Ken Koehler was appointed to the Metra Board of Directors in September 2015 by the McHenry County Board. He is a 52-year resident of McHenry County and Crystal Lake.
Prior to joining the Metra Board, Koehler served on the McHenry County Board from 2000 to 2015 and as County Board Chairman from 2004-2012. He served on the Transportation, Planning & Development, Human Resources, Building Projects, Legislative, Law & Justice, Liquor & License and Valley Hi committees while on the board. He also was the liaison to the McHenry County Conservation District and the Valley Hi Operating Board.
He is the past chairman of the Sherman Health Systems Urgent Care Facilities for both Crystal Lake and Algonquin and has been a board member since 1988. He has been a board member for Sherman Hospital since 2006 and a board member of Sherman Health Systems since 2009. He currently serves on the Advocate Sherman Hospital Board member and is chairman of the Finance Committee.
He is a member of the Board of Directors for the United Way of Greater McHenry County. He served on the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce Board from 1984-1992. He is a founding member of the McHenry County Economic Development Corporation and has served as chairman and treasurer.
He was a McHenry County Conservation District Board trustee from 1995-2000, and served as president twice from 1996-1998 and 1999-2000. He is a founding member of the McHenry County Conservation Foundation.
He was an active member of the Crystal Lake Jaycees from 1970-1984, serving in many officer positions. He is a two-time Crystal Lake Jaycee of the Year, and a winner of the Crystal Lake Jaycees’ Outstanding Local Officer Award, the Henry Giessenbeir Outstanding Jaycee President Award, and the Outstanding Fox Valley Jaycee District Director Award. He was inducted into the United States Jaycee Hall of Leadership in 2002.
He also has been named a Crystal Lake Chamber Member of the Year and was the first-ever winner of the Carl E. Wehde Memorial Award, which honors exceptional civic involvement and community service.
Mr. Koehler was the owner of Flowerseed, Inc., a florist, nursery, gardening and greenhouse operation in Crystal Lake, from 1963 to 2004. He was a member of many business associations relating to that industry.
He graduated from Crystal Lake Community High School in 1966 and Northern Illinois University with a B.S. in Accounting in 1970.
He has been married to his wife, Shirley, for 46 years. They have two adult children and five grandchildren.