Meet Our Board Of Directors


Allen A. Rodriguez
Rodriguez Consulting

Foundation Chair

Banker, educator and civic leader with nearly thirty (30) years as a financial leader (Banking). Over 10 (ten) years of focus in community affairs, civic and economic development. Partnered successfully with businesses, financial institutions, community and faith based organizations; local, state and federal agencies. Strategically designed and developed financial, economic and lending initiatives to enhance business development capacity while excelling in community leadership. Recognized as a committed professional with proven ability to lead, develop staff, resources, and business development.

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Steve Bernas

CEO & President

With over thirty (30) years at the Chicago BBB, Steve focuses on advancing marketplace trust. In addition to overseeing day-to-day operations, he works with a multitude of trade associations to develop and execute programs which enable and encourage best business practices, and expertise interviews for broadcast and publishing media for clarity and commentary on consumer confidence issues, customer/business relations, self-regulatory initiatives and a variety of business relative topics.


Alex Felton
BMO Harris Bank

Sales management professional with 16+ years of results-oriented experience in B2B partnership strategy and new business development. Ability to implement strategic plans to successfully accomplish multiple objectives within established deadlines. specialties include but are not limited to: auditing, structuring and negotiating loans, relationship building, management of credit deposit development, training/presentation and client retention.


Duane Moore
Tire Kickers, LLC

Duane has been passionate about cars and motors since he was young. He worked on a lot of electric motors at a very young age at his Dad's insistence. Duane rebuilt his first gasoline engine unaided at 12 years of age. Duane is an Air Force Veteran and strives to put as many Veterans to work as possible.

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Tuan Nguyen
First Midwest Bank

Tuan Nguyen is a commercial vice president for First Midwest Bank, working out of the Plainfield Hub for Business Banking. He is the relationship manager for a portfolio of approximately $50 Million in loans, consisting of industries in transportation, retail, manufacturing, import and export, printing, service, and professional. He joined First Midwest Bank in October 2013, having previously spent five (5) years at Standard Bank and Trust, and prior to that, eight (8) years at American Chartered Bank. He has been in banking for twenty (20) years, seventeen (17) of those working as a commercial officer. Additionally, he has had international experience working in Shanghai, China for two (2) years in the mid 90’s. Tuan graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and has an MBA from Benedictine University specializing in International Business and Marketing. He lives in Naperville, Illinois with his wife Elsie of twenty (20) years, three (3) children Austin, Sophie, and Jessica. In his free time, he loves to travel to Europe and Asia and speaks conversational Mandarin and Vietnamese.


Jean westrick
The Chicago community trust

Creative, strategic thinker with more than 15 years of progressive experience with nonprofit organizations and special initiatives. Experience in developing large-scale public, civic engagement and educational programs, strategic development, communications, project management, grant management and development.