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September 1, 2011

IASB Field Services Director John Cassel left his position at the end of August.

Cassel has served in that capacity for nearly 18 years and served districts in the North Cook, DuPage and Starved Rock divisions.

“John’s professionalism, dedication, wisdom and caring will be missed by all who worked with him,” said Cathy Talbert, associate executive director for field services. “We sincerely thank John for his years of service and for all his many contributions to our members, division leadership and staff in pursuit of excellence in local school board governance. We wish John all the best in the years ahead.”

Laurel DiPrima, an IASB policy consultant since 2005, assumed Cassel’s duties on Sep. 1.

Both Cassel and DiPrima, who is a former board member for Mt. Prospect SD 57, have done extensive work in board training at the district, division and regional level and at the Joint Annual Conference. Both have also done presentations and workshops at NSBA’s annual conference.

Cassel has regularly led workshops on parliamentary procedure, Myers-Briggs, team-building and board roles and responsibilities, among other topics. He also contributed significantly to the development of IASB’s Foundational Principles of Effective Governance, the philosophy that underlies all of IASB’s governance work.

“I love my work with school boards,” Cassel said. “I have been privileged to be at IASB during an incredible transformation and maturation of field services. I am grateful to have had this opportunity. However, because of some chronic hearing issues, I felt the need to step away from my role. But I look forward to finding ways to continue to invest my energies.”

Division realignment

As this change of personnel is taking place, there will be a realignment of division assignments for field services directors working out of the Lombard office.

DiPrima will serve the Kishwaukee, Northwest and Starved Rock divisions. Field Services Director Barbara B. Toney will continue working with the Lake County division and will now serve North Cook and DuPage divisions.

Toney has been a field services director since 2008. Prior to that she was a consultant for IASB’s Targeting Achievement through Governance program and was a board member for the West Chicago SD 33 district.

Field Services Director Jeff Cohn will continue to serve districts in the South Cook, Three Rivers and West Cook divisions.

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