Please join us in welcoming Jesus Romero to the DeKalb County Community Foundation Board of Directors. Jesus is a returning board member, previously serving from 2005-2010. He invested a portion of his time on the CommunityWorks committee, focused on the Early Child Care & Education initiative. Jesus was instrumental in helping the Foundation connect to the Hispanic/Latino community in DeKalb County to understand their early childhood needs.
Many know Jesus through his successful Mexican cuisine restaurant Taxco, located in downtown Sycamore. When not working at the restaurant, Jesus enjoys downtime with his family, watching professional sports, working for an indoor soccer team as assistant coach, and visiting a variety of area restaurants. In May of each year, Taxco hosts a Cinco De Mayo celebration that attracts visitors both near and far. Local nonprofits serving the community receive any proceeds from the event.
Jesus is a resident of Sycamore, 25 years and counting, where he lives with his wife Stephanie and two children. When asked what he values most about our community he responded,
“I love this community. It’s a really great place to raise a family. But more than that, it’s the kindness and helpfulness that I see in the people. They truly care about one another.”
Please join us in welcoming Regina Parker to the DeKalb County Community Foundation Board of Directors. Regina comes to us with a wealth of experience and knowledge in social services and mental health. She is a retired psychologist of 27 years with the state of Illinois and continues to fill her days as a PRN at KishHealth System in Social Services.
Regina has lived in DeKalb County, Sycamore, for the past 30 years. She is a founding member of New Hope Church in DeKalb and served on the 708 Mental Health Board for a number of years. Her special interests in the community include the advancement of education, cultural diversity, and mental health issues.
As a mother of two, Regina was recently blessed with the title “grandma”. When able, she enjoys traveling and visiting new places. During her time as a resident of Sycamore, she has developed a love of the local parks, downtown events, and community of DeKalb County.
When asked what she values about the community she responded,
“People actually care here. I really enjoy being a part of this community. And I just love the local parks, recreation, and many downtown events.”
DID YOU KNOW? A 21-member volunteer Board of Directors, selected from throughout the county, governs the DeKalb County Community Foundation. Each member brings with them a unique community knowledge, professional expertise, and a variety of talents. Because of the willingness of these able, effective individuals who donate their time and talents, the Foundation continues to grow and enhance the quality of life for DeKalb County.