Members of the U-46 Board of Education

  • President: Sue Kerr
    Vice President: John Devereux
    Secretary Pro-Tem: Veronica Noland
    Members:

    Donna Smith

    Melissa Owens

    Eva Porter

    Kate Thommes

    Student Advisor for 2019-20: Hallie Furtak

    Board of Education 2019

    355 E. Chicago St.
    Elgin, IL 60120
    Phone: (847) 888-5000 x 5032

    The Board of Education is responsible for determining the policies which guide the operation of School District U-46. State law holds school boards responsible for policies in these areas: approval of courses of study and textbooks, adoption of an annual budget, construction, furnishing and maintenance of facilities, employment and evaluation of the superintendent.

    Elected members serve four-year terms and are not paid for their services. To be eligible to serve, a school board member must meet the following requirements on the date of election: a citizen of the United States, at least 18 years old, a registered voter, a resident of the State of Illinois, and a resident of School District U-46 for at least one year immediately preceding the election. All U-46 Board members have completed the Open Meetings Act Training as required under the Illinois School Code, (5 ILS 120/1.06) and the Professional Development Leadership Training.     

    Two U-46 administrators join the Board at the table during meetings: Chief Executive Officer Tony Sanders and Chief Legal Officer Miguel A. Rodriguez, who serves as the Board Secretary.

    The Board Members are as follows:

 Sue Kerr, President

Phone: (847) 888-5000 x5032

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Sue Kerr, President

A resident of Bartlett, was elected to the Board of Education in 2015. She has been a member of the Citizens’ Advisory Council where she has co-chaired a number of committees. Ms. Kerr worked as a computer programmer analyst at the University of Chicago Library. Ms. Kerr’s term expires in the spring of 2023.

Ms. Kerr completed both her Open Meetings Act Training and Performance Evaluation Reform Act/Professional Development Leadership Training on June 5, 2015. Click the links below to view her Certificates of Completion.

Open Meetings Act Certificate
Performance Evaluation Reform Act/Professional Development Leadership Certificate

 John Devereux, Vice President

Phone: (847) 888-5000 x5032

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John Devereux, Vice President

A Bartlett resident, John Devereux was appointed to the Board in June 2018 and elected to a four-year-term in April, 2019.  He is the chief actuary for a Chicago-based firm and a parent of two children who have attended U-46 schools, including a son who graduated in May 2018 from Bartlett High School. Mr. Devereux has served in leadership roles with the Bartlett High School Band Parent Organization and has volunteered as a coach for the Bartlett Park District. Mr. Devereux is completing a term which will expire in the spring of 2023.

 

Open Meetings Act Certificate

Performance Evaluation Reform Act/Professional Development Leadership Certificate

 Veronica Noland, Secretary Pro Tempore

Phone: (847) 888-5000 x5032

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Veronica Noland, Secretary Pro Tempore

An Elgin resident, is active with the Channing Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization, having previously served as Vice-President. She also has been a member of both the U-46 Hispanic Parent Leadership Institute and the Citizens’ Advisory Council. Ms. Noland is serving her first term which expires in 2021.

Ms. Noland completed her Open Meetings Act Training on April 8, 2015, and Performance Evaluation Reform Act/Professional Development Leadership Training on Nov. 22, 2013. Click the links below to view her Certificates of Completion.

Open Meetings Act Certificate
Performance Evaluation Reform Act/Professional Development Leadership Certificate 

 Donna Smith

Phone: (630) 289-6539

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Donna Smith

A resident of Hanover Park, has been a member of the school board since 2001. She has served as chairperson of the Citizens’ Advisory Council and as an active member in the Partnership for Excellence in Learning, Comprehensive High School Committee, P.A.S.S. Committee, and several parent-teacher organizations. Mrs. Smith works at DuPage County Public Works as a billing/collection specialist. Mrs. Smith's term expires in 2021.

Mrs. Smith completed her Open Meetings Act Training on Feb. 9, 2012, and Performance Evaluation Reform Act/Professional Development Leadership Training on Nov. 22, 2015. Click the links below to view her Certificates of Completion.

Open Meetings Act Certificate
Performance Evaluation Reform Act/Professional Development Leadership Certificate

 Melissa Owens

Phone: (847) 888-5000 x5032

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Melissa Owens

A resident of Bartlett, was elected to the Board of Education in 2017. Ms. Owens served on the Citizens' Advisory Council for seven years, chairing the Special Education Committee and the General Council. She also served on the Operating Board of the Elgin Alignment Collaborative for Education for one year. Ms. Owens is the Volunteer Program Coordinator for the Community Crisis Center in Elgin. Her term expires in 2021.

Ms. Owens completed both her Open Meetings Act Training and Performance Evaluation Reform Act/Professional Development Leadership Training on July 7, 2017. Click the links below to view her Certificates of Completion.

Open Meetings Act Certificate
Performance Evaluation Reform Act/Professional Development Leadership Certificate

 Eva Porter

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Eva Porter

A resident of Hanover Park since 1981, Eva Porter was elected to the Board of Education on May 2019. She is a retired teacher of 30 years of teaching School District U-46, Schaumburg School District 54, St. Sabina Catholic School, and Elgin Head Start. She serves as Board of Trustee on the Poplar Creek Library Board as Secretary and on the Finance Committee. She served on the U-46 African American Advisory Council. She also serves on many non-for- profit community committees. Mrs. Porter's term will expire in the spring of 2023.

 Kate Thommes

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Kate Thommes

An Elgin resident and former U-46 educator, Kathleen Thommes was elected to the Board of Education in April, 2019. She now teaches at Elgin Community College. She earned her teaching certificate from Illinois State University and has two master’s degrees; one in the art of teaching and the other in teaching English to speakers of other languages. She has also served as the tutor trainer coordinator for Literacy Connection of Elgin and as co-chair of the Specialized Student Services and Finance committees for the Citizens’ Advisory Council. She has three children in U-46. Her term expires in the spring of 2023.

 Hallie Furtak

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Hallie Furtak

Hallie Furtak will be a senior at Streamwood High School in the 2019-20 school year.