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JKB EEF 2015 Newsletter!

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News from the J. Kyle Braid Leadership Foundation

2015… What A Summer!

A Spectactular Start To A New Look Of JKB EEF!

Things couldn’t have gone better for JKB EEF…

Headquartering the program at Monmouth College turned out to be a winner. The campus and its facilities were a perfect match from the dorm to the leadership training room and surrounding area to the food and private dining area to the impressive Huff Athletic Center and all it offered to our athletes. Each week the kids’ response was the same…this campus is perfect! A special thanks goes out to Karen Ogorzalek, Associate Dean of Students and to Ryan Doyle, Asst. Director of Campus Events, Camps & Conferences, for their unending help in making sure everything worked and that we had everything we needed during our 4 weeks at Monmouth. They gave the word “accommodating” a new meaning that was off the charts. Many thanks!

Horn Field Campus at Western Illinois University provided a ROPES Teams Course that was perfect for reinforcing learned skills…leadership, teamwork, communication skills, relationship-building and much more. We started and ended the day with all 20 on the same initiative. It proved to be really interesting! For most of the initiatives, though, we returned to our two groups of 10. Although it was extremely muddy (so much rain each week!), we had fun and the growth of knowledge and skills during that day was significant.

Of course, nothing would have been the same without Bill Walker teaching the curriculum. It was his 20th year of impacting and influencing JKB EEF participants like only he can do. He’s the best! Click on the link to see pictures of all 4 sessions. It’s filled with scores of smiling faces.

Check out some photos from the summer here


Many, Many Thanks to everyone who volunteered for the first JKB EEF summer at Monmouth College. You played a huge part in giving 80 new leaders their life-changing experience!

My heartfelt thanks & gratitude.

Todd Holmberg – John Gorleski – Chris Wilbur – Julie Davis – Elissa Schwass – Kara Roll – Barry Baldwin- Marty Bee – Kevin Saunders

One of the best parts was spending a week with JKB EEF alums who volunteered!
Liam Miller – Jillie Johnston – Alyssa Girgis


Autumn Salisbury Garvey – JKB 1999

On September 12th, Autumn was inducted into the 2015 Athletic Hall of Fame at Kewanee High School for her accomplishments in 3 sports-Volleyball, Basketball & Softball. CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Allison Guth – JKB 1998

In May 2015, Allison was named the Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 head coach of Yale women’s basketball. She becomes the 10th coach in the 43-year history of their women’s basketball program. Known as a master recruiter over her 10+ years of coaching experience, her response.…”I couldn’t be more enthusiastic about my opportunity to lead Yale women’s basketball…..I am proud to represent a University that stands for everything that is good and right in college athletics.” Prior to being named Yale’s head coach, Allison spent the past 3 seasons at Northwestern University as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator, helping turn the women’s basketball team into a national power under their head coach. There, she helped secure one of the top recruiting classes in the country during the 2012-13 season.

Whitney Wyckoff (2010-Lakota East HS) was actually recruited by Allison when she was an assistant coach & recruiting coordinator for Yale. Whitney was named 2015-16 team captain. She received the team’s Outstanding Leadership Award at the end of her junior season. In addition, Whitney was named Honorable Mention All-Ivy at the end of her junior season. She has also earned 5 Ivy League Weekly Honor Roll nominations in her 3rd season. Here’s to a tremendous senior season, Whitney!

Lena Munzer (2011-Highland Park HS) Lena Has played in 53 contests, making 13 starts … Has averaged 4.9 points and 3.0 rebounds in 19.3 minutes per game … Shoots 32.8 percent on three-pointers and 32.3 percent overall … Recorded first career double-double against Wagner in her sophomore season, scoring 12 points and grabbing 11 rebounds … Shoots 89.4 percent on free throws … Honored with the team’s Karen Yarasavage Award in 2013-14 …and is given to teammate that demonstrates a trademark grit and determination. Lena transitioned into the starting lineup for Ivy League play during her rookie campaign. Here’s to a stellar junior season, Lena!

Jillie Johnston – JKB 2005

• Played Division 1 soccer at High Point University
• Worked as an ambassador for the University and started, “Free Compliments” on campus
• Interned as a Victim’s Advocate for the Illinois State’s Attorney office
• Majored in Sociology, minored in Anthropology
• Worked as a community organizer at Action Now
• Founded Love Letters to Yourself and have done 30+ workshops and speaking engagements
• Went to Huaraz, Peru to study Traditional Medicine and Medicinal plants
• Hosted two years of International Day of the Girl to raise awareness on women’s issues and to celebrate women everywhere
• Worked at lululemon athletica and received the Meta Movement grant to go to Peru to volunteer
• Went to Huanchaco, Peru to start a sustainable women’s group where they could work together, dream, and provide for their families
• Co-founded the Malayeka Empowerment Center in Huanchaco, Peru for women and children. Our mission is to empower the women and children of Cerrito de la Virgen through self-love and education.
• Working as a Fitness Trainer at Orange Theory Fitness
• Selected to attend One Young World Leadership Summit in Thailand this year

JKB EEF girls writing their own love letters…..

This past summer, Jillie conducted her Love Letters to Yourself workshop during both girls’ weeks. The girls were riveted on every word and started their own letter to themselves while at Monmouth College. Jillie will be conducting her workshop at Naperville North High School as well as Hinsdale Central High School. Her sessions with the girls were powerful and engaging and left each girl empowered & ready to rediscover their power, their worth and their voice. At 16, Jillie said she wanted to save the world…I think she’s on her way to doing just that, one woman at a time!

For more information visit Jillie’s sites:

Facebook: Love Letters to Yourself

Website: shebegan.com

JKB friendships keep on going!
University of Illinois JKB alums traveled during Spring Break (2015) to a Habitat for Humanity Build. front left: Zach Tuczak (2011-Prospect HS); Cory Mosiman (2010-Downers South HS); middle left: Blake Butler (2010-Downers North HS); Ernie Yanez (2010-Hinsdale South HS); back left: Nick Buege (2009-Naperville North HS); Liam Miller (2009-Hinsdale South HS)

On Saturday, September 26, 2015, Greg VandenHeuvel (JKB 2005) married Kristan Cwalina. Brett Lullo (JKB 2005) was part of the wedding party. Those JKB friendships never end! Congratulations Greg & Kristan.
Much love and happiness to you both!

Congratulations to Jeff Nelson (JKB 2002) who married Kimberly Kruzynski on September 12th. So starts a beautiful journey!
Much love and happiness to you both!

Keep In Touch

We value and appreciate each member of the growing JKB EEF Family and want to make sure we have your correct contact information so we can update you on the latest news about the organization, JKB EEF events in your area and great accomplishments of JKB EEF alums.

We ask that you please email Colleen at
to provide your current address, cell phone & email address so we can make sure it is updated and correct in our database. Also, if you are a JKB parent, please send the updated address, cell phone and email address of your sons/daughters who participated in the JKB Program.

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