Professional leadership

Dr. Paula Yensen was a Lake in the Hills Village Trustee from 2001 to 2008. A tireless campaigner, she surprised local insiders in her first campaign with a stunning vote total, handily beating all challengers and setting an agenda for more sensible village growth. Along with fellow village board member Joe Murawski, Paula was Village liaison to the Transportation Committee of the McHenry County Board. In this role, she was highly effective in promoting better accountability and cooperation from the County.

In 2008, she was elected to her first term on the McHenry County Board. In 2010 she was named Vice-Chair of the County Transportation Committee, and Chair of the county's Stormwater Commission. In 2012, Paula was named Chair of the Management Services Committee, one of the most important assignments on the County Board. She held a total of eight committee assignments, the most of any County Board member.

In 2015, Paula was once again elected to the Lake in the Hills Village Board. She has made transparency, professionalism and budget stewardship her most important priorities. In 2016, Paula was re-elected to the McHenry County Board.

She recently retired as Executive Director of the United Way of Central Kane County. Against all odds, she actually succeeded in increasing  contributions year after year, despite the recession and the devastating loss of local business giants Arthur Anderson and General Mills.

With over 20 years of success in leading community services agencies, Paula has proven that she can bring the common-sense approach of business to the non-profit world. She has also developed the rarest of skills — the ability to do more with less. It's a skill she intends to use again as a member of the Lake in the Hills Village Board.

Volunteer leadership

Paula has a long and impressive record of volunteer accomplishment. Paula served on the Ingham County Women’s Commission and Fair Housing Center in Lansing, Michigan, where she also founded the Economic Justice Task Force. As an expert in consumer advocacy, Paula testified before the Michigan State Legislature.

Paula is a National Operational Volunteer for Girl Scouts. As a member of a very select group of skilled executives, she is called upon to use her expertise in fund raising to help Girl Scout councils across the United States improve their funding base.

Dr. Yensen is currently a board member of the Fox Valley Philanthropic Network, a former board member of the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County, a founder of the Kane County Council on Child Abuse and Neglect, and has served in leadership roles with numerous public service and governmental groups in Michigan, Ohio, and Illinois.

Paula is a former President of the Hamilton, Ohio YWCA Board of Directors and a former Advisory Committee Member for the Michigan Women’s Foundation.

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