President and CEO
Sarah works hard to promote and strengthen the community by forming positive working relationships and to continue to build a strong business sector. She also serves as the Marketing and Community Relations Director for the Village of Manteno.
Sarah is a lifelong resident of Manteno. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Corporate Communications from Northern Illinois University. She was employed at Lazard Freres-an investment banking firm in Chicago for two years, and from there obtained her Master of Art in Teaching degree. She taught Elementary school in the Manteno School District for six years.
Sarah serves as a board member for the Illinois Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives as well as the United Way of Kankakee and Iroquois Counties. She also is a member of the Manteno Rotary Club.
Sarah is married to Ryan who works for the Village of Manteno as the Building Official. She enjoys exercising, travel, reading, and most of all spending time with friends, family, and her puppy Goose.
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Kathleen is a Manteno resident and has over 10 years of experience in administrative duties. Having Kathleen on the Chamber team, we will be able to provide an elevated level of customer service for our members and create even more opportunities for our members’ visibility.
Her and her husband Justin moved to Manteno in 2004 and instantly fell in love with not just the town, but more importantly, the community. They are raising two wonderful daughters, Kamryn and Kinsley and they all bleed Panther Purple!
"I am blessed with the opportunity to be able to give back to the community that has given my family so much over the years! If we haven’t met yet, I look forward to meeting you!"
Josh is a 2008 grad of Manteno High School. He graduated from Olivet Nazarene University in 2012 and received a bachelors in business administration with a concentration in management. Josh began his career at HomeStar Insurance in August of 2008 for a school to work program. He officially started his career in 2012 at HomeStar as an Insurance Sales executive specializing in auto, home, business and crop insurance. He was the assistant boys varsity and head JV soccer coach at Manteno High School for 4 years Josh was born and raised in Manteno, where he currently lives with his high school sweet heart since his 16th birthday and his three kids.
Chris LaRocque is the Village Administrator in Manteno. He was hired by the village in 2012 and served as the Building Director for five years before being promoted to Administrator. Prior to working for the village, Chris owed and ran his construction company for twenty-three years, building over 150 homes in the Kankakee County area.
Chris and his wife Sue have two children, Michael, who is a Funeral Director and Shelby, who is a Marketing Manager. They enjoy spending time with their three grandchildren and boating with family and friends.
They are also one of the owners of the South Creek Animal Hospital and feel strongly that the Chamber has been an integral part of its success.
“I’m honored to be a part of this active and impressive organization. Successful businesses are critical to making Manteno a great place to live and work.”
Jamie is a lifelong resident of Manteno. She is a 1987 graduate of Manteno High School and received a Bachelors in Business Administration and Marketing from Governors State University in 1992.
She has served as Director of the Manteno Public Library since 2013.
She joined the Manteno Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors in 2015 and currently serves as Board Secretary.
Jamie lives in Manteno with her husband, Paul, of 23 years and their two children.
Lynette has a rare ability to listen to managers — and see the comprehensive business picture. With her talent for talking business owners through problems large and small, she is one of Chicago Southland's go-to advisors on helping companies flourish.
With a love for the region and desire to see it thrive, Lynette launched her Supporting Strategies franchise in 2018 to provide bookkeeping services in Chicago Southland. She brings over two decades of experience applying her operations and finance savvy to the difficult challenges that come with growing a business.
Lynette earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Calvin College and has expertise in technology services and commercial real estate. She has lived in the area for over 20 years, and you can often find her shuttling her three boys to various activities, volunteering at school or team events or simply enjoying life in Chicago Southland with her family.
Jacob Carlile is a 1997 graduate of Bradley Bourbonnais Community High School. He received a Bachelors in Science degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 2002 in Architectural Studies.
He is a State of Illinois Licensed Architect, serves on the American Institute of Architects Eastern Illinois Chapter Board of Directors, and is former President of the Manteno Rotary. Before practicing Architecture, Mr. Carlile was a Corporal in the Illinois National Guard serving as a team leader for the 133rd Signal Battalion, Charlie Company.
He joined the Manteno Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors in 2014 and currently serves as Past Chair on the board.
Jacob resides with his wife, two daughters, and two dogs in Manteno.
Dr. Emily Meyer is a 1986 graduate of Kankakee High School. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy from Drake University in Des Moines, IA in 1993 and later earned her Doctorate of Pharmacy in 2013 from the University of Florida. She is a licensed pharmacist in both Illinois and Iowa.
Emily is currently Director of Pharmacy at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee. Prior to Riverside, Emily was the Regional Director of Pharmacy for Presence St. Mary’s hospital in Kankakee and Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, IL. Dr. Meyer also serves as adjunct faculty for Olivet Nazarene University teaching Pharmacology for their Family Nurse Practitioner Certification program.
She joined the Manteno Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors in 2015.
Dr. Meyer lives in Manteno with her husband, Mike, and their two children.
Paul Russert is a Manteno resident and has served as a director since 1997. During this time he has been the secretary, vice-president, and the president of the Manteno Chamber of Commerce. Paul graduated from Purdue University then went on to get his advanced degree from Chicago State University in Educational Administration and Supervision.
Most recently he was the principal of Manteno High School from 1997 thru 2012. Currently Paul is retired along with his wife Dawn who is also the retired Superintendent of Schools in Manteno. Paul and Dawn have three adult children and eight grandchildren.
Jake Emerson is a 2002 graduate of Manteno High School. He earned his Bachelors Degree at Monmouth College in History and Education in 2006. He went on to earn a Masters Degree in School Improvement Leadership from Olivet Nazarene University in 2010.
Jake taught and coached at Manteno High School for six years before becoming Assistant Principal at Manteno Elementary/Primary School. He spent two years as Asst. Principal before serving as Principal of Manteno Early Childhood Center for two years.
He currently serves as Business Manager for Manteno CUSD No. 5.
Jake lives in Manteno with his wife, Erin, and their two sons.
84 N. Oak St : Manteno, IL 60950
Jim Hanley attended grade school at St. Joseph’s in Manhattan and then went on to graduate from Providence Catholic High School.
Jim graduated from Lewis University with two bachelors in Business Administration and History and then went on to obtain a M.B.A. with a focus in International Business.
Jim has been a resident of Manteno since 2004 and operated a family owned construction business until 2011. In 2011, Jim was hired at the Village of Manteno as the Public Works department Supervisor of Streets and Alleys. In 2015, Jim was promoted to the Superintendent of Public Works.
Jim, his wife Malissa and their children love living in Manteno; they are involved in soccer, dance and enjoy driving the golf cart throughout town!
I am a lifelong resident of Bourbonnais, Illinois and I am dedicated to serving Kankakee County! My role as Radio Marketing Consultant with Milner Media radio stations: WVLI 92.7fm “The Valley’, WIVR 101.7fm “River Country” and WFAV 95.1fm “Your FAVorite Hits” gives me the opportunity to work with local businesses to help build their brand and increase sales traffic for growth and profitability. I am thrilled to align with the mission of the Manteno Chamber of Commerce and serve as a director.
As a graduate of Columbia College, Chicago my career began in Chicago news at NBC5. From there I transitioned into sales and marketing for Riverside Health Fitness Center. I have also worked as a special projects manager for The Daily Journal in Kankakee and most recently served as a Regional Marketing Consultant for Premier Healthcare before joining Milner Media.
You will quickly learn that I am an avid Chicago Bears fan. I have a passion for people and an infectious zest for life! I enjoy live music, long motorcycle rides, movies, and I may have a slight coffee addiction. Most importantly, I love spending precious time with my family and friends.
Laura Umphrey was born and raised in Ohio but has called Kankakee County home for the past 30 years. She has been working in our local community banks in Kankakee County for 25 years. Laura has her Illinois Insurance Producers License that she has maintained since 2002. She is the Branch Manager of Peoples Bank of Kankakee County in Manteno.
She has volunteered her time attending community events with local chambers over the past several years. She was an ambassador with the Kankakee County Chamber, a Director with the Manhattan Chamber, an ambassador with the Manteno Chamber and recently became a Director with the Manteno Chamber in 2020. Laura has been involved with Catholic Charities, where she has been an Advisory Council Member of the Money Management Program since 2010.
She joined the Manteno Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors in 2019.
Laura resides in Bourbonnais with her husband Jeff Umphrey. He is a teacher of Construction Technology at the Kankakee Area Career Center, a home builder and the Bourbonnais Township Supervisor. They have 4 children and 5 grandchildren. They enjoy being outdoors, boating and spending time with family and friends.
Peoples Bank of Kankakee County
68 N. Oak St., Manteno
I have been living in Kankakee County the majority of my life. I am a 2004 graduate from BBCHS. I own and operate CertaPro Painters of Homewood and Kankakee County which I opened in 2017, I chose Manteno to set up our office location because I love the town and all the things that the town does for its businesses and residents.
I am proud to be on the board and look forward to working closely with Sarah and the other board members to help the Manteno Chamber of Commerce thrive in the area.
I currently reside in Bourbonnais with my 2 sons who are always playing some type of sport, so in my down time you can usually find me at a baseball field, basketball court, or soccer field cheering on my kids!
Cameron is the AVP – Commercial Loans at First Community Bank and Trust in Beecher and Peotone. He works with businesses of all sizes to discuss their banking needs and goals. While lately that work has mostly been helping businesses navigate the PPP program, he enjoy talking to customers about their goals and helping them finance their next piece of equipment, purchase their first building, or expand to a larger space.
Cameron graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University and received an MBA from Lewis University. He has been working at the Bank for over ten years.
Cameron grew up in Beecher and now lives in Manteno with his wife and son. He enjoys spending time with his family, watching the Cubs, and traveling the country to play golf.