THE D95 EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION BOARD
IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIR
Real Estate Broker, @Properties
Professional Experience: Sandra has represented sellers and buyers in the northwest suburbs of Chicago for the past 14 years, and is currently one of @Properties Top 100 Real Estate agents. Previous employment includes positions in both sales and marketing for BRITA GmbH, and General Store Manager for Toys R Us. Sandra graduated with a BA (Hons) in European Policy from Southampton Institute, UK.
Community Service: Sandra has held many voluntary positions in local not-for-profit groups and school PTO. In addition, Sandra has raised money for local charities and continues to strive to support the local community in any way she can.
Personal: Sandra and her husband Alan relocated to the US 17 years ago from England. Sandra and Alan have two children, Charlie and Hugh, one at Lake Zurich High School, and one in college.
Fifth Third Bank
Professional Experience: Experienced Vice President with a demonstrated history of working in the banking industry. Skilled in commercial lending, banking, sales, and credit analysis. Strong professional with over 20 years of banking experience. Brad has been engaged with many small to medium size business owners navigating their financial banking needs.
Community Service: Brad currently is Vice President of the Lake Zurich Area Chamber of Commerce. He has served as a Trustee and Treasurer. He is an active member of the LZANG networking group. He supports several non-profit organizations such as Caring Women’s Connection and Lake Zurich Youth Sports programs and has coached many youth sports teams.
Personal: Brad and his wife Melissa have 3 children–two daughters at Lake Zurich High School, and a son in college.
The Vesalius Trust for Visual Communications in Health Sciences
Professional Experience: Lisa received her BS in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and her MBA from The Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. Lisa has worked with Arthur Andersen & Co. in Charlotte, NC, Heller Financial, Inc. in Chicago, IL and was the executive director for The Vesalius Trust for Visual Communications in Health Sciences for eleven years.
Community Service: Lisa was appointed to the CUSD 95 School Board in January 2012 and was elected to a four year term in February 2013. She serves on several Board committees. Lisa is an active volunteer in the community serving leadership roles in her church, St. Francis de Sales, her local swim and tennis club, Farmington Bath & Tennis Club, Middle School South PTO, Joanie’s Closet and Ela Coalition Against Youth Substance Abuse. Lisa is an administrative official for USA swimming and volunteers with her children’s USA swimming team, Alligator Aquatics. Lisa also volunteers at Saint Viator High School.
Personal: Lisa and her husband, Scot, reside in Kildeer with their three children.
Ann Marie McConnell
Professional Experience: Over 25 years of experience in Human Resources Benefits Outsourcing and Consulting. Currently working part-time at Fairbanks LLC. Ann Marie earned a BS in Business Administration from Miami University with a double major in Computer Science and Statistics. She received her MBA from DePaul University.
Community Service: Ann Marie is actively involved in District 95 schools. She is the Chair of Joanie’s Closet and the LZHS Bear Boosters Activity Pass Chair. Previously, she served terms as both the President and Secretary of the May Whitney PTO. She has chaired numerous committees at May Whiney as well as at Middle School South. Parent Volunteer of the Month, November 2016. She served a three-year term on the Board of the Lake Zurich Baseball and Softball Association. Ann Marie is involved in a volunteer capacity at St. Francis de Sales where she taught Religious Education for six years and volunteers her time supporting her children’s athletic teams and activities.
Personal: Ann Marie and her husband Scott reside in Kildeer. Scott is currently the President of the District 95 School Board. They have two children, both at Lake Zurich High School.
VICE CHAIR – GRANTS
The Tutoring Center, Long Grove
Professional Experience: Andy is the Center Director/Owner of The Tutoring Center in Long Grove. In 2013, Andy made a significant career shift from his electrical engineering consulting position to his current role in helping children reach their academic potential. The Tutoring Center assists students across the area, including District 95, in reading, writing, and math. Andy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University.
Community Service: Andy is an active member of the May Whitney Elementary School Parent Advisory Committee. Additionally, Andy serves on the Board of Directors for The Rotary Club of Buffalo Grove.
Personal: Andy and his wife Julie have two children in District 95. Any free time is dedicated to the family passion of traveling (either enjoying a trip or planning the next one). Although his children will tell you his passion is Chicago Cubs baseball, Indianapolis Colts Football, and Purdue athletics.
CO-VICE CHAIR – COMMUNICATIONS
Professional Experience: Over 20 years marketing experience in a corporate setting and 5 years in a consulting and entrepreneurial environment. Her expertise is in integrated marketing starting from strategy development through communications management. Lisa graduated from DePaul University with a BA in History and Business Administration and an MBA in Marketing.
Community Service: Served as Communications Director for the Caring Women’s Connections (formerly the Hawthorn Woods Women’s Club), serves on the Scholarship Committee, and is a current member.
Personal: Lisa and her husband Dean Koif live in Lake Zurich. They have one son in District 95.
CO-VICE CHAIR - COMMUNICATIONS
Professional Experience: Jennifer has nearly 20-years-experience helping companies develop multi-faceted internal/external strategic communications plans to raise awareness of key social issues and launch new products. Her experience includes developing in-depth measurement frameworks, nonprofit partnership development, corporate social responsibility programs and event planning.
She currently spearheads strategic reputation work at Hollister Incorporated in Libertyville. Jennifer also spent close to 11 years with The Allstate Foundation, worked with various PR agencies and started her career in sports public relations working with the United States Olympic Committee and The Ivy League.
Community Service: Jennifer is a member of the May Whitney Elementary School Parent Advisory Committee and volunteers with The Cricket Theatre Company and Meals on Wheels.
Personal: Jennifer and her husband, Ryan, reside in Lake Zurich and have two daughters at May Whitney Elementary. Most free time is spent chauffeuring the girls to dance, gymnastics and theater rehearsals. Jennifer believes strongly in the power of relationship building and leading with kindness.
VICE CHAIR - FUND DEVELOPMENT
Discover Finanacial Services
Professional Experience: Stephanie currently works at Discover Financial Services in Riverwoods. She has worked there for over 12 years and is currently in the marketing department where she is responsible for managing all pre-approved channels in the direct mail arena. Prior to Discover her background included being in the IT world (she prefers marketing to IT any day)…less stressful, which gives her the time/flexibility to volunteer within District 95.
Community Service: Stephanie is currently involved in District 95 by holding the PTO President position at May Whitney along with chairing several committees at Middle School North. She has been actively involved in cub scouts with her boys for the last 8 years where she has been a den leader, as well as the committee chair for the pack.
Personal: Stephanie and her husband Tim reside in Lake Zurich. They have two boys, one attends Middle School North and the other attends LZHS.
DISTRICT 95 SUPERINTENDENT
Professional Experience: Kelley Gallt joined CUSD 95 as Superintendent in June of 2019, after serving for six years at the district level providing leadership in the area of curriculum, instruction and assessment. She most recently served the St. Charles learning community as its Chief Academic Officer, and prior to that was an Assistant Superintendent of Learning for Hinsdale 181. Kelley has also served the Yorkville School District as a Director of Learning and Teaching and the Plainfield School District as a building principal. Prior to this she taught at the elementary level.
Kelley received her Doctorate in Educational Administration from Aurora University, and holds a Master’s degree in educational administration from Governor’s State University. She received her Bachelors of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas A&M University.
Community Service: Kelley has been a Rotarian for the last two years and is a member of the YMCA Board.
Personal: Kelley is married to Eric and has four children, Brittney, Colton, Parker and Wyatt. She currently resides in Deer Park. She spends her free time reading professionally, running, and traveling to visit her children.
Professional Experience: Katie is an accomplished financial professional with several years of experience in developing and implementing “best practices” in organizations’ financial and operating policies and procedures; risk assessments and corrective roadmap initiatives. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Accountancy and Master of Business Administration from Northern Illinois University. Katie is also a CPA.
Community Service: Katie has volunteered for local school PTOs as Treasurer and other not-for-profit groups supporting the needs of the community. She is an active member of her church and is a long-time supporter of Lake Zurich Youth Sports programs.
Personal: Katie and her husband, George, have three children. Two have graduated from Lake Zurich High School, and one currently attends there. Her free time is spent with her family and cheering year-round for a Chicago sports team.
Kelleher & Holland, LLC
Professional Experience: Vas received his B.S. in Accountancy from the University of Illinois, Urbana – Champaign. He has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1990. After graduation, he worked for Arthur Andersen & Co. in Chicago. Vas received his Juris Doctorate from the Chicago – Kent College of Law in 1995. He is currently a partner with Kelleher & Holland, LLC in North Barrington where he is the practice group leader for its Tax & Wealth Structuring Group and Estate Planning Group.
Community Service: Vas is an active member of the Lake Zurich Chamber of Commerce and is the head of its LZING Networking Group. He also was an active member of Future 95, a group which advocated for the successful referendum to fund District 95 facility improvements. Vas has also been involved as a coach in the Lake Zurich Baseball and Softball Association and Lake Zurich Lacrosse Club, as well as helping the administration of the Lake Zurich Lacrosse Club and the Lake Zurich High School Lacrosse Booster Club. Vas is also a board member of Bigger Than Basketball.
Personal: Vas and his wife, Michelle, reside in Hawthorn Woods with their two children, one in college and one at Lake Zurich High School. He enjoys travelling with his family and golf and is passionate about University of Illinois athletics and the Chicago Cubs.
The Fidelity Group
Professional Experience: John is Chairman/CEO of The Fidelity Group located in Lake Zurich since its inception 20 years ago. Presently, the Fidelity Group owns/manages approximately 850,000 square feet of retail/office space in Lake Zurich.
Community Services: John brings extensive community service experience to the School District 95 Foundation, having served for many years on the College of Lake County Education Foundation. John is one of the founders of the Foglia YMCA, and supports the Hawthorn Woods Womens’ Club, SNAP, and the Bear Boosters Club. He is also the Executive Director of Faith Food Panty, President of Northern Illinois Food Bank, and Executive Director of The Samuel R. Sfire Foundation which, among other things, distributes over $40,000 annually in financial assistance to qualified student applicants.
Personal: The Sfire family includes two School District 95 graduates, Jason Alan Sfire and Niki Sfire Williams.
Owner/Operator to the Chick-fil-A Restaurant in Kildeer, Illinois.
Professional Experience: Before Allen started his Chick-fil-A journey he was a high school teacher for five years in the Chicagoland area. After five wonderful years as a teacher he moved to West Palm Beach, Florida, with his family. He worked with a Chick-fil-A Owner/ Operator for two years and he learned the business inside out. After working with an Operator in Florida, he started working as an Interim Manager for Chick-fil-A Inc. where he ran corporate restaurants all over the United States. In almost two years running corporate restaurants Allen and his family moved to South Texas, West Texas, Pennsylvania, Southern Illinois, and Saint Louis Missouri. Allen earned a degree in Teaching in Spanish at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Masters Degree from National Louis University.
Community Service: Allen has been an active member of the Chamber of Commerce. He has a big heart for the community. He has sponsored many events in the local community through out the years and continues to invest in the community. He has sponsored events such as Special Olympics, Make A Wish Foundation of Illinois, St. Jude, Schools in the community, 5K’s and other events in the local community. Allen’s passion is to also inspire and to develop others to reach their full potential. Allen still uses his passion of teaching with his team and local schools to build their business skills and life skills in the workplace but also create awareness in the classroom at schools.
Personal: Allen and his wife have 3 boys.
Professional Experience: Over 20 years in the non-profit sector in both volunteer and management roles. Runs her own consulting company focusing on marketing, special events, and non-profit management. Previous positions include the Executive Director of the Chinatown Chamber of Commerce, Vice President of Business Development at Lakeside Bank, and the Executive Director of the Elite Soccer Community Organization (ESCO). Currently serves as Marketing & Special Events Consultant, as well as Financial Literacy Program Coordinator, for Lakeside Bank.
Community Services: Historic Arlington Neighborhood Association (HANA) Board Member, Olive Mary-Stitt Room Representative.
Personal: Erica and her husband Todd live in Arlington Heights with their three children. Erica enjoys spending free time watching her son play baseball and basketball, and her daughters play soccer, re-living her college soccer days at Loyola University Chicago where she was a scholarship athlete.