2017 Annual Membership Meeting

September 20, 2017  •  6:00 pm  •  Hawthorn Suites, Champaign


I.        Board of Directors Election


Jennifer Romine  (Champaign, 1st term)

I am writing to state my interest is serving on the Board of Directors for the Champaign County Humane Society. I have developed a passion for the non-profit sector and I am a long-time animal lover. I currently have 3 cats and 1 rabbit.

I am currently employed at the University YMCA on the U of I campus where I am the office manager and administrative assistant. I manage our donor database, organize our Annual Dinner and help with donor outreach. I work with our Executive Director to manage our Board of Governors meetings, orientation for new Board members and our Board retreat. I take the minutes for Board meetings as well as for several of our committees’ meetings (Executive Committee, Budget and Building). I also manage our student workers and assist with our student scholarship program.

I just finished my term in May as the President of the Junior League of Champaign-Urbana (JLCU). As President, I ran the Board meetings and the General Member Meetings as well as being the face/voice of JLCU. During my year as president my two big projects were finding new office space for JLCU’s headquarters and organizing the move of the office and updating our website to a new platform including the migration of content from the old website to the new website.

This month I began a 3-year term as a member of the Board of Directors for Courage Connection. I previously have served as a Board member of the YWCA at the University of Illinois. As a Board member I served as chair of the Race Against Racism 5K, as co-Treasurer and as Vice President, which made me the chair of the Nominating Committee. While I am not on the Board now, I remain a member of the YW’s Finance Committee. I also helped organize the Girls on the Run of Champaign County’s first 5K in November 2014. As a member of several non-profit Boards, I have learned a lot about fundraising, budgeting and finance and running a non-profit organization.

I am very excited about the opportunity to serve on the Board of the Champaign County Humane Society. Thank you for your consideration.

Colleen Vojak  (Champaign, 1st Term)

Please consider my interest in becoming a member of the Champaign County Humane Society Board of Directors. I have a long-term demonstrated commitment to CCHS, having been a weekly volunteer at the Champaign County Humane Society for the past 15 years. During that time I have cleaned cat cages, walked dogs and socialized cats. I began volunteering with two of my children in 2002. We have adopted four of our cats from CCHS, and our family has contributed financially for many years, including the proceeds from two private fundraising events.

I have worked at the University of Illinois for 23 years, most recently as a full-time grant-writing consultant with doctoral students and faculty. I will be retiring at the end of this August, and have thought considerably about what I would like to do in my retirement. At the top of my list (and closest to my heart) is the Champaign County Humane Society.

From 2006-2010 I served on the McKinley Foundation Board of Directors during the planning and building of a $23M gold LEEDS certified residence hall on the University of Illinois campus. I also served on a program planning committee for the new hall and spearheaded the effort to recruit and hire residence hall staff. For several months I volunteered 20 hours a week to help with advertising and rental contract activities to ensure that the facility was fully rented-up. I also have a variety of business-related skills, as I have co-managed and operated a family owned business in the CU area for the past 29 years.

As a board member I would be happy to serve on any committees where my skills might be helpful. The following are some examples:

Animal welfare: My regular contact with the animals during the past 15 years has given me an appreciation of issues and concerns related to animal welfare and how they have been addressed through policies and staffing.

Personnel: I have experience in this area, including advertising, recruiting, heading search committees, hiring, training, supervising, providing staff development, dealing with disciplinary concerns, and terminating staff. For example, as a housing administrator at the University of Illinois, I was directly responsible for approximately 85 professional and student staff members.

Development: Throughout my career at the University, I have been the lead organizer of many large scale programs and events. Development planning was also an aspect of my role as a McKinley Foundation board member. I would enjoy having one on one discussions with potential donors.

Research policy: I have a good deal of experience evaluating research proposals over the past 8 years, having advised doctoral students and faculty on their research proposals for external funding. For example, I recently helped a vet med student win a multi-year National Institutes of Health fellowship.

My desire to serve my community is strong, as evidenced by 10 years as a court appointed special advocate to represent the interests of seven children, 2 years with Habitat, and 2 years with Crisis Nursery, in addition to my service on McKinley Foundation’s board and my work with Humane Society. It is my sincere desire to deepen my commitment to CCHS through service on the board.


II.        2016-17 Year in Review Presentation