YWCA Rockford welcomes four new board members

Kelly Galluzzo (clockwise, from top left), Honorable Judge Gwyn Gulley, Stacie Talbert Scott and Tiana J. McCall
Kelly Galluzzo (clockwise, from top left), Honorable Judge Gwyn Gulley, Stacie Talbert Scott and Tiana J. McCall

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YWCA Rockford has welcomed four new members — Kelly Galluzzo, Honorable Judge Gwyn Gulley, Tiana McCall and Stacie Talbert Scott — to its board of directors.

Kelly Galluzzo, account executive, WREX-TV — Kelly has lived in the Boone county area for the past 15 years. Currently, she works as an account executive for 13 WREX-TV. She began her professional career in Rockford in 2001 as a news reporter and producer at the CBS affiliate news station. In 2004, Kelly joined Growth Dimensions, the economic development organization for Belvidere-Boone County, where she worked for the better part of the past 10 years. During her tenure at Growth Dimensions, Kelly worked closely with community and business leaders in the efforts to retain and attract business development in the Belvidere-Boone County area.

Kelly graduated from Northern Illinois University (NIU) with a master’s degree in communications and a bachelor’s in journalism. She also attended the Economic Development Institute through the University of Oklahoma, along with completing public administration course work in economic development through NIU.

As a member of the YWCA, Kelly is serving as co-chairman for the 2015 YWCA Leader Luncheon.

Honorable Judge Gwyn Gulley — Judge Gwyn Gulley is a lifelong resident of Rockford and a graduate of Rockford Guilford High School. She attended Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois, and earned a double Bachelor of Science degree in political science and home economics with a sequence in fashion merchandising in 1986. She then went on to Thurgood Marshall School of Law in Houston, Texas, graduating in 1991. She served on Law Review.

Judge Gulley returned to Rockford to practice law after obtaining her juris doctorate. Prior to her judicial career, her primary areas of practice included civil litigation, commercial litigation, workers’ compensation, estate planning, probate and real estate law. She has also served as an assistant public defender. Judge Gulley was admitted to the U.S. District Court trial bar in 1994. In November of 2008, Judge Gulley was elected as a Circuit Court Judge of the 17th Judicial Circuit, Sub-circuit 1. She is the first African-American female to be elected to the bench. She is assigned to the Family Law division, where she serves as supervising judge. She was previously assigned to the Civil Law division, and served as supervising judge of Mandatory Arbitration.

Judge Gulley has been very active in the Rockford community serving on numerous boards and organizations including Booker Washington Community Center, Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois, Northern Illinois Hospice, Janet Wattles Foundation, OSF St. Anthony Medical Center Advisory Board, and the Rockford Chamber of Commerce where she served as a board member and chairman of the Multicultural Business Council. She formerly served as a Commissioner and vice chairman of the Chicago Rockford International Airport Board having been appointed by former mayors Charles Box and Doug Scott. Judge Gulley also served as a mentor with the Junior League of Rockford RAISE program at Jefferson High School. She is currently a member of the Winnebago County Bar, National Bar and Illinois Judges Associations and serves on the board of directors of the Rockford Park District Foundation, Rockford Association for Minority Management, and serves as chairman of the WCBA Diversity Committee. She is a member of New Zion Missionary Baptist Church and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Pi Gamma Omega Chapter. Judge Gulley was the 2011 Recipient of the YWCA Community Leadership Award.

Tiana J. McCall, Illinois Department of Human Services — Tiana McCall (Cooper) is an educational enthusiast, an energizer and engineer. Tiana McCall is an explorer, influencer and cheerleader for the city of Rockford. She is a native of Rockford. She attended Rockford public schools during the historic People Who Care lawsuit era. Tiana attended Rockford College (University), where she obtained a Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in marketing (2009) and Clark Atlanta University, where she obtained a bachelor’s of arts degree in psychology (2001). Since her return to the Rockford area in 2014, she has been a dedicated steward of the Rockford area, enthralling herself into actively serving this community in pursuit of a better Rockford. There are two mottos that she often uses, “It is unfair to ask of others what you are unwilling to do yourself,” and “I’ll find a way or I’ll make one.” Reciting these mottos helps her to stay energized and enthusiastic in her pursuit to serve her community.

Tiana has more than 13 years of experience working in social services, both in Illinois and Georgia. Tiana has worked at mental health agencies, foster care and adoption services, adolescent residential facilities, a community college, and elementary schools. Tiana currently works for the Illinois Department of Human Services. Her current position has afforded her the opportunity to work firsthand with diverse populations of Rockford.

Currently, she volunteers and/or serves as a board member for several community organizations, such as Miles Memorial C.M.E. Church, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, Rockford Association for Minority Management (RAMM), the Golden Apple Foundation, and the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois. She volunteered in the past with the YMCA Black and Latino Achievers, Rockford Alcohol Free Teens (RAFT), Rockford College MBA Advisory Board, Brothers and Sisters United Against HIV and AIDS (BASUAH), and Rockford Youth Initiative. Each organization targets a different segment of Rockford’s community.

Tiana is a graduate of the Rockford Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Rockford program, is a recipient of the Rockford Chamber of Commerce, Top 40 Leaders Under 40 Award, and a nominee of Who’s Who Rockford Top 25 African American Leaders to Watch.

Stacie Talbert Scott, executive director of budget and purchasing, Rockford Public Schools — Stacie Talbert Scott was born and raised in Rockford and is a proud graduate of Rockford Auburn High School. Stacie received her bachelor of arts degree in accounting from St. Ambrose University and her Master Business Administration from Rockford College. She is employed with the Rockford Public Schools as the executive director of budget and purchasing.

Stacie has more than 20 years of experience in government and not-for-profit finance and management to include budgeting and financial planning, accounting and financial reporting, debt and treasury management, operations, process improvement and internal and compliance auditing. Previous employers include Winnebago County Auditor’s Office, Illinois State Board of Education, Rock Valley College, and Rockford Park District. Under the her financial leadership, governments have been awarded Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting and Popular annual financial Reporting Awards through the Government Finance Officers Association of United States and Canada (GFOA).

Stacie is a Certified Six Sigma Green Belt and was awarded the 2012 Booker Washington Center “25 Black Leaders to Watch” Award and 2009 Rockford Chamber of Commerce “40 Leaders Under 40” Award recipient. She is an active member of GFOA and was selected and served six years on the Committee on Accounting, Auditing, and Financial Reporting. Stacie has been active on various boards in the community and really enjoys working with not-for-profits.

YWCA Rockford

Since 1891, YWCA Rockford has remained dedicated to its mission, “eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.” YWCA Rockford provides programming and advocacies for more than 6,500 women, children, and families each month, who seek economic self-sufficiency through child care subsidy, job skills and computer training. Proceeds also assist with community racial justice work that promotes a clear commitment to equality. YWCA Rockford delivers services and programming to the northern Illinois counties of Boone, Winnebago, Stephenson, and Jo Daviess.

Posted Dec. 11, 2014

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