Former Oakton trustee receives state community college honor

  • Pictured at the Illinois Community College Trustees Association Banquet, from left, are: Mandy Little, Illinois Community College Trustees Association awards committee chairwoman; Joan DiLeonardi, Oakton Community College trustee emeritus and award recipient; Bob Johnson, Kishwaukee College board of trustees chairman and award co-recipient; and Fritz Larsen, Illinois Community College Trustees Association president.

    Pictured at the Illinois Community College Trustees Association Banquet, from left, are: Mandy Little, Illinois Community College Trustees Association awards committee chairwoman; Joan DiLeonardi, Oakton Community College trustee emeritus and award recipient; Bob Johnson, Kishwaukee College board of trustees chairman and award co-recipient; and Fritz Larsen, Illinois Community College Trustees Association president. Courtesy of Oakton Community College

 
Posted7/2/2019 1:28 PM

Des Plaines resident Joan DiLeonardi, Oakton Community College trustee emeritus, received the 2019 Ray Hartstein Trustee Achievement Award at the Illinois Community College Trustees Association's banquet, held June 7, in Itasca.

DiLeonardi received the award for her year of service which ended this past April. A co-recipient, she shared this year's honor with Kishwaukee College board of trustees Chairman Bob Johnson. They were chosen from seven nominees statewide.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

The Ray Hartstein Trustee Achievement Award recognizes exemplary service by a currently serving community college board member. The award is named after Ray Hartstein, former Illinois Community College Trustees Association president and founding chairman of Oakton, where he served as a dedicated board member for 35 years. Oakton's Skokie campus is named in his honor.

DiLeonardi was first appointed trustee in 2001, and had the opportunity to serve on the board with the award's namesake. She served as a board officer for 12 years, including five terms as chairwoman. DiLeonardi did not seek a fourth term on the board after 18 years of service.

Cortney Wascher is president/owner of Anderson Lock, in Des Plaines.
Cortney Wascher is president/owner of Anderson Lock, in Des Plaines. - Courtesy of Anderson Lock

• William F. Kelley, a partner in the Schaumburg law firm of Kelley, Kelley & Kelley, was presented with the President's Award for Distinguished Public Service by the Northwest Suburban Bar Association on June 13.

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Kelley currently serves as vice chairman of the Harper College board of trustees, is a director of the Association of Community College Trustees, and past president of the Illinois Community College Trustees Association.

He has served on numerous boards and organizations throughout the Northwest suburbs and is a past chair of the Kenneth Young Center and past president of the Northwest Suburban Bar Association and the Rotary Club of Schaumburg/Hoffman Estates.

William F. Kelley
William F. Kelley - Courtesy of Jim Summaria

• Cortney Anderson Wascher, president and owner of Anderson Lock Company, was elected to the Door + Hardware Institute's 12-member board of governors. She will serve a three-year term with industry leaders from across the country.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

The Door + Hardware Institute's board of governors are volunteers, elected by the voting membership, to provide strategic direction to the Door Security + Safety Professionals Association. Through education, advocacy, accreditation and facilitated networking, the Door + Hardware Institute supports its members with up-to-date resources to meet the security and safety needs of customers.

Anderson Lock Company is a commercial door and locksmith services company, which employs 100 people at its Des Plaines and Elk Grove locations.

• U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Christian D. Anderson graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Anderson, the son of Traci J. and David S. Anderson and brother of Zoe J. Anderson of Arlington Heights, is a 2016 graduate of Rolling Meadows High School.

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