Board of Directors

President: Julia Kennedy Beckman

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 Julia Kennedy Beckman is a community member and former long-term District 99 Board of Education President serving for 24 years. Beckman has served on the Foundation board since 2017. Beckman’s four children graduated from South High. 

Vice President: Megan Schroeder

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Megan Schroeder is a community member and realtor at Platinum Realty in downtown Downers Grove. Schroeder is a former District 99 Board of Education member serving from 2003-2011 and has served on the Foundation board since 2011. Both of Schroeder's daughters graduated from South High.

Treasurer: Diane Richard

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  Diane Richard, Treasurer, is a community member and former special services teacher at South High (2003-11). Diane has served as the Foundation's Treasurer since 2014, and also served from 1999-2005. All three of her children graduated from South High School.  

Secretary: Maura Bates

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 Maura Bates is a community member and science teacher at Benet Academy High School.  Bates has served on the Foundation board since 2017. 

Board Member: Donna Dawson

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Donna Dawson is a community member and former employee of McDonald’s Corporation for 37 years. Dawson’s son Brian graduated from South High School in 2018 and now attends College of DuPage. 

Board Member: Mike Heinz

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Mike Heinz is a community member, current North High Science Department Chair and has been working for District 99 since 2011. Heinz’s older daughter Sarah graduated from North High in 2018 and is currently attending Northern Illinois University majoring in elementary education. His youngest daughter, Megan, is currently a sophomore at North High.

Board Member: Shannon Kragel

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 Shannon Kragel is a community member and Marketing & Events Manager at Chamber630 regional Chamber of Commerce. She also serves on the DuPagePads Young Professionals Board. 

Board Member: Martha Merilos

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 Martha Merilos is a community member and former social studies teacher at North High. Merilos taught from 1978-2010 and has been on the Foundation board since 2002. Merilos continues to substitute teach at DGN. 

Board Member: Stephanie Williams

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 Stephanie Williams is a community member and founder of not-for-profit for women entrepreneurs called Sisterhood Extravaganza-Chicago. Williams’ daughter Chelsea will attend North High School in the fall of 2020. 

Ex-Officio

District 99 Superintendent: Dr. Hank Thiele

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Dr. Hank Thiele is the District 99 Superintendent and a Foundation Ex-Officio member.

Board of Education Representative: Terry Pavesich

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Terry Pavesich is a community member and has served on the District 99 Board of Education since 2005. Pavesich has served as a Foundation Ex-Officio member since 2006. Pavesich's three children graduated from South High.

District 99 Communications Specialist: Kristin Kelly

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 Kristin Kelly is the District 99 Communications Specialist and a Foundation Ex-Officio member.