Chris Linden

Henry McDavid

Henry McDavid

The Universe is Calling Call it destiny, or call it the product of positive thinking – either way, it’s been a driving force for this serial entrepreneur. Growing up in DeKalb, Henry McDavid never dreamed of owning his own business, even though he was earning fistfuls of cash selling goods to friends and colleagues. Dozens…

Krystal Scroggins

Krystal Scroggins

Flipping the Narrative Krystal Scroggins has become accustomed to that funny look when she tells people she works at Rockford’s Roosevelt Community Education Center. “Isn’t that where the bad kids go?” they ask. For the past several years, Scroggins and her nearly 600 students have been turning that idea upside down. Graduation rate has grown…

Deanna Lacny

Deanna Lacny

A Walk by Faith She told God she wasn’t working with kids. He had other plans for Deanna Lacny. The former homeschooling mom was looking for easy work when she landed a part-time job at Rock House Kids. An easy job soon turned into a full-time gig, and, eventually, a leadership role – one that…

Mary Ann Smith

Mary Ann Smith

For the Next Generation As a child visiting the Coronado Theatre, Mary Ann Smith fell in love with the magic of the stage. But by the 1990s, Rockford’s movie palace was looking like something “between the opulent Taj Mahal and a white elephant,” she says. Smith and her husband, Gordy, could see the deterioration firsthand…