Thursday, October 12, 2017

IASB welcomes new staff members

The Illinois Association of School Boards recently welcomed two new staff members. Dee Molinare joined the field services staff on Oct. 3 and Katie Grant became part of the production services staff
Dee Molinare
on Sept. 16.

Molinare will serve as director of field services in the Lombard office, with responsibility for the DuPage, Lake, and North Cook Divisions.

Molinare served on an elementary school board for 10 years and a high school board for six years. She has worked as an educator, having taught in various capacities from preschool to college level. Molinare was also an active IASB board member, achieving Master Board Member and LeaderShop Academy Fellow status.

Molinare will eventually fill the vacancy to be created by the retirement of 14-year-veteran staff member Barbara Toney at the end of December. Like Molinare, Toney was also a school board member, serving on the board for 16 years. A former teacher, Toney joined IASB as part of the Targeting Achievement through Governance (TAG) program in 2003. She since has served as a field services director for 10 years.

As assistant director of production services, Katie Grant will be overseeing the Association’s visual image and assisting with marketing IASB through its print and online products.
Katie Grant

Grant is replacing Kara Kienzler, current director of production services. Kienzler will move into the role of associate executive director of communications and production services, which will be vacated by the retirement of James Russell at the start of 2018. Russell has spent more than 17 years with IASB. Prior to that, he was a newspaper editor for 26 years.

Grant obtained her bachelor’s degree in graphic design from Eastern Illinois University (EIU) in 2006 and later earned a master’s degree from EUI in historical administration. For the past three years, she has been a graphic designer at the Illinois REALTORS®. Prior to that, she served in a similar position at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield.