IMET Board of Trustees
IMET is governed by an eight member Board of Trustees that has full control over the operations and investments of IMET, subject to the rights of the Participants as provided by the Declaration of Trust. The names and affiliations of the Trustees are found below.
|John Harrington||Chairman||Village of Woodridge|
|Kay Nees||Vice Chairman||City of Champaign|
|J. Michael Duebner||Treasurer||Village of Lake Zurich|
|Chris Slusser||Secretary||Madison County|
|Wasiu Fashina||Trustee||Village of Richton Park|
|Carrie Marckess||Trustee||Village of Bloomingdale|
|Sarah Mitchell||Trustee||Village of Lisle|
|Molly Talkington||Trustee||City of Rolling Meadows|
John Harrington represents the Will County Governmental League. John has been the Finance Director for the Village of Woodridge since May 2023 and was the former Finance Director/Treasurer for the Village of Minooka since January 2007, bringing over 25 years of accounting experience. Prior to his role at the Village of Minooka, he was the Controller of the Housing Authority of Cook County for six years, and has worked for BDO Seidman, LLP and other accounting firms in Chicago for eight years.
John received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from North Central College in Naperville and is a CPA. He serves on IGFOA's Executive Board, is a member of the IGFOA's Membership committee, and serves on the South Metro Chapter Board. John is a member of the Illinois Municipal Treasurer's Association (IMTA), and serves on its Executive Board, and chairs its Education committee.
John also serves on the Grundy County Chamber Board, and on the Rainbow Council BSA, where he is the Vice President of Fund Development and the Chair of the Family Friends of Scouting Fundraising Campaign.
Kay Nees has been the Finance Director for the City of Champaign since June 2017. As Finance Director, she leads the Finance Department, providing the full range of municipal financial services including financial planning and budgeting; financial operations; investments; debt management; financial reporting; and records management. As well, Kay leads the Finance Department in providing financial analysis to the City Council and staff on economic and community development issues. Kay serves as Co-chair of the City’s Capital Improvements Review Team, which develops the City’s Capital Improvements Plan.
Kay has more than ten years’ experience in municipal government finance. Her previous experience with the City of Champaign includes serving as the City Accountant from 2014 to 2017. She served as Assistant Finance Director for the Village of Hanover Park, IL from 2011 to 2014. Prior to working in municipal government, she worked in governmental auditing from 1999 to 2011.
Kay holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Eastern Illinois University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy from the University of Illinois.
She is a member of the Government Finance Officers Association, the Illinois Government Finance Officers Association and the Illinois Municipal Treasurer’s Association.
J. Michael Duebner represents the Northwest Municipal Conference. He joined the Village of Lake Zurich in 2012 and has served the community in various roles throughout his tenure. Michael was appointed to the position of Assistant Village Manager in 2023. In this role, he provides strategic oversight of village-wide operational and stakeholder focused initiatives. He has over 35 years of experience in technology and business analytics, having worked for private, non-profit, and public sector entities. He provides leadership for the continued development of innovative, robust, and best practice solutions throughout the Village.
Michael represents Lake Zurich by serving as the founder and strategist for the Tyler Technology RMS Consortium comprised of six Lake County municipalities. In addition, he is the driving force behind Lake Zurich’s digital presence on the web, social media and community television.
Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration from Trinity University in Deerfield. He has been active in his community, serving eight years as a trustee, treasurer, vice president, and president of the Mount Prospect Public Library.
Chris Slusser has served as Madison County Treasurer since December 21, 2016, first appointed and then elected, after having served on the Madison County Board. He has a varied professional background, having worked in the private sector in various investment and finance positions. Chris is a graduate of Lewis & Clark Community College and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Chris has been active in his community in numerous charitable, religious, political and professional capacities, including for the Riverbend Family Ministries in Wood River, the Baptist Children’s Home & Family Services, the former Wood River Township Hospital, RAVEN (Rape & Violence End Now), the SIUE Alumni Association, the Baptist Foundation of Illinois, the NAACP, and the NRA. Chris is very involved in the Illinois County Treasurers Association and its various regional meetings and initiatives.
Wasiu A. Fashina is the Finance Director/ Treasurer of Richton Park. Wasiu is a Certified Public Finance Officer with over 25 years of experience in the public finance sector. Recently he was with the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County, as the Chief of Staff and earlier he was the Chief Financial Officer & Comptroller.
Wasiu is an active member of the GFOA, having served on its Treasury Management and Investment Committee. Before serving in the public sector, Wasiu was an investment banker and stockbroker. Wasiu earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Illinois and his Master of Science in Management from National Louis University.
Molly Talkington is currently the Finance Director for the City of Rolling Meadows, a position she has held since May 2022. Prior to joining the City, she was the Finance Principal/Comptroller for the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, an agency that focuses on regional transportation planning. She was over twenty years experience in the public sector, having held positions throughout the State including Finance Director for the Village of East Dundee and the City of DeKalb, Budget Officer for the City of Champaign, and Budget Analyst in the City of Naperville.
Molly has a Master in Public Administration from Northern Illinois University and a Bachelor of Science in History from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She served as the Downstate Chapter President for the Illinois Government Finance Officers’ Association (IGFOA). As a member of IGFOA and the Government Finance Officers’ Association, she leads and moderates training sessions for government professionals and continues to volunteer in various capacities for both organizations. A resident of Pingree Grove, she serves as an appointed Trustee to the Police Pension Board where she brings her wealth of pension knowledge.
Sarah Mitchell is the Finance Director for the Village of Lisle, a position she has held since June 2019. As Finance Director, she is responsible for overseeing the fiscal operations of the Village, which include accounting, budgeting, accounts payable, utility billing, accounts receivable and Customer Service Center management. Sarah serves as the project manager for the implementation of the OpenGov ERP software and leads efforts to modernize the Village of Lisle Finance Department.
Sarah has more than twenty years of experience in municipal government finance. Her previous experience includes working for the Village of Orland Park as an Accountant and Assistant Finance Director from 1999 to 2019. Prior to working in municipal government, she worked for an accounting firm in the Chicagoland area.
Sarah has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Illinois State University. She is a member of the Government Finance Officers Association and the Illinois Government Finance Officers Association.
Carrie Marckess is the Assistant Finance Director of the village of Bloomingdale. Prior to this position, Carrie worked for the city of Rolling Meadows and the village of Addison. Carrie has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Minnesota. She is currently working towards completing her GFOA CPFO designation and is a member of the GFOA and the IGFOA.
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