Dave Van Der Laan
Dave Van Der Laan was appointed to the Downers Grove Township Board in 2017. He holds a B.M. in Vocal Performance from Hope College, an M.A. in Arts Administration from Indiana University, and a J.D. from Northwestern University. Dave is an intellectual property litigation attorney with Locke Lord in downtown Chicago.
Having grown up just outside of Downers Grove Township in unincorporated Lombard, Dave now lives with his wife Joya and three young children in Westmont. Dave serves on the Board of Directors for the nonprofit organization New Moms, and is a committeeman in the Downers Grove Township Republican Organization. The Van Der Laans are active members of Christ Church of Oak Brook, where Dave sings with the Chancel Choir.
Arthur Donner and his wife Kathleen are residents of Darien. Art has a Bachelor of Science in Commerce from DePaul University. He is a licensed CPA in Illinois and operates a CPA firm located in Willowbrook, Illinois. Art’s business background includes development of commercial and affordable housing projects throughout the United States.
Arthur is a 31 year resident of Darien, the former treasurer of the City of Darien and is an active member and past president of the Darien Lions Club and Foundation. Art and Kathleen are members of The Our Lady of Peace Catholic Parish and have four adult daughters and two grandchildren.
Abby Ferguson was elected to the Downers Grove Township Board in 2017. Abby has a B.A. degree in both Political Science and History from Elmhurst College. During college Abby studied at both American University in Washington, D.C. and St. Andrews University in St. Andrews, Scotland. She also played on the Elmhurst College Women’s Golf Team.
Abby lived in Springfield where she worked as a fellow on the Illinois Senate Staff on both the Insurance Committee and the Pensions Committee. She has worked on several campaigns and in the public affairs arena where she currently manages the Chicago Area Public Affairs Group.
Abby is a committeeman in the Downers Grove Township Republican Organization (DGTRO). Abby is also a member of the DuPage Young Republicans, the Hinsdale Junior Women’s Club, and the Clarendon Hills Special Events Committee. She attends Christ Church of Oak Brook.
Karen, lifelong resident of Downers Grove, is a graduate of Downers Grove South High School. She holds a B.S. Degree in Management and Business from National Louis University.
Karen was employed in the corporate environment for more than forty years and began her career at McDonald’s Corporation and worked in Human Resources and Purchasing. She recently retired from CNH Industrial where she worked in Treasury and Finance.
Karen is passionate about volunteering and giving time to the community. She is a horse care provider for the Forest Preserve of DuPage County volunteering for more than ten years. She is a member of the Friends of Danada Fact Finder’s Committee, currently unearthing historical facts about Dan and Ada Rice, owners of the Danada Farm and racing stables in Wheaton. Additionally, Karen was a committee member for a Fashion Show Fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House and chaired the event in 2004.
Karen and her husband Arthur live in Downers Grove and have two adult daughters, one son, seven grandchildren and one great grandchild.
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