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce, among many others. An avid cyclist, he has also been involved with the Naperville Pedestrian Advisory Committee.
Prior to founding BBM, Dwight was a systems analyst for a major telecommunications company. He resides in Naperville with his wife Ruth.
Learn More About Tina Hinch
Tina and her husband reside in Naperville. Both of their two adult children are employed and reside in warmer climates.
Learn More About Dawn Portner
Dawn graduated from Lewis University with a Master’s degree and from California State University, Sacramento with a Bachelor’s degree, both in the field of Criminal Justice.
Volunteering is an important part of Dawns life and she is looking forward to serving on the Board if the Alive Center
Learn More About Chris Gandy
Chris was a Communications major at the University of Illinois. Outside of the classroom, he played on the Fighting Illini basketball team where he was co-captain and earned 2nd Team All Big-Ten honors. After college, Chris played professional basketball for the Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs, and in L’Hermaine, France.
Early in his career, Chris worked as a Northwestern Mutual Financial Network Representative. While there, he received numerous awards and was a top producer. He became a Million Dollar Round Table Member in 2003 – the premier association of financial professionals. In the spring of 2005, Chris moved his financial services practice to the Molyneaux Financial Group, LLC, a general agency of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company. There, he received the Impact Award in 2006 as well as the Management Council and Leaders Conference Honors in 2007.
Chris donates his time and efforts to many organizations. In 2012, Chris found a way to give back to sports by becoming a board member of the Chicago Concussion Coalition (Founded by Chris Nowitzki, of the Emmy Nominated movie “Head Games”, he finds passion in helping resolve the issue of CTE in sports) which strives to make amateur sports safer for children. He is on the Board of Directors for the Urban League, is part of the United Way’s Young Community Leaders, and volunteers for the Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization. In 2013, Chris was nominated to the NBARPA committee board for the Chicago chapter and, again, qualified for the Million Dollar Round Table.
“Our Fingerprints don’t fade from the lives we touch”
Learn More About Connor McGury
During his time at North Central College, Connor studied business and Mandarin Chinese and was elected and served as student body president. Additionally, in 2017 Connor was awarded the North Central College Students in Free Enterprise Scholarship, as well as the State of Illinois Abraham Lincoln Civic Engagement Award from Governor Bruce Rauner.
Connor is passionate about youth entrepreneurship and actively participates in North Central College Enactus’s “Ask-A-Mentor” program, helping local high school students start new businesses. Connor is also an avid runner, having completed the Chicago Marathon twice, raising over $5,000 for cancer and veteran related charities.