The Winnebago County Crime & Public Safety Commission is comprised of seven (7) citizens. New Commission members will be appointed, as necessary, by the Winnebago County Board Chairman and with the advice and consent of the current “Appointers” (Winnebago County Board Chairman, Winnebago County State’s Attorney, Mayor of Rockford, and Mayor of Loves Park).
Criteria used for selection are: Commission members who are representative of diverse backgrounds from throughout the County and should include representation from the following areas: neighborhood interests; religious leadership; business/retail leadership, organized labor; education leaders, including vocational education; finance/taxation experts; social services, including drug, alcohol, mental illness, and homelessness issues; and community development. The majority of Commission members shall, at all times, be citizens who are not public elected officials or full or part-time public employees.
Members of the Commission serve without compensation, and shall operate with such funding and staffing as may be provided by the Appointers. In order to support the work of the Commission, the Appointers and the offices they represent shall, upon request, furnish such records, documents, reports and other data on criminal justice matters that the Commission finds is reasonably necessary for its work, subject to restrictions of confidentiality as set out by State statutes or court decisions.
The Commission will be divided into three (3) groups: Group 1 will consist of three (3) members serving a one-year term; Group 2 will consist of two (2) members serving a two-year term; and Group 3 will consist of two (2) members serving a three-year term. The groups will be determined by lot. The Winnebago County Board Chairman, with the advice and consent of the current Appointers, will appoint new Commission members. Commission members may recommend individuals for appointment when there are member vacancies. The Appointers may remove any member of this Commission for cause.
If you are interested in serving on the Commission, you may send in a resume along with a cover letter explaining your interest to your elected official or send an e-mail to the Commission at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alice Uphouse, Chair: Alice is the present chair and longest serving member of the Crime Commission. She has lived and worked in Winnebago County since 1960. Ms. Uphouse organized the Coronado/Haskell Neighborhood Association, and has been a member of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution for 34 years. She received the YWCA Marcella Harris Community Service Award in 2004, as well as the “Heart of Rockford” outstanding non-profit project 1998. Ms. Uphouse completed the FBI Community Relations Executive Seminar Training in 2007 and the Rockford Citizens Police Academy in 2010. Ms. Uphouse has a long history of volunteerism in the community, including neighborhood clean-ups, Paint-A-Thons, and the local Airfest. She serves as a trustee of the Second Congregational/First Presbyterian Church.
Armando Cardenas: Armando is a long time resident of Winnebago County. In 1972 he became the first Executive Director of La Voz Latina, an agency dedicated to serving the socioeconomic needs of the Hispanic community in Rockford and the surrounding area. Mr. Cardenas has been involved in helping the Latino community for many years and has served in numerous organizations and committees. He is presently a member of the (CLL) Coalition of Latino Leaders and serves on various committees.
Jim Knutson, Secretary: Jim has been the Risk Manager and Human Resources Director of Aircraft Gear Corporation since 1989, and is responsible for all corporate risk management, compensation and benefit programs. Mr. Knutson has been active at the national and regional level on a number of working groups related to healthcare, human resources, and employee benefits. He has also been on the State of Illinois Insurance Commission Working Group to revise the standard application for medical insurance and a member of the steering committee of The Illinois State Chamber of Commerce Health Council. He has testified before the joint state legislative committee on exchanges and presented before diverse groups including The Institute of Medicine, Captive Live conferences, and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation sponsored events. Mr. Knutson received his bachelor’s degree from Marquette University and his law degree from Northern Illinois University. He has lived in Rockford since 1974, is married and has two grown daughters who live in Rockford with their families.
Karen Lytwyn, Treasurer: Karen is retired from Health Systems Research at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, where she worked for over 20 years, and is the former Project Director for the Violence Prevention Collaborative. Ms. Lytwyn currently acts as a consultant for human services, health and governmental agencies providing evaluation, data compilation and analysis, survey research, focus group and key informant studies. She has been a volunteer for several local groups, including Remedies Renewing Lives, Rockford Health Council, Illinois Health Cares about Domestic Violence, Weed and Seed Projects, and is a member of the League of Women Voters of Greater Rockford. Ms. Lytwyn is the recipient of the Violence Prevention Collaborative’s 2009 Pioneer in Peace award.
Tiana McCall: Tiana is a native of Rockford, Illinois and holds a MBA from Rockford University and a BA in Psychology from Clark Atlanta University. Tiana works for Rock Valley College as its Vice President of Community Outreach and Strategic Partnerships. In 2018, Tiana was sworn into office as the first African American County Clerk of Winnebago County. Upon completion of her term, Tiana continued working with Winnebago County Administration as the Chief Strategic Initiatives Officer. Tiana has over 15 years of experience working in social services at the local, state, and federal levels via the U.S. House of Representatives, mental health agencies, public aid, foster care and adoption services, adolescent residential facilities, a community college, and elementary schools. Tiana volunteers and/or serves as a board member for Members Alliance Credit Union, Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, The Goodwill Foundation of Northern Illinois, The Wabongo Leadership Council, Miles Memorial C.M.E. Church, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. She previously volunteered and/or served as a board member for the Rockford Association for Minority Management (RAMM), the Golden Apple Foundation, the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois, YWCA of Northwestern Illinois, YMCA Black and Latino Achievers, Rockford Alcohol Free Teens (RAFT), Rockford College MBA Advisory Board, and Rockford Youth Initiative. Tiana was a recipient of Rockford Chamber of Commerce Top 40 Leaders Under 40 award.
Danielle Potter: Danielle has been with the Rockford Park District since 1989, starting her career as a seasonal employee and working through the ranks to her current position as an Operations Director. A graduate of Rockford University with a degree in Education, Danielle has influenced countless young lives and families through afterschool programs, summer camps, youth leadership initiatives, community partnerships, running a thriving community center and managing the UW Health Sports Factory. Danielle’s passion in positively impacting the Rockford Region has led to participating in the United Way of Rock River Valley Board, Rockford Public Schools, Neighborhood Community Alliance, Transform Rockford, THAT Coalition, and Wabongo Leadership Council.