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Meet the Board

Downers Grove Grade School District 58 is governed by a seven-member Board of Education who are elected at large to serve four-year, overlapping terms of office. The purpose of the board is to set and monitor the school district budget, review and amend district policies and hire the district superintendent.

Name: Darren Hughes
First Elected/Appointed: April 2017
Current Term Expires: April 2021
Occupation: Technology Executive and Business Consultant
Marital Status: Married
Spouse’s Name: Laura
Number of Children: 2
Educational Background: BS in Computer Science and Engineering, Illinois State University
Current Committee Appointments/Assignments: Board President, Financial Advisory Committee, District Leadership Team

Name: Greg Harris
First Elected/Appointed: April 2017
Current Term Expires: April 2021
Occupation: School District Administrator (outside District 58)
Marital Status: Married
Spouse’s Name: Belinda
Number of Children: 3
Educational Background: BA, History – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; MA, School Administration – Concordia University; and Ed.D., Educational Leadership – Roosevelt University
Current Committee Appointments/Assignments: Board Vice President, Health & Wellness Committee Liaison, SASED
Past Committee Appointments/Assignments: Policy Committee
Community Involvement: Parishioner of St. Joseph Church

Name: Kirat Doshi
First Elected/Appointed: July 2018
Current Term Expires: April 2023
Occupation: Managing Director of Analytics
Marital Status: Married
Spouse’s Name: Nirali
Number of Children: 2
Educational Background: BS in Engineering – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; MBA – University of Chicago Booth School of Business
Current Committee Appointments/Assignments: Legislative Committee, Education Foundation
Past Committee Appointments/Assignments: Superintendent’s Community Advisory Council

Name: Emily Hanus
First Elected/Appointed: April 2019
Current Term Expires: April 2023
Occupation: Stay-at-home mom; part-time server, childcare provider, and business scheduler
Marital Status: Married
Spouse’s Name: Steven
Number of Children: 3
Educational Background: BA in Education – Indiana University
Current Committee Appointments/Assignments: Legislative Committee
Past Committee Appointments/Assignments: Facilities Planning Council

Name: Steve Olczyk
First Elected/Appointed: April 2019
Current Term Expires: April 2023
Occupation: Program Manager for Medical Technology Company
Marital Status: Married
Spouse’s Name: Sarah
Number of Children: 2
Educational Background: BS in Engineering – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; MBA – University of Michigan
Current Committee Appointments/Assignments: Financial Advisory Committee, Downers Grove Plan Commission
Community Involvement: Volunteer youth hockey coach

Name: Jill Samonte
First Elected/Appointed: April 2017
Current Term Expires: April 2021
Occupation: Disaster Program Director
Marital Status: Married
Spouse’s Name: Pete Piry
Number of Children: 4 (1 plus 3 grown stepchildren)
Educational Background: BS in Psychology – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; MS in Counseling Psychology – Benedictine University; MPA in Disaster and Emergency Management – Metropolitan College of NY
Current Committee Appointments/Assignments: Policy Committee
Past Committee Appointments/Assignments: Meet & Confer Strategic Plan Committee, Legislative Committee
Community Involvement: Gloria Dei Lutheran Church – piano accompanist to the Cherub Choir and a Wellness Council member

Name: Tracy Weiner
First Elected/Appointed: April 2019
Current Term Expires: April 2021
Marital Status: Married
Spouse’s Name: Doug
Number of Children: 2
Educational Background: BA in Journalism – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Current Committee Appointments/Assignments: Policy Committee, District Leadership Team
Past Committee Appointments/Assignments: District Leadership Team, Superintendent’s Advisory Council, Curriculum Council, Meet & Confer Strategic Plan Committee
Community Involvement: Puffer-Hefty PTA

 

Communications Between the Public and Individual Board Members

Any email, facsimile or written communication from a member of the public which is addressed to a board member in his/her capacity as a board member shall be shared with all members of the Board through the Board Secretary. (Policy #8255)

Board Secretary: Melissa Jerves – 630-719-5803

Reception of Visitors Guidelines

Board Training Completed (As of July 2019)