Steering Committee

DCNP is for members, led by members.

A 14-member volunteer Steering Committee serves in an advisory capacity to determine the strategic direction of DCNP. The Steering Committee consists of nonprofit representatives and resource providers to the nonprofit sector.

Steering Committee Member Organization Represented
Ben Bingle
Secretary/Treasurer (non-voting)
DeKalb County Nonprofit Partnership
Micki Chulick Retired executive and current board member for multiple nonprofits
Michelle Donahoe Sycamore History Museum
Melissa Gallagher Kishwaukee College—Center for Business Development & Continuing Education
Samantha Hathaway DeKalb Public Library
Cindy Khatri
Marketing & Membership Chair
Midwest Museum of Natural History
Dawn Littlefield Kishwaukee United Way
Tom Matya Zea Mays Holdings, LLC
David Miller
Research & Advocacy Chair
Family Service Agency
Kristin Miller Kristin Miller Consulting
Alex Nerad Egyptian Theatre
Jill Olson 
Steering Committee Chair and Program Committee Chair
CASA DeKalb County
Susan Petersen
Nonprofit Day Committee Chair
Community Coordinated Child Care (4-C)
Alicia Schatteman Northern Illinois University—Center for NGO Leadership & Development and Department of Public Administration
Lynette Spencer Adventure Works

The DCNP local steering committee represents the areas art and culture, education, health and human series, advocacy, community development and civic engagement.


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

Governance & Nominating Committee—updates by-laws annually as needed, recruits new committee members, and manages committee transitions

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

Nonprofit Day Committee—coordinates our annual conference

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

Research & Advocacy—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.