About Treasurer Henry
Gwen Henry has dedicated her life to public service. As DuPage County Treasurer, Henry has set the highest standards of excellence in the services she delivers. She is committed to taxpayers and respectful of the taxes they pay by providing knowledgeable, experienced and trusted leadership to the DuPage County Treasurer’s Office.
Serving as Treasurer of the Forest Preserve and a member of the DuPage County Forest Preserve, Henry drew from her deep understanding of government’s role in fiscal management to ensure funding was available to acquire open space in our forest preserves, including the St. James property. These forest preserves and open spaces will provide our children and children’s children with joy and recreation for many years to come.
Working as a member of the DuPage County Board, Henry played an active role in ensuring the county provided quality service to families, while balancing the budget for eight straight years, all without raising taxes.
Henry also served as mayor and council member for the city of Wheaton. In that role, she was instrumental in the development of the Wyndemere Senior Living Campus in Wheaton. The facility has filled a significant need in the community by providing residential options for our aging population, as well as freeing up homes in the community for new families.
As Chairman of the Central DuPage Health System, Henry worked to set policy and oversaw the execution of the system’s strategic plan. The Central DuPage Health System was comprised of Central DuPage Hospital, Wyndemere Senior Living Campus, a convalescent home, Community Nursing Services, and more.
Henry is a cancer survivor who served on the American Cancer Society, DuPage Regional Board. In that role, she focused her energies on education efforts in preventing home and workplace cancer. She participated in extensive fundraising activities including organizing Relay for Life events throughout DuPage County and the 60-mile Avon Breast 3 Day Cancer Walk.
As Board Treasurer of Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital, which was operated by the Franciscan Nuns, Henry chaired the finance committee that oversaw the budgeting for the facility. Marianjoy built the new hospital while she served on the board.
Additionally, Henry serves as a member of the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund. She is a former principal of Dugan & Lopatka, Certified Public Accountants, a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a member of the Illinois Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
She has served as a member of the Conservation Foundation Advisory Board and is an active member of the Rotary Club. Henry is an elder of Presbyterian Church USA and is active in mission programs including PADS, Peoples Resource Center and Transitional Housing.
Henry is a recipient of the Kiwanis Club, Citizen of the Year Award; YWCA, Outstanding Women in Government Award; Marklund Charities for the Profoundly Disabled, Friend of the Year Award; and a Silver Beaver Award Recipient, Boy Scouts of America.
She has a BS in Business Administration and Accounting from the University of Kansas. Henry is a certified public accountant, public funds manager, and a certified public finance administrator. She completed the Program in Advanced Trustee Studies from the Harvard Law School. Henry also completed the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans -Advanced Investment Management Program from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business.