(Thought Leader at Media Company, Songwriter/Performer)
Dave Glynn is a local singer/songwriter and band leader of the Empty Can Band. Since Dave’s professional debut at the Earl of Old Town in 1976, Dave has been performing professionally in the Chicago area. Dave has recorded five albums over the years with various projects and recently contributed songs and performances to the local Made in Aurora projects. Dave has been the emcee and committee member for the Blues on the Fox Festival since 1998.
For his day job, Dave is an executive at a privately-owned Chicago-based legal media and software company. Dave is also active in the community as a former board member of Hesed House, a homeless shelter and resource center in Aurora, IL. Dave is currently a resident of Arlington Heights, Illinois.
Gina Moga – Vice President
Gina Moga is a life-long Aurora resident and graduate of East Aurora High School. She began working for the City of Aurora in 1998, at which time was assigned to develop a festival that would bring people back to the downtown.
Downtown Alive premiered during the summer of 1999.
In 2006, she was appointed Manager of the Mayor’s Office of Special Events, which oversaw approximately 18 major city sponsored events. Those included Blues on the Fox, Downtown Alive, Fall Festival, Holiday Magic and the Farmers’ Markets, as well as the Memorial Day, Veterans Day and Independence Day Parades and fireworks display, in addition to overseeing the programs sponsored by the African American Heritage and Hispanic heritage advisory boards and the Neighborhood Festival Funding Grant Program. Gina Retired from the City in 2020.
Gina has been chair of the Blues on the Fox planning committee as well as a founding member of the Fox Valley Music Foundation. For three years, she took a break from events to assist with the construction of RiverEdge Park as one of the City’s project managers. She moved back to Special Events in October of 2013.
Gina also serves as the Vice Chair of the board for the Aurora Civic Center Authority which runs the Paramount Theater and RiverEdge Park. She was on the board of the Aurora Area Convention and Visitors Bureau from 2001 through 2014. She was also previously on the board of the Illinois Special Event Network and the advisory board of the Adult Literacy Project for Waubonsee Community College.
Gina is married to Zack Moga. Together, they have three grown children, Daniel, Alexandra and Andrea, and several grandchildren.
James Gibbons – Secretary
Bill Wiet – Treasurer
Ryan Anderson – Board Member
Chris Bauler – Board Member
Bill Hull – Board Member
Jeannie Norris – Board Member
Jeannie Norris is a teacher, film enthusiast, and music lover. She is married to Jamie Norris, mother to Liam and Madeleine, and grandmother to MacKenzie and Colin. She hails from the South Side of Chicago but has called Aurora home for over three decades.
A graduate of Northern Illinois University and former instructor at various local elementary schools and SciTech, she knows how to make technical concepts come to life, and is a fountain of creative energy.
Jeannie founded Aurora’s popular Louche Puce Market and was instrumental in the creation, formation and operation of the nonprofit bookstore, Culture Stock, located in downtown Aurora. She was a key player in the success of Aurora’s Art Walk, which has evolved into First Fridays. She initiated the City Cineastes, a local film society which is currently the Aurora Film Society.
Jeannie is committed to promoting and improving of the cultural/arts scene in Aurora and the greater Fox River Valley region. Her experience, heart and desire are unquestioned. All combine to make her an important part of the Fox Valley Music Foundation team. She is celebrated for her love of the arts and her generous capacity for friendship. Undoubtedly, she is a magnet and inspiration for others who share her enthusiasm for cultural experiences and connections.
Karen Fouts, Executive Director
FVMF Executive Director Karen Fouts was born and raised in DuPage County, and currently lives and maintains an office in Wheaton. Karen is the owner of Artius Business Solutions, a boutique business and administrative consulting firm. As time permits, she volunteers with several area dog breed-specific rescue groups, as well as with the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life. When she has the opportunity to unplug from technology, she can be found reading, drawing, painting, cooking, working out, and most of all, enjoying live music – especially at The Venue!