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Sycamore Music Boosters announces new leadership amid COVID-19 challenges

SYCAMORE – The Sycamore Music Boosters announced new leadership to help lead them through “challenging times,” according to a news release.

Cara Jovanovich, who had previously served as vice president and then was briefly interim president, is the new Sycamore Music Boosters president.

Jenelle Robers, a Sycamore High School alumnus and longtime energetic music advocate, is the new vice president.

Both Jovanovich and Robers received unanimous votes at the Boosters’ August meeting.

Jovanovich presided as vice president of the organization for four years before becoming president. She is a media assistant/librarian at Founders Elementary School in DeKalb and owns two small businesses, Jovanovich Voice Studio and Kish Kottage.

“I love supporting music in schools and have three children who have benefited from the incredible teachers here in Sycamore,” Jovanovich said.

Some of her goals as president are to further music-related experiences for Sycamore music students and creating a teacher concert with alumni.

Robers has been attending board meetings and helping with Boosters functions since 2018. She is a part of the sales team at School Tool Box and has grown up singing in both local and national choirs at her church.

“I began my education in Sycamore schools when my family moved here in 1990 and graduated from Sycamore High Class of ’03,” Robers said. “I wanted to get involved in Music Boosters because I remember this group being an essential part of the community. The different music groups allow children, like my daughter, to have a necessary creative outlet. She and so many others have a passion for music, and I want to do what I can to support that.”

Music programs and the Sycamore Music Boosters both face unprecedented challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the release. For music programs, the difficulty of teaching and performing while simultaneously adhering to health and safety requirements has forced music faculty to reimagine nearly all facets of the music curriculum.

For the Boosters, major fundraising activities have been canceled because of the pandemic. Other board members are Debbie Baugus, Treasurer; Leslie Hecht, secretary; Shelly and Ron Bychowski, co-chairmen of the Scholarship Committee; and Jason Akst and Kathleen Valde, who co-chair publicity tasks.

Sycamore Music Boosters supports all students in grades K-12 in music programs offered within Sycamore Community School District 427. Board meetings are open to the public. For information, visit, follow them on social media Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, or email

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