Meet Wayne Anderson
Board Chair Fiscal Year 2018 – 2019
Wayne was introduced to Kenneth Young Center by his neighbor Bill — a passionate ambassador for the agency and long-term Board Member. As strong Board Members do, Bill told Wayne about the important work being done by KYC and invited him to come to KYC’s events to learn more.
By 2013, Wayne was not only attending KYC’s special events, he joined the Golf Committee to help plan them. He even volunteered to walk the runway at the annual Fashion Show as one of the “Men in Tux”, selling raffle tickets and assisting at the event, always with a quick wit and a warm smile.
In February of 2016, after being nominated by his neighbor Bill, he deepened his commitment and joined the Board of Directors. After two years, he was elected as the Chair of the Board and served in this capacity from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019. During this time, Wayne led the Board as they identified and hired KYC’s new CEO, Grace Hong Duffin.
“Wayne has an uncanny ability to balance the structure and strategy needed to keep projects on task, with the humor and thoughtfulness that make him a joy to work with” said Grace.
Wayne continues to actively serve on the Board of Directors and the Finance Committee. KYC is proud to recognize and thank Wayne for his commitment to our organization. We look forward to continuing our work together!
Special Reflection from Former Board Chair (Fiscal Year 2012 – 2014) Bill Rudolph
I had the great pleasure of first meeting Wayne and his family when we moved from Georgia to Fox River Grove in 2000. Wayne Anderson is an exceptional individual. Wayne and his family truly demonstrate Midwestern warmth and hospitality. Over the years, our families have spent many enjoyable hours together including holidays.
Wayne and his wife Lisa have raised two exceptional children. Molly has spent several summers at a camp working for special needs individuals and Tyler recently completed a two year assignment in Paraguay as a Peace Corp volunteer. Wayne was also a volunteer coach for several youth sports leagues and provided leadership for many children in the neighborhood over the years.
Having come to know Wayne through our many interactions, I felt he would be a good fit for KYC. I was honored to sponsor Wayne’s membership in the Board of Directors. In spite of his hectic work schedule, Wayne supported several of the committees needed to provide direction for KYC’s many programs. His efforts were recognized by the organization when he was asked to assume the role of Chairman of the Board. I know he is proud of the things KYC has accomplished during his tenure and his contributions. I am proud to call him my friend.
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