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
Grace Seggebruch President

Kankakee County Juvenile Probation

Sarah Winkel Vice-President

Bourbonnais Township Park District

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 Garay Riverside Resolve Center
Jackie Haas The Helen Wheeler Center for Community Mental Health
George Harris Kankakee High School
RaDonna Hasselbring Glenn Raymond Middle School
Commander Chris Kidwell Kankakee City Police Department
Barbara King Iroquois County Probation Department
Sandra Knight Kankakee YWCA
Sergeant Chris Koerner Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group
Rev. Barbara 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
John Palan Grant Park School District No. 6
Jim Phelps Bourbonnais Police Department
Dr. Amber Residori Olivet Nazarene University
James Riordan Relevant Video
Dee Ann Schippert Iroquois County Public Health Department
Grace Seggebruch Kankakee County Juvenile Probation
Lupita Sorich Kankakee Community College
Jeff Thompson Walgreens
Sarah Winkel Bourbonnais Township Park President

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

First name Organization
Dr. Debra Baron Kankakee County
Dennis J. Baron Deck & Baron Attorneys at Law
Carole Franke Iroquois-Kankakee Regional Office of Education
Hannia Garcia Youth Representative
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
Bonnie Schaafsma Kankakee County Health Department
Brenda Wetzel Iroquois-Kankakee Regional Office of Education
Andrea Wilcox Youth Representative


Drug Free Communities Grant Project Coordinator: Kate Reed