Friends of the Old Courthouse is a non-profit organization (501c3) dedicated to raising awareness of the historical significance of the Old McHenry County Courthouse and Sheriff’s House on the Woodstock Square and to raising funds that will further the restoration of the buildings.
Mail and Administration Address:
Friends of the Old Courthouse
P.O. Box 385
Woodstock, IL 60098
Location of the Old McHenry County Courthouse and Sheriff’s House:
101 N. Johnson
Woodstock, IL 60098
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Friends of the Old Courthouse Board
Julie Miller, President
Julie, the daughter of U.S. Navy parents, spent her childhood in Crystal Lake and Bull Valley, graduating from Woodstock High School. Afterward, she moved to Los Angeles for college, were she met and married her late husband, also Navy. After 35 years living around the country and in Okinawa, she decided in 2015 to go back home to Woodstock. Julie holds a masters’s degree in public relations and mass communication, and is the Vice President of a military-focused multi-media publisher. She served as FOTOC’s president from 2016-2021, and returned to that role in late 2022. Julie adores her grown children, musical theater, travel and community service.
Sue Stelford, Vice President
Sue is an Art History Professor with a great appreciation for history and architecture. She lives in Woodstock with her family and has been volunteering since she was a teenager. After serving McHenry County on the boards of the Northwest Area Arts Council, the McHenry County Human Relations Council, and the McHenry County Historic Preservation Commission, she founded the Friends of the Old Courthouse in late 2015 to restore McHenry County’s Old Courthouse and Sheriff’s House. Sue created FOTOC’s annual Gingerbread House Walk and Dancing with the Courthouse Stars and is currently STILL working on completing the community project, Breaking a World Record for Longest Cartoon Strip by a Team. Sue loves to travel, read, and go to the movies.
Matthew Karolczak, Treasurer
Matthew has been a life-long resident of Woodstock. He graduated from Northern Illinois University in 2014 with his Bachelor’s in Accounting and currently works for Pactiv Evergreen as an internal auditor. He is also a co-owner of Shattered Terrain LLC, a side business with 2 friends creating and selling modular tabletop role-playing game components. During his grade school through middle school years, he attended art lessons held at the Old Courthouse and developed a love for art, art history, and architecture. Matthew loves going to museums, playing board games, and spending time with his friends and family.
Tom is the owner of Forge Technology, Inc. that supplies and supports simulation software and equipment to metal forming industries throughout the United States. He moved to Woodstock in the late 1980s and has raised a family here with his wife, Katherine. Tom has served on Woodstock’s Old Courthouse Advisory Commission since 2017 and has been with the Friends group since 2016. He is passionate about music, writing, history and all things outdoors and nerdy.
Jose was born in Havana Cuba but has been a resident of McHenry County for many years. He has been a licensed real estate agent since 1983 and has a real estate Brokers license for Illinois and Wisconsin. One of his favorite things about selling is marketing older homes. He joined “Friends of the Old Courthouse” because of his love for older architecture and to give back to the community he works in. Jose is married to to his wife Linda and has two daughters. He enjoys entertaining, hiking, finding great new restaurants, and traveling with his wife and family.
Tina is a former McHenry County Board Chairwoman, who has a
desire for good government and helping people get involved in their
community. Before that Tina was a Legislative Assistant to our local State Representatives. Currently she takes on individual clients who need help reaching a goal for the public good. In her spare time, Tina volunteers for the homeless, breast cancer fundraising, and in her parish, St. Ann’s Episcopal Church in Woodstock. Currently she serves on the Friends of the Old Courthouse board, raising funds to restore this historic and important structure back to the community.
Ed has lived in McHenry County in the Marengo area since 1971. He served in law enforcement on the local, county, and state levels for 33 years and retired from the Algonquin Police Department as Deputy Chief. Currently he works as a corporate internal fraud investigator for a major international insurance company. Ed has served on the McHenry County Historical Society Board and the McHenry County Civil War Roundtable Board. He is a history buff with focus on the Civil War, Old West, local crime history, and from 2011 to 2020 he wrote a local history column for the Marengo-Union Times. Ed has been married to his wife Diane for 34 years and they enjoy travelling, hiking, and visiting microbreweries wherever they can find them in their travels.
Darrell is a twelve-year resident of Woodstock. He is the City Planner for the City of Woodstock. He served on the Woodstock Planning Commission from 2010-2018. Darrell joined the board of the Friends in 2017.