Who's applied for College of DuPage board slot

Posted2/11/2016 5:29 AM

More than two dozen people have applied to replace former College of DuPage Chairwoman Kathy Hamilton as the seventh board member. With the deadlocked board unable to even discuss the issue, the task falls on Illinois Community College Board Chairman Lazaro Lopez, who is not required to pick from this list. Here's a look at the applicants, according to the resumes they submitted to the college:

Ed Agustin, Naperville. Architect. Previous candidate for COD trustee, filed a complaint with the state board of elections against Hamilton's political action committee.


Claire Ball, Addison. Accountant for U.S. Cellular, former COD trustee candidate.

Dan Bailey, Wheaton. Registered nurse, former COD trustee candidate.

Jennifer Barron, Naperville. Pro bono attorney, Prairie State Legal Services; PTA president, Owen Elementary School.

Dennis Brennan, Hinsdale. Attorney, former Hinsdale High School District 86 board candidate.

Jim Dahle, Elmhurst. Former advertising and publishing executive, worked on campaigns of former House Speaker Lee Daniels and Senate President James "Pate" Philip.

Gavin Engel, Wheaton. Counselor, Community High School District 94.

Edward Franckowiak, West Chicago. Software developer, owner of a patent for data replication services.

Matthew Gambs, Naperville. Senior vice president, Wintrust Financial, former president of Diamond Bancorp, former Marine. Ran for COD board.

Ted Hadley, LaGrange. Attorney, former candidate for village president, LaGrange.

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James Hatcher, Wheaton. Former president of Educational and Institutional Insurance Administrators Inc. Higher education consultant. Former assistant dean, Hanover College, Indiana.

Conner Heider, Aurora. Technology manager at Makray Manufacturing.

Victoria Hrody, Downers Grove. Media arts and animation professor, Illinois Institute of Art.

Roger Kempa, Darien. Retired community college business administrator who ran for COD board.

George Kocan, Warrenville. Former editor, Taproot Trumpet, Republican newsletter; freelance writer.

Rick Osbourne, Naperville. President, Pull Your Own Weight Foundation for child obesity prevention.

Sandra Pihos, Glen Ellyn. Illinois state representative, 2003-2015; vice president of Pihos Enterprises, restaurant management firm; former guidance counselor and middle school teacher. Ran for COD board.


John Pilafas, Villa Park. Commodity trader, precious metal dealer, investment adviser.

Anthony Przeklasa, Indian Head Park. Professor of leadership emeritus, Concordia University, River Forest; former superintendent, Keeneyville District 20.

Thomas Pulver, Glen Ellyn. Retired assistant professor of mathematics, Waubonsee Community College; member, Illinois Community College Board, 2008 to 2015.

Raymond Rodriguez, Glen Ellyn. Retired administrator, DuPage County sheriff's office; former vice president of academic operations, Northcentral University, San Diego. Former vice president of operations, institutional effectiveness, Ellis University, Oakbrook Terrace.

Tim Ressel, Glen Ellyn. Retired director of Dreyer Medical, Aurora; former manager at Loyola University Medical Center.

John Ruckstaetter, Glen Ellyn. Tax preparer.

John Rutledge, Wheaton. President of Rutledge Company LLC, an asset management firm. Former vice president of Harris Trust and Savings Bank, Chicago.

Stephen Spangehl, Clarendon Hills. Plexus International, higher education division; former director, Higher Learning Commission.

Kotryna Staputyte, Naperville. COD student, dental assistant, clinical assistant.

Aaron Thompson, Wheaton. Manager, Baxter Healthcare.

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