Dustin was born in old Sherman hospital and raised just east of Elgin in Streamwood. He graduated from U-46 and moved to Elgin in the mid 2000’s, beginning his involvement with civic life at Elgin Community College. It was there he was elected Student Trustee and founded the Student Organization of Sustainability before graduating. Dustin also led an effort which eventually removed unnecessary scholarship requirements from the merit based Student Leadership Trustee scholarship which helped deserving students to further their education. After his time at ECC he became a member of Elgin’s Strategic Plan Advisory Committee where he served five years from 2012-2017. Upon completion of his term with the SPAC committee he accepted a position with the Downtown Neighborhood Association where he still sits as a board member. His proudest accomplishments as part of the DNA team include his time as Farmer Market Committee Chair where he helped revamp our market which is now a profitable operation. Additionally he sits on the COVID adaptation committee where the DNA team has disbursed thousands of dollars to downtown businesses.
In his professional life Dustin initially walked in family footsteps and entered the workforce as a third generation automotive technician after high school. His grandfather owned an automotive service shop at the corner of Barlett and Schaumburg road in Streamwood until he sold the shop enabling him to purchase a ninety acre farm in northwest Arkansas where Dustin would spend part of his summer’s working. Since leaving the automotive field Dustin has worked as a: ECC orientation leader, AVID tutor within school district U-46, assistant project manager for a native landscape restoration company, farmer for a small organic vegetable operation, inventory manager for a large commercial nursery, and up until recently a restaurant and taproom manager. Earlier this year Dustin was invited to join the Initiator’s Guild which is based out of Invanti, a startup generator located in South Bend Indiana. This experience has allowed Dustin to extensively research communities across the country and analyze their government structure while focusing on the specific opportunities to improve community engagement. This work has led to specific insights around improving Elgin via resident involvement.
In his free time Dustin enjoys being husband to Stephanie Good-Salas, who is currently studying to become a Bilingual Speech Language Pathologist at Northern Illinois University. They met at Elgin Community College while serving on Student Government and married in 2015. They have lived in a downtown Elgin apartment for five years and hope to one day buy and restore one of the beautiful properties in town. Until then they will continue to grow vegetables at their East Side Community Garden plot.