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The economic value of a healthy human system explored during community summit

08/26/2016 12:36 pm

Northern Illinois Center for Nonprofit Excellence – Director Pamela J. Clark Reidenbach, 815-226-2833
Media Contact: Director of Communications, Rita Elliott, 815-226-3374

The Northern Illinois Center for Nonprofit Excellence (NICNE) at Rockford University will host “The Economic Value of a Health Human System: A Community Summit, bringing together leaders of organizations from across our region to explore how greater unity and collaboration of entities from all sectors of our community is essential to strengthening our human infrastructure. The summit will held on Wednesday, September 14, 1 -3:30 p.m., Maddox Theatre located in the Clark Arts Center on the Rockford University campus, 5050 East State Street, Rockford.

Facilitated by a diverse group of leaders and organizations from the greater Rockford area and the state, the summit will explore how the health of our community economy is directly linked to residents’ ability to thrive. Community leaders will expound on the economic impact of human services and the related influence on all aspects of community health.

Dr. Eric Fulcomer, President, Rockford University will moderate the discussion. Topics and panelists include:

  • The Ecosystem of Wellbeing: Einar Forsman, President and CEO, Rockford Area Chamber of Commerce 
  • Shoulders I Stand On: Judith Gethner, Executive Director, Illinois Partners for Human Services 
  • Human Services and the State of Illinois: Leslie Geissler Munger, Illinois State Comptroller 
  • Economic Impact of Human Services
    • Opportunity and Jobs: Stacy Bernardi, VP for Development, Rockford Area Economic Development Council 
    • Education: Richard Schroeder, Chief Academic Officer, Rockford Public Schools District 205
    • Health: Sandra Martell, Public Health Administrator, Winnebago County Health Department 
    • Security: Chief Daniel O’Shea, Rockford Police Department 
  • Call to Action: Mike Schablaske, Executive Director, Transform Rockford 

The public is welcome and there is no charge to attend. Seating is limited so registration is requested. To learn more and register visit

NICNE is a program within the Puri School of Business at Rockford University with generous support from Community Foundation of Northern Illinois and United Way of Rock River Valley.