Lawrence E. Cooper
I am the proud founder of BBJuneteenth, a community celebration, bridging, age, race and status. It is with great pleasure that I call Bolingbrook my home for the Past 21 Years. I was the owner and operator of Coop’s Den, a family owner business. Coop’s was opened in 2012 to 2017, serving Bolingbrook and the neighboring suburbs, offering fine cuisine and live music. I am an active resident, sponsoring and working with various charitable endeavors, and mentoring young adults in the community. My corporate experience has well equipped me to identify needs within the community, strategically manage a project, and develop a plan of action to reach a specific goal. As a direct result, I was compelled to get involved in the creation of this celebration of diversity.
Hobbies include: Golf, Motorcycles and Poker when time permits.
In 2000, Kymberlee began working as a receptionist at DuPage Township which led to her promotion in General Assistance Manager in 2005. The firstborn of six children, helping came naturally to the Wheaton, Illinois Native. Kymberlee’s volunteer assistance runs the gamut from Tool 4 Schools, Summer Bridge Program, Joy fest Committee member, Pakistani Flag Hoisting Celebration, Fillipine Fest, Bolingbrook Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassador, Family funfest and Fish Fry Coordinator. Kymberlee is additionally the recipient of various accolades such as being named the Bolingbrook Area Chamber of Commerce 2015 women in Business, Outstanding Woman of the Year, The Bolingbrook Park District’s 2010 Outstanding Customer Service Representative, the Character Counts 2009 Certificate of Excellence and the Township of Illinois’ 2007 Outstanding Social Worker of the Year. For the past four years, Kymberlee Owens has volunteered her services to the non-profit Bolingbrook Juneteenth committee, rising to Vice President in 2017. Kymberlee began her tenure coordinating the children’s area before having her responsibilities expanded to include activity oversight.
Samantha D. Cooper
I have been a resident of Bolingbrook for 27 years. I raised my four children within the comforts of the community and they are all products of Valley View School District. Bolingbrook has always been a safe, family-oriented diverse environments and I am proud to be a resident. I have contributed to the community volunteering with the Girl Scouts of America, designated to oversee cookie sales for fundraising. I volunteered in the community as a coach for Pop Warner Trojans Cheer, a nonprofit organization for over 10 years, accompanying young athletes to compete on national platform for six consecutive years. Additionally, I volunteered with the Bolingbrook High School girls’ basketball team as needed for four years. I am the co-owner of Coop’s Den, providing job opportunities for community and mature nightlife experience for residents. Currently, I serve as the treasurer on the Juneteenth committee. In my professional experience, serving in the healthcare arena for the past 30 years. I have gained expertise human resources, management, financing and project management.
Valante M. Grant
An 18 year resident of Bolingbrook, Valante is an avid supporter of community events. She volunteers with Fountaindale Public library to empower women entrepreneurs. She currently leads a series of workshops in partnership with the library and SCORE. As a devoted mother, Valante enjoys living in Bolingbrook with her daughter, Vanyce.
As founder of The byDesign Network, Valante has built a network that encompasses media, audio/video production, graphic design, and training. Valante is a storyteller, who uses her creativity and communication skills to support develop brand stories. She is committed to dedicating time and resources to support her community.
Native Chicagoan, Romeoville resident for the past 17-years. Married with two adult sons. Graduate of Dominican University, field of study Business Management. Currently employed in the steel processing and manufacturing industry as a Plant Manager.
Hobbies; cooking, gardening and motorcycling when time allows.