Foundation Welcomes New Trustees Charles B. McKenna and Charles G. Mueller

Jun 24, 2013 by

The DuPage Community Foundation is pleased to welcome Charles B. McKenna (Wheaton) and Charles G. Mueller (Glen Ellyn) to its Board of Trustees.

Charles B. McKenna is a retired partner of the accounting and consulting firm Crowe Horwath LLP, where he worked for more than 25 years.  In addition to remaining of counsel with Crowe, Mr. McKenna currently serves on the board of directors of Penske Motor Group, the largest privately-owned Toyota and Lexus dealer in North America.

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Throughout his career, Mr. McKenna has served as both a high-ranking executive and member of the board of directors for several organizations including Farley’s and Sathers and Crowe Horwath LLP.  He presently serves on the board of directors at Wheaton Bank and Trust Company, a Wintrust Community Bank.

In addition to his distinguished business career, Mr. McKenna possesses a long history of community involvement and service.  This is illustrated by his tenure as a past board member and current associate member of Metropolitan Family Services and his involvement with Lion’s Club International.  Mr. McKenna also serves as a member of the board of directors for St. Francis High School in Wheaton and has been a longtime religious education instructor for St. Daniel the Prophet in Wheaton.

“It is a special honor for me to have been selected to serve as a member of the Board of Trustees for The DuPage Community Foundation,” said McKenna.  “What attracted me most to the Foundation is the way it serves as a vital link in connecting donors with the needs of so many DuPage County charitable organizations.  One of the ways the Foundation really helps is by making charitable giving easy for donors.  Specifically, donors can accomplish their charitable goals through the Foundation by taking advantage of its ability to provide a very flexible system for designing and structuring endowment funds that will meet their unique objectives.”

Mr. McKenna received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accountancy from Western Michigan University, where he was also a member of Beta Alpha Psi, an honorary accounting society.  He is also a Certified Putlic Accountant (“CPA”).  Mr. McKenna and his wife Kathy have two children, Charlie and Aimee, and five grandchildren.

Charles G. Mueller is a senior vice president and practice executive of The Northern Trust Company’s Advisory Services Practice.  In this role, Mr. Mueller is responsible for leading the Practice’s strategy development and execution.  The Advisory Services Practice includes Northern’s Fiduciary services and several specialty advisory capabilities including: Philanthropic Services, Family Governance and Education, Tax Strategies, Financial Consulting, Family Business, Real Estate, Oil, Gas and Minerals.

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In addition to his business commitments, Mr. Mueller has a distinguished history of community and civic involvement.  He has acted as a Big Brother, as a volunteer for The Conservation Foundation, and is a past president of the Butterfield Park District.  Currently, Mr. Mueller is the board chair of the Nature Conservancy in Illinois and a volunteer pilot.  He is also a former board chair of Lifeline Pilots.

“I am thrilled to be joining the Board of this forward-looking organization,” said Mueller.  “It is my belief that no other area not-for-profit is better positioned to meet the diverse needs of the residents of DuPage County and the charitable organizations that serve them than The DuPage Community Foundation.  Serving on the Board allows me the opportunity to give back to the community in which I have lived for most of my life.”

Mr. Mueller graduated with honors from the University of Illinois College of Commerce and Business Administration, where he received his bachelor’s degree in Finance.  He holds the certifications of Certified Trust and Financial Advisor (“CTFA”) and Chartered Private Wealth Advisor (“CPWA”).  He resides in Glen Ellyn with his wife Toni.  They have two grown children.

About The DuPage Community Foundation:

The DuPage Community Foundation seeks to raise the quality of life throughout DuPage County by fostering philanthropy, connecting donors to area needs and building community partnerships.  Based on the American virtues of volunteerism and philanthropy, the Foundation fosters a legacy of support for the people of DuPage County by making grants to not-for-profit organizations working in the areas of arts and culture, education, environment, health, and human services.  Since its inception, the Foundation has built its endowment to approximately $48 million and awarded more than $16 million in grants to not-for-profit agencies serving the residents of DuPage County and beyond.

Established in 1986, The DuPage Community Foundation is a publicly-supported 501(c)(3) organization to which contributions are tax deductible.  It was created to benefit the people of DuPage County and receives contributions and bequests into a permanent endowment from individuals, corporations, organizations and foundations wishing to make lasting contributions to the people of DuPage.  The earnings on these funds are then used, in accordance with donor wishes, for the Foundation’s grant making and community leadership activities.

For more information about the Foundation, or to arrange future media opportunities, please contact Michael R. Sitrick, director of development, at (630) 665-5556 or msitrick@dcfdn.org.

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