Board of Education Members:
William S. Bazianos (Member) – My wife Patrice and I are Glenview residents and the parents of two children. Stephan, age 16, is a Junior at New Trier High School, and Harrison, age 13, is in seventh grade at Marie Murphy School. I earned my Bachelor’s degree from DePaul University and my Juris Doctor’s degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. I have been practicing law for more than 20 years. I am a corporate and transactional attorney and a partner in a Chicago law firm. I concentrate my practice in business transactions, including real estate acquisitions, sales and financing, as well as corporate, partnership and limited liability transactions, and day-to-day operations and financing. I believe my legal background and my negotiating skills benefit the School Board. I am working with the other Board members to ensure that the Avoca School District continues to maintain its goals of maximizing the unique potential of each child that is served, while ensuring that the taxpayers of the District receive the most for their tax dollars.
Louise Dechovitz (Member)
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Jeffrey A. Greengoss (President) – My wife, Donna, and I have been Avoca residents since 1981. We have sent four children through the Avoca School system and have been involved in numerous volunteer activities and committees. I am a retired futures, options and securities trader and have been a member of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange since 1970. I am currently in my fourteenth year on the Avoca Board of Education where I have served as Finance and Negotiations Committee Chair, Vice President and most recently President since April 2009. I also served on the 2003, 2007 and 2010 District Technology Committees. My priority has always been for Avoca to maintain the highest quality education for our children, maximizing the unique potential of each student and being fiscally responsible to our taxpayers.
Joel H. Raynes (Member) – My wife, Marsha and I are Wilmette residents and the parents of one child David, who is currently a senior at New Trier High School. My undergraduate degree was earned from Drake University, where I majored in sociology and also worked toward a graduate degree in guidance and counseling. I was a former coach for the Wilmette Eagle’s football team and also coached youth baseball in Wilmette. I currently work as a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in their Wilmette office. Formerly, I worked as a banker for 31 years. I am president of a Stock investment club and serve as a director of two Chamber of Commerce. I also am a member of Kiwanis Club of Skokie Valley. I was formerly President of the Avoca PTC for four consecutive years. I believe that my financial background allows me to be a contributing member of the finance committee. I am proud of having a role in maintaining and building Avoca’s excellence.
Sheryl S. Swibel (Member) – My husband, Larry, and I have lived in the Avoca District since 1983, and all three of our children attended school here. I am originally from Boston, and received my B.A. at theUniversity of Rochester in psychology and education and my M.S. in Special Education at VanderbiltUniversity. I was a special education teacher in Chicago for a number of years and, after leaving the workforce, became active in the Avoca District. When my children attended Avoca schools, I volunteered regularly with the Avoca PTC, both in the classroom and in organizing school-wide activities. Later, I served on the Board of Education for 9 and a half years. While on the Board I chaired the Community Relations, Curriculum, Long Range Planning, and Policy Committees, and participated in the development of strategic plans for the District. In 2012, I was thrilled to be appointed to the Board again, to fill a vacated position, and in 2013 was elected to fulfill the remaining two years of that term. The 7 year gap between my prior term and my current term has given me a unique perspective. I continue to value both short-term goals and long-term planning, and I recognize the importance of not only volunteering as a parent of an Avoca student, but also serving our District as a long-time member of our community. I am passionate about the hallmark of an Avoca education: A program of the highest quality conducted with fiscal responsibility.
Rosanne M. Ullman (Member) – This is my third consecutive term on the Avoca District 37 Board of Education. I am currently serving as board vice-president; my committee work has included Community Relations, Language Arts Curriculum Development and Food Services. I also participated in the creation of the district’s most recent two strategic plans. I have lived in Wilmette with my husband, Keevan Morgan, since 1977 and in District 37 since 1984, where our three now grown daughters attended the Avoca schools from kindergarten through 8th grade before continuing on to graduate from New Trier High School. While my girls attended school in District 37, I was an officer and active member of the Parents’ and Teachers’ Club, as well as a room mother. Professionally, I am a freelance writer and editor with various corporate and trade publication clients and a past faculty member at New Trier Extension, where I taught grammar and business writing for 20 years.
Rick Zelinsky (Vice President) – My wife, Faith, and I are Northfield residents for the past fourteen years and are parents of two boys, both curent New Trier high school students and recent Avoca graduates. I am a technology professional by trade and, for the past three decades, have been fascinated by the unprecedented growth in availability, adoption and advancement of technology. My initial involvement with District 37 began in 2003 as a parent representative for the District Technology Committee. As a cross-functional team, we established the original long-term technology plan for the district, involving one of the most progressive initiatives (1:1 student-to-laptop) in district history. In 2009 I was elected to my first term as a Board Member and ran for re-election in 2013. My priorities for District 37 are quite simple: continue to provide an excellent education to the entire student body; maintain fiscally responsible spending practices; expand students’ potential with innovative teaching methods; use of technology; and an expanded curriculum. As an established board member, I intend to share my parental and industry experiences to ensure District 37 continues to provide the best possible education.Term: 2013-2017