Voters' Guide for Election Day April 4, 2017 Glencoe Elections
The Village Board is a seven-member board, including the Village President. Board members are elected to 4 year terms. The Board of Trustees meet on the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Village Hall Council Chambers. All meetings are open to the public. Candidates for Village Board President Lawrence R. Levin
Lawrence Levin has been a resident of Glencoe for 66 years, graduating Central Grammar School, New Trier, the University of Arizona (History & Economics), and 8th in my class from Yale Law. I am a strategic management consultant and Village President, member of the Northwest Municipal Conference and its Legislative Committee, a member of the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus and the Illinois Municipal League, Chairperson of the Village Board’s Committee of the Whole, and member of the Finance Committee. Other representative past civic or volunteer activities are: North Shore Environmental Commissioner; Village Trustee; Vice-Chairperson, Plan Commission; Chairperson, Clubhouse Task Force (on rebuilding and financing new club house complex); Member of original Golf Course Development Committee; Member, Village Commercial Task Force on Village Economic Development 1997-98 (which brought Writers’ Theatre and the Women’s Library Board together); and Special Counsel, Village of Glencoe (during Jim Webb’s two terms as Village President). Also, Union Church, past Chairperson; Prudential Board; and Board of Christian Outreach. As Village President, I will continue to make significant contributions to our Village’s long tradition of governance that is sensitive to needs of our resident and that provides efficient, cost effective, and responsive Village government. Continuity, understanding, vision, and leadership count. As Village President, I have helped the Village vision, plan, and commence implementation of its strategic plan to maintain its character and quality as a small town, warm, caring community with a Village government that delivers the superlative services our residents expect now and in the future.
Laurie Morse Laurie Morse has degrees in Economics from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, repeatedly ranked the nation's top school for Public Administration; and in Communications from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University. Always deeply interested in how public policy intersects with government and markets, Laurie worked for two decades analyzing international trade and finance for respected news organizations. She was the Chicago Correspondent for the Financial Times of London for the five years before she retired. She has written for the Economist and other magazines and co-authored a book (with David Greising) about Chicago's futures and options markets.
She is an 18-year resident of Glencoe, is married, has one child, and has actively participated in the life of the Village.
Laurie promises to bring a fresh perspective to local government, and to work to increase public engagement on our Village Committees and in our paths to decision-making. For details, go to the "Issues and Positions" tab on her website www.LaurieMorseforGlencoe.com.
Candidates for the Village Board of Trustees
Gail Lissner grew up in Glencoe and returned 30 years ago with her husband and three children. In addition to currently serving on the Glencoe Zoning Board of Appeals, Gail is Vice President of Appraisal Research Counselors, a Chicago-based real estate appraisal and consulting firm. Throughout her career, she has focused on the housing/multi-family market in her valuation and consulting work.
Top priorities for the board:
Gail’s initial priority is getting elected alongside the entire Caucus slate, including President Larry Levin and Trustees Barbara Miller and Dale Thomas. Having observed the Board through her attendance at monthly meetings as a member of the public, Gail has been highly impressed with the professionalism and competency of President Larry Levin and the Trustees, as well as their thoughtfulness, openness, collaboration, and diverse areas of expertise. Gail looks forward to serving alongside them as a Trustee.
The work of the Board of Trustees can have an impact on the daily lives of the residents of Glencoe and ultimately property values -- which is Gail’s professional area of expertise. Gail will work to keep Glencoe vibrant with a downtown that encourages new business. Gail believes that a healthy, active downtown is vital to the overall character, charm, and appeal of the community. As a Trustee, Gail will ensure that the Village strives to continue to provide a high level of service to the residents, maintain and improve infrastructure, and explore the most cost-effective methods of providing those services in the long term.
I grew up in Hyde Park, and went to college and law school at the University of Chicago. I practiced transactional real estate law for over 30 years. I have lived in Glencoe for 24 years and continue to be filled with gratitude for that privilege. I am proud to serve as a Village Trustee, Vice-Chair of the Plan Commission, and member of the Finance Committee, and am seeking a second term as Village Trustee. Before that, I was Chair of the Zoning Commission and Board of Appeals, Co-Chair of the Glencoe Village Caucus, Chair of the Glencoe Caucus Advisory Council, and a member of the Home Rule Task Force.
My overarching goal is to maintain and enhance Glencoe’s character as a welcoming, civic-minded community, steeped in history, rich in cultural, educational and recreational amenities. In order to achieve that, my priorities are to (1) support the election of the Caucus slated candidates, including Larry Levin as Village President, (2) maintain our strong (triple-A Bond rating) financial position, (3) continue to provide excellent services to residents and businesses in a cost-effective manner, (4) improve Glencoe’s infrastructure, most urgently drainage and water distribution, (5) help the Public Safety Department become fully staffed, (6) implement as much of the Downtown Tune-up plan as possible, (7) support the work of the Sustainability Task Force, the Friends of the Green Bay Trail and other green initiatives, and (8) maintain and enhance Village government’s communication tools with residents, businesses, board members, staff and the press.
Dale E. Thomas
I am a long-time partner, and now Senior Counsel, in the law firm of Sidley Austin LLP. I have an undergraduate degree from Princeton, and a law degree and a divinity degree from Yale. I have lived and raised a family in Glencoe for 28 years. I served on various committees and task forces before becoming a Trustee. I view being a Trustee as a way of continuing to serve the community. My professional experience has focused on representing clients in energy or telecommunications faced with complex regulatory, financial, and legal issues. I also have aided efforts to address state pensions. Working with the President of the Village, my fellow Trustees, and Village staff, I have no agenda other than to help the Village tackle problems in a fiscally-prudent, socially-responsible, and environmentally-sustainable way. I try to keep an open mind, to be collegial and collaborative, to build consensus, and most importantly, to listen to the community. The top priorities for the Board going forward include protecting against possible reduced revenue from the State; encouraging businesses to locate in downtown Glencoe while retaining its scale and charm; making needed investment in the Village’s water distribution system; beginning to implement portions of the approved downtown master plan; replacing the clubhouse of the Glencoe Golf Club to benefit all residents; and ensuring that personnel needs are met. Above all, Glencoe’s special character should be safeguarded for future generations.
Library Board The Library Board is a seven-member board. Board members are elected to 4 year terms. The Board of Trustees meet on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the Hammond Room at the Library. All meetings are open to the public. Candidates for Library Board of Trustees Jacqueline Babb Jacqueline Berk Babb is on the business faculty of Oakton Community College and North Park University. Jacqueline is the faculty advisor for the Nonprofit Leadership Club and the Campus Executive Director for the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. When she is not in the classroom, Jacqueline provides marketing consulting services to nonprofit organizations. Jacqueline is on the Steering Committee of the Winnetka Community House Woman's Board and was a co-chairperson for its 2016 Antiques and Modernism Show. She also serves as co-chair of the Board of Governors’ Marketing Committee. Jacqueline volunteers her time with Bernie's Book Bank, providing insight on individual fundraising and strategic partnerships. She was the co-chairperson for its 2013, 2014 and 2016 Book Lovers' Lunch. Jacqueline is co-chair of South School's Authors Program and serves on the Readers are Leaders committee. She is the very proud mom of five-year-old Benjamin and three-year-old Mila, both of whom are raised with countless children’s books and an appreciation for giving. It is my vision that the Glencoe Public Library will serve as a hub for knowledge and personal growth. The library staff is talented and its programs are innovative. It is my goal to help the library move people from the busyness of their everyday lives into the serenity that a good book or thought-provoking program can offer. I have dedicated much of my adult life to promoting literacy efforts and have a deep passion for the opportunities that books and literacy provide to people. Kathy Doyle Kathy has lived in Glencoe for 22 years. She fell in love with the community during a Frank Lloyd Wright walking tour in the early 1990’s, and subsequently bought and renovated a mid-century modern home in the Village. Kathy is President of Doyle Research Associates, a qualitative research firm she founded in 1986. She is a Board member of the Qualitative Research Consultants’ Association (QRCA) and a frequent presenter at industry conferences. What many people don’t know is that her first career was in the library world. She obtained a Master degree in Library Science from the University of Michigan and worked in school libraries for many years before switching careers. Kathy is seeking a 2nd term as a trustee of the Glencoe Public Library. Serving on the Library Board has been a way for Kathy to return to her roots and put her experience to work for the community. Kathy’s goals, as a trustee, are to:
support the library in staying abreast of industry trends and remaining highly relevant to the community. Projects to date include hiring a new executive director, overseeing an overhaul of the library website, and encouraging the development of a weekly e-newsletter to supplement the quarterly Excerpts publication;
help maintain the physical library building through thoughtful updates and renovation projects, such as the current and massive HVAC overhaul;
support the development of a dedicated teen space that will encourage young adults to remain patrons of the library.
Glencoe resident since 1983 and am now a candidate for The Glencoe Public Library Board of Trustees. Owner and Vice President of Finance of Arrow Plastic Manufacturing Co., Elk Grove Village IL (December 1993-present) Sold the company in May 2016. I managed all aspects of a USA injection and blow molding plastic housewares manufacturing company with $40 million in annual sales and over 200 employees. Customers were in the following channels: mass, grocery, drug, hardware, dollar stores, as well as international companies. We purchased the company from the former owner to ensure the jobs of our employees and to make a viable company more successful in a global market.
Prior to that, I was a CPA with several international accounting firms. I received my MBA from Bernard Baruch College in New York City. Have served as an officer on several not-for-profit boards. Since selling my company in 2016, I have invested my time in the following activities (among others): SCORE providing mentoring to many small and start-up businesses. Active in the Glencoe Community Garden. Learning to draw, attending seminars. Kayaking, bike riding and playing guitar more frequently (I hope to begin learning flamenco guitar in the near future). My family uses the services of the Library extensively. I will strive to use my business and not-for-profit background to help the Library continue to be successful in this era of rapid change while maintaining the excellent personal service that has made the Library very relevant to our community. Calvin Saravis I have lived in Glencoe for 18 years where my wife lived as a young girl, and where in this area, two of my children, wives, and six grandchildren now reside. I am Professor Emeritus of Harvard Medical School, (Immunology), and jointly, Professor Emeritus of Boston University School of Medicine, (Pathology), with over 36 years of teaching and research.
Looking forward to engaging young minds is a challenge for librarians. It is necessary to provide resources and space that facilitates their use of libraries while providing first rate service to all. I look forward to contribute to this ongoing project.
Park Board The Park District Board is a five-member board. Board members are elected to 4 year terms. The Board of Commissioners meet the on the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Hall at the Takiff Center. All meetings are open to the public.
Candidates for Park Board of Commissioners
Stefanie Langer Boron
I have been a Glencoe resident for 5 years and really enjoy the community with my husband and two young daughters. I am an editor for National Geographic Learning and I develop textbooks and other educational materials. I have served on cancer charity boards and was a wish granter for Make-A-Wish for many years. An avid reader, you can often find me at the library. I look forward to serving the community as a Commissioner.
Top priorities: Transparency and accountability to the residents of Glencoe.
Steven H. Gaines Currently serving as president of the Park Board of Commissioners and is seeking to serve a second term.
Josh Lutton, 44, is a Glencoe resident of 10 years. In his professional life he is a management consultant. He advises companies on strategy and performance optimization. Many of his clients are in the renewable energy and technology industries. He serves as a trustee of Friends of the Green Bay Trail. He has two sons, Ted (14) and Cal (12) with his wife, Laura. Two of Glencoe’s best assets are green space and the lakefront. I hope to assist the Park District in thinking strategically about how it can best protect, leverage, and expand the use of these resources.
Glencoe District 35 School Board The District 35 School board is a seven-member board. Board Members are elected to 4 year terms. Board of Education meetings are held the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm in the Young Auditorium at Central School. All meetings are open to the public.
Candidates for the School Board are:
Julie Ackerman I am a patent attorney who has served on the District 35 School Board since 2013. My husband and I have lived in Glencoe for over 13 years, and we have two daughters, a fifth grader at Central School and a freshman at New Trier. My top priorities include continuing to provide the highest quality education for every student in our schools. Our School Board must continue to act in a fiscally responsible matter and to provide a safe and secure learning environment for our students, teachers, staff and administrators. I look forward to the opportunity to serve an additional two year term on the School Board. Melissa Estes Melissa Estes joined the Glencoe School Board in May 2016 to fill a mid-term vacancy. She is an active volunteer in District #35 PTO and the GJHP and the mother of two children currently enrolled at Central School. Melissa holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Theatre from Northwestern University. She is a career educator and high school theatre director who developed district-wide arts programming during her 15 years at Adlai E. Stevenson High School, where she was a two-time Finalist for the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching. Her interest in serving on the Board encompasses both her professional experience and her personal interest in contributing to the community where her own children are educated. She is especially interested in inclusive practices in all aspects of education and in maintaining and enhancing the positive school climate that allows the talented professional educators employed by our district to keep innovating and growing professionally. This growth and innovation allows our children to get a high quality education that will form the foundation for their future. Marc Gale My family and I (3 children, ages 14, 11 and 8) have lived in Glencoe for over eight years. I’ve worked for the past five years as a Quantitative Analyst at Citadel Investment Group. My prior volunteer activities include service on the New Trier School Board Caucus in 2014 and 2016. I’ve also been a Board Member and Coach Administrator for AYSO Region 425 since 2015. I’m eager to give something back to the community that has been so welcoming to my family by serving on the District 35 School Board. One of the Board’s top priorities over the next several years will be to focus on the budget. There are several factors which may present challenges. After many years of low interest rates, district’s current surplus is slowly eroding. Additionally, there is the looming possibility that the state will choose to shift some teacher pension obligations to local districts. Finally, demographic shifts could necessitate adding additional space to South School. These are all issues that we should be able to address, but doing so requires careful planning and thoughtful analysis. My background in finance and as an actuary make me well equipped to aid the Board as it navigates these issues.
Kelly Glauberman Kelly Prout Glauberman has lived in Glencoe since 2007 with her husband, Scott, and two children, William (age 11) and Caroline (age 8). Kelly is graduate of Harvard College (A.B., 1995) and Northwestern Law School (J.D., 1998). From 1999 until 2005, Kelly was a litigation associate with the law firm Jones Day. Since moving to Glencoe, Kelly has dedicated her time to serving the Glencoe community as Co-President of the Glencoe PTO (2014-present), and Co-President of the Board of Glencoe Junior Kindergarten (2012-2014). In conjunction with her role as PTO Co-President, Kelly has attended monthly Board of Education meetings for the last three years, and has become familiar with the key issues the Board regularly faces, including maintaining the aging physical plant, prudent investment in technology, and preparing our children for careers in the 21st century. Kelly would welcome the opportunity to serve on the Glencoe Board of Education and work on these priorities in the coming years. Ashley Kain Silver
I am seeking election to the Glencoe School Board, District 35 because of my commitment to the current and future quality of education in our community and throughout Illinois. I grew up in Glencoe, went through Glencoe schools and I am so thankful for the amazing public school system here in our village. As an adult and moving back to Glencoe, I couldn’t be more thrilled to have my two children go through the Glencoe Public School system knowing that they are in the right hands to ensure a successful educational experience for them both. While education is still competitive at every level, I believe that Glencoe’s potential is not completely achieved, given the extraordinary talent that exists within the district. Furthermore, I will have the opportunity to raise my family in this vibrant community that passionately supports the team of professionals that define a Glencoe education. I believe that my education, experience, unique perspective, and energy will help to lead the Glencoe School Board to greater heights as we work together to discover new ideas while also finding fresh solutions to the challenges we face. Ashley Kain Silver is a Real Estate Broker in Glencoe at Coldwell Banker Residential, as well as a Public Relations/Political Consultant for local companies and campaigns.
New Trier High School District 203 School Board
The District 203 School board is a seven-member board. Board Members are elected to 4 year terms. Board of Education meetings are held the third Monday of each month at 7:30 pm in the C234 Board Multi-Purpose room at the Northfield Campus, 7 Happ Road, Northfield. All meetings are open to the public.
Candidates for New Trier High School District 203 Board of Education
Source Winnetka Talk 11/16/16
Keith Dronen is a native of the Chicago area received his BA from Northwestern University and his J.D. from Chicago Kent School of Law. After a successful legal career, shifted his career focus and is now a financial advisor for Dronen Financial Services, LLC. Mr. Dronen served eight years on the District 39 Board of Education, including serving as that board's president. He is currently a member of the New Trier High School finance committee. Carol Ducommun
Carol Ducommun, a native of Jamestown, NY, received both her BS and MBA from Cornell University. She previously served eight years on the New Trier Board of Education, including a year as board president. She is completing a four-year term as a Wilmette Village Trustee.
Dr. Marc Glucksman M.D., a native of New York City, received his BS and BA from S.U.N.Y. Stoneybrook and his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians. He is currently a professor at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. He is a member of the Glencoe, District 35 Board of Education.
Greg Robitaille is a native of Ballston Springs, NY. He received his BA from Hamilton College and his MBA from Columbia University. He works in healthcare private equity for the firm Water Street Healthcare Partners. He was first elected to the New Trier Board of Education in 2012 and currently serves as the board president
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