Rock Valley College
Rockford, Illinois

Rock Valley College Foundation adds new members

Posted: Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Media Contact: Dave Costello, 815-921-4516

The Rock Valley College Foundation is proud to announce the addition of five new members to its board. Steve Casper, Commercial Operations Manager for Woodward; Dr. Steve Gunderson, CEO, Medical Director of Rockford Ambulatory Surgery/Rockford Anesthesiologists Associated; Robert King, Vice President/Senior Business Development Officer for Associated Bank; Tim Rollins, partner in the law firm of WilliamsMcCarthy LLP; and Michelle Scandroli, Community Leader, were unanimously accepted to the board at its May meeting and were seated at the board’s July meeting. The Foundation Board currently has 23 members.

Established in 1979, the Rock Valley College Foundation’s mission is to support the priorities of RVC for quality programs and service to the college district by obtaining private contributions.

New Member Biographies

Steve Casper is the Commercial Operations Manager for Woodward, with responsibilities for inside sales and proposal management.  A native of St. Paul, Minnesota, Steve has resided in Rockford since the age of three.  His alma maters include Holy Family, Boylan, Rock Valley College, Illinois State University, and Rockford College.  Organizations include the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign, St. Peter’s Parish, Rockford Ravens, and the Rockford Wildcats Basketball Advisory Board.  His interests include golf, running, basketball, and rugby.  Steve and his wife Cindy are the parents of Sven, age 17, and Gwen, age 15.

Dr. Steve Gunderson is CEO, Medical Director of Rockford Ambulatory Surgery/Rockford Anesthesiologists Associated.  Steve’s responsibility is the management of clinical and non-clinical operations at the surgery center.  His alma maters are Rock Valley College, Drake University, and Des Moines University.  Steve is a member of the RVC Foundation’s Alumni Hall of Fame.  A Rockford native, Steve’s volunteer organizations include the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, the University of Illinois College of Medicine, the IDPH Hospital Report Card Act & Consumer Guide to Health Care Advisory Committee, and the Board of Ambulatory Surgery Certification.  Steve also served as a wonderful Honorary Chair of Starry, Starry Night 2010.  He enjoys woodworking, fishing, hunting, and skeet shooting. He and his wife Tina have four children:  Kelly, an attorney underwriter; Kimberly, a registered nurse; Tory, in his 3rd year of pharmacy school; and Erin, a student at the University of Illinois, Urbana.

Robert King is Vice President/Senior Business Development Officer for Associated Bank.  He is the Team Leader for the business development group in Illinois, serving selected businesses with their lending and depository needs. Robert’s hometown is Des Moines, and his alma mater is Hawkeye State College.  He serves on the Rockford Area Ventures & Entertainment (RAVE) Authority and serves on the Board of Directors of the Rockford Chamber of Commerce, Legacy Academy, and Neighborhood Networks.  Robert’s Wife Ritchia is a District 205 educator, and they are the parents of Kordell Jeremiah King, 6th grade at Christian Life Middle School; Daniel Robert King, 4th grade at Legacy Academy of Excellence; and Stephen Michael King, 2nd grade at Christian Life Elementary.  His father-in-law is Pastor Arnell Smith of Deliverance Crusaders Center. 

Robert wishes to share the fascinating information about his family and heritage:  “I come from a good and historically rich family background—both of my maternal grandparents were college educated.  My grandfather was a high school teacher and later became a Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.  My grandmother was one of the first African-Americans to work for the Federal Government in the 1940’s.  Also, they were personal friends with President Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower and invited to have tea at the White House in the 1950’s.”

Tim Rollins is a partner in the law firm of WilliamsMcCarthy LLP.  Tim is a native of Mendota and a graduate of the University of Illinois, Urbana and Harvard Law School.  Tim has served as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Rockford Chamber of Commerce and as chair of its Public Education Council.  In addition, he has served on the Dean’s Council of the University of Illinois College of Medicine-Rockford and is a past member of the Rockford Area Arts Council.  Tim and his wife Carrie are the parents of five children:  Samantha, age 27; Joshua, age 25; Katie, age 23; Will, age 3; and Zach, age 1.  His interests include raising a growing family.

Michelle Scandroli worked at AMCORE Investment Group until she started her family and then had a small event planning business.  Her alma maters are Boylan High School and the University of Illinois.  Volunteer activities include past president of Junior League and past chair of Evergreen Ball.  In her spare time she enjoys running, gardening, decorating, and reading.  Michelle is married to Joe Scandroli and has four children:  Michael, age 14; Logan, age 10; Lucas, age 3; and Melina, age 1.

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