Connee Meschini
Committees: Executive/Personnel – Chair
Term: (01/18/05) 01/01/18 – 01/01/22

Connee Meschini is a Student Assistance Counselor at Woodstock School District 200. She has worked with the District for 12 years. A former Rotarian, she holds a Master’s Degree, a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor Certification, and has a 30-year history of working in nonprofits and at the community college. Since 2005, her desire to help those less fortunate, provide needed services for citizens, and to act in the best interest of County taxpayers has led her to serve on the Mental Health Board. Connee grew up in McHenry County and resides in Crystal Lake.

Cathy Ferguson
Vice President
Buildings and Grounds – Chair; By-Laws; Ethics and Compliance; Executive/Personnel
(05/21/13) 01/01/19 – 01/01/23

Cathy Ferguson retired from her work as a family therapist at Northwest Community Hospital after 35 years. She earned a Master’s Degree in Counseling, Bachelor’s degree in Special Education, Certificates in Physical Handicaps and Learning Disabilities, Mediation and Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD). She also worked as psychiatric liaison and a Special Education teacher for Klingberg residential school. Cathy has served on the Mental Health Board since 2013 and on Crystal Lake City Council since 1999. As a continuation of her life’s passion and as a working therapist, she felt that she could bring a different perspective to the Mental Health Board.

Dawn Pruchniak 
Committees: Buildings and Grounds; By-Laws; Ethics and Compliance – Chair; Executive/Personnel
08/16/16 – 01/01/21

Dawn Pruchniak is an entrepreneur with a BS in Industrial Engineering from University of WI Madison. She participated in Leadership Greater McHenry County (LGMC) Class of 2015 and is a member of Willow Creek Community Church Crystal Lake. She serves on the Mental Health Board in order to help lead McHenry County towards increased quantity and quality of services for those with substance addictions for a healthier community. She is a mother of (adult) triplets and a proud pet owner of one small medium-sized dog. Dawn resides in Woodstock.

Paula Yensen
County Board Liaison
Committees: By-Laws; Finance and Audit
Term: 02/21/17 – Open

Paula Yensen is a Lake in the Hills resident and has served as a McHenry County Board member since 2008. She holds a Ph.D. in Education from Michigan State University. She has worked as Executive Director of the United Way of Central Kane County and an Adjunct Faculty member at Harper College.
 Paula has served as County Board Liaison to the Mental Health Board since 2017. She is active on the Executive Board and Board of Directors of Age Guide, Chair of Senior Services Grant Commission, Vice Chair of McHenry County’s Public Health and Community Services, a board member of the Rotary Club of Lake in the Hills, and on the Woodstock Age Friendly Steering Committee. Paula’s passion behind her service with the Mental Health Board is to help make the not-for-profit sector as effective as possible, especially in underserved communities.

Mike Baber
Ethics and Compliance; Finance and Audit
02/21/17 – 01/01/21

Mike Baber runs a private mental health practice. Having been in the mental health field for over 30 years, he has worked in McHenry County at Youth Service Bureau, Family Service, and the Crisis Line. He was Director of Forest Hospital’s emergency services response team and crisis line, Director of social services for Vernon Hills Village and Police Department and Northfield Police Department.

Mike has a Doctorate (MA and BA) in Psychology and a CADC. He is a member of American Associations of Suicidology and its Illinois Chapter. He has earned the McHenry County Juvenile Officers Award for service to children and 8 Golden awards from United Way. Mike has provided expert witness on domestic violence and mental health issues, performed specialty crisis work for law enforcement and also provides therapy for police, firemen and military. He is a former member of Illinois Police Social Workers.

Mike serves on the Mental Health Board to ensure that the most vulnerable have access to quality services and he strives to support the agencies in McHenry County. Mike has lived in Marengo for 30 years with his wife and daughters.

Rachel Boldman
Ethics and Compliance; Finance and Audit
01/01/19 – 01/01/23

Rachel Boldman lives in Crystal Lake and is employed by McHenry County College as the Director of Crisis Intervention and Prevention Services. Her work history includes: Director of Student Counseling Services at Stetson University; Program Therapist at Halifax Behavioral Services (children and adolescents); Family Case Manager (foster care, dependency) at One Hope United, Patient and Family Counseling Intern at Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies. Rachel has BA in Communication Studies, minor in music from Stetson University; MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Stetson University and is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Education at Northern Illinois University. She is also licensed as a LCPC in Illinois.
 Rachel serves on the Suicide Prevention Task Force, Substance Abuse Coalition, is a member of American Counseling Association, American College Counseling Association, National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, and American College Personnel Association. She serves the Mental Health Board to combine her clinical expertise, leadership skills and diverse work experience to help her community.

Tracy Champion
Committees: Buildings and Grounds; Finance and Audit
Term: 01/01/19 – 01/01/23

Tracy Champion is employed at McHenry County College working with high school students who choose to earn college credit.  Previously, Tracy worked at Pioneer Center for Human Services for 15 years. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Marketing. Her knowledge of local agencies and desire to provide support to individuals with mental illness, developmental disabilities and substance abuse led to her interest in serving on the Mental Health Board. Tracy resides in Crystal Lake and has 8 grandchildren ranging in ages from 3-15.

Rev. Sarah Wilson
Committees: Buildings and Grounds; Ethics and Compliance
Term: (04/21/15) 01/01/19 – 01/01/21

The Rev. Sarah Wilson has served as a Lutheran pastor (ELCA) since 2004 at churches in Hebron, Wonder Lake, and, currently, Cary. She received a master of divinity from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and her master of social work from the University of Chicago. She completed internships for her MSW at Family Service, McHenry and Turning Point, Woodstock. Sarah had never heard of the Mental Health Board until several people suggested she consider serving on the board; and her time serving, since 2015, has been fulfilling and meaningful. Because of her work as a pastor, she sees firsthand the impacts of the Board’s decisions on her parishioners and the community. Sarah and her family of 5 lived in Woodstock for 17 years and now reside in Crystal Lake.