About the Canal Corridor Association

The Canal Corridor Association, a 501(c)3 non profit, preserves history, protects nature and open space, and creates destinations where people can learn and have fun in the I&M Canal National Heritage Corridor from Chicago to LaSalle/Peru.

The Canal Corridor Association is designated by Congress as the local coordinating entity for the Illinois & Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor, the nation’s first national heritage canal.

The LaSalle Canal Boat and Lock 16 Visitor Center is owned and managed by CCA.

All proceeds generated from the Lock 16 café, gift shop and LaSalle Canal Boat ticket sales are used to subsidize school trips to the LaSalle Canal Boat and support the operations, mission and preservation of the I&M Canal National Heritage Corridor.

Board of Directors


Dennis J. Bieschke
Partner, M&D Enterprise Group, Inc.

Vice Chairman

David J. Silverman

Partner, Mahoney, Silverman, and Cross


Jeffrey Julkowski, PE, CFM,
Christopher B. Burke Engineering

Michele Micetich
Chair, Carbon Hill Historical Society


Inga Carus

President & CEO, Carus Corporation

Chairman Emertii
Thomas M. Flavin (1985-1992)
Br. James Gaffney, FSC (2000-2005)
Richard J. Mooney (2006-2010)

Honorary Directors
Gerald W. Adelmann
Philip W. Hummer
Nancy Stevenson


Wayne W. Emmer
President & CEO, Illinois Cement Company

Jeffrey Julkowski, PE, CFM,
Christopher B. Burke Engineering

Dan Martin
Managing Principal, Market & Feasibility Advisors, LLC

Cricket Trutter Hauff

Northfield, Illinois


President / CEO
Ana B. Koval, AICP

Development Coordinator
Leslie Urnikis

Program Coordinator
MarQuinta Moore

Lock 16 Manager
Jacque Urnikis

Gift Shop Manager
Robin Collier

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