CANDIDATES

for Strong Leadership

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Judith Weinstock

My name is Judith Weinstock and I am seeking a third term of service on Glenbard District 87's Board of Education. I currently serve as President. However, I also have either led or participated in the Finance & Facility Committee, Student Achievement & Performance Committee, and the Communication, Legislation & Partnerships Committee. Additionally, I am the District Liaison to the Governmental Agencies Partnership in Glendale Heights.

 

My District 87 roots run deep, for I taught at Glenbard West for 33 years and coached the school's Forensics team for five years. Also, I have been a Glen Ellyn taxpayer since 1979. Both of my children attended District 41 schools and Glenbard West, positioning them to become college graduates with successful careers. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is my alma mater. I hold both a B.A. in English Education & Journalism and M.Ed. in Educational Administration & Supervision from there.

 

During my involvement in K-12 public education, I have received the University of Chicago Outstanding Educator Award and the Illinois Association of School Board Governance Recognition Award. I also am listed in National Register's Who’s Who in Executives & Professionals 2006-2007 Edition.

 

My hobbies include training and showing dogs, gardening, reading, and working out. Lastly, I am a member of The League of Women Voters of Glen Ellyn.

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Kermit Eby

My name is Kermit Eby III. I moved to Lombard with my wife and children nine years ago to be closer to our church, Lombard Mennonite, and to simplify our lifestyle in a community with great schools. Two of our three teenagers, Simone (12th grade) and Kaiya (10th grade), are enrolled at Glenbard East. Ezra is an 8th grader at Glenn Westlake Middle School.

 

Having concluded my full-time teaching career at Naperville North High School after 37 years of service in K-12 schools, I am currently “semi-retired” as an adjunct instructor for the University of Illinois at Chicago.  I also supervise social studies student teachers for Wheaton College and teach Social Studies Methodology at North Central College.

 

I am running for the Glenbard school board as a progressive/conservative, student advocate, and pro-school candidate. As such, I am committed to furthering the best interests of all students, parents, teachers, and citizens of District 87. I believe in fiscal conservatism and responsibility, political moderation that counters violent extremism, responsible citizenship, and a curriculum of inclusion.

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Robert (Bob) Friend

My name is Bob Friend and I am running as an incumbent for the D87 School Board, which I have served on since 2009. My wife Susan and I have two daughters who are Glenbard East graduates. I am a retired power mechanic from United Parcel Service and a former member of the Lombard Elementary District 44 Board of Education that I served on for 10 years. Also, I am a former member of the Board of Directors for Tri-Town YMCA in Lombard.

 

As an active member in the First United Methodist Church of Lombard, I serve on the Board of Trustees that oversees assets and facilities along with the Men's Club. I am honored to have been recognized by the Illinois Association of School Boards with its LeaderShop Academy Fellow Award for continuous learning. Also, I have received the National School Board Association's Distinguished Service Award. In the fall of 2020, I was honored as Man of the Year by the Lombard Rotary Club.

 

I believe in serving District 87 by making sure to read and review all of the information shared with me, do research with current publications, and talk with the community. All of these things help me work toward the goal of making our district operate safely and well for all of our students.

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Mireya Vera

I am Mireya Vera and I seek to serve another term as a school board member for Glenbard Township High School District 87. Currently residing in Lombard and employed by Sinai Health System as the Director of Community Relations and Interpreter Services, I am in my 33rd year working as a healthcare administrator. I oversee language assistance services for Sinai while working closely with leadership and community members on social determinants that impact citizens’ health and quality of care access.

 

I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education/Bilingual Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Health Services Administration degree from National Louis University. At the outset of my professional life, I taught for Chicago Public Schools (CPS). I later became an instructor at Daley Community College and then the Arturo Velazquez Institute. At Arturo Velazquez I taught a Medical Interpreter Techniques course for 14 years. 

 

As a parent of three sons who graduated from Glenbard West, I worked very closely with the Glenbard Parent Series to offer mentoring programs and support events for parents with limited English proficiency. I have collaborated with District 87 schools on a variety of student events focusing on pathways to higher education as well. Since 2011, I have served on Glenbard’s Student Performance & Achievement Committee and supported the Equal Opportunity Schools program as well as other efforts that can assist in reducing the achievement gap among students.

 

Serving on various other community boards and organizations throughout my career has also provided me with invaluable insights into the many issues facing vulnerable and underserved communities. These volunteer efforts include working with the American Cancer Society, Mujeres Latinas in Acción (Latina Women in Action), the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), Immigrant and Refugee Health Task Force, Catholic Charities Latino Advisory Committee, and Community Alliance of Proviso Township.