Steering Committee

A volunteer Steering Committee serves in an advisory role to provide leadership, input, and to help guide the strategic direction of DCNP. The Steering Committee represents our membership in sectors such as human services, arts and culture, philanthropy, and more.

Steering Committee Member

Organization Represented

Greg Beyer Arcomusical
Ben Bingle
Secretary/Treasurer (non-voting)
DeKalb County Nonprofit Partnership
Deanna Cada
Steering Committee Vice-Chair, Program Committee Chair
DeKalb County Community Mental Health Board
Micki Chulick Individual Member
Michelle Donahoe DeKalb County History Center
Samantha Hathaway DeKalb Public Library
Tom Matya Opportunity House & Zea Mays Holdings, LLC
Kristin Miller Northern Illinois University Foundation
Alex Nerad
Marketing & Membership Committee Chair
Egyptian Theatre
Brian Reis
Steering Committee Chair, Giving Day Committee Chair, Nominating & Governance Committee Chair
Ellwood House Museum
Alicia Schatteman Center for Nonprofit and NGO Studies


The following sub-committees are responsible for making progress toward the implementation of our strategic plan:

Giving Day Committee—coordinates and implements our annual philanthropic day of giving, Give DeKalb County.

Nominating & Governance Committee—updates bylaws annually as needed, recruits new committee members, monitors overallcommittee meeting strategic plan progress, and oversees committee transitions.

Marketing & Membership Committee—focuses on ensuring value in DCNP membership, growing membership, retaining current members, and promoting DCNP.

Program Committee—identifies training opportunities, determines program topics, and evaluates the effectiveness of our programs.

Research & Advocacy Ad Hoc Committee—identifies knowledge gaps, suggests research to fill these gaps, and organizes advocacy efforts.

If you are a DCNP-member and are interested in joining one of our committees, please contact us.