Staff Updates

Daniel Payette Named Executive Director
Payette has worked at BHRC since 2011, serving as both outreach coordinator and planning manager. During that period, he supported the deployment of the nine-county iFiber network, updates to the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS), and numerous community and regional planning projects. Payette is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Department of Urban and Regional Planning. A current resident and native of Shannon, IL, he will take on operational and strategic responsibilities, as well as oversight of employees, programs, and projects.  “Our governing board believes that Dan’s professional demeanor, organizational knowledge, and work in local communities makes him a strong leadership fit,” stated Ed Juracek, BHRC president. “I have great confidence in him.”

Former Executive Director Theresa Wittenauer began her new position as Lee County Administrator in August.

Andrew Shaw, GIS Mapping & Enterprise Zone Specialist, Moves to Full Time 
Shaw has worked part-time for BHRC since 2013 and is experienced in economic development, GIS mapping, and data analysis. He participates in the Illinois Enterprise Zone Association and has worked with local zones on expansion, eligibility testing, and new applications.  In addition, he helped oversee the former Carroll County Economic Development Corporation. Shaw, a graduate of Northern Illinois University, holds a master’s degree in Urban Geography. A native of Carroll County, Shaw currently lives in Dixon, IL. Juracek noted about Shaw, “Andy has taken the initiative to expand the council’s scope and impact in local communities. We look forward to using his talents to an even greater degree as a full-time employee of BHRC.”

Lexie Woodward Hired as Planning & Digital Content Fellow 
Woodward is an alum of the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs Peace Corps Fellow Program in Community Development.  As a part of the program, she spent eleven months as Community Economic Development Intern for the City of Lanark, and received her masters in Recreation, Park, & Tourism Administration from Western Illinois University.  Woodward recently achieved Professional Community Economic Development certification.