John Church of Oswego serves as The Kendall County Program Director. He started as project manager for the Foundation’s Lower Fox River Land Conservation Planning Project in 2011. John spent 35 years working with University of Illinois Extension, where he served the northern third of Illinois by educating residents on the importance of natural resources. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Agriculture from the University of Illinois. Church has also served on the Board of Trustees for The Conservation Foundation for two years and on our Leadership Board for 10 years.
As county program director, John helps organize and coordinate projects within Kendall County such as the Lower Fox River conservation project, the Aux Sable Creek plan, rain garden demonstration sites, Conservation@Home and Work sites. He also works with communities, agencies, and groups as a contact person for The Conservation Foundation.
John served 14 years on the Kendall County Board, serving as the Chairman for 12 years and five years as Forest Preserve President. During his time on the Board, the Forest Preserve District passed referendums to finance the acquisition of more than 1,500 acres of open space. Also a comprehensive conservation design ordinance was adopted and a countywide greenway and trail plan was adopted.