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
Community Member (Retired from Kankakee School District No. 111)
Bourbonnais Township Park District
|Dr. Gregg 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
|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|
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|
|Lindsay Wilson||Kankakee County Health Department|