Rock Valley College

Board Members

Jarid Funderburg Board of Trustees
Jarid Funderburg, Board Chair

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. Jarid also earned an MBA degree from Rockford University in 2021.  

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. Formerly vice president of business and investor relations for the Rockford Area Economic Development Council, he is looking forward to continuing his collaboration with local governments and businesses to create opportunities for growth in our local economy and workforce development.

Contact Jarid: or (815) 978-6034

Completed State Required Leadership Training on November 18, 2021, as required by the Illinois Public Community College Act, 110 ILCS 805/3-8.5.


Paul GorskiPaul Gorski, Vice Chair

Term Expires: 2025

Paul Gorski was elected as a Rock Valley College Trustee in April 2017, to fill a two-year unexpired term. He was then re-elected to a full six-year term in 2019. 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 and on Facebook and Twitter. As an IT administrator and part-time news reporter, Paul enjoys asking and fielding questions. 

Contact Paul: or (815) 874-2916

Completed State Required Leadership Training on June 19, 2021, as required by the Illinois Public Community College Act, 110 ILCS 805/3-8.5.


Bob Trojan Bob Trojan, Secretary

Term Expires: 2023

Robert (Bob) Trojan was elected to the board in April 2015 and in 2021 was appointed to fill a two-year unexpired term. 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. 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: or (815) 494-7633

Completed State Required Leadership Training on June 19, 2021, as required by the Illinois Public Community College Act, 110 ILCS 805/3-8.5.


Gloria Cardenas Cudia RVC Board of TrusteeGloria Cardenas Cudia

Term Expires: 2025

Gloria Cardenas Cudia was elected to the board in April 2019. She graduated from Rockford West High School and studied at both Rock Valley College and Rockford College for courses associated with her positions as the Employee Relations Director at WIFR-TV and Rockford Clinic where she worked as a medical secretary and translator for over a decade. Gloria retired from the Rockford Park District after 20 years of service as a staff marketing manager and an appointed Park District Commissioner.

Gloria is a television producer and currently volunteers at the Comcast Cable Company to produce and host two public service programs. Gloria is also a non-denominational Christian ordained minister who retired after 16 years of service.

The Rockford Register Star’s and Rockford Woman magazine’s panel of judges selected Gloria as the 2010 Rockford Woman of the Year because of her long-time service to the Rockford area community.

Gloria has been married to Frank, her high school sweetheart for 49 years. They have two adult married children and several grandchildren.

Contact Gloria: or (815) 289-5970

Completed State Required Leadership Training on June 12, 2021, as required by the Illinois Public Community College Act, 110 ILCS 805/3-8.5.


Lynn KearneyLynn Kearney

Term Expires: 2023

Lynn Kearney was appointed on February 8, 2021, to fill a vacancy on the RVC Board of Trustees. She previously served on the RVC Board of Trustees from 2013 to 2019, including as Board Chairperson from 2018-2019. Kearney is a retired educator from Harlem Consolidated School District 122 and taught middle school science in the local area for 35 years. Prior to retiring from teaching in 2012, she had served as the President and then Co-President of the Harlem Federation of Teachers Local #540 of the IFT for 25 years. She also currently serves as a Vice President of the Illinois Federation of Teachers IFT-AFT AFL-CIO, a role she has held for the last 20 years. In the community, Kearney has served on the board of Rockford Sexual Assault Counseling, as Chair of the Preschool Board for Christ United Methodist Church, and in years past served on the advisory board of the Regional Office of Education. She is a graduate of Rock Valley College and Northern Illinois University.

Contact Lynn: or (815) 520-4715

Completed State Required Leadership Training on June 19, 2021, as required by the Illinois Public Community College Act, 110 ILCS 805/3-8.5.


John NelsonJohn Nelson

Term Expires: 2027

John Nelson was elected to the Rock Valley College Board of Trustees in April 2017 and to a six-year term in 2021.  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: or (815) 980-9918

Completed State Required Leadership Training on June 19, 2021, as required by the Illinois Public Community College Act, 110 ILCS 805/3-8.5.


Headshot of Crystal SoltowCrystal Soltow

Term expires: 2027

Crystal Soltow was elected to a six-year term on the board in April 2021. She is what you call a “BNR,” born and raised in Belvidere, IL where she continues to play an active role in organizing and supporting community activities. Crystal is owner of Power Combat Fitness (PCF) in Belvidere where she actively teaches classes and serves as a fitness/life coach to help others pursue their health and wellness goals. As a busy mother of four, she also serves as vice president of the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) at her daughter’s school.

Contact Crystal: or (815) 298-5914


Evelyn HeadshotEvelyn Molina, Student Trustee

Term: 2021-2022

Evelyn was elected student trustee in March 2021. A senior at Belvidere North High School, she is part of Rock Valley College’s Running Start program and is studying to receive both her high school diploma and an RVC associate degree in spring 2022.  Upon graduation, her goal is to transfer to a four-year university to major in mathematics. Evelyn is actively involved in the Belvidere North High School student body and holds leadership positions in the Student Council and Key Club. She also volunteers in the Belvidere community where she was raised.

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