Rock Valley College

Board Members

Patrick MurphyPatrick Murphy, Chairperson
 

Term Expires: 2021

Patrick Murphy has been a trustee at Rock Valley College since April 2013 and currently serves as the Board Secretary. He is the owner of Metrology Resource Group, a quality control and high precision measurement integration, services and consulting firm. Prior to starting his own business, he was director of sales-aerospace for GE FANUC where he was responsible for the company's aerospace and military applications in the U.S.  Patrick is active in the Rockford community, including several political campaigns and Transform Rockford. He also serves on the board of MELD (Mothers and Fathers Establishing Life's Direction).

Contact Patrick: patrick.murphy9@comcast.net  or (815) 703-3141

Completed State-Mandated Leadership Training for Community College Trustees Public Act 99-0692 (Senate Bill 2157)

 

Bob Trojan Bob Trojan, Vice Chairperson

Term Expires: 2021

Robert (Bob) Trojan was elected to the board in April 2015. He graduated from Chicago Vocational High School, served in the U.S. Marines and completed his BS in Mechanical Engineering from U of Illinois, and an MBA Marketing from Northwestern. He has spent his life working in and managing manufacturing companies, domestic and international. Bob came to the Rockford area in 1990 as President of Hydro-Line, Inc. and started Rockford Linear Actuation Inc. in 2002. His community service includes serving on boards of the Rockford Chamber of Commerce, Growth Dimensions, Abilities Center, Rockford Area Ventures, Community Foundation, Discovery Center, several committees dealing with manufacturing and a member of several voter referendums. He was a Community Member of the Rockford Register Star Editorial Board and is a blogger on their web site. Bob has been the Award recipient of the Chamber's Manzullo Individual Catalyst (2007), People You Should Know (2011) and the Robotics Make It Loud Award (2013). Bob and wife Norma's family includes three sons, two daughters-in-law and five grandchildren.
 

Contact Bob: bobt0511@comcast.net or (815) 494-7633

Completed State-Mandated Leadership Training for Community College Trustees Public Act 99-0692 (Senate Bill 2157)

 

Jarid Funderburg Board of Trustees
Jarid Funderburg, Secretary


Term Expires: 2025

Jarid Funderburg grew up in Belvidere Illinois.  He attended the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater where he earned a Bachelor of Science of Economics and Organizational Communication in 2002.  

In 2014 Jarid became the Executive Director for Growth Dimensions, Belvidere-Boone County Economic Development Corporation.  As Executive Director he helped attract, retain, and expand local business to help grow the Belvidere and Boone County economy.

Today, as Vice President of Business and Investor Relations for the Rockford Area Economic Council, Jarid is networking and collaborating with local governments and businesses to network and create opportunity for growth in our economy and work force development. 

Jarid lives on the near East Side of Rockford.

Contact Jarid: rvctrusteefunderburg@gmail.com or (815) 978-6034

 

Gloria Cardenas Cudia RVC Board of TrusteeGloria Cardenas Cudia

Term Expires: 2025

Contact Gloria: rvctrustee50@comcast.net or (815) 289-5970

 

Paul GorskiPaul Gorski

Term Expires: 2025

Paul Gorski was elected as a Rock Valley College Trustee in April 2017, to fill a two-year unexpired term. Paul has previously served as a Cherry Valley Township Trustee, Cherry Valley Library District Trustee, and Winnebago County Board member, and plans to bring his positive experiences from those leadership roles to his position as RVC Trustee. Paul is also involved locally as a contributor to The Rock River Times newspaper, and is the editor of the non-profit social media news outlets WinneebagoCountyyNews.org and RockfordArtNews.com on Facebook and Twitter. As an IT technology support manager and part-time news reporter, Paul enjoys asking and fielding questions. 

Contact Paul: rvc-paulgorski@comcast.net or (815) 874-2916

Completed State-Mandated Leadership Training for Community College Trustees Public Act 99-0692 (Senate Bill 2157)

 

John NelsonJohn Nelson

Term Expires: 2023

John Nelson was elected to the Rock Valley College Board of Trustees for a six-year term in April 2017.  He practices law in Rockford, Illinois as a sole practitioner.  He obtained his BA in economics from St. Olaf College and graduated from Tulane Law School, New Orleans, Louisiana.    He served as the City Attorney for the City of Rockford, Illinois from 1976 until 1980 and has been in private practice ever since.  While in practice from 1980 – 1983, he served as part-time Winnebago County Public Defender.   John is also on the Federal Defender Panel representing criminal clients in the U. S. District Court, Northern and Eastern Districts of Illinois. He has been a member of the Illinois Township Attorneys Association for 25 years and currently serves as President.    He has served as the Harlem Township Attorney since 1993. In addition to practicing law, Attorney Nelson has a particular interest in politics having voted in the last five electoral colleges.  He also served four years on the Illinois State University Parent Association serving his last year as President of the association.

Contact John: jmnrvctrustee1@outlook.com or (815) 980-9918

Completed State-Mandated Leadership Training for Community College Trustees Public Act 99-0692 (Senate Bill 2157)

 

Jennifer Ray RVC BOT 2019Jennifer Ray

Term Expires: 2023

Jennifer Ray was elected to the Rock Valley College Board of Trustees for a six-year term in April 2017.  She received an Associate Degree in Nursing from Ferris State College in Big Rapids, Michigan, an Associate in Science from Rock Valley College, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Northern Illinois University in 2000. Jennifer is a registered nurse and has worked at Mercy Health Hospital in Rockford since 1988.  She is currently the Supervisor of the Cardiac Services Department.

Contact Jennifer: jenray64@comcast.net or (815) 670-6497

Completed State-Mandated Leadership Training for Community College Trustees Public Act 99-0692 (Senate Bill 2157)

 

Michael Foley BOT Student Trustee

 

Michael Foley, Student Trustee

Term: 2019-2020

Contact Michael: RVC-Student-Trustee@rockvalleycollege.edu