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Serving DeKalb County, IL Since 1993

Please join us in welcoming our new Finance Director, Kay Riley, to the DeKalb County Community Foundation staff.

As a Certified Public Accountant, Kay brings over 30 years of experience in the finance field, most recently as a Vice President of Finance for Hunt Companies, located in El Paso, Texas, working on public-private partnerships and affordable housing initiatives. She has a bachelor’s in accounting from the University of Texas at Austin and is working toward a master’s in accounting through the University of Illinois online program.

“We are excited that Kay has joined our team and look forward to her many contributions to our stewardship of the resources that donors share with us,” said Dan Templin, Executive Director.

DeKalb County Community Foundation, Staff, Kay Riley

Kay and her husband Mark

As Finance Director, Kay’s responsibilities include maintaining the financial integrity of the Foundation by ensuring the accurate and timely accounting of finances and investments.  This includes reports, budgets, payroll, grants, annual independent audit support, staff lead on the Foundation’s Finance Committee, and more.

Kay and her husband, Mark, moved from El Paso, Texas, to Sycamore, Illinois, in 2007 when Mark took an accounting professor position at Northern Illinois University. They have two incredible sons and a beautiful little granddaughter. When Kay isn’t working, you’ll find her spending time outdoors hiking, backpacking, kayaking, and playing with her granddaughter. As a steward of the community, she enjoys serving and volunteering for area nonprofit organizations.

According to Kay, “I’m excited to fulfill my dream of moving into the nonprofit sector. The Foundation has dedicated and passionate people working to make a difference through the many area nonprofits. I am thrilled for the opportunity to join this team and support them in my new role.”


Serving the community since 1993, the DeKalb County Community Foundation is a nonprofit foundation that enhances the quality of life in DeKalb County, IL, through endowments & donor services, stewardship, grantmaking, and community initiatives. The Community Foundation awards grants in the areas of arts & culture, community development, environment & animal welfare, education, health & human services, and nonprofit capacity building. Today, the Foundation includes over 375 Funds that, collectively, provide over $3.5 million in annual support for needs today and in the future. Learn more at dekalbccf.org.

1 Comment

  1. Nancy Proesel says:

    Congratulations to all for getting Kay Brannan Riley on board with DCCF! Talk about dedication! I worked with Kay for five years on the Board of Directors at the EGYPTIAN THEATRE.

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