Troy Heinritz (Chair)

  • HR Systems Manager and Online Radio Podcast Host.

  • Considers his strength to be in developing and executing long-term plans, goals, and objectives that require project management and presentation skills while managing projects to budget.

  • Married to Tracy and has two children.

  • Previous Junior High and High School Ministry teacher, and member of the Assimilation and Senior Pastor Call Committees. Currently involved with a P.E.A.C.E. Group, as a Communion Assistant, and serves on the Crosspoint Technical team.

  • Continues his spiritual growth through daily scripture reading, involvement with his P.E.A.C.E. Group, serving at church, and living a Christian example as much as possible - but most importantly being a Christian center-point for his family.

  • Board of Directors term ends: 5/31/19

Troy currently serves as the Board Chairman, as well as the Chair of the Strategic Focus Committee.

Donna Younger (Vice Chair)


Donna Younger
Vice Chair

  • Retired higher education administrator and faculty member having served at Oakton Community College and DePaul University.

  • Consultant to colleges and universities interested in improving educational opportunities for returning adults.

  • POP member since 2010 and currently serves as a Stephen Minister, a member of the Adult Education Committee, and as a Worship Host.

Donna is the Board’s Vice Chairman, and also serves on the Strategic Focus and Nominating Committees.

Derek Giromini (Secretary)


Derek Giromini

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science.

  • Developer at locally-based global trading firm with over 20 years electronic trading experience.

  • Married to Elizabeth for 18 years with three homeschooled children.

  • Prince of Peace member for two years.

  • Active P.E.A.C.E. Group member.

  • Spends time in personal growth through devotions, Bible reading, theological podcasts, and Christian fellowship.

Derek serves on the Board as the Secretary as well as on the Communications Subcommittee, and is the Board Briefing Coordinator.

Mary Gail Ford


Mary Gail Ford

  • Business Degree and recently retired from a position as a buyer for a local manufacturer of infrastructure in hospitals.

  • 2 Children and 3 Grandchildren.

  • Prince of Peace member since: 1993.

  • Serves at Prince of Peace as a Small Group Leader and works with IGNITE Jr. High Ministry. A Sunday School teacher for 2 years, and a member of a Women's P.E.A.C.E. Group.

Serves on the Board’s Communications Subcommittee, is the Prayer Coordinator and a member of the Nominating Committee.

Joe Guyer


Joe Guyer

  • Degree in Paralegal Studies.

  • Veteran of the U.S. Navy.

  • Member of the Tile Installers Trade Union for 15 years.

  • Married Diana (at POP.) They have 2 children together.

  • Led a Special Needs Ministry at his previous church.

  • Currently serves POP as a Communion Assistant, LERT Training, and as a P.E.A.C.E. Group Leader.

  • Serves on the Board’s Financial Review Committee.

Bill Heffernan


Bill Heffernan

  • Retired manufacturing executive general manager (GKN Rockford).

  • B.S. in Industrial Engineering and M.B.A. with concentration in Operations and Systems Management.

  • POP Member since 1991, and has served on the Board of Elders, was on the Board of Directors, and served as Chair from 2015-16.

  • Currently serves as a P.E.A.C.E. group co-leader, on the Adult Education Committee, in the Voices of Peace choir, and is a Communion Assistant.

  • Serves on the Board as a member of the Communications Sub-Committee, Chair of the Financial Review Committee, and is the Dialogue Coordinator.

Linda Plegge


Linda Plegge

  • Former administrative assistant and accounts receivable supervisor.

  • Married to Richard for 31 years with one adult son, Matthew.

  • Prince of Peace member for 17 years.

  • Weekend coffee server and team coordinator.

  • Choir member, Worship Host and Team Cheer coordinator.

  • Enjoys study and time with a P.E.A.C.E. Group.

  • Serves on the Board as a member of the Communications Subcommittee and Website Coordinator.

Valerie Ridgway


Valerie Ridgway

  • Pharmacist-trained partner auditing employers’ prescription claims.

  • Married to Joe for almost 35 years with four adult children and two grandchildren.

  • Prince of Peace member for 18 years.

  • Sunday School teacher and youth leader over many years.

  • Active P.E.A.C.E. Group member.

  • Team leader for Funeral Luncheon committee.

  • Bible study, podcasts, and Christian music become inspiration and joy for the soundtrack in her mind.

  • Serves on the Financial Review and Endowment Fund Committees.

Ted Wiemann


Ted Wiemann

  • Vice President at Hoyne Savings Bank

  • Previous service to POP includes: Worship Coordinator, Call Committees, Board of Elders, Board of Stewardship, and Chairman and Vice President of Church Council

  • Board of Directors term ends: 5/31/19

  • Prince of Peace member since: 1981

  • Ted chairs both the Nomination and Endowment Fund Committees, and serves on the Strategic Focus Committee.