Phil Held joined the River Corridor Foundation Board in November 2016 and was elected Treasurer effective May 2017. He has lived in St. Charles since 1994 and has three sons and three grandchildren. Phil is CFO of Oakbrook Properties, Inc., a local real estate development company. Additionally, Phil has served as the St. Charles City Treasurer for two terms, was the mayoral appointee to the St. Charles Police and Fire Pension Funds and has also served as Treasurer of the Literacy Volunteers Fox Valley, Citizens for Excellence in Education CUSD 303 and was a member of the Finance Advisors Committee to CUSD 303.
Phil’s hobbies include running, basketball, playing with his grandchildren, reading and playing chess. He has completed six marathons and now has his sights on a half-ironman triathlon next year. Phil’s love of the outdoors and the Fox River Trail prompted him to become involved with the River Corridor Foundation of St. Charles. He’s now looking forward to kayaking down the Fox River.
John started his ninth year with the River Corridor Foundation in May 2017. He currently serves as RCF president and was re-elected to this position until May 2018 when term limits will call for him to step off the board (although he still plans to remain very active in RCF activities and projects) for a year. John has previously served as Vice President and as Treasurer.
John is currently Chairman of the Active River Task Force in St. Charles. He also serves as a board member and President–elect of St. Charles Kiwanis, as well as a number of other civic organizations.
He and his wife Cheryl raised their two children in the St. Charles home that they have lived in for +40 years and now enjoy sharing their love for the Fox River with five granddaughters. They enjoy walking, fly fishing, bird watching and travel.
Ed Werneke is a retired officer of Nicor Gas. He and his wife Carolyn have resided in Saint Charles for 21 years. Ed is an avid fisherman and bicyclist and often fishes and bikes along the Fox River. He joined the Board of the River Corridor Foundation in 2015 and currently serves on the Project Committee.
A resident of St Charles for 12 years, Laurel previously lived in San Francisco, LA, Phoenix and Detroit. She has been a River Corridor Foundation board member since 2016. She is passionate about the Fox River and improving river access and conservation efforts. She is an active user of the “amazing multi-use paths” throughout the area, cycling, walking, hiking, kayaking and skiing in the winter.
Her professional career is highlighted with leadership titles that include vice president, regional director, consultant, people development, and change agent.
In addition to her service on the River Corridor Foundation, she is active throughout the Fox Valley community, working in support of CASA of Kane County, Lazarus House, Anderson Animal Shelter, the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society, Random Acts Matter and Living Well Cancer Resource Center.