Board Members as of July 2016
Michael Conway, President
Mr. Conway joined the school board in April 2007. He and his wife have lived in Lake Villa since 1995. They have two daughters currently attending school in District 41. Mr. Conway has a very long term interest in seeing that District 41 schools maintain a path in a positive direction in every regard.
Mr. Conway is an Attorney licensed to practice law in Illinois since 1992 and he has had his own law office since 1999 with experience in many areas of law, including Juvenile Law, Family Law and DCFS cases, among other criminal and civil areas. Mr. Conway received his Law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan. He graduated from the University of Illinois – Champaign with a Bachelor of Arts degree and graduated from the College of Lake County with an Associate of Science degree. He grew up in Waukegan and Graduated from Waukegan East High School.
Mr. Conway is also a part-time faculty member of the College of Lake County in the Social Sciences Division. He is currently the Treasurer for the Lake County Bar Association, and he is a member of the Board of Trustees for his church. He has sponsored the Lake County Adopt-a-Highway cleanup of Monaville Road since 1999 with the help of many of his friends and neighbors.
In his spare time, Mr. Conway enjoys volunteer coaching for Lake Villa Township Baseball/Softball and Girls Iceless Hockey with his daughters’ teams, going on bike rides, golfing or otherwise spending time with his family.
Kurt Hansen, Vice President
Kurt Hansen was elected to the Board of Education in 2009. He has been employed by Sallie Mae for 25 years and manages a sales, compliance, contract and operations team that is responsible for the company’s bank and credit union customers.
Mr. Hansen and his wife Terry have lived in Lake Villa for 23 years and have been active volunteers in the PTO, schools, past referendum committees and youth sport teams. They have five children all of which attended District #41 schools since kindergarten. Their oldest three children are now in college and the remaining children attend Lakes Community High School. Mr. Hansen is passionate about District #41 schools and serves the Board as Vice President. He is also a represents the Board by servicing on the Insurance, Negotiations and Facilities committees.
Mr. Hansen attended the University of Missouri Columbia School of Business and graduated in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science Business Administration Finance degree with an emphasis in Economics.
Joe Dunne, Board Member
Joe Dunne joined the School Board in July 2010. Joe achieved Master School Board Member in 2013. He is employed by a local business and is the CFO. Prior to his current position, Joe worked in the insurance industry.
Joe and his wife live in Lake Villa. They have a blended family with four children. All 4 of them have attended or are still attending Lake Villa #41 schools. Joe was an active volunteer before joining the board. Joe continues to serve on several board committees. He grew up in Buffalo Grove and graduated from Buffalo Grove High School.
Joe attended Illinois State University and graduated from Northeastern Illinois University. In his spare time, Joe enjoys coaching Iceless Hockey, watching the kids’ soccer games, spending time with his family, and getting beat by his oldest daughter at golf.
Joanne Osmond, Board Member
Joanne Osmond is dedicated to making the world a better place to live because she has passed this way. She is an entrepreneur, writer, speaker, educator, and innovator. Joanne received her Bachelors of Science degree from Purdue University. She continued her education earning a MBA and a Masters in Information Systems. She was presented the prestigious ATHENA Award in 2003 and continues to assist women in reaching their full leadership potential in business and in the community.
Joanne serves the students and community of Lake Villa Elementary District 41 including the special needs students of the district who attend SEDOL. At SEDOL she serves as the Vice-President of their Executive Board. Joanne served as the Director of the Lake Division of the Illinois Association of School Boards until November 2015 when she was elected Vice-President of the association.
Joanne has served for over thirty years in various volunteer positions with the Boy Scouts of America. For ten years she served as Vice-President and national representative for the local council.
Joanne is a certified business development advisor for the Illinois Small Business Development Center at the College of Lake County. She assists entrepreneurs in moving their businesses to the next level. She is an instructor, author, and course designer for a series of online courses used nationally by Small Business Development Centers. Based on her corporate and entrepreneurial experiences, Joanne develops strategic planning tools and processes for small businesses.
“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.” Anatole France.
Jolene Lee, Board Member
Jolene Lee joined the Board of Education in 2013. Mrs. Lee holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She also completed add-on course work at UW-Madison emphasizing meeting the needs of special needs children. Upon graduation, Jolene taught art at Old Orchard Junior High School in District #68 in Skokie for 8 years. During her tenure, she took a very needy art program into an award winning one: writing the art curriculum, doing off-site displays of student work, creating school-business partnerships, writing grants and being awarded materials for the district. These things combined brought an NAEA (National Art Education Association) award of excellence for the school. While teaching, Mrs. Lee completed a Master of Education degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in Curriculum and Instruction of National-Louis University.
Mrs. Lee and her husband, Nate, have been residents of Lake Villa for 18 years and have six children. Mrs. Lee opted to become a full-time mom to best meet the needs of their family. Their two oldest children completed their K-8 schooling entirely in District 41, with the oldest now a graduate of Grant Community High School and the next oldest currently attending that institution. Four of their children currently attend District 41 schools.
Mrs. Lee is dedicated to maintaining the highest level of education possible for the area children and ensuring that it is well-rounded. She was awarded the Citizen Recognition Award from District 41 in 2011 for volunteer contributions in bringing annual art shows to the district. She painted a bear for the ‘Bears on the Chain’ public art event in Antioch for charity.
She enjoys creating art, traveling and spending time with her family. Mrs. Lee has visited schools in different parts of the world with travels to Mexico, Canada, China, Egypt, and ten European countries.
Debbie Walsh, Board Member
Mrs. Walsh was elected to the Board of Education in 2015. Mrs. Walsh, her husband and their two daughters have lived in District #41 since 2011. Their daughters attend Martin School.
Mrs. Walsh is an active volunteer at school and enjoys helping out in her daughters’ classrooms. She is the Box Tops and Labels for Education Coordinator and regularly volunteers at book fairs, casino night, and makes popcorn at the PTO sponsored movie nights. Mrs. Walsh was recognized as parent volunteer of the month for Thompson School in January 2014.
Mrs. Walsh received her B.S. in Accounting with a minor in Economics from the University of Detroit. She enjoys spending time with her family, riding her bicycle, reading, cross-stitching and watching Blackhawks hockey. Mrs. Walsh is also an active member of her church.
Mark Aleckson, Board Member
Mr. Aleckson was appointed to the board in July 2016. He and his wife, who teaches in Lake County, have lived in District 41 for the past 12 years. His two girls currently attend Thompson School.
Mr. Aleckson has a business finance degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He currently is a lieutenant/paramedic at a fire department in the Northwest suburbs. In addition to the school board, he is on the pension board at the fire department as well as the board for his subdivision.
In his spare time, Mr. Aleckson enjoys supporting his girls who are actively in soccer, gymnastics, dance, theater and softball. He also enjoys spending time with his family and seven siblings on their wooded property in northwest Wisconsin.