Randy DeCoursey Steps into New Role on Erie House Board of Directors
August 19, 2015 | Chicago, IL
A little over a year removed from his tenure as school board member for Prospect Heights District 23, Randy DeCoursey felt like it was time to find a new opportunity to give back to the community. He just wasn’t certain what that would look like. “I wanted to do something, but I wasn’t sure what that would be,” he explains.
Randy sought out the counsel of an advisory team at Allstate, where he is the vice president of agency service. “Allstate has a very strong commitment to the community,” says Randy. “It is woven into the fabric of the company.” His colleagues helped him identify his own strengths and interests, and they provided him with a small list of nonprofit organizations that could possibly be a good match for him.
Among the agencies presented to DeCoursey was Erie Neighborhood House. Allstate has partnered with Erie House in the past as a sponsor at its annual dinner, including the 2015 Future of Promise awards dinner that raised an unprecedented $440,000.
After meeting with Erie House executive director Celena Roldán-Moreno and senior director of development Kirstin Chernawsky, Randy felt confident about supporting the mission of the organization as a member of its board of directors.
“The overall emphasis on education is very appealing to me,” he says, noting that Erie House’s commitment to adult education in particular is a unique but vital approach to human services. “A lot of times (adult education) gets left out when making decisions about which programs to support,” he observes.
His experience as a school board member will translate well into this new role. “You deal with similar issues,” he says, “such as understanding budgets and looking for efficiency in the way the organization operates.”
“Given the current state of the Illinois budget and the high demand for the services Erie House provides, Randy’s leadership experience will prove to be invaluable,” says Roldán-Moreno, who notes that Allstate has served as a trusted funding partner to Erie House in the past. “We’re thrilled to have an Allstate executive of Randy’s caliber join our board of directors.”
Randy lives in Wheeling, Ill., with his wife, Kathy. Both are highly involved in the academic and extracurricular activities of their two children still living at home, including the Wheeling Instrumental League. Their oldest son is a midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.