Board of Directors

Empower Boone is governed by a volunteer board, whose members serve until their successors are approved the existing board. Our board of directors consists of individuals from all walks of life, including, without limitation, private businesses, public employers and elected officials.

Eric Miller, President

Resident of Poplar Grove since August 2015. Engaged to Karri Anderberg. Three daughters – Addison, Brooklyn, and Cora. B.A. Economics & Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2001. J.D., The John Marshall Law School, 2004. Admitted to practice law in the State of Illinois since November 2004. Also admitted to the following bars for the practice of law: 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and Northern District of Illinois. President, Eric J. Miller Law Group, Ltd., Rockford, Illinois, 2015-present. Associate Attorney, Farwell Farwell & Associates, P.C., Arlington Heights, Illinois 2004-2014. Elected Delegate from the 16th Congressional District to the 2016 Republican National Convention. Elected Trustee of the Village of Poplar Grove, 2017. Comment, The “Cost” of Securing Domestic Air Travel, 21 John Marshall Journal of Computer & Infomation Law 405, 2003. Staff Editor, John Marshall Journal of Computer & Information Law, 2003-2004. Parliamentarian, Wisconsin United Residence Hall Association, 2000-2001.

David Larson, Treasurer

Board member since 2012. David is the owner and publisher of the community’s newspaper The Boone County Journal which he started publishing in 1996. Larson has a Masters of Arts degree from Northern Illinois University in History. As a life long member of the Boone County community he has an interest in social issues and public policy.

Veronica Skaradzinski, Board Member

As a SNAP-Ed educator for University of Illinois Extension, Skaradzinski is excited to support the board as a partnering agency. In her role, Veronica aims to create health equity by supporting organizations that serve families who are low income. Since growing up in Belvidere, she takes personal interest in supporting the pantry.

Sheryl Prather, Board Member

A resident of Belvidere since 1996 and a self employed mother of four. Sheryl is the secretary on the executive board of directors of Boone County CASA, and member of the Belvidere Chamber of Commerce. She understands the hardship that face members of the community and hope to help strengthen the organization by serving however she can.

Gloria Totz, Board Member

Gloria, a lifelong resident of Belvidere, married for 46 years, has raised her family in Belvidere and is now retired. Gloria joined the Pantry Board to share a different perspective on the services offered and the quality of food provided by Empower Boone. Gloria has been a recipient of Empower Boone’s services on occasions over the years.