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 can be found below.

Name Office Affiliation
Christy Powell Chairman Geneva Park District
Brian Murphy Vice Chairman Village of Plainfield
J. Michael Duebner Treasurer Village of Lake Zurich

Kay Nees

Secretary City of Champaign
John Harrington Trustee Village of Minooka

Chris Minick

Trustee City of St. Charles
Gary Szott Trustee Village of Bloomingdale

Christy Powell

Chairman

Christy Powell is the current Superintendent of Finance and Personnel for the Geneva Park District. Before joining the Geneva Park District in 2006, Christy was the Director of Finance and Village Treasurer for the Village of Riverside. She has also served as the Assistant Finance Director for the Village of Oak Park and previously served as an Accountant for the City of Peoria. Christy is a Certified Public Accountant.

She holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Northern Illinois University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Finance from Oklahoma State University. Christy has been a member of the Illinois Government Finance Officers Association (IGFOA) and the national Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) since 1997. From 2004-2006, Christy filled a vacancy on the IMET Board that was created by the resignation of former IMET Chair Grace Turi of Western Springs. Beginning in 2008, Christy rejoined the IMET Board as an elected trustee-at-large and currently serves as its Chairman.


Brian Murphy

Vice Chairman

Brian Murphy is Village Administrator for the Village of Plainfield,  having served in the position since 2009. He has over 20 years of experience in public administration. Prior to his position in Plainfield, Brian served as 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 also an active member of ILCMA and the International Council of Shopping Centers.


J. Michael Duebner

Treasurer

J. Michael Duebner joined Lake Zurich in 2012 as the Innovation Director  providing strategic oversight of village-wide technology activities. With over 25 years of experience in information technology, over 18 years focused on municipal government experience, he provides leadership for the continued development of innovative, robust and effective technology 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 from Trinity University in Deerfield. Mr. Duebner has been a trustee for the Mount Prospect Public Library since 2015, presently serves as its Vice President and has chaired its Strategic Planning Committee since 2016.


Kay Nees

Secretary

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. The Finance Department also provides financial analysis to the City Council and staff on economic and community development issues. Ms. Nees serves as Co-chair of the City’s Capital Improvements Review Team, which develops the City’s Capital Improvements Plan.

Ms. Nees has more than eight 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.

Ms. Nees 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.


John Harrington

Trustee

John Harrington 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.


Chris Minick

Trustee

Chris Minick is the Finance Director for the City of St. Charles, and has served in this capacity since April of 2008. Chris has over 20 years' experience in municipal accounting and finance. Prior to his tenure in St. Charles, Chris served as the Village Administrator and Director of Management Services for the Village of Plainfield. Chris also served as the Senior Accountant for the Wheeling Park District for approximately two years.

He began his career performing audits of local governmental units for CPA firms in the Chicago region and spent approximately six years performing various financial statement and compliance audits for units of government in Illinois.

Chris has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Finance from St. Joseph's College in Rensselaer, IN. He has served as the Chairman for the Southwest Agency for Risk Management, a municipal risk insurance pool, Chairman for the Southwest Agency for Health Management, a municipal health insurance pool, the Membership Committee of the IPBC, and the Chairman of the Audit Committee for the IGFOA.


Gary Szott

Trustee

Gary Szott is the Finance Director and Treasurer for the Village of Bloomingdale, having held this position since May of 1991. Prior to this, he had attained the Assistant Finance Director position for the City of Wheaton, after working in various capacities for Wheaton since 1985. He is a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Public Finance Officer and holds a Bachelor degree in Accounting from Rockford University, Rockford. He is a member of the AICPA, the ILCPAS, the GFOA, and the IGFOA.  He has served as Chair and Treasurer of the Intergovernmental Risk Management Agency (IRMA) among other service to IRMA. He has also served as the Treasurer of the IPBC, and, currently, serves on its Executive Board. Gary is a Past President of IGFOA and has served IGFOA in a number of capacities. Gary has been an avid speaker and presenter for the IGFOA, the Illinois Municipal League and the DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference at various seminars and conferences.


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