SWIDA’s Board

SWIDA is governed by a 14-member board of directors, which are appointed by the Governor and county board chairmen of the counties within the organization’s jurisdiction. All board members serve on a volunteer basis, and receive no compensation for their service.

Board Officers

James Nations, Chairman
Principal, Nations Food Service Equipment & Design
Member since 2000

Reggie Sparks, Vice-Chairman
Member since 1997

Erika Kennett, Secretary
Southwester Region Manager
Dept of Commerce & Economic Opportunity
Member since 2017

Kevin Kaufhold, Treasurer
Kaufhold & Assoc., P.C.
Member since 2017

Sean Flynn, SWIDA’s Board Counsel
Gilmore and Bell, PC 

Board members

Mark Rabe
Attorney, Boeing
Member since 2017

Rickie Thomas
Mayor, City of Washington Park
Member since 2017

David A. Miller
Vice President, Underwriting Manager
W. A. Schickendanz Agency, Inc.
Member since 2006

Gregory Kuehnel
Member since 2013

Kevin Jemison
Department of Transportation
Member since 2017

Jim Sullivan
Member since 2003

Kennard Tucker
Member since 2011

David E. Willey
City Manager, City of Greenville
Member since 2010

Ex-Officio board members

Randall S. Blankenhorn
Secretary of Transportation

Sean McCarthy
Director, Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity