Executive Director, LGMC Class of ’08
Marcy Piekos is the Executive Director of Leadership Greater McHenry County (LGMC). LGMC is a 501©3 organization dedicated to developing community leaders. In addition to managing the operations of the organization, she is a facilitator for LGMC Leadership and Learning Academy. The Academy offers sessions in strategic planning, board development, and effective communication, to profit and non-profit organizations. As part of the Academy, Marcy has facilitated sessions for forty-five organizations including Altus Academy, Big Brothers Big Sisters of McHenry County, CASA, Chicago Sun Times, Centegra Health System, Cleveland Clinic, Dignity Health of San Francisco, Family Health Partnership Clinic, Home of The Sparrow, Huntley Chamber of Commerce, Medcor, Marion Central Catholic High School, Friends of McHenry County College Foundation as well as the College Board of Trustees NAMI of McHenry County, Options and Advocacy, Pioneer Center, Sage Products, Salvation Army, The Challenger Learning Center, Woodstock Chamber of Commerce, United Way, Woodstock Public Library.
Marcy is formerly president of Maverick Minds Consulting, a personal enrichment and professional development company. She has been a corporate instructor and facilitator for 34 years. She has facilitated organizational development skills for fortune 500 companies throughout Chicago-land as well as consulted to McHenry Community College and Elgin Community College.
Marcy was employed by United Airlines for thirty-two years where she was a corporate trainer, and coordinated delivery of human factors training for 24,000 flight attendants and 1,000 new hire pilots. The safety based program, Command, Leadership, Resource Management, (C/L/R), was mandated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to address the question “why do mechanically sound aircraft and highly trained professionals crash?” Due to the success at United, Marcy also delivered this program at Frontier Airlines. This program became the national standard for crew resource training.
Marcy attended North Central College and Northern Illinois University majoring in special education for visually handicapped and minor in Spanish. Her extensive training back ground includes Board Development certification through BoardSource, certifications in Frameworks of Poverty, Development Dimensions International (DDI), Center for Non-Violent Communication, The Leadership Challenge, and Decker Communications.
Marcy served for eight years as a member of the Board of Education for Community Unit School District 200 in Woodstock, and was formerly a trustee for LGMC. She was bestowed the honor of being the Distinguished Women of the Year for 2018 by the Woodstock Professional and Business Women. She is has recently served as an advisor to Turning Point and was an advisor for the Incubator program at Woodstock High in 2016-2017. Marcy lives and thrives in Woodstock, Illinois.
Toni joined LGMC in 2009. She is an administrative professional and supports LGMC‘s Executive Director, Board of Trustees and Committees. Prior to joining LGMC she was a Vice President of Information Systems at BMO Harris Bank. She is a technical guru at heart and a fanatic sports fan of all teams but mostly the Chicago Cubs, Bulls and Bears. When not working she spends time with her husband Jeff, daughter Riley, sons Carson and Jonathan.
Administrative Support, LGMC Class of ’07
Cathy is a graduate of LGMC Class of 2007. She has been involved in serving in the community as a past volunteer with PADS at the Woodstock site, and coached girls softball in Woodstock for many years. Her involvement also included time in Woodstock D-200 as a member of the boundary and naming committees for Woodstock North High School, and she enjoyed serving on both the PTO and Boosters at the elementary and high school levels. Cathy has served on the LGMC Youth Leadership Program Committee since its inception in 2017, in the roles of advisor, challenge day coordinator and retreat staff member.
Cathy has worked at Family Health Partnership Clinic since 2007 in development and social media. The nonprofit world and its needs, priorities and realities is her area of interest and she has a passion for serving others in need. She served on the clinic’s Board of Directors before taking a staff role.
Cathy currently consults with LGMC staff in outreach, social media communications, administrative support, and youth program scheduler.
Kate Murauskas Halma,
Youth Leadership Coordinator, LGMC Class of ’07
Kate is an engaging, results-driven servant leader with over 30 years of experience in the corporate, non-profit, and private sectors. Leadership roles began during her undergraduate years at Western Illinois University. After completing her Masters work at Drake University, she returned to the Chicagoland area where she has earned recognition for her successes in business growth, health and wellness, promotions, event management, media relations, system development and implementation.
Kate offers positive change through:
• motivational speaking;
• direction for self-discovery and leadership;
• evaluation of organizational structure, practices and procedures;
• community engagement, and partnerships; and,
• guidance for healthy lifestyle changes.
Kate currently lives in Woodstock, Illinois. She is co-founder of and serves as executive director of the nonprofit True Blue Dogs, established to develop service dogs and gift them to qualified candidates. Her teamwork efforts are complemented by teaching yoga, where Kate specializes in instruction for all abilities, incorporating the lessons of the ancient art of yoga off the mat and into life for a successful personal/professional balance.
Kate currently consults with LGMC staff in youth leadership development, guidance and support. Kate directs the Youth Leadership Program.
Nonprofit Leadership Intern Coordinator, LGMC Class of ‘19
Christine had worked in human resources and business for over 20 years. Her career has spanned working with for profit and nonprofit organizations in a variety of industries including transportation, customer service, manufacturing, retail, social services, and local government. Christine’s work has focused on the employee and workplace sides of business including opportunities to facilitate sessions on HR basics, talent management, communication, leadership, and team building, conduct new leader assimilations, assess workplace culture, and lead functional human resources audits and change initiatives. Besides her work with LGMC, Christine owns her own workplace consulting business and provides business support to her family-owned salt distribution company.
Christine earned a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and business administration from Culver-Stockton College. She holds two senior HR certifications, a SHRM-SCP and a SPHR. Christine also hold a Compensation Management Specialist (CMS) certification.
Christine has served the Board for McHenry county’s HR affiliate organization, Stateline SHRM, since 2014, serving in many roles including President. Christine also serves on the Advisory Board for both the Youth and Family Center of McHenry County and The Charmm’d Foundation.
Christine is a writer who hopes to be published. In addition to writing, Christine enjoys travel, photography, reading, live theater and concert performances, and volunteering.
Christine serves LGMC as the Nonprofit Leadership Intern Coordinator leading intern recruiting and selection, onboarding, intern and program partner communications, and program and training implementation and review.