Meet Board & Brush Oswego Owners
Katie & Mike Ilic
After graduating from the University of Illinois, Katie started her career as high school math teacher at Neuqua Valley in Naperville where she also coached the sophomore volleyball team. Eight years later, she left the classroom behind to stay at home with her daughter when she was born. She traded in calculators and lecturing, for diapers and sleepless nights! Mike attended NIU and will always be a Husky at heart. He was a Senior Manager at Accenture for 18 years before leaving that behind to become a Board & Brush studio owner.
Katie & Mike attended a workshop for their anniversary and thoroughly enjoyed their experience. They were immediately hooked and knew that a business, like Board & Brush, would be perfect for their family. Katie’s passion is teaching, and Mike is a DIY junkie. Owning and operating a Board & Brush studio is not only an exciting new adventure, but also gives them the flexibility to spend more time together as a family. It hardly feels like working when you love what you do every day!
Katie and Mike met on a blind date back in 2011, and the rest was history. Family is their number one priority. Katie has a small, close-knit family and Mike has a huge (and loud!) 100% Croatian family. Their daughter Emma was born in 2016 and she already says she wants to work "at the studio" when she's "bigger." Only two months after opening Board & Brush Oswego in 2018, Mike and Katie welcomed their son Luka into the world. He is easygoing and always smiling! Some of their favorite things to do are to take their two Yorkie puppies for walks around the neighborhood, spend summer days at the pool, make dinner together, and snuggle up with a good movie.
Make Your Own Personalized Sign at Board & Brush Oswego
Pick your preferred custom wood sign design, sign up for a DIY wood sign workshop that best works
for you and your friends or family, and then show up for a fun, instructor led, hands-on
Board & Brush Oswego is located off of Plainfield Road and is across from Advocate Medical Group (used to be Dreyer). We are just minutes away from Oswego High School, the Oswego splash pad, and historic downtown Oswego.
Have any questions? Please feel free to contact us via phone or email. We are happy to help and
would love to see you in our wood sign workshop very soon!