District 39 Welcomes Two New Board Members

District 39 Welcomes Two New Board Members and Honors Two Outgoing Board Members for their Service
Posted on 04/30/2021

Board of Education elections took place in April. At the April 27th meeting, two new members were sworn in, Bonnie Kim and Anne Hart, along with returning Board members Jon Cesaretti and Lisa Schneider-Fabes. Ms. Kim brings to this new role a legal career focused on public service, as well as years of volunteer experience in District 39 to support the schools and enhance education. Ms. Hart has worked in brand management, strategic planning and consumer research, and is a proud graduate and avid supporter of public-school systems. Ms. Hart has also served in several leadership positions in local organizations, including in District 39 school PTAs.Incoming board members Bonnie Kim and Anne Hart

Following the swearing in of new Board Members, the Board reorganized itself through an appointment of new Board officers. Continuing Board Members, Amy Poehling and Erin Stone, were elected by the Board of Education to serve as its Board President and Vice President, respectively.

Outgoing board members Mark Steen and Ellen Sternweiler with Superintendent Kari CremascoliThe Board, administration and community members of District 39 also took time to honor and thank the two outgoing Board Members, Mark Steen and Ellen Sternweiler, for their many years of service and contribution to District 39. Dr. Steen served on the Board for eight years, including two years as Board president. His positive impact on the district’s student growth analysis, financial health, and continual work on eliminating racism while promoting inclusivity will benefit the community for years to come. During her four years on the Board, Ms. Sternweiller’s passion for improving school culture and climate, her advocacy for special education, and her focus on serving all students made District 39 a better place.

Mark Steen and Ellen Sternweiller were recognized for their service. As a show of appreciation, and following a long-standing D39 tradition, each of the exiting Board members was honored with a framed piece of student artwork that will remain hanging at the MEC.

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