Gayle Deja-Schultz is a graduate from William Rainey Harper College, where she achieved her Associates degree and was honored in 2013 as the recipient of the Harper College’s Distinguished Alumni Award. Gayle received her Bachelors degree from Northern Illinois University where she achieved the University’s highest academic honors and was the recipient of several awards, including the Deans Award, Outstand Women Graduate Award and the Jack Villmow Scholar Award. She was and still is an active member of Phi Kappa Phi.
In business, Gayle has worked with associations, corporations and not-for-profit organizations in the field of Business Development, Marketing, Public Relations and Special Events. She is an active member of AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals), has achieved her CMP (Certified Meeting Planner) designation from the Convention Industry Council and has been a keynote speaker at local and national conferences. Since January of 2013 Gayle has worked for the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago as the Director of Special Events and Development. She is responsible for all of the organizations events and fundraisers, as well as developing the donor and sponsorship programs to achieve their financial objectives. With her diverse background, she hopes to implement her many years of business development and special event experience to assist the foundation in raising awareness for epilepsy to a new level throughout the 43 counties which EFGC serves and surpassing fundraising goals, attendance and sponsorship beyond any previous years.
Gayle is also a strong community leader. She is involved in many organizations and volunteers her time on several boards. She has served as President of the Kaneland WINS, a group that provides leadership and support for women in business. Gayle is an advocate for Senior Citizens being involved for several years with Kane County Senior Resources and a past Board of Directors Member. Throughout the year she deliveries meals to Seniors by participating in the Meals-On-Wheels program, brings holiday gifts through Senior Service Associates and in years past has developed the Illinois Senior Spelling Bee with our state Representatives. She and her family participate annually with the Alzheimer Association events and is further invested in the community by volunteering at various school, sport and scout activities, as well is an active festival committee member for her local village. She and her husband, who is a veteran, are active members in the American Legion. Gayle has also assisted in writing state legislation that became a law in August of 2011 and this is one of her proudest accomplishments as a community activist and Illinois resident.