Michele Aavang

2015 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient


Michele Aavang and her husband Gary are fifth-generation family farmers at their farm, Willow Lea Stock Farm in Woodstock. Her family is well known for their dedication to their land and their livestock. They follow their farming philosophy by striving to be good stewards of the land and animals that they care for, and their goal is to be productive and responsible in their farming operation. Michele believes that the best part of being a farmer is enjoying the hard work and seeing that work result in a successful crop of healthy nutritious food.

Michele is very proud to be a graduate of McHenry County College, where she received her AS degree in 1988.

Michele is a committed public servant dedicated to helping McHenry County grow and prosper. She was elected to the McHenry County Board in 2012 and volunteers on many organizations throughout McHenry County. She is chair of the Natural and Environmental Resources Committee; serves on the Building Projects and Management Services Committee; is the County Board Representative on the Agricultural Conservation Easement and Farmland Protection Commission; and she is president of the Board of Directors of the McHenry County Farm Bureau.

Michele is a member of the McHenry County Fair Association, the Greenwood Cemetery Board and the Club Town Board. Michele also volunteers with the McHenry County Farm Bureau’s “In the Classroom” program and with the Illinois Farm Bureaus of Illinois Farm Families program. She serves as the chair on the Agriculture Education Foundation that funds the Agriculture in the Classroom Program, the Agriculture Scholarship Program and the Summer Internship Program. Michele is a former trustee of the Village of Greenwood and a former 4-H Leader. She also served on the Woodstock Farmers Market Board (president two years).