Above / DuPage Children’s Museum, located at 301 N. Washington Street, attracts five new members to serve its board of directors. (PN File Photo)
DuPage Children’s Museum (DCM) is a nonprofit organization that has been a force for early learning for nearly 30 years. The Museum launches young children into a lifetime of successful learning through unique interactive experiences. Instrumental to the success of DCM is its talented and committed Board of Directors. Without its strong and capable leadership, the Museum would not have such a long history as a credible force for early learning.
Five new members join DCM’s Board of Directors
Joseph Nelligan, Chief Operating Officer, Molex, LLC
Nelligan’s career began at Molex in the Product Engineering Department. He held several roles in Engineering, Product Management, and Sales before being named Director of New Product Development for the Global Commercial Products Division in 2002. He served as Senior Vice President and President of the Global Commercial Products Division based in Singapore, a position held for three years. Joe lives in LaGrange, IL with his wife, Kathleen, and seven children.
Stephanie Kline, SVP Corporate Banking, PNC Bank
Kline’s responsibilities at PNC include business development and management of a team of Corporate Bankers and Associates which support Commercial and Middle Market companies with revenues of $10-$500 million throughout Chicagoland. She has over 20 years of corporate banking experience, and, prior to joining PNC, Stephanie was a Relationship Manager at LaSalle Bank and began her career at Bank of America. Stephanie and her husband, Eric, live in Downers Grove, IL with their two children.
Russell Toney, Senior Vice President, Global Sourcing, Dover Corporation
Toney joined Dover in February 2015 and is a key member of the Executive Leadership Team. Mr. Toney oversees the company’s global sourcing function and is responsible for approximately $4 billion in spending across Dover’s operating companies. Prior to joining Dover, Toney spent 13 years at the General Electric Company in a variety of leadership roles. Russell has also worked as a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group and at the Procter & Gamble Company in various engineering and supply chain roles. Russell lives in the Greater Chicago, IL area with his wife, Lori, and five children.
Denise Mikula, former Controller, Excel Container/DBA Excel Displays & Packaging
Mikula was instrumental in growing the company from less than 15 employees to over 120 with sales revenue approaching $50 million. Mikula also is part of a consortium of 5 businesses in 5 states and has sales support in each of them. Over the course of 25 years, Denise developed the HR and Financial infrastructure for the company, which remains in place currently. Her executive leadership qualities include management of functional areas, creative problem solving, and tenacity. Denise is married to Michael, the Founder & President of Excel. They have 6 grown children and live in Naperville, IL.
Ryan Kunkel, Co-CEO, Red Frog Events
Kunkel leads an event production company known for its success in pioneering the experiential entertainment industry and for its award-winning company culture. Red Frog has been named one of Forbes’ “Most Promising Companies in America” and has been named one of the Chicago Tribune’s “Top Workplaces.” The company was selected as St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s “Corporate Partner of the Year” and has committed to fundraise $25 million for the organization to open the St. Jude Red Frog Events Proton Therapy Center. Kunkel has been awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award and was also recognized on Forbes Magazine’s Most Promising CEO’s Under 35 list. Ryan is married to Kristi. They have two children and live in Glen Ellyn, IL.
David Carpenter, Chairman of DCM’s Board of Directors; and Sarah Orleans, President & CEO of DCM, are thrilled to welcome all five newly elected to the Board of Directors of DuPage Children’s Museum.
“Their significant professional backgrounds and skills will only deepen our abilities to further our exciting educational mission on behalf of young children and the important adults in their lives,” said Ms. Orleans.
DuPage Children’s Museum
The Museum helps develop curiosity, creativity, thinking, and problem solving in young children through its mission: “DuPage Children’s Museum ignites the potential of all children to learn through hands-on exploration by integrating art, math, and science.” Interactive exhibits and programs make learning fun for children and adults playing together. DCM serves over 300,000 visitors annually representing all 50 states and 575 zip codes in Illinois. DCM’s reach and support represents well beyond the Chicagoland area. The Museum’s impact extends across cultural, financial, and educational boundaries. It touches the lives of children from all regions, providing the building blocks for success in school and life. The Museum is located at 301 N. Washington Street in Naperville, www.dupagechildrens.org or call (630) 637-8000.
News item with photos submitted by Dee Dee McDevitt, Director of Marketing and Sales, DuPage Children’s Museum.