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Bill Buklis (President) is a software developer by trade writing Windows programs for trading firms. He only got started in chess a few years ago when his son began playing for his school in 3rd grade. He served as the Chess Team Coach at Decatur Classical Elementary School in Chicago for three years. Since then he has become a certified tournament director for US Chess. He first served on the ICA Board as secretary before succeeding Carl Dolson as President.

Bill Brock (Treasurer) is a partner in a Chicago Loop CPA firm. He is a former college instructor with a Ph.D. in English from Loyola. Bill has been playing tournament chess since 1967 and has been rated over 2000 for most of the past 30 years. He has been active in the Illinois Chess Association since 1989, having served as president, treasurer, and editor of the Illinois Chess Bulletin. Bill is also chief editor of Bill occasionally teaches students.

D. Scott Daniels (Director of Warren Junior Program) has worked at AT&T since 2000 and is currently an Account Direct. Scott has two Masters from Ball State University, a MA in Education and a MS in Information and Communications Science. He received his undergraduate degree from Indiana University. Unlike many on the Board, Scott came to chess and ICA through his children’s (Jason and Alex) involvement in chess. Due to extensive travel across the state, Scott started to know the local, State, and national groups. In 2011, he joined the Bloomington Normal Area Scholastic Chess (BNASC) organization and in 2012 was the Vice President. Recently, and through much prompting from his son’s chess Coach, and several TDs he has started playing some tournament chess. From his own account he has a long way to go to meet the level of the many scholastic players he normally interacts with let alone his own son, but is looking forward to trying. Scott is married to Suwada (Su), they live in Normal, IL and have three children Jason, Alex, and Samantha.

Murrel Rhodes has been active in the Peoria chess community for over 40 years.He has also been active in ICA, having served as editor of the Illinois Chess Bulletin, and in the USCF, where he has been a voting delegate from Illinois.Murrel is a chess Expert and currently helps run Peoria’s Hult Chess Club for kids in grades K-9 ( A retired businessman, he is also an active private coach.

Michael Lenox (Chair of Veteran Committee) is a physically disabled retired US Navy Machinist Mate Chief Petty Officer (Submarine/Diver). Though retired, he donates his time as the Illinois Chess Vets (ICV) Director and Southwest Chicago Chess Club (SWCCC) President. The ICV is the operational organization of the ICA Veterans Committee and runs chess recreational programs at two Illinois VA hospitals. The ICV also conducts chess workshops where requested. The SWCCC holds weekly meetings at a Senior Center, American Legion Post and a Salvation Army. It also has held successful youth summer chess camps. Mr. Lenox is a US Chess (USCF) Club Tournament Director and Certified Coach. He does not consider himself as an accomplished chess player. His passion comes from his stroke partial recovery that he attributes mostly to this game. His veteran organization memberships includes the American Legion (Post 991) in Worth and the Disabled American Veterans. He currently lives in Burbank, Illinois with his wife of 18 years, Lia.

Kevin Taylor is a coder and entrepreneur who lives in the Chicagoland area, where he makes things out of words, bytes, scarce resources, and even flour, water, salt and yeast. As an entrepreneur and investor, Kevin has so far had two successful exits. In 2011 Obtiva was acquired by Groupon and in 2014 MadMimi was acquired by GoDaddy. As a CEO, Kevin has earned several awards. In 2010, he was nominated for "CEO of the Year" by the Illinois Technology Association. Also, in 2010 and 2011 Obtiva was named to the Inc 5000 list of the country's fastest growing private companies, growing 99% and 142% over a 3 year period, respectively. As an educator, in 2011 Kevin was awarded a Coleman Fellowship by the Kaufman Foundation for innovation in teaching entrepreneurship. As a chess player, Kevin is an active class player and loves playing over the board chess. He has played hundreds of tournament games since 2013, including at the US Open and World Open. He is a member of the St. Charles Chess Club and is active on, where he writes about his chess improvement journey: