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City: South Elgin
Website: Candidate did not respond.
Office sought: Elgin Community College School Board (4-year Term)
Family: My husband, Peter, and I raised our four children here in South Elgin for the past 12 years.
Occupation: Retired from the Travel Industry after 20 years. I managed the Chicago Branch of a large German corporation specializing in international travel.
Education: I received an Associates Degree in Liberal Studies from Elgin Community College; Loyola University.
Civic involvement: I am past President and Advisory Board member of the Greater St. Charles Education Foundation; Co-Founder of an Arts organization for youth; Former Easter Seals Prize Chair for the Great Chicago Duck Race; PTO member at various schools. I chaired the largest fundraising events for some of the schools; Consulting companies on how to create a not-for-profit organization.
Elected offices held: N/A
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: No
Key Issue 1
Continuing and improving academic excellence in all fields and working in greater partnership with other institutions to improve opportunities for the students and ease their academic transitions while keeping the tuition affordable.
Key Issue 2
Improve the employment opportunities available to students.
Key Issue 3
I would like ECC to be a leader in sustainability. Reducing our carbon footprint at the college. I would like to see more course offerings that will provide 21st century job skills for an emerging green economy.
With enrollment up at my many community colleges, it can be challenging to keep pace as far as available classroom/lab space, the number of qualified teachers and available course work options. How would you manage that?
The college has experienced an increase in enrollment the last few years and the Administration has done well in managing this challenge. As a Board Member, our role is to provide leadership, guidance, resources and support to the Administration.
In tough economic times, many students (and working professionals) turn to a community college for its educational value. How do you ensure that a person's financial sacrifice results in an educational benefit?
Provide and ensure oversight of consistent high quality education outcomes, and work with the Administration, faculty and the students to achieve the dream.
Is a tax rate increase needed and, if so, how do you justify it?
Under current circumstances, I do not see a justification for asking the community for more resources than that have already been given. Instead, I would like to see a rate reduction, a freeze or begin reducing the debt from the referendum.
Community colleges provide many services to a diverse population. Is there a service your college should be providing that it is not, or reaching a segment of the population that it is not?
Although ECC provides a myriad of services to the community particularly for students, I would like to see seminars and workshops offered to the community on the emerging green industry.
If you are a newcomer, what prompted you to run for the community college board? If you're an incumbent, list your accomplishments or key initiatives in which you played a leadership role.
My leadership experiences have all led me to confidently seek the position on the ECC Board of Trustees. I will use my extensive teamwork and consensus-building skills to meet goals and deal with challenges on behalf of the students.