Meetings of the Aurora Township Board of Trustees are held at 4 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month at the Township Office, 80 N. Broadway, Aurora, Illinois. The public is welcome to attend. All of the elected officials below are serving four-year terms from May 2017 to May 2021.
William Catching, Supervisor
After graduating from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in 1990, William “Bill” Catching moved to Aurora to work as a reporter at The Beacon-News. He served as an assistant chief of staff at the City of Aurora, director of development at the Fox Valley United Way and, more recently. as a freelance writer and marketing consultant. He has 3 children: Caleb, Zoe,and William.
In March 2008, he was nominated for the Aurora Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Volunteer of the Year award for his volunteer work on their golf outing. He has served as a board member of Communities in Schools, Fox Valley United Way, the Aurora Puerto Rican Cultural Council, Aurora Cease Fire, West Aurora Volunteers for Education and the A+ Foundation for West Aurora Schools. He is serving his second term as Township Supervisor and previously served on the Township’s Board of Trustees from 2008-2013.
Davis Offutt, Assessor
A lifelong Aurora Township resident, Davis attended West Aurora District #129 schools beginning with the North Aurora Grade School, Jefferson Junior High and West Aurora Senior High. He completed four years in the U.S. Air Force that included a tour of duty in South Vietnam as a ground Forward Air Controller. Davis completed his formal education with an Associate of Science Degree from Waubonsee Community College and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration from Aurora University. He has been active with the Boy Scouts of America and earned the Eagle Scout Award. He holds the highest State of Illinois appraisal license as a State Certified General Appraiser and is designated as a Certified Illinois Assessing Officer – Master. He is also a Realtor and licensed Real Estate Managing Broker.
Juan Reyna, Highway Commissioner
A lifelong resident of Aurora, Juan graduated from East Aurora High School in 1988. Juan spent 7 years in the United States Army, exiting the military as a Spec.Class E4. Married and a father of 3, Juan previously served his community as a Kane County Board member, representing District Three from 2011-2012, and as an Aurora Township Trustee from 2013-2017. He served on the Human Services and the Public Services committees, the Liquor Control Board, and he also served on the Kane County Forest Preserve Commission’s Planning and Utilization Committee.
Brenda Hernandez, Trustee
Brenda is an 18-year resident of Aurora. She is a District #129 graduate and is active in the community as a Precinct Committeeman. As a young entrepreneur, she strives to bring her knowledge and success to the Township Board of Trustees.
David W. Moore, Trustee
David has lived in Aurora for more than 40 years. He has worked in Kane County Government as a public servant for 39 years. During those 39 years of public service, his positions included; Kane County Sheriff’s Department, Coroner of Kane County and Lead Special Investigator for Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office. He also served on a Presidential Special Oversight Board. Moore served for 35 years in the U.S. Army, Active and Reserve, and is highly decorated for his honorable service. His tours of duty include Viet Nam and Persian Gulf. Moore completed his formal education at Waubonsee Community College with an Associate of Science Degree and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Social Justice from Lewis University. He is married and has one adult son.
Dolores Hicks, Trustee
A lifelong resident of Aurora, Dolores is a retired nurse after 42 years of service and a community and civic person, mentor, advocate, and avid basketball fan.
Proud parent of five; three star basketball players, Matt “Skip” Hicks, Ron Hicks, Derrick Hicks. One baseball player, Al Hicks and a daughter that is a true community activist, Peggy Hicks.
- Disabled & mentally challenged
- Quality education
- Transparency & Accountability
Juanita Wells, Trustee
A native of Vicksburg, Mississippi, Juanita moved to Aurora in 1972. She has been an Aurora Township resident for 35 years and has served in many leadership positions including being a Charter Member of Bionic Temple 1296 Improved Benevolent Protected Order of Elks of the World, and has served on local, state and national levels. She is a past president of Fox Valley American Legion 798 Women’s Auxiliary, a former board member of the Marie Wilkinson Child Development Center, and The Friends of the Marie Wilkinson Child Development Center. She is a member of Blacks in Politics and the African American Black Business Expo Committee, and is the secretary for Friends of LaSalle Street Historic Auto Row. She served 18 years on East Aurora School District 131 Board of Education. A member of Progressive Baptist Church for 41 years serving in the Women’s Ministry, at the Children’s Church and is a charter member of their Trustee Board. Juanita is the mother of two; Everett Robinson and Alicia Wells; three grandchildren, Erica Robinson, Elise Robinson, Jonus McGhee, and a special granddaughter, Ashley Newman.
Juan R. Thomas, Clerk
Juan Thomas is a life-long resident of Aurora, IL where he attended West Aurora Public Schools. Juan has always had a passion to serve his Aurora community. While attending the University of Illinois College of Law, he successfully ran for the West Aurora School Board, commuting 120 miles each way every weekend during the campaign. At the age of twenty-five (25), Juan became the youngest person ever elected to the West Aurora School Board and became the first African American ever re-elected to the school board in 1999. In 2005, Juan was first elected Aurora Township Clerk becoming the first African American to be elected to an Aurora Township Office and was re-elected in 2009. Juan is also the past Chairman of the Aurora Township Democratic Party.
Each year, Juan leads a mentoring session on the ‘Art of Public Speaking & Debate’ for junior high and high school students for the West Suburban Mentoring Program of 100 Black Men of Chicago, Inc. Juan has also organized groups of high school students to travel to Springfield to learn about Illinois state government. Recognized as a national leader in the legal community, Juan has served his hometown as a member of the Board of Directors of Mutual Ground Inc., the A+ Foundation for West Aurora Schools, and is a member of the Aurora Kiwanis Club.