Ellen has been a Kendall County Trustee since 2020. From 2009 to 2018, Ellen was Chairman of Environmentally Conscious Oswego (ECO), a commission of the Village of Oswego. Some of their programs and accomplishments include enacting an ordinance allowing residents to raise chickens, hosting the annual Fox River clean-up, coordinating recycling events, researching environmental best practices, and recruiting and coordinating volunteers.

Ellen was awarded a B.A. from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. She has since earned her 500 Hour CYT in yoga and holds other health and fitness certifications, some specifically dealing with osteoporosis prevention and physical well-being of veterans.

Ellen has worked as an Adjunct Instructor for Waubonsee Community College teaching fitness classes and developing her Yoga for Bones and Balance classes. Ellen started her own company, Fox River Yoga, in response to the pandemic closure of Waubonsee Community College and its fitness program. The business has allowed her to sponsor environmental events, like the Fox River Clean-Up in Montgomery and Oswego.

Ellen lives on the banks of the Fox River in downtown Oswego with her husband, Lyle Rosine, and her cat, Oscar. Lyle was a project manager for Suncast and holds several patents and is now retired. The couple met when both were part of a running group in Batavia.

Ellen has been most impressed by the enthusiasm she witnesses from the staff and the board of The Conservation Foundation. In short, she said, “I like hanging out with smart enthusiastic people.” And there’s a plethora of them here.