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.

Name Office Affiliation
Brian Murphy Chairman Village of River Forest
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
John Harrington Trustee Village of Minooka
Molly Talkington Trustee City of Rolling Meadows
Vacant Trustee  

Brian Murphy

Chairman

Brian Murphy is the Village Administrator for the Village of River Forest. He has over 20 years of experience in public administration. Prior to his position in River Forest, Brian served as the Administrator of Plainfield; the Assistant City Manager in Troy, MI; the Village Manager in Beverly Hills, MI; and the City Manager in Belding, MI. Brian holds a Master in Public Administration degree from the University of Michigan.

Brian has been actively involved in the International City/County Managers Association (ICMA) since 1993 and has served in numerous capacities over that time, including serving on the Government Affairs and Policy Committee from 2006-2008, presenting at the 2004 and 2008 conferences, moderating at the 2005 and 2011 conferences, and currently serving on the Advisory Board on Graduate Education. In 2007, he was honored to receive the Excellence in Local Government Award from the Michigan Local Government Management Association, and in 2018, he was honored by the Illinois City/County Managers Association (ILCMA) with its Special Service Award. Brian is an active member of ILCMA and the International Council of Shopping Centers.


Kay Nees

Vice Chairman

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

Treasurer

J. Michael Duebner joined Lake Zurich in 2012 and presently serves as the Management Services Director attached to the Office of the Village Manager. In his role, he provides strategic oversight of village-wide operational and stakeholder focused initiatives. With over 30 years of experience in information technology, of which over 20 years have been focused on municipal government, he provides leadership for the continued development of innovative, robust and best practice solutions throughout the Village. Mr. Duebner 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. Most recently, Mr. Duebner served as the project manager for the implementation of BS&A Financial Management Software and Village-wide water meter replacement program. Mr. Duebner holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration from Trinity University in Deerfield. Mr. Duebner has been a trustee for the Mount Prospect Public Library since 2015, presently serves as its President and has chaired several committees.


Chris Slusser

Secretary

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 Fashina

Trustee

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.


John Harrington

Trustee

John Harrington represents the Will County Governmental League. He has been the Finance Director/Treasurer for the Village of Minooka since January 2007, bringing over 25 years of accounting experience. Prior to joining the Village, 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.


Molly Talkington

Trustee

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. 

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