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Estate Planning 101: Protect Your Family’s Future

Join us for this complimentary seminar to learn more about what to consider when creating a personal plan to protect your family’s future. If you have questions, contact Rachel Gundersen, Vice President of Advancement, at 331-208-9423 or via email. Please RSVP by April 20.


Seminar Speakers:

   Constance B. Renzi, Partner, Mickey, Wilson, Weiler, Renzi, Lenert & Julien, P.C.
   Catherine E. Lenert, Partner, Mickey, Wilson, Weiler, Renzi, Lenert & Julien, P.C.
   Julie Christman, President & CEO, Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley

CONSTANCE B. RENZI (“Connie”), attorney at law, is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law. Connie is a frequent lecturer and has written various articles on estate planning, disability planning and various elder law topics. Her office is located in Sugar Grove, Illinois, where she is the co-managing partner of the Elder Law Center, P.C., which is a division of the law firm of Mickey, Wilson, Weiler, Renzi, Lenert, & Julien, P.C., where she is also a partner. Connie is a Past President of the Illinois Chapter of National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc., and is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. She is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and is a Past Chairperson of the Association’s Elder Law Section Council, and a past co-editor for the Council’s newsletter. Connie is a member of the Kane County Bar Association, as well as a past chair of the Association’s Estate Planning, Probate, and Elder Law Committee. She is a former board member of the Provena Senior Services Board of Directors, and has served as a board member of other community boards. In addition, Connie has been selected as both a Leading Lawyer and a Super Lawyer in Illinois, and is a past recipient of the award for Outstanding Achievement in the NAELA-IL Chapter (1995).

CATHERINE E. LENERT is a partner at the Elder Law Center and the Law firm of Mickey, Wilson, Weiler, Renzi, Lenert & Julien, P.C. in Sugar Grove, Illinois. She graduated from the University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign (B.A., magna cum laude, 2005), and obtained her law degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law (J.D., 2008). She is a member of the Kane County and Illinois State Bar Associations, and she is a past president of the Illinois Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, and a current member of the Board of Directors. She has served as a continuing legal education presenter for National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys Illinois Chapter, the Illinois State Bar Association, the Kane County Bar Association, the DuPage County Bar Association, the National Business Institute, and the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education. Catherine began her career by working as a Staff Attorney for the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit. She now focuses her practice in the areas of estate planning, long-term care/Medicaid planning, Probate, and Guardianships, and has more than a decade of experience assisting clients and their families in navigating these important and often complex matters.

JULIE CHRISTMAN is the President and CEO of the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley. She began this role in January of 2020. She has been with the Foundation for eight years and her prior roles included Vice President of Community Involvement and Partnerships and Director of Community Involvement and Partnerships. She received her master’s degree in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis and her undergraduate degree from Saint Louis University. Prior to joining the foundation, she was an Adjunct Professor at Aurora University and the Foundation and Corporate Relations Manager for the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA). She has over twenty years of community engagement and donor relations experience. She is involved with many community organizations and in 2019 received a Woman of Power award from the Quad County Urban League. She is a member of the Alliance for Illinois Community Foundations, Council on Foundations, and the Fox Valley Estate Planning Association.

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Richard and Susan Schindel Scholarship Funds

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Past Scholarship Recipient & Current Leadership Coach

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Sharon Stredde

President Emeritus

As a first-generation college student from a low-income family, I was worried about how I was going to pay for books and supplies. This scholarship will allow me to focus more on my studies instead of worrying about how to afford college. I am working to not only create opportunities for myself but to motivate future generations. Thank you so much for helping me along this journey!

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Claude & Alice Allen Memorial Scholarship Recipient

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[Renewing Scholarship Recipient] Graduate of Hinkley-Big Rock High School

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