Cheri L. Neal has been the Zion Township Supervisor since May of 2001, where she is the acting CEO and treasurer, overseeing a budget of nearly $1,000,000 and a staff of amazingly diverse, dynamic people. She is responsible for ensuring compliance with laws and mandates, creating networks and relationships to support her team in accessing resources for residents, developing future community leaders for the sustainability of the Zion community and collaboratively addressing systematic issues that affect Zion residents.
She holds a Masters in Management and Certificate in Leadership through NorthPark University, a certificate in Nonprofit Marketing and Communication through Northwestern/Kellogg, a double Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and Human Behavior in Society, an Associate of Arts through the College of Lake County, is a certified Life Coach through iPEC and accredited through ICF, and a member of the National Speakers Association. Cheri has earned the numerous awards including: TOI Supervisor of the Year (2001), ZBTHS Local Hero Award (2005), YWCA Community Leadership Award (2007), LC Enriche Camarino One Person Can Make A Difference Award (2007), LC Most Influential African American Freedom Award (2008), Ammadyia Muslim Community Pillar of the Community Award (2008), Coalition for Healthy Communities Member of the Year Award (2009), Catholic Charities Monsignor Holbrook Award (2011), Boys and Girls Club of LC – ZB Unit Founders Award (2013), Zion Elementary District 6 Dedicated Partnership Award (2013), and the Lake County Women’s Coalition Woman of the Year (2017). Cheri also serves on countless boards and coalitions.
Cheri’s most grateful for God and her children, Billy and Britney, and the ZT Team. She raises Monarch Butterflies and loves to garden (especially Zinnias – she is a Champion Ribbon Winner at the Lake County Fair), golf, jog and pit crew for hot air balloon festivals. Cheri is a professional speaker and published author of Seeds of Joy, Growing Zinnias and Your Zest for Life and Messages of the Monarch, How to Find Your Wings and Fly!