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.
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
Kankakee County Juvenile Probation
Bourbonnais Township Park District
|Dr. Greg Murphy||Treasurer
I-KAN Regional Office of Education
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
|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|
|Sarah Winkel||Bourbonnais Township Park President|
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|
|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