- Wine, craft beer and soft drinks
- Hot and cold hors d’oeuvres
- Paula’s special desserts
The beginning of Autumn is a great time for a get-together. Don’t miss this chance to hang out with a house full of open-minded people who know how to have fun. There will be plenty to talk about, and plenty of refreshments to keep you nourished while we support Democratic County Board member Paula Yensen!
If you cannot attend but would like to make a donation, please CLICK HERE.WHENSeptember 22, 2019 at 3pmWHEREPaula's Home
971 Brittany Bnd
Lake in the Hills, IL 60156
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In 2001 Paula made the decision to run for the Lake in the Hills Village Board because she was interested in preserving the environmental quality of our community. She worked very hard to listen to the voters during the campaign, and made a promise to represent their concerns. Against all odds, she won that campaign and went on to serve two terms on the Village Board. She has been elected three times to the McHenry County Board, in 2008, 2012 and 2016.
Paula believes that government must be focused on service to the public. Her simple philosophy:
“Be fair, be effective, and respect the taxpayers. Government can and does work when politicians adhere to that principle.”
Too often we see the failures of government, and rarely do we hear success stories. It’s discouraging to see the dysfunction in Washington and Springfield, and it’s hard to imagine we can do much to fix those problems in the near term. But at the local level, Paula believes we really can make a difference.
“Men and women of good will can work together to solve problems and make our county and local governments serve the public effectively.”
All of us are being forced to tighten our belts, and local government must learn to do more with less. Paula knows how to balance budgets. The answer is not more taxes, it’s better, smarter government. We must partner with developers, municipalities, state and federal funding sources to attract the kind of economic growth that will broaden our tax base, bring us good-paying jobs, and ensure a diverse, sustainable business environment.
Paula has knocked on over 25,000 doors during her election campaigns. It’s grueling work, but it’s the only way to really hear the concerns of citizens. There is no substitute for face-to-face contact with voters. There’s also no substitute for grassroots support from people like you. Your financial support helped Paula mount an aggressive campaign and return to the County Board in 2016. She is looking forward to continuing to serve you in 2020 and beyond.
“I hope you will support my efforts to fight for fair, effective local government. Thanks.”
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.
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.
When Dr. Yensen began her undergraduate career at Michigan State University, she never dreamt that one day she would earn a Ph.D. while studying with some of the world's most respected urban theorists and policy makers. The educational opportunities afforded to her have helped her grow from a concerned young woman into an effective community leader with a mature vision for the future.
Her high energy and dedication to community activism drew the attention of leading faculty at Michigan State, who recruited her to take part in several ground-breaking studies of urban development during her graduate program. Dr. Yensen is still intensely interested in the dynamics of public and private intervention in local and regional economies, affordable housing policy, and fostering new employment opportunities in economically challenged communities.
Her study of family structure and mechanisms led to an interest in domestic violence and sexual assault prevention. Her interest was far more than academic: she became the executive director at a shelter for battered women. She also helped develop the rape evidence collection protocol ("rape kit")later adopted by the Michigan State Police and law enforcement nation-wide.
- Ph.D., Michigan State University
Major: Adult Education, Urban Affairs Programs and Family and Child Sciences.
- M.A., Michigan State University
Major: Adult Education. Minor: Family and Child Sciences.
- B.S., Michigan State University
Major: Consumer-Community Services. Minor: Sociology.
- Ph.D., Michigan State University
Paula grew up in a traditional farming community just north of Lansing, Michigan, and is the daughter of Paul Yensen, a Danish immigrant from Copenhagen. The elder Yensen served in the Navy during World War II, and was lucky to survive perilous convoy duty in the North Atlantic. After the war, Paul hauled raw milk to pasteurizing plants for local farmers. Paula's mother Retha was employed as a nurse at a local hospital, where Paula herself later worked as a dietary aide. After high school, she married and became a member of the AFSCME labor union when she began working in the bakery at Michigan State University.
As a young mother of two children, Paula enrolled in college to pursue studies in community service. Paula later earned a Ph.D. in Education, with minors in Urban Affairs and Family and Child Science from Michigan State University. While a graduate student, she received the Women in State Government Scholarship, based on academic excellence and community service. Her graduate studies included in-depth research in affordable housing and employment issues, non-traditional learning, and urban planning issues. Her Ph.D. dissertation was focused on adult learning behavior at a shelter for battered women in Hamilton, Ohio.
Paula served on the Ingham County Women’s Commission and was a co-founder of the Fair Housing Center in Lansing, Michigan. She also founded the Michigan Economic Justice Task Force, and offered consumer advocacy testimony before the Michigan State Legislature. While active in Michigan politics, Paula was admired and respected by friends on both sides of the political aisle, including Republican former Michigan first lady Helen Milliken, and Democrat Debbie Stabenow, now a U.S. Senator. Her bi-partisan approach to politics continues to this day.
More recently, Paula was elected to two terms as a village trustee in Lake in the Hills and two terms on the McHenry County Board. She quickly became known for her hard work and effective leadership. In 2015 she re-joined the Lake in the Hills Village Board. She recently retired as Executive Director of United Way of Central Kane County and a national operational volunteer for Girl Scouts. She also teaches classes in fund raising, grant writing, board governance and leadership at Harper College.
Dr. Yensen's daughter Jamie will enter the ministry after completing her studies at Drew University in New Jersey. Her son Jason does marketing research for the automotive industry in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Her husband Michael is a product manager for Quad/Graphics, the largest printing company in the Americas.
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