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The Pledge for Life Partnership is a volunteer-driven coalition of concerned citizens working to improve the quality of life in Kankakee and Iroquois counties in east central Illinois. Members work to find solutions to the causes of school failure, substance abuse, juvenile delinquency and other life-compromising behaviors.

Established in 1989, the Partnership is governed by a 24-member board of directors comprised of parents, community members and representatives from education, business, government, law enforcement and other health and social service agencies.

The Pledge for Life Partnership supports programs that:

  • Help parents address behavior expectations and consequences with their children regarding destructive behaviors and negative influences, particularly underage alcohol use.
  • Reduce underage access to alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.
  • Reduce violence in the home, schools and community through communication and conflict resolution training.
  • Provide greater access to out-of-school opportunities for all school age youth.

drug free communities grant

 

In the fall of 2015, the Pledge for Life Partnership coalition was awarded a federal Drug Free Communities grant. With members from across all sectors of the community, the coalition uses a data-driven approach to achieve our mission.


 

Pledge for Life Partnership Executive Officers

First name Organization
Rebecca McBroom President

Kankakee School District 111 Head Start

Grace Seggebruch Vice-President

Kankakee County Juvenile Probation

Dr. Greg Murphy Treasurer

I-KAN Regional Office of Education

Jackie Haas Secretary

The Helen Wheeler Center for Community Mental Health

 

The Board of Directors work to define the vision and mission of the organization, to determine the strategic plan, and to support the implementation of that plan.

 

Pledge for Life Partnership Board of Directors

First name Organization
Matt Adamson Olivet Nazarene University
John Bevis Kankakee County Health Department
Margaret “Marge” Garay Riverside Resolve Center
Jackie Haas The Helen Wheeler Center for Community Mental Health
George Harris Kankakee High School
RaDonna Hasselbring Watseka Schools (former PFL VP). Glenn Raymond Middle School
Mark Hodge Village of Hopkins Park
Lorenia Lara Family Bridges Kankakee
Barbara “Barb” King Iroquois County Probation Department
Sandra Knight Kankakee YWCA
Sergeant Chris Koerner Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group
Rev. Barbara “Barb” Lohrbach St. John United Church of Christ
Vurnice Maloney Garden of Prayer Youth Center
Rebecca “Becky” McBroom Kankakee School District 111 Head Start
Laura McElroy The Herald/Country Market Newspaper
Dr. Gregg Murphy I-KAN Regional Office of Education
Dr. John Palan Grant Park School District No. 6
Jim “James” Phelps Bourbonnais Police Department
James Riordan Relevant Video
Dee Ann Schippert Iroquois County Public Health Department
Grace Seggebruch Kankakee County Juvenile Probation
Lupita Sorich Kankakee Community College
Sarah Winkel Bourbonnais Township Park District

Ex Officio Members, Honorary Members, and I-KAN Staff Members

 

Dr. Debra Baron Kankakee County
Dennis J. Baron Deck & Baron Attorneys at Law
Carole Franke Iroquois-Kankakee Regional Office of Education
Jane Grosso Iroquois-Kankakee Regional Office of Education
Roxanne Hooper Iroquois-Kankakee Regional Office of Education
SGT Brandon Johnson Illinois National Guard Counterdrug Task Force Kankakee MEG
Kay Pangle Pioneering A Healthy Community
Frank Petkunas Iroquois-Kankakee Regional Office of Education
Kate Reed Iroquois-Kankakee Regional Office of Education
Dr. Amber Residori Olivet Nazarene University
Laura Sztuba Kankakee County Health Department
Brenda Wetzel Iroquois-Kankakee Regional Office of Education
Lindsay Wilson Kankakee County Health Department
Brenna Dunn

Hannia Garcia

Olivia Wheeler

Youth Representatives