Monday, April 17, 2017

Woods announces retirement,
other staffing changes planned

Cynthia Woods
Cynthia Woods, director of advocacy, has announced her retirement from the Association effective June 30. Woods has dedicated 23 years of service to the IASB as an advocate for public education in general, and school boards in particular.

As a former school board member, Woods has brought valuable experience and insight to her duties in developing IASB’s advocacy and grassroots efforts, acting as liaison to the Illinois State Board of Education, and working with other education organizations and coalitions.

“We thank Cynthia for her loyal dedication to the Association and wish her well in the future; her skill and knowledge will be missed,” said IASB Deputy Executive Director Ben Schwarm.
Susan Hilton

Woods’ duties will be assumed on July 1 by Susan Hilton, Director of Governmental Relations.

Hilton will also be working on specific state issues and enhancing the Association’s focus on federal legislative issues and relationships with the Illinois congressional delegation.

Also effective July 1, as part of the transition due to Cynthia Woods retirement, Shanell Bowden will become assistant director of governmental relations. Bowden, currently an IASB policy consultant, will serve as a day-to-day lobbyist in the
Shanell Bowden
Capitol and join in all other activities of the governmental relations department’s team.

“Cynthia will be truly missed, but by refocusing Susan’s duties and adding Shanell, IASB will continue to provide the high-quality legislative and advocacy efforts school board members have come to rely on,” Schwarm added.

In other staff news, Catherine Finger has accepted the position of consultant in the Executive Searches office. She will take a part-time position beginning on July 1. She is currently completing an 12-year superintendency at Grayslake SD.127 and has more than 32 years of experience in education, including service as a teacher, coach, dean, principal, and superintendent.