Saturday, June 30, 2018

Staff changes taking place at IASB

A number of staff changes will be taking place at the Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB) as the Association enters a new fiscal year July 1, and upon retirements of key executives.

Thomas Bertrand
Earlier this year the IASB board of directors selected Thomas Bertrand, superintendent of Rochester CUSD 3A, to replace outgoing Executive Director Roger Eddy. Bertrand will officially take over executive duties on July 1. 

Cathy Talbert
Also previously announced, longtime Associate Executive Director of Field Services and Policy Services, Cathy Talbert will be retiring at the end of the fiscal year (June 30). 

With Talbert departing, realignment among staff is set to take place. Current Associate Executive Director Dean Langdon will be in charge of the new Member Services department, which includes Board Development and Field Services staff. Policy Services will merge under the umbrella of the Office of General Counsel, led by current IASB General Counsel Kimberly Small.

Policy Consultants Brian Zumpf (Lombard office) and Angie Powell (Springfield office) will be promoted to directors and take on additional responsibilities. Within Member Services, Peggy Goone will move from administrative assistant to assistant manager; Reatha Owen will be senior director while also retaining her field services duties for the Blackhawk, Central Illinois Valley, Corn Belt, and Western divisions; and Patrick Rice, field services director for the Egyptian, Illini, Shawnee, and Wabash Valley divisions, will take on additional responsibilities under the newly created position of equity director.

This summer the Association also welcomes three new staff members.

Joining Field Services in the Lombard office is Gretchen Baumann, administrative assistant. Baumann, who started with IASB on May 21, works with Perry Hill, field services director for the South Cook, West Cook, and Three Rivers divisions. Prior to her time with the Association, Baumann was the administrative assistant and billing specialist for All Access Logistics in Glendale Heights.

Filling the open position of assistant director, Governmental Relations will be Ronald Madlock. Madlock previously taught math and science at schools in the metro east area and in Chicago. He has a juris doctor degree from Washington School of Law, and for the past two years has worked in Washington D.C. on the staffs of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Madlock will begin with the Association on July 2.

Tim Buss, superintendent of Wabash CUSD 348, will be joining IASB staff as a part-time consultant in the Executive Searches Department on July 2. Buss received his Masters of Science in Education Administration from Eastern Illinois University. He has served Wabash CUSD 348 since 1985, working in the positions of teacher, coach, athletic director, assistant principal, principal, and as superintendent for the past 14 years. Buss will officially retire from the district on June 30.

Other staff recognitions include Heath Hendren promoted to director, editorial services for Communications, and Lin Bremer, administrative assistant in the Policy Services department, will retire on August 1 after 16 years of dedicated service to IASB.

A full listing of all IASB staff members and their respective departments is available on the Association’s website.