Gary M. Balgemann(President)
Gary was educated at Elmhurst College, Andover Newton Theological School, George Williams College and the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Before beginning his thirty-three year career in the 18th Judicial Circuit Court Department of Probation and Court Services, he worked in a church and a residential treatment center for troubled adolescents in up-state New York.
During his years with the Probation Department that ended at his retirement in June, 2007, he served as a Juvenile Detention Officer, worked as a family therapist in a court diversion unit, designed and implemented the community service sentencing option for adult and juvenile offenders, served as a juvenile case worker (specializing in status offender services), served as an investigator, served as juvenile court diversion officer, and ended his career as a Restorative Justice and victim awareness program developer and trainer.
As a member of the Illinois Probation and Court Services Association, he founded the Victim Concerns Committee and received the Gene Hughes Award, representing the highest standards of the profession.
interests outside work have included tennis, golf, competitive barbershop quartet and chorus performances, and participating with his
wife on a medical service team in Guatemala, Central America.
He has recently joined the board of the Illinois Balanced and Restorative Justice Initiative, in addition to serving as the chairperson of the Foundation for CHANGE.
has a remarkable wife, Lucrecia, two incredible children with outstanding spouses, and five incomparable grandchildren.