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The turnaround of public schools requires a broad and far-reaching collaboration of educational, political, corporate, religious, civic, and grassroots entities faithfully working together to advance educational achievement and further educational attainment. Alignment Rockford’s Governing and Operating Boards consist of officials of Rockford Public Schools District 205, the City of Rockford, Winnebago County, and the leaders of higher education, business, faith, recreational, social service, and other community organizations. The Operating Board, which reports to the Governing Board, directs education improvement project implementation and oversees the progress of Alignment Teams. Alignment Teams are established to address high priority strategic needs identified by the Rockford Public schools. Please click here for more information about Alignment Teams.

Board Members (1)

Governing Board of Directors:

Ex Officio Directors


Rev. Dr. K. Edward Copeland
Pastor, New Zion Baptist Church

Jim Corbett
Senior Vice President, Alpine Bank

Anisha Grimmett
Alignment Rockford

Dr. Michael Born
President and CEO, Swedish American Health System
Karen Brown
Vice President, OSF Healthcare
Nathan Bryant
President, Rockford Area Economic Development Council
Einer Forsman

President and CEO, Rockford Chamber of Commerce
Dr. Eric Fulcomer
President, Rockford University
Frank Haney
Chairman, Winnebago Bounty Board
Dr. Ehren Jarrett
Superintendent, Rockford Public Schools District 205
Dr. Doug Jensen
President, Rock Valley College
Mayor Tom McNamara
City of Rockford
Christina Ostergard
Dir. Program Quality, UTC Aerospace Systems
Ken Scrivano 
President, Rockford Public Schools 205 Board of Education
Dr. Alex Stagnaro-Green
Dean, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford
Mercy Health


Community Directors


Bob Guirl
Process & Strategy Professional Services

Sarah B. Wolf
Executive Director, Discovery Center Museum


Anthony Troxell
Manager, WIPFLi

Mike Broski
President, Entre Computer Solutions
Becky Cook-Kendall
Executive Director, Rockford Regional Health Council
Hon. Janet Holmgren
Judge, Winnebago County 17th Judicial Circuit Court
Tom Kress
President, Rockford Market Associated Bank
Paul Logli
President and CEO, United Way of Rock River Valley
Jay Sandine
Executive Director, Rockford Park District


Operating Board Members:


Jim Corbett -Alpine Bank


Anisha Grimmett
-Alignment Rockford


Chris Anderson – Larson and Darby
Laurie Anderson
– Rockford Park District
Derek Bergsten
– Rockford Fire Department 
Lisa Bly
– Northern IL Workforce All.
Jake Castanza
– Project First Rate
Doug Curry
– Stenstrom Excavation & Blacktop
Michael Dalke
– Rockford Police Department
Heidi Dettman
– Rockford Public Schools
Earl Dotson, Jr.
– Rockford Public Schools
Tabatha Endres-Cruz
– Workforce Investment Board
Bridget French
– Rockford Public Schools
Bob Guirl
– Process & Strategy Professional Services
John Johnson
– 17th Judicial Circuit Court
Rev. Dr. Matthew Johnson
– Unitarian Universalist Church
Reid Jutras
– Rockford Public Schools
Anissa Kuhar
– NIU Rockford
Dr. Kelly Monson
– Rockford Public Schools
Josh Morgan
– 13 WREX
Donnette Nailor
– Regional Office of Education
Kim Nelson
– Rockford Public Schools
Kari Neri
– Rockford Public Schools
Kate Rich
– Crusader Community Health
Geoff Roemerman
– Associated Bank
Linda Sandquist
– United Way of Rock River Valley
David Sidney
– Transform Rockford
Odessa Walker
– Rockford Housing Authority
Earl Wilsey
– Schmeling Construction