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 is the Vice President of sales at AmeriForce Media, a U.S. military multi-media publishing company. She has served on the FOTOC board since its inception in January 2016. Julie lived in McHenry County (Crystal Lake and Woodstock) through high school. After leaving home for college in Los Angeles, she married a U.S. Navy member and lived around the country and the world for 35 years, before settling back home in Woodstock in 2015. She has a master’s degree in mass communications and public relations from Kent State University and a bachelor’s degree in communications from University of Maryland. Julie has two grown children living in New York and Chicago. She and her son were both born in the military hospital on Okinawa, Japan; both having Navy fathers. In addition to serving Friends of the Old Courthouse, Julie enjoys musical theater, reading and writing, travel, and getting involved in community projects. Contact Julie at Julie.FOTOC@mail.com.
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 Murder Mystery Dinner and is currently 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. Contact Sue at Sue.FOTOC@mail.com.
Doreen Paluch, Secretary
Ms. Paluch is a solo practitioner in Woodstock, Illinois where she concentrates her practice in real estate law, general civil litigation, contract law, landlord tenant disputes, wills and mediation. Ms. Paluch was admitted to the Illinois bar in 1991, and she has been practicing in McHenry County since then. She currently serves on the Board of Governors of the Illinois Real Estate Lawyers Association (IRELA), and is the Real Estate Committee Chair for the McHenry County Bar Association (MCBA). She is the Vice Chair on the Woodstock Plan Commission, where she has served since 2006. She is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) and Woodstock Professional and Business Women (WPBW) and is an Affiliate Member of the Heartland Realtor Organization (HRO). Ms. Paluch is also a certified mediator. She attended the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences in 1988, and Juris Doctor in 1991.
Kevin Dwyer, Treasurer
Kevin began his career in the financial industry in 2013. Since then, he has been with Edward Jones and plans to continue to build his business with this firm for the next 30 years. He and his wife Brittany have been married for four years and have two sons. They are embedded in the Woodstock community and love to frequent the local businesses. Being an active member of the Kiwanis Club of Woodstock as well as the Friends of the Old Courthouse, Kevin has a vested interest in the community and a passion for service.
Terry is the Grants/Communications Manager for the City of Woodstock. She researches and writes grant applications and enjoys developing collaborative programming for funded projects. Terry has been in Woodstock since 1992 and with the City of Woodstock since 1994. She spent several years in arts administration with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs at the Chicago Cultural Center; worked in advertising with a large Minneapolis agency; and began her career in the music industry with the Midwest branch of CBS Records. Fond of most things arts-related, Terry’s favorite pastime is reading, especially with her distinguished group of aging literary friends, Book Bags.
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. Contact Tom at Tom.FOTOC@mail.com.
Darrell is a twelve-year resident of Woodstock. He is the deputy director of the McHenry County Department of Planning and Development and a certified planner. He has served on the Woodstock Planning Commission since 2010. Darrell joined the board of the Friends in 2017. Click here to send Darrell an email.
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.