Caroline Pharr Sobolak, Algonquin Township
Originally from Pittsburgh, Caroline relocated to Cary from Lisle in 1986 when her husband accepted a position at Kemper Insurance in Long Grove. Her two children and six grandchildren live in the Chicago area.
Caroline brings a varied educational background to the McHenry County Historical Society. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Home Economics Education from Pennsylvania State University, a master’s degree from Wheaton College in Communication Strategy and Marketing, and a master’s degree in special education from Northern Illinois University.
After teaching school for 18 years, Caroline embarked on a career in fundraising/development. She retired from McHenry County College in 2014 after working for both the Friends of MCC Foundation and the Development Department. Besides researching grant opportunities and writing grants, Caroline enjoys finding and using data to guide advancement planning and approaches.
Caroline has belonged to the Kishwaukee Trail National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) in Woodstock for 30 years, and currently serves as its regent.
On the first Saturday of every month, you will find Caroline at the Woodstock Public library helping others with “finding their roots” and genealogical research. Sewing and quilting remain a passion and Caroline donates to Quilts of Valor. Additionally, she and her husband belong to a writing group at MCC.
“I love McHenry County and think the McHenry County Historical Society is a gem of which we should be proud. After volunteering at the museum for several years, it seemed like a good time to join the board as the museum moves forward to the next phase of growth and expansion.”
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