Richard Anderson grew up in St. Charles on the east bank of the Fox River in a home that today stands next to the Pottawatomie Community Center. His father, Chet, began giving riverboat tours in 1945.
During the summer, Anderson steers one of his company’s two boats, the Fox River Queen and the St. Charles Belle, up and down the river from Pottawatomie Park on daily sightseeing cruises. Rich sold the riverboat operation to the St. Charles Park District in early 2019 and now serves as a consultant to the district. Rich has extensive knowledge and experience on many aspects of the Fox River as he has cruised it on a daily basis for many years – weather permitting.
Holly currently serves as Director of Parks and Recreation for the St. Charles Park District. A graduate of the University of Iowa, Holly and her husband John reside in St. Charles with their three sons. Holly is a member of the St. Charles Rotary Club, a St. Charles Arts Council board member, a member of the Active River Project Task Force and the America In Bloom steering committee.
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.
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.