Meet the Team
Invest Aurora Staff
David A. Hulseberg
David Hulseberg is president/CEO of Invest Aurora. Prior to leading Invest Aurora, David was with the Village of Lombard, initially as assistant village manager/director of community development and most recently as village manager. During his tenure with the Village of Lombard, David was instrumental in expanding the Village’s hotel and restaurant industries, increasing federal and state grants, progressive strategic planning, and integrating new technology into Village government operations. Previous to the Village of Lombard, David held positions with the Village of Mount Prospect and the Village of Arlington Heights in Illinois and the Town of Millbury in Massachusetts. He also served in the United States Army and as a congressional aide in the First Congressional District of Massachusetts for the United States House of Representatives.
David earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Westfield State University in Westfield, MA and a Masters of Public Administration degree with a concentration in urban management from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL. He holds credentials as a certified city manager from the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) Certification from the American Planning Association.
Judy is one of Invest Aurora's development specialists. In her current position, Judy spearheads Invest Aurora's business retention efforts. She focuses on conducting one-on-one retention visits, organizing monthly business forums, and assisting Aurora-based businesses grow and succeed.
Judy brings a wealth of business development and market expansion knowledge with over 20 years of sales, sales management and market expansion experience with companies such as AT&T and SBC/Ameritech. Prior to joining Invest Aurora, Judy was ScaleUp Aurora's project manager. In that role she developed a strong community network of partners, sponsors and stakeholders, and conducted cohort training sessions. She provided valuable information on marketing, business strategy, business plan development, and hiring practices for small to medium sized businesses.
Judy holds a Bachelor or Arts in Political Science from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska and a Masters of Business Administration, Management from American Intercontinental University in Schaumburg, Illinois.
Debbie Van Sickle
Debbie Van Sickle is the Retail Development Specialist at Invest Aurora. She works with national and regional retailers, the commercial real estate community, and global site selectors considering Aurora. Debbie works to grow Aurora’s retail sector by providing demographic and property data to potential investors, conducting analyses of area retail sales, and discovering opportunity gaps. She also implements marketing strategies to attract and expand retail business by attending trade shows, marketing trips, and special events to promote investment in Aurora.
Prior to joining Invest Aurora, Debbie was the Business Attraction Coordinator for the Rockford Area Economic Development Council where she managed project communications and client assistance activities related to domestic and international business attraction efforts. She was responsible for the successful management of select retention and expansion projects, and supported the coordination of designated cluster activities with regional economic development partners.
Debbie is a Northern Illinois University Graduate Student in the Master of Public Administration program with a Local Government Management focus, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Urban and Economic Systems and GIS. She is also a member of the International Economic Development Council, the Illinois City/County Management Association, and the International Geographic Honor Society.
Derek is an Economic Development Associate at Invest Aurora. He is responsible for responding to Requests-For-Information from prospective businesses, researching and generating economic and community reports, conducting business visits, planning and executing business community forums, and developing marketing strategies that utilize web, social media and print outlets.
Prior to joining the team at Invest Aurora, Derek was an Americorps Volunteer working as a Data Analyst at the Stevenson Center in the Bloomington/Normal area. His work primarily involved computing and analyzing data for McLean County’s jail. He has extensive experience in data management, with analysis using software programs SPSS and Excel. Prior to his graduate work, Derek was a Peace Corps volunteer as a Community Economic Development Facilitator in Costa Rica. He aimed to strengthen the capacity of micro-enterprises, entrepreneurs, and cooperatives in the community to develop income-generating activities that promote social and economic responsibility for sustainable community and economic development.
Derek received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, and is currently working on his Master’s degree in Applied Economics from Illinois State University, with a focus in Community Economics. He is fluent in Spanish.
Jon is our newest associate at Invest Aurora. His primary responsibilities are conducting research and collecting data, assisting with events, aiding the development specialists with custom projects, and managing our website and social media presence.
Jon received an Associate's in Pre-Law from Grand Rapids Community College. He transferred to Michigan State University and obtained his Bachelor’s degree in International Studies with a minor in French. He went on to receive his Master's in Applied Economics from Illinois State University. He brings to the team a wealth of experience working with small business development and non-profit organizations.
Jon was an Americorps Volunteer working as a Data Analyst at the Stevenson Center at Illinois State University before joining the team at Invest Aurora. His work consisted of analyzing and presenting data for McLean County’s Criminal Justice Coordinated Council.
Kelsey is the Office Administrator at Invest Aurora. She manages the front desk, provides support for staff on various projects, and assists clients in Spanish and English. Kelsey holds a Bachelor’s degree from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she studied Spanish, Women’s Studies, and Non-profit Leadership. Before joining the Invest Aurora team, Kelsey served as a mentor for at-risk youth through AmeriCorps at an animal sanctuary in Southern Oregon.