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.
Board of Directors
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.
The 2016 Executive Board and Members:
President: Grace Seggebruch – Kankakee Co. Juvenile Probation
Vice President: Jim Riordan – Relevant Video
Treasurer: Dr Gregg Murphy, Regional Superintendent of Schools
Secretary: Jackie Haas, Helen Wheeler Center
Matt Adamson, Olivet Nazerene University
Debra Baron, Kankakee County Community Member*
Dennis Baron, Deck and Baron Law*
Rev. Vincent Clark, Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church
Carole Franke, 21st Judicial Circuit Family Violence Coordinating Council*
Marge Garay, Riverside Resolve Center
Jane Grosso, Life Education Center*
Ben Haas, Youth Representative
Roxanne Hooper, KAN-I-HELP*
Commander Chris Kidwell, Kankakee City Police Department
Barb King, Iroquois County Probation
Sandra Knight, Kankakee YWCA
Sergeant Chris Koerner, KAMEG Director
Eileen Lacy, National Guard*
Vurnice Maloney, Garden of Prayer Youth Center
Rebecca McBroom, Kankakee School Head Start
Dr. Kay Pangle, Pioneering a Healthier Community
Frank Petkunas, Assistant Regional Superintendent of Schools*
James Phelps, Bourbonnais Chief of Police
Amber Residori, Olivet Nazerene University
Bonnie Schaafsma, Kankakee Co. Health Department
Joyce Shoemaker, Kankakee School District #111
Lupita Sorich, Kankakee Community College
Brenda Wetzel, Life Education Center Program Director*
Sarah Winkel, Bourbonnais Township Park District
*Ex oficio or I-KAN staff
Drug Free Communities Grant Project Coordinator: Gabby Sorich