Thursday, June 1, 2017

Nelson replaces Pfister on IASB Board

Sheila Nelson
Sheila Nelson, a member of the Board of Education for Cairo SD 1, has joined the board of directors of the Illinois Association of School Boards, representing the Association’s Shawnee Division.

Nelson is a Cairo resident and a six-year member of the school board there, currently serving as president. She joins the IASB board with an interest in “advocating for policies that enhance education, empower districts, and ensure equitable outcomes for all students.”

A caseworker for the Illinois Department of Human Services, Nelson is pursuing a doctorate of education in organizational leadership with an emphasis in organizational development.

“I am honored and excited to be a part of the Board of Directors family,” Nelson said. “I bring many attributes to this position, as a community participant, information processor, decision maker, effective communicator, consensus builder, and leader, as well as a team player.”

Roger Pfister
Nelson joined the IASB board at its May 13 meeting in Springfield. She replaces outgoing board member Roger Pfister, who is retiring both from the IASB Board of Directors and from school board service. A longtime board member, president and vice president for Carbondale ESD 95 (and previous service with the DeSoto Cons. SD 86 school board), Pfister had represented the Shawnee Division since 1995. His work has included participation on the executive committee, nominating committee, and the 2011 executive director search committee.

“Roger Pfister was widely regarded as one of the truly deep thinkers who often brought the board’s attention to items that might have been overlooked otherwise,” said IASB President Phil Pritzker at the board meeting. “As a result of his efforts, I refer to Roger Pfister as the ‘Sage from Shawnee.’ His personal code of conduct set a high standard for the entire board. His contributions are well established and his presence will be missed.”

The IASB Board of Directors consists of 25 individuals, one director for each of the 21 geographic divisions; a representative from the IASB Service Associates; and three officers (president, vice president, and past president). The board meets quarterly and is responsible for the governing policies of the Association.