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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

Community Member (Retired from Kankakee School District No. 111)

Sarah Winkel Vice-President


Bourbonnais Township Park District

Dr. Gregg 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
John Bevis Kankakee County Health Department
Dr. Debra Baron Project SUN Director – Community Foundation of Kankakee River Valley
Margaret “Marge” Garay Private Practice – Counseling
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
Chris Kidwell Kankakee City Police Department
Barbara “Barb” King Iroquois County Probation Department
Sandra Knight Kankakee YWCA
Sergeant Chris Koerner Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group
Lorenia Lara Hippocrates Medical Clinic in Kankakee
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 Daily Journal
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

Steuben Elementary School

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

Matt Adamson Olivet Nazarene University
Dennis J. Baron Deck & Baron Attorneys at Law
Carole Franke Iroquois-Kankakee Regional Office of Education
Mariah Garratt Iroquois-Kankakee Regional Office of Education
Jane Grosso Iroquois-Kankakee Regional Office of Education
Aaron Harsy Illinois State Police District 21
Kay Pangle I-KAN Regional Office of Education
Frank Petkunas Iroquois-Kankakee Regional Office of Education
Kate Reed Iroquois-Kankakee Regional Office of Education
Dr. Amber Residori Olivet Nazarene University
Marshall Shearer Illinois National Guard Counterdrug Task Force
Laura Sztuba Kankakee County Health Department
Brenda Wetzel Iroquois-Kankakee Regional Office of Education

Olivia Wheeler

Youth Representative
Lindsay Wilson Kankakee County Health Department