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186 Millennium - A Marquis Who’s Who Magazine HOSPITALITY AND LEISURE Working on service projects in recreation in her youth, Rachel Lenz fell in love with the profession, as well as with the individuals with whom she worked. Attending Western Illinois University, she earned a BS in recreational therapy in 2009, followed by an MS in recreation, park and tourism administration in 2012. At the inception of her career in 2009, she was a camp coordinator for the Northern Illinois Special Recreation Association before becoming a director of the McDonough County Special Recreation Association from 2009 to 2014. For the following two years, she served as a superintendent of facilities and special events at the Macomb Park District, where she now excels as an executive director. A certified park and recreation professional and certified therapeutic recreation specialist, Ms. Lenz has always enjoyed working with her community and engaging others with recreational programs. In 2018, she was named Business Leader of the Year by the Macomb Chamber of Commerce. In her spare time, she served as a women’s basketball referee for the NAIA and the NCAA, and is a past adjunct professor at her alma mater. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Macomb Park District Macomb, IL Climbing the ladder of success, Tiffany Negron commenced her career at the age of 15 when she began working in the restaurant industry. Starting out as a waitress, she then was promoted to bartender then manager until accruing enough funds to open her first food truck with her father. After a brief period of time, the food truck was popular enough to grow into a full-fledged restaurant named El Lechon de Negron, of which Ms. Negron has been the owner since 2016. In her restaurant, she serves authentic Puerto Rican food and intends to open more locations in her area. Additionally, she would like to develop a third catering truck and establish the first Puerto Rican drive-through restaurant in the United States. Supported by an associate degree in business administration from Union County College in 2006, Ms. Negron also contributes her spare time to local animal shelters and is a member of her local Chamber of Commerce. For its success, El Lechon de Negron was named Business of the Month in Union, New Jersey, and was recognized among the Best Puerto Rican Restaurants in America by Big 7 Travel. OWNER El Lechon de Negron Union, NJ TIFFANY NEGRON RACHEL LENZ