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 Services: 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, both at Lake Zurich High School.
Professional Experience: CEO, Global Cents, a leading provider of value-added Information Lifecycle Management products and services for Enterprise Content Management platforms.
Community Services: Board Member, District 95 Foundation; Elder at Ridgefield Crystal Lake Presbyterian Church; 7 year participant of MS Bike Ride.
Education: MBA, NIU; BS Economics, NIU
Personal: Tom and his wife, Cheryl have twins that graduated from Lake Zurich High School.
The Vesalius Trust for Visual Communications in Health Sciences
Professional Experience: Mrs. Warren 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 Services: Mrs. Warren 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 20 years of experience in Human Resources Benefits Outsourcing and Consulting. 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 Middle School South liaison, the Chair for the Middle School South No Stress Fundraiser, and a Bear Boosters Volunteer. Previously, she served terms as both the President and Secretary of the May Whitney PTO and chaired numerous committees while her children attended the school. Parent Volunteer of the Month, November 2016. She served a three year term on the Board of the Lake Zurich Baseball and Softball Association as the President of the TYRO girls’ softball league. 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. They have two children, one at Lake Zurich High School and one at Middle School South.
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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 Services: 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.
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 Services: 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.
Professional Experience: Kaine Osburn joined CUSD 95 as Superintendent in July 2016 after serving for three years as Deputy Superintendent for Naperville CUSD 203. Prior to the role of deputy superintendent, Kaine was Principal for six years at Niles West High School in Skokie.
Kaine received his Doctorate in Cultural and Educational Policy Studies from Loyola University in 2015. He holds a Masters in English and American Literature from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Bachelors of Arts in English from Southeast Missouri State University.
Community Services: Kaine currently serves as a Trustee for The College Board, the creators of Advanced Placement courses and the SAT. He also represents the Lake Zurich Area Chamber of Commerce as a Director at Large.
Personal: Kaine and his wife, also an educator, have two boys and reside in Wilmette.
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 Services: Brad is an active member 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 at Lake Zurich High School, and one at Middle School South.
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 Services: 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.
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 Services: 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.
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 Services: 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: Mark is an experienced Managing Director with Grant Thornton LLP’s Tax Reporting & Advisory practice based in Chicago. Mark specializes in assisting global corporations with transformative initiatives in Finance, Tax and Technology. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy. Mark is a Certified Public Accountant, Six Sigma Greenbelt, Project Management Professional, as well as certified in several database software applications.
Community Services: Mark previously served as the Treasurer and Executive Board Member for the Lake Zurich Baseball and Softball Association. His family enjoys helping the community through their church Willow Creek (Cars Ministry, Food Pantry), as well as participating in animal anti-cruelty charities.
Personal: Mark and his wife Lisa live in Lake Zurich and have 2 children. Nicholas is in eighth grade and currently goes to Middle School South and Natalie is a sophomore at Lake Zurich High School.
The Fidelity Group
Professional Experience: Mr. Sfire 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: Mr. Sfire brings extensive community service experience to the School District 95 Foundation, having served for many years on the College of Lake County Education Foundation. Mr. Sfire is one of the founders of the Foglia YMCA, and supports the Hawthorn Woods Womens’ Club, SNAP, and the Bear Boosters Club. Mr. Sfire 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.
Professional Experience: Nearly 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. As a “soccer mom,” Erica enjoys spending free time watching her kids play soccer, re-living her college soccer days at Loyola University Chicago where she was a scholarship athlete.