Joliet, Ill. – The American Red Cross of the Illinois River Valley recently announced that Julee Gard, University of St. Francis (USF) Vice President of Finance & Administration, has joined its Board of Directors. Board members are chosen based on their commitment to the Red Cross mission in combination with their expertise, experience, and willingness to serve the needs of the board.

Gard has served as the Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Administration and Finance at USF since 2016. Prior to her work at USF, Gard was the Vice President of Finance and HR at Spectrum Technologies from 2012-2016. Her career also includes senior financial positions at Little Friends, SIRVA, and Accenture. She started her career as an auditor in public accounting with Deloitte.

Gard is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Association of Catholic Colleges & Universities, the National Association of College & University Business Officers, and the Society for Human Resource Management.

“With Julee Gard joining the Chapter Board, the Red Cross continues to strengthen our partnerships with higher education in the chapter,” said American Red Cross of the Illinois River Valley Executive Director, Brian McDaniel. “The University of St. Francis has been an anchor for our work to collect life-saving blood, especially among African Americans for Sickle Cell Disease.”

Gard earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting and a Master of Business Administration at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is also a Certified Public Accountant. Gard, her husband Michael, and their three college-aged children live in Naperville, IL.

About the American Red Cross of the Illinois River Valley

The American Red Cross of the Illinois River Valley serves over 1 million people in five counties in Northern Illinois including Kankakee, Will, Grundy, Kendall and LaSalle. The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit us at or visit us on Twitter @RedCrossIL.

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