Gov. Pat Quinn made a number of appointments to state boards and commissions Friday.
“These individuals have an ethic of service and will work on behalf of the people of our state,” Quinn said in an announcement detailing the appointments. “I am confident these appointees will make a positive difference on our boards and commissions and strengthen our mission to move Illinois forward.”
Here's a list of the appointments:
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Advisory Board
Paula Kaufman of
Champaign is a professor at the University of Illinois at
Urbana/Champaign. She holds an MBA from the University of New Haven, an
M.L.S. from Columbia University, and an A.B. from Smith College.
David Spadafora of Chicago is the president of Newberry Library. He holds a Ph.D. from Yale University and a B.A. Williams College.
Broadband Deployment Council
Julie Oost of
Mokena is an economic analyst at Kelley Drye law firm. She holds an
M.S. in Economics and a B.S. in Economics and Finance from Illinois
Central Management Services, Assistant Director
Austin Baidas of
Chicago was formerly the Associate Director of the Governor’s Office of
Management and Budget and holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Economics
and Management from the Gerstacker Institute of Professional Management
at Albion College. Baidas has also served as Chairman of TriMatrix
Laboratories, Inc., in Grand Rapids, Mich., and as CEO and Chairman of
Four Seasons Housing in Middlebury, Ind. Baidas also sits on the Board
of Directors of the Center on Halsted, a Chicago Community Center which
provides social services to the LGBT community.
Central Illinois Economic Development Authority
Edward Heck of Nokomis is President and CEO of the First National Bank of Nokomis.
Civil Service Commission
Casey Urlacher of Mettawa serves as the Mayor of the Village of Mettawa, and holds a B.A. from Lake Forest College.
Commission on Environmental Justice
Robert A Messina of
Springfield is the Executive Director of the Illinois Environmental
Regulatory Group. He holds a J.D. from Southern Illinois University
School of Law and a B.A. from the University of Illinois.
Kimberly Wasserman of Chicago is a Senior Advisor for the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization.
Illinois Comprehensive Health Insurance Board
Eva Serrano of
LaGrange is an assistant professor of foreign languages/Latino
studies at Aurora University and has a Doctor of Education and
Educational specialist degree from Northern Illinois University. Dr.
Serrano also holds a MBA from the University of Dallas and a B.A. from
Mundelein College. Dr. Serrano isa graduate of Harvard University’s JFK
School of Government executive education program and the former
executive director of the Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement.
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission
Theresa “Tess” Fuller-Sakolsky of
Springfield is the Director of Training & Public Education at the
Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence. She holds an M.A. and a
B.A. from University of Illinois at Springfield.
Education of Children with Disabilities Advisory Council
Stephen Breese of
Jacksonville is the Assistant Regional Superintendent at the Regional
Office of Education #46. He holds an M.S. from the University of
Illinois and a B.S. from Illinois State University.
Jennifer Naddeo of
Barrington is the Director of Special Education at Schaumburg School
District 54. She holds a Ph.D. from Loyola University and an M.A. and a
B.A. from Truman State University.
Lauri Phillips of Oswego
is a staff accountant at Professional Service Industries. She holds a
B.A. from the University of St. Francis and an associate’s degree from
Joliet Junior College.
Elizabeth Purvis of Chicago is the
Executive Director of the Chicago International Charter School. She
holds a Doctorate in Special Education from Vanderbilt University,
an M.S. from Columbia University, and a B.S. from Bucknell University.
Employment and Economic Opportunity for Persons with Disabilities Task Force
Nicole Jorwic of Elmhurst is the Executive Director of the Institute of Public Policy for People with Disabilities.
Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy Board of Trustees
Carey Mayer of Peoria is an Architectural Group Leader at Dewberry Architects and holds a B.S. from the University of Illinois.
Medical District Commission
Blake Sercye of
Chicago is an associate at Jenner & Block. He holds a J.D. from
University of Chicago Law School and an A.B. from Princeton University.
State Health Improvement Plan Implementation Coordination Council
Eugenia Sanders of
Chicago is a pediatrician. She holds an M.D. from the University of
Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine and an M.S. and B.S. from the
University of Illinois.
Violence Prevention Task Force
Pastor Corey Brooks of
Chicago is pastor at New Beginnings Church of Chicago, which he
founded. While there, he has been instrumental in New Beginnings
Church’s Project H.O.O.D. (Helping Others Obtain Destiny). He holds a
B.S. in Political Science from Ball State University and an M.A. in
Ministry from Grace Theological Seminary.
Chair LaMar Hasbrouck,
MD, MPH, of Chicago, is the Director of the Illinois Department of
Public Health. He holds a Masters in Public Health from the University
of California at Berkeley, and graduated from the Charles Drew/UCLA
Medical Education Program, completing his medical residency in internal
medicine at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center
and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.