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Meet the Board

John Cooper, President

Name: John D. Cooper Jr.
First Elected/Appointed: April 2009
Current Term Expires: April 2017
Occupation: Senior Risk Analyst
Marital Status: Married
Spouse’s Name: Linda
Number of Children: 2
Educational Background: BA – Pennsylvania State University – Economics; MBA – DePaul University – Financial Management & Control
Current Committee Appointments/Assignments:
Financial Advisory Committee, Chair;  Insurance Committee Liaison


Doug Purcell, Vice President

Name: Doug Purcell
First Elected/Appointed: April 2011
Current Term Expires: April 2019
Occupation: Financial Advisor
Marital Status: Married
Spouse’s Name:  Joann
Number of Children:  3
Educational Background: BS – University of Illinois; JD – DePaul University College of Law
Current Committee Appointments/Assignments: Financial Advisory Committee, Meet & Confer Strategic Plan Committee; SASED Representative
Community Involvement: Park District Youth Soccer Coach; Member of First Congregational Church of Downers Grove


Roberta Diehl, Member

Name: Roberta Diehl
First Elected/Appointed: May 2011
Current Term Expires: April 2017
Occupation: Retired Teacher
Marital Status: Married
Spouse’s Name: Kevin
Number of Children: 2
Educational Background: B.S. – Southern Illinois University; Master’s – National Louis University
Current Committee Appointments/Assignments: Legislative Committee, Ex Officio; IASB Representative; Education Foundation, Representative
Past Committee Appointments/Assignments: Legislative Committee, Chair; ED-RED Representative
Community Involvement: St. Mary’s P.A.D.S.; West Suburban Humane Society


Christopher Heppner, Member

Name: Christopher Heppner
First Elected/Appointed: September 2015 (Appointed)
Current Term Expires: April 2017
Occupation: Actuary
Marital Status: Married
Spouse’s Name: Diana
Number of Children: 5
Educational Background: BS – University of Illinois at Chicago – Information & Decision Sciences
Current Committee Appointments/Assignments: Policy Committee
Past Committee Appointments/Assignments: 2013-2015 Financial Advisory Committee


Sallie Lupescu, Member

Name: Sallie Lupescu
First Elected/Appointed: April 2009
Current Term Expires: April 2017
Occupation: Attorney
Marital Status: Married
Spouse’s Name: Michael
Number of Children: 2
Educational Background: B.A. – Washington University, St. Louis- Slavic Language & Literature; Indiana University; J.D. – Chicago Kent College of Law, IIT
Current Committee Appointments/Assignments:  Policy Committee, Chair
Past Committee Appointments/Assignments: 2013-2015 Board of Education President; 2009-2011 Insurance Committee, Liaison; 2009-2013 Policy Committee (Chair 2009-2011); 2011-2013 Legislative Committee, Chair; 2011-2013 IASB Representative; Education Foundation, Representative


John Miller, Member
John Miller, Member

Name: John Miller
First Elected/Appointed: October 26, 2009
Current Term Expires: April 2019
Occupation: Director Department of Finance – American Academy of Pediatrics
Marital Status: Married
Spouse’s Name: Michelle
Number of Children: 3
Educational Background: BS – University of Illinois at Chicago – Accounting; CPA
Current Committee Appointments/Assignments: Legislative Committee, Chair; LEND Representative
Past Committee Appointments/Assignments: 2009-2013 Policy Committee (Chair 2011-2013); SASED, Alternate Rep
Community Involvement: U.S. Navy – 21 years


Elizabeth Sigale, Member
Elizabeth Sigale, Member

Name: Elizabeth Sigale
First Elected/Appointed: April 2015
Current Term Expires: April 2019
Occupation:  Marketing Strategy Consultant
Marital Status: Married
Spouse’s Name:  Keith Sigale
Number of Children:  3
Educational Background: BA in History and Political Science, University of Illinois; MBA, University of Chicago Booth Graduate School of Business
Current Committee Appointments/Assignments: Legislative Committee; ED-RED Representative
Community Involvement: PTA District Council Author’s Fest Chairperson (current); PTA District Council Vice President (previous)