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Board Members

  

President Michael Webster

Mr. Michael Webster

First elected: April, 2005
Current Term Expires: April, 2017

Current Committee Appointment/Assignments

Board President
Finance Committee Chair
ISBA Governing Board Representative
ED-RED Representative
Darien Intergovernmental Initiative Committee
NAFIS Board Representative

Past Committee Appointments/Assignments

2005-2007 Vice President
2005-2007 Finance Committee Chair

Mr. Webster lives in Hinsdale with his wife Sandy and their four children. He is an attorney who earned his Juris Doctorate from DePaul University College of Law and his Bachelor of Science from University of Illinois.

Professional Development

Completed Open Meetings Act Training

Completed Professional Development Leadership and Performance Evaluation Reform Act Training  

           

Vice President Richard Brandeis

Mr. Richard Brandeis

First elected: April, 2007
Current Term Expires: April, 2019

Current Committee Appointments/Assignments

Board Vice President
Community Connections Committee Chair
Darien Intergovernmental Initiative Committee

Past Committee Appointments/Assignments

Finance Committee Member

Mr. Brandeis resides in Darien with his wife Joan and their two children. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Business from Bradley University and his MBA from Indiana University. Mr. Brandeis is a Senior Partner with CPS, Inc.

Professional Development

Completed Open Meetings Act Training

Completed Professional Development Leadership and Performance Evaluation Reform Act Training  

           

Secretary Shelly Camden

Mrs. Shelly Camden

First elected, April 2007
Current Term Expires: April, 2019

Current Committee Appointments/Assignments

Board Secretary
Policy and Planning Committee Chair Member                                              

Cass 63 Parent Teacher Club Representative

Past Committee Appointments/Assignments

Finance Committee Member

Mrs. Camden resides in Willowbrook with her husband Kevin and their three children. Mrs. Camden is an attorney. She received her Juris Doctorate from Northern Illinois University and her Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Illinois at Champaign.

Professional Development

Completed Open Meetings Act Training

Completed Professional Development Leadership and Performance Evaluation Reform Act Training  

   

Member Kent Absalonsen

Mr. Kent Absalonsen

First elected: September, 2015
Current Term Expires: April, 2017

Current Committee Appointments/Assignments

Board Member
Policy & Planning Committee Member 

Mr. Absalonsen is an attorney and lives with his wife Kristine and their two children in Darien. Mr Absalonsen received his Bachelor's Degree from Washington University, a Master's in Business Administration from Northern Illinois University and his Juris Doctorate from Chicago-Kent College of Law.

Professional Development

Completed Open Meetings Act Training

Completed Professional Development Leadership and Performance Evaluation Reform Act Training  

   

Member Steve Alavi

Mr. Steve Alavi

First elected: April, 2015
Current Term Expires: April, 2019

Current Committee Appointments/Assignments

Board Member
Finance Committee Member 

Steve Alavi is a Certified Public Accountant, holds a bachelor’s degree in Accountancy from Northern Illinois University, and is a candidate for a Master of Business Administration from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management (anticipated 2017). He brings almost twenty years of finance and leadership experience and is currently Chief Financial Officer for HealthFitness Corporation, a Trustmark Company. Steve was a member of the Cass School District 63 Foundation for Educational Excellence Board of Directors from 2007 to 2015 and recently served as the Foundation’s Chairman.  In addition to the Foundation, Steve has been actively involved with youth baseball for over fifteen years, including the last five years with the Darien Youth Club.  Steve and his wife Caryn have lived in Darien since 2006 and they have two boys, Kaden and Ethan. Kaden is currently a Second Grader at Concord Elementary School, which Ethan will attend in 2016.

Community Involvement

Chairman, Cass School District 63 Foundation for Educational Excellence
DYC Baseball

Professional Development

Completed Open Meetings Act Training

Completed Professional Development Leadership and Performance Evaluation Reform Act Training  

   

Member Jeffery McCollian

 

Mr. Jeffery McCollian

First elected: October, 2015
Current Term Expires: April, 2017

Current Committee Appointments/Assignments

Board Member
Teaching & Learning Committee Member 

Mr. McCollian lives in Darien with his wife Deanna and their three children. Mr. McCollian received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Wisconsin/Whitewater

Community Involvement

Darien Lions Club

Professional Development

Completed Open Meetings Act Training

Completed Professional Development Leadership and Performance Evaluation Reform Act Training  

   

Member Michael Ockrim

 

Mr. Michael Ockrim

First elected: April, 2013
Current Term Expires: April, 2017

Current Committee Appointments/Assignments

Board Member
Community Connection Committee Member
Policy and Planing Committee Member
SASED Alternative Representative

Cass 63 Foundation of Excellence Representative

Cass 63 Fine Arts Boosters Representative

Mr. Ockrim lives with his wife Carey and their four children. Mr. Ockrim received his Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Arizona and an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management.

Community Involvement

Darien Youth Club Coach

Professional Development

Completed Open Meetings Act Training

Completed Professional Development Leadership and Performance Evaluation Reform Act Training  

   

Contact Information

 

 

  

Mr. Michael Webster
President 
BOE@CassD63.org             
331/481-4000

Mr. Richard Brandeis
Vice President
BOE@CassD63.org
331/481-4000

 

 
Mrs. Shelly Camden
Secretary
BOE@CassD63.org
331/481-4000
 
Mr. Kent Absalonsen
Member
BOE@CassD63.org 
331/481-4000
Mr. Steve Alavi
Member
BOE@CassD63.org 
331/481-4000
 
Mr. Jeff McCollian
Member
BOE@CassD63.org 
331/481-4000
Mr. Michael Ockrim
Member
BOE@CassD63.org
331/481-4000

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