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SPC School Board Elections

The SPC School Board is holding an election to fill two vacancies for terms that run through May 2023. We are fortunate to have eleven candidates interested in serving on the Board. Please review their personal statements below.

Online Voting will be open from Thursday, November 19th through Monday, November 30th.
School parents and registered parishioners are eligible to vote.

To cast your online vote, please click here and vote for two candidates.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact SPC School Board President, Siobhán Haugh, at siobhan.haugh@comcast.net or by calling 773.791.0570.

 

CANDIDATE STATEMENTS

 

LES BOGDANOWICZ

Les Bogdanowicz and his wife Harriet joined St. Paul of the Cross parish 15 years ago, and have been proudly raising their four daughters at SPC school – the oldest, Julia is 17, a senior at Loyola Academy, she graduated from SPC ’17; Hanna is 13 in Mrs. Schultz’s 8th grade class and is graduating SPC ’21. Lidia is in Ms. Lewandowski’s 4th grade class of ’25 and Zuzanna is in Mrs. Murphy’s Kindergarten class of ’29. Les completed BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at UIC, an MBA at DePaul and a PhD in Bioengineering at UIC. He has made a career working in early-stage medical device companies, currently serving as the Chief Technical Officer for NovaScan, a cancer detection technology company. In addition to working in startups he is a part time Adjunct Professor at the department of Bioengineering at UIC where he teaches a set of capstone classes. He volunteers coaching girls’ volleyball at SPC, is on the Loyola Sailing Team Board for Julia’s team and pre-Covid was a regular usher at the 10:30 mass. Les in his role on the school board would like to continue the great faith-based education we have at SPC, offer perspectives in STEAM industry/academics and represent the SPC families on the board. 

 

JULIA BUTTS

My name is Julia Butts. My husband Michael and I joined the SPC school and parish in 2018 after relocating to Park Ridge from out of state. We immediately felt a strong sense of community and belonging at SPC. We have two children at SPC, Caroline (age five) and Michael Teddy (age three). Caroline began attending SPC at age three and is now in Mrs. Murphy’s kindergarten class and Michael Teddy is currently in preschool in Mrs. Dietz’s class. My husband Michael is the CEO of a data analytics and insights company. I am a foot and ankle doctor and am the CEO/co-founder of Performance Podiatry Partners in Lincoln Square and also serve as a consulting physician for AMITA Health St. Joseph Hospital and UChicago Medicine Weiss Memorial Hospital. I believe my medical background will bring a unique perspective to the board as SPC navigates the Covid19 pandemic. I have experienced firsthand the benefit of a faith-based education having gone to Catholic school myself from first grade through college. It is exciting to watch my children grow in such a wonderful school and parish, and I would like to invest my time into helping both continue to thrive. It would be an honor to represent SPC families on the board.

 

DAVE DE TAGYOS

My name is Dave de Tagyos. My family and I have been part of the SPC community, both the parish and school, for over eight years. Having grown up in New York and my wife, Anne, in Michigan, we have been blessed to find this special community. Our children, Lily (5th grade), Sam (4th grade), and William (2nd grade) attend Saint Paul of the Cross School. Finding SPC and choosing to send our three children here is one of the best decisions we have made as parents. When dropping our kids off each day, Anne and I know our children will be loved, supported, challenged, and shown how to be a good Christian by being kind and respectful. SPC offers strong academics along with a supportive Catholic environment. The faculty and staff are wonderful people and educators who give their all day in and day out and have shown remarkable strength and dedication during this challenging pandemic.  They have been a daily example of tireless, selfless service to others, which our children get to witness firsthand. SPC is truly the place to be. I am applying for the school board because I love SPC. I believe that a good education can be a springboard for success in the rest of a person’s life. If selected for the board, I feel like I bring a unique background and perspective.  My experience as a high school math and science teacher together with my current work experience in business and finance will lend to assisting in both the educational and financial aspects of the school. I also believe that I approach most life situations and decisions in an open-minded, patient, reasonable, and caring manner. I have volunteered as a coach and gym supervisor at SPC and I believe in the life lessons and personal growth that can come from team sports and other extra-curricular experiences. I have a love for education, passion for SPC, and desire to see SPC continue to thrive and grow for many years to come. I would be honored to have your vote for SPC school board.

 

ANN FANTUZZI

Ann Fantuzzi and her children,Chloe (6th grade) and Chase (5th grade) live in Park Ridge and have been part of the St Paul community for 7 years. Ann grew up in the area. She believes in the values and importance of family that SPC teaches our children. Ann started her career in accounting as a Principal Consultant working with global clients. She currently leads a team at a global health IT organization and is passionate about saving patients’ lives and “doing the right thing”. Ann feels that education and strong core values are key to raising our children to be confident, kind and wise. She is looking forward to serving on the school board and collaborating to ensure continuous delivery of high quality faith-based education at SPC.

 

CARRIE GORNIK

Carrie Gornik and her husband, Shane, have been parishioners at St. Paul of the Cross for two years.  Carrie is a stay at home mom to their two children Abbie (12) and Emma (7), and Shane is a Partner and Financial Planner at Forefront Financial Planning.  Carrie was an elementary school teacher for 11 years working as part of administration in her last few years as a Lead Teacher and reading specialist.  She has a passion for providing the best education to all students. Carrie loves volunteering at SPC as a lunch mom, room mom, and also as a Girl Scout Leader. Carrie was a board member and Chairperson of the Local School Council for Beard Elementary School for three years.  She enjoyed making a difference and using her educational experience to help the school, and would love to apply that same experience and passion as a School Board Member at SPC.

 

GORDON HARTRANFT II

Gordon Hartranft II and his wife Candice joined St. Paul of the Cross Parish in 2014 after moving from Chicago to Park Ridge.  They are parents to daughters Sofia (age 6 - 1st grade) and Cameran (age 2 - Tiny Tigers). Gordon is a graduate of Penn State University and professionally holds a 16-year national practice and affiliation with New York Life Insurance Company which includes a role in the Office of Governmental Affairs.  He serves on the Board of Directors for the Niles Township District for Education SEED Foundation as well an advisory member of the New York Life Foundation which awards Community Impact Grants nationwide. Gordon attended Catholic school for 12 years when growing up in Youngstown, OH.  Because community remains a driving force to both Gordon and Candice, they chose a school that has a proud tradition of providing students with a faith-based high quality education and recognizes a commitment to service. My candidacy for the SPC School Board is an opportunity to give back to OUR community (service), to grow OUR community (advocacy), to strengthen OUR community (financially) – for Tigers today and tomorrow. I am eager to contribute to the continued growth and success of our school, our community, and our children. In partnership with the current board and administration, I will be committed to helping with and supporting their vision for St. Paul of the Cross School. For your consideration and the opportunity to serve – my sincere gratitude.

 

LYDIA MUNGER

Lydia Munger and her two children Henry (grade 3) and Raymond (grade 1) live in Chicago and joined the St. Paul school community in 2019. Lydia grew up attending Mass at St. Paul and attended the school for several years as well. She returned to St. Paul when she moved back to the Chicago area in 2016 and is excited to be raising her children in the same wonderful community she grew up in! Lydia has many years of experience working in marine biology and fisheries policy, where she facilitated and served on a number of interagency advisory groups that helped shape US marine environmental policy on the East coast and in the Pacific islands. Representing one of several agencies in these groups helped Lydia develop her skills in communication, conflict resolution, and consensus building. After several years at home with her children, Lydia decided to change careers and is now pursuing a graduate degree in nursing. Lydia serves as a community representative on the Edison Park Elementary Local School Council and would love to bring her passion and support for high quality education to St. Paul of the Cross. Lydia hopes to work with Fr. Britto, Dr. Mickelburgh, and the entire School Board to promote the continued emotional, spiritual, and academic growth of all SPC students.

 

MAGGIE NACHMAN

Maggie Nachman and Tom Nielsen have recently joined the St Paul of the Cross community in 2018 along with their son Sebastian Nielsen (Kindergarten).  Maggie holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Management along with a Paralegal Studies Certificate from DePaul University of Chicago. Maggie is currently a stay-at-home / Kindergarten room mom after a legal career, and Tom is an executive at a Silicon Valley based technology company. After returning home in 2014 from careers in NYC to the Chicago area to raise our family in Park Ridge, we have been delighted with the family spirit at SPC. Maggie is running for the School Board because of her passion to work with children and her ability to put smiles on their faces. She believes SPC students, teachers and parents are the best experts on what works and what doesn't at our school. Whether it is her ability to raise funds, make community connections, contribute her event planning and fundraising skills, Maggie’s involvement is to ensure a successful educational future for all SPC children. As a member of the School Board, Maggie looks forward to collaborating with Board members to ensure our SPC students continue to receive the safest in-person, faith-based education possible during this challenging time. In her downtime Maggie enjoys long distance running, yoga and traveling.

 

KATIE NOONAN

Katie Noonan has been a teacher for eighteen years. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, her Master’s Degree in Special Education and is a National Board Certified Teacher (Exceptional Needs Specialist). She believes that a quality education includes educating the whole child. Academic development, spiritual development, development of critical thinking skills, problem solving abilities, emotional intelligence, communication skills, and intrinsic motivation all play an important role in the development of lifelong learners. Katie feels her experience as an educator and education philosophy would be a valuable addition to the Saint Paul of the Cross School Board. Katie, her husband Kevin, and their two children Maisie (kindergarten) and Mickey (preschool) are new to Saint Paul of the Cross School and Parish. Katie and Kevin are beyond impressed with SPC’s teachers and administration and are grateful Maisie and Mickey are able to attend in person learning this year. The Noonan Family is excited to be part of the SPC community!

 

JOHN PERRONE

John Perrone and wife, Joanne, along with their children Gianna (seventh grade) and Lucia (fourth grade) reside in Park Ridge and joined the SPC parish in 2005. John has over 20 years of experience in Marketing and Finance and is currently the Sr. Director of Marketing Strategy and Sales Planning at Peapod Digital Labs (online grocer). John has volunteered over the past few years at school during Fun Fair and Celebrate the Spirit. He has been a Park Ridge Softball manager for the past five years and was a previous member of the Notre Dame High School for Boys Alumni Board. His wife Joanne has been an SPC Girl Scout Troop Leader for the past six years, helped coach SPC girls’ volleyball for the past three and assisted with other various grade level activities. John is looking forward to serving on the school board. As an alum of Mary, Seat of Wisdom and Notre Dame High School for Boys, he hopes to help the school continue to provide a faith-based education to our community and partner with the school board to help make sure our children have a successful future.

 

KARLA SIMMONS

Karla Simmons is St. Paul of the Cross alumna, Class of 1983. She, her husband Tom, and their daughter Lola (4th Grade) joined SPC in 2015 after re-locating to Park Ridge from Chicago. Karla has led her daughter’s Girl Scout Troop since Kindergarten. She served on the SPC Health & Safety Re-Opening Committee and currently, she is a parent participant on the SEL Pilot Program. She has volunteered for lunchroom duty and room parent since 2015 and looks forward to doing more of that next year. Karla leads an account team at Herman Miller, delivering furniture solutions, workplace strategies and insights to her clients globally.  Karla trains for an annual ½ Marathon at different National Parks through Vacation Races – next year is Glacier.  She is a pet rescue mom who also enjoys cooking, landscaping and golf.  As a St Paul of the Cross School Board member, Karla is a critical thinker who brings a fresh perspective, positive mindset and motivation for getting things done that best serve our children, families, faculty and parish.

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St. Paul of the Cross

320 South Washington Street
Park Ridge, IL 60068


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Phone: (847) 825-7605
Fax: (847) 825-5186

Mass Schedule

Monday - Friday

8:30 am - Upper Church

Saturday

4:30 pm (vigil) - Upper Church

Sunday

7:30 am - Upper Church

9:00 am - Holy Family Chapel

10:30 am - Upper Church

12:00 pm - Gym