Meet Our Board

Gary Anderson

Business Development Chair

I started Gary W. Anderson Architects in 1982 because I wanted to pursue my interest in preservation and renovation of older structures. It provided an opportunity to pursue redevelopment of endangered downtown properties as an owner. It also provided an opportunity to reinvent non-performing vacant structures into community assets. Throughout our firm’s history, we have made sustainability and energy efficiency a priority in any redevelopment and designing of new structures.

I was born and raised for most of my life in Rockford, except for a couple of years in Southern California. We were constantly on the move. I went to 11 different grade schools. When my wife Carol and I got married I didn’t want to have that nomadic lifestyle any longer. That’s why we have lived in our historic Queen Anne home for over 40 years in Haight Village. My passion for improving our community has never been as optimistic and hopeful as it is today. It is fueled by the hope and aspirations of so many more people that see that same vision of what this Rockford community can really be.


Glen Kirschman


Glen came to Rockford in 2004 as Vice President & Commercial Relationship Manager with U.S. Bank and has recently been appointed as U.S. Bank’s Market President for the area. He has served as the River District Association Treasurer since 2014 and his wish is to see the River District continue to grow and prosper.

I previously owned & managed a small business for four years which provides me with an appreciation for both the opportunities and challenges encountered by every business owner. I have also lived and worked in four different countries over the course of my career so as a relative “newcomer” to Rockford, I never take for granted this community’s kindness, generosity and constant desire to move forward. The River District Association plays an important role in the growth of the River District while showcasing all that Rockford has to offer and I am pleased to be a part of this team.

Nathan Bevineau

Board Member

Nathan is the Branch Manger for U.S. Bank in downtown Rockford. He is a career banking manager by profession and works with both consumers and business owners on an individual basis to explore benefits of financial banking. “I get great joy out of working toward achieving personal financial goals and options for my clients,” says Bevineau. He has a strong background in customer relations development and possesses a broad range of counseling skills and financial education expertise. Bevineau has been praised for his commitment to drive his bank’s local community engagement and seeing the community in a positive light.  He is honored to have the opportunity to serve on the board and put his knowledge and skills to use for the betterment of the community.

Rebecca Nunes

Marketing Chair

“I’m a proud Rockford native who strongly believes that a vibrant and successful downtown is integral to attracting and retaining young people in our community. After graduating from Bradley University in 2013, I returned to Rockford to begin her career. I quickly discovered that the majority of my free time was spent in the River District, enjoying the many restaurants, retailers, and events. As a marketer, I’m passionate about establishing identifiable branding and messaging for the River District. If you’re interested in helping me promote some awesome downtown events, contact me at The best is yet to come!”

Rebecca is the Marketing Coordinator at Stenstrom Companies and is also actively involved with the YMCA’s Youth Achievement Council, Next Rockford, and Winnebago County CASA

Danielle Tumilowicz

Board Member

Danielle Tumilowicz was born and raised in the River District. As a Rockford native, serving her community has always been an important priority. She is a morning news anchor for 23 WIFR and takes pride in being truly invested in the region she reports on.

After graduating from DePaul University with a degree in both Journalism & Public Relations in 2015, Danielle was quick to come back to her hometown to put her skills to work. As someone who lives, works and plays in the downtown area, she is passionate about making it a vibrant and exciting place to be!



Board Member 

Lauren Jones is a Digital Marketing Specialist for Ipsen in Cherry Valley. Lauren grew up in central Illinois and has lived in Rockford since 2014. With a degree in communication from Northern Illinois University, Lauren has worked in various marketing roles within the engineering field. Lauren recently began working for Ipsen, an industrial furnace manufacturer. She is a downtown resident who enjoys trying new restaurants and walking her dog, Risotto, to the pet-friendly shops downtown. Lauren sees huge potential in this small, big city, and finds joy in helping make a difference


Andrea Cook

Board Member

Andrea Cook is a Rockford area native dedicated to promoting her hometown as a destination that people are proud to say they are from and a place others can’t wait to visit. She is focused on continuing and building on the successes the River District has already accomplished with her strong background in marketing, advertising, public relations and branding. Her role as associate director for the Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau has given her the opportunity to help with event implementation, redevelopment and beautification projects throughout the entire region and specifically within the River District in downtown Rockford. She plans to use her skills to take the River District’s goals to a new level and exceed expectations for future growth.



Board Member

Andrew Jury was born and raised in the Rockford Region and has spent the majority of his professional career in Rockford.   Andrew has 16 years of experience in the financial services industry, with 10 years in business banking and six years at a certified development company.  He has been a Loan Officer with the Rockford Local Development Corporation (RLDC) since 2014 and enjoys working with business owners and downtown entrepreneurs.  The missions and objectives of the RLDC and the River District Association directly complement one another in the creation and growth of business’s within the  downtown State Street corridor and surrounding area.   Andrew and his family are avid Chicago sports fans, most notably the Bears and Cubs.  He also enjoys golfing, attending his children’s sporting events and local breweries.