Susan Rasmus has been named by the Indian Prairie Educational Foundation as its first executive director. She previously served for four years on Indian Prairie CUSD 204’s Board of Education, including a term as president. Rasmus worked most recently as director of business development for Washington-state-based All for Kidz, Inc. Rasmus has given time and energy to many community organizations. She is a past PTA president and a former substitute teacher. In her new role, Rasmus will be responsible for planning and implementing a comprehensive development program to complement and provide financial assistance to the district. Kent Duncan, foundation chairman described Rasmus as passionate about education. “We are very fortunate to have a person of Sue’s background and experience who can step into this role,” he said.

Nolan H. Baird, Jr. joined the board of directors for Artis—Naples, Florida, to help oversee the Naples Philharmonic and a museum. Artis—Naples also hosts more than 300 concerts, performances, exhibitions and educational events for children and adults each year. Baird is a former president of the Glen Ellyn SD 41 school board, and is president and CEO of Kensington Capital Management LLC. He was previously a portfolio manager at William Blair & Company, a global investment bank and asset management firm based in Chicago, after 35 years at Stein Roe & Farnham, where he was executive vice president, a member of the executive committee and headed its largest portfolio management team. Baird also has been chairman of the board of trustees
of the College of DuPage, and president of the United Way of Suburban Chicago.

In memoriam

Russell “Buck” Boeman , 91, died August 15, 2013. He was a past member of the Crete School Board.

Wayne Wilson Britton , 101, died August 8, 2013. He previously served on the Mt. Zion CUSD 3 school board.

James Ray Buckman , 66, died September 23, 2013. He served on the Spoon River Valley CUSD 4 Board from 1973 to 1987.

Earl L. Bull , 82, died September 8, 2013. He formerly served on the Riverdale CUSD 100 school board.

Howard S. Carley , 99, died September 3, 2013. He was a former member of the Neponset Board of Education.

Joseph M. Eigsti , 91, died September 3, 2013. He previously served as a school board member at Willow Springs SD 108.

James D. Ford , 84, died July 28, 2013. He served nine years on the Minonk-Dana-Rutland School Board.

Howard G. “Hod” Getz , 79, died September 29, 2013. He served four terms on the Morton District 709 School Board.

William D. Greek , 74, died September 21, 2013. He was a former Henry School Board member.

George L. Jarbo , 64, died August 9, 2013. He was a former school board member for Norwood SD 63, Peoria.

Eldon Johnson, 78, died August 17, 2013. He served 13 years on the Rossville-Alvin CUSD 7 school board.

Kim K. Kearby , 66, died September 19, 2013. He was a current member of the Round Lake CUSD 116 Board of Education.

R. LaVern Knepper , 85, died September 30, 2013. He served on the Muddy Board of Education for several years.

Daniel M. Koons , 69, died August 19, 2013. He served on the Heyworth/Ben Funk School Board.

Mary Katherine (Stegall) Lawton , 84, died September 20, 2013. Lawton served the Bunker Hill community on the local school board.

Mary Jo McBride , 74, died August 4, 2013. She was a former member of the Dixon Unit SD 170 Board of Education.

Charles F. McGee , 94, died August 23, 2013. He served on both the Catlin high school and grade school boards.

Edward C. Murphy , 92, died September 9, 2013. He was a school board member in the Lewistown School District when the present grade school was built.

Peter A. Nick , 78, died July 22, 2013. He was a former member of the Aptakisic Tripp CCSD 102 school board in Buffalo Grove.

Randy J. Pope , 57, died September 4, 2013. He had served on the Panhandle School Board for 16 years, two of which he served as president.

Robert Russell “Bob” Postlewait , 82, died August 9, 2013. He served on the Bement school board and was chairman of the Bement Foundation since its inception in 1997.

Bill Thomas Samples , 80, died July 19, 2013. He was a past president of the school board of Wood River-Hartford ESD 14.

Tom Schmitz , 73, died July 24, 2013. Schmitz served on the Batavia school board from 1987 to 1993, including two years as president.

John C. Shelton , 78, died September 23, 2013. He formerly served on the Rondout School Board.

Herman Kelly Sutton , 84, died September 5, 2013. He formerly served nine years on the Marseilles School Board.

James E. Taviner , 77, died September 22, 2013. He was past president of the Calhoun Unit 40 Board of Education.

Robert Ritchey Teel , 86, died August 24, 2013. He was a past president of Schuyler Unit District 1 Board of Education.

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