Two women selected to lead District 214 Board of Education

Two women with lengthy leadership and community service resumes will head up District 214's Board of Education. The 7-member Board has selected Alva Kreutzer as president and Mildred "Millie" Palmer as vice president. Kreutzer assumes the gavel from Bill Dussling, while Palmer retains the role she has served for the past two years.

A longtime Elk Grove Village resident, Kreutzer has served on the District 214 Board since 1999. She also serves as the Director of the North Cook division of the Illinois School Board Association. Her community service record includes four years as a Community Consolidated District 59 board member and service to the Elk Grove Village Community Service Board and Elk Grove Village Zoning Board of Appeals, along with PTO presidencies. She is an active member of the Elk Grove Village Lions Club. Her two children are graduates of Elk Grove High School; her daughter-in-law graduated from John Hersey High School. She was named a Harper College Distinguished Alumni in 2016.

"I am so proud of this District and the community that supports it. I look forward to continuing to work closely with Board colleagues as we oversee policies designed for student success and community-wide benefit and involvement," Kreutzer said.

Palmer is a 30-year Arlington Heights resident and practices law as a partner in the women-owned law firm Navigant Law Group, LLC. She is an Arlington Heights Rotarian, an Arlington Heights Chamber member and founding board member of the Michael J. de Zonna Foundation. In addition, Palmer is a member of the Northwest Suburban Bar Association, Northwest Suburban Estate Planning Council and the Northwest Community Healthcare Friends Advisory Council on Estate and Gift Planning. She and her husband, Russ, have four children who graduated from Rolling Meadows High School, and, in 2013, Palmer was awarded the District's Distinguished Service Award for her commitment to volunteerism at Rolling Meadows High School.

"Great public schools prepare students for success and help provide the fabric of strong communities at the same time. This will continue to be our focus," Palmer said.

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