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Board Member Profiles

William Brewer, President
Mr. Brewer has completed the following mandatory board member training as required by the Illinois General Assembly: P.A. 97-504 - Open Meetings Act; P.A. 97-08 - Professional Development Leadership Training (PDLT);  and Performance Evaluation Reform Act (PERA).

Bill was sworn in to his first term on the Board on April 24, 2017.  He graduated from Midland High School in 1998, and the St. Louis College of Pharmacy in 2003 with Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy. In 2017, he earned his Master of Business Administration degree from Benedictine University. Bill is a Registered Pharmacist.

 

About Ball-Chatham, he says, “My wife, Christy, and I moved to this community in 2003 because it is a great place to raise a family with a great educational system.  Now that both of our sons are in school (Brayden at GIS, and Brevin at CES) I felt that it was time to give back by doing my part to maintain the reasons we moved here.”

 

Bill believes our community’s growth - with respect to the total number of students we are responsible for educating - are both an opportunity and a challenge.  “Obviously this is a great opportunity to positively impact the education of these students,” he says. “However, this does represent some challenges as well.  I am very confident that our community will successfully meet these challenges by the means of fiscal responsibility and strategic planning for the future.”

 

On his own time, Bill enjoys spending quality time with my family and friends.  Additionally, he is very active in coaching both of my son’s sports teams.


Bill can be reached at wbrewer@bcsd5.org.

 

 

Susan Worley, Vice-President

Ms. Worley has completed the following mandatory board member training as required by the Illinois General Assembly, including: P.A. 97-504 - Open Meetings Act; P.A. 97-08 Education and Labor Law, Financial Oversight and Accountability, Fiduciary Responsibilities; and P.A. 97-08 - Professional Development Leadership Training (PDLT); and Performance Evaluation Reform Act (PERA).
 

Susan is serving her second term on the board, having been sworn in on May 1, 2013. She is a retired certified public accountant and holds a MBA from the University of Iowa and a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is currently Chair, of the Finance Committee. Her husband, Kent Kapitan and she have lived in the District for 12 years. Both of her children, Melissa and Jay, have since graduated from Glenwood High School.

Fiscal responsibility was of utmost concern to her four years ago. Most recently the district through a team effort by all has clawed its way back to a stronger financial foothold despite current limited financial resources. Careful financial management must continue because the state’s financial support is increasingly uncertain.

Susan also believes that the District’s strategic plan needs to be updated and this will be a high priority for her. “Students, parents, teachers, administrators, staff, members of the community, and board members need to participate to help establish a framework to guide our district in the future,” she says. “I have learned that the world of education is ever changing and demanding. The teachers and administrators work hard to address the challenges that occur every day. Here is a sample of those challenges: managing a wider array of student needs in the classroom due to our district’s increased student enrollment, learning and implementing state and federal mandates, staying current on technology, assuring student safety and security, and most importantly helping students achieve their full potential. I pledge to continue to support their efforts.”

Susan can be reached at sworley@bcsd5.org.

 

 

Patrick Phipps, Secretary

Pat was sworn in to his first term on the Board on April 25, 2019.  He graduated Salutatorian from Roxana High School in Roxana, Ill. in 1993; and Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Illinois College in 1997. In 1999, he earned his Master of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Illinois - Springfield.

 

He currently serves as Director of Regulatory Compliance for a telecommunications company. He has also served as a consultant in the telecommunications industry for the past 15 years. Prior to his consulting career, he served as a rate analyst and policy advisor on utility issues at the Illinois Commerce Commission.

 

Pat says that working to positively impact young people and help them succeed has long been a priority of his. “There is no better way to accomplish this than by promoting educational excellence as a member of the Board of Education,” he says.  “My family and I love living in the Chatham community, and I am committed to ensuring that the Ball-Chatham School District remains a cornerstone of the community’s success,” he adds.

 

About the challenges that face Ball-Chatham, he says: “Many of the challenges facing the school district also present opportunities for improvement.  Growth in the district presents challenges such as class size and bus routes, but also presents opportunities for facility/infrastructure upgrades and to make the school district and community even stronger.” He also believes that school safety is a challenge in all schools, but can provide opportunities to teach the importance of interpersonal skills, conflict resolution, responsibility, and kindness. Pat says that the pace of technology presents challenges such as cybersecurity, online bullying, and obsolescence, but also provides exciting new ways to learn and access information. Finally, he believes that staff retention presents challenges but also provides opportunities to express appreciation for, and reward high- quality staff.

 

On his own time, Pat enjoys spending time with his wife, Rochelle, and two children, Zachary and Robyn. He especially likes supporting his kids at their events (baseball, basketball, soccer, band, and karate). He also mentioned that he is a St. Louis Cardinals fan.

 

He can be reached at pphipps@bcsd5.org. More information coming soon.

 

Kyle Barry
Mr. Barry was elected to the Board of Education on April 25, 2019. He earned an A.B. from Washington University in St. Louis (summa cum laude) in 1992, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Iowa College of Law (with honors) in 1995.  Kyle is a partner with McGuireWoods LLP, a national law firm with offices in downtown Springfield. Kyle’s practice focuses on energy projects, with an emphasis on renewable energy, and economic development.  Kyle lives in Piper Glen with his wife, Lisa, and four children – Nick, Emmy, Matthew and Molly – each of whom is a student at one of Ball-Chatham’s schools.

 

“Like many families, the strength of Ball-Chatham’s schools drew our family to search for a home in the school district.  I ran for school board to help improve academic excellence in the Ball-Chatham schools. I also ran to improve communications and the relationship between the Board and the community and Ball-Chatham’s teachers.  I pledge to work hard to enhance academic programs for students and to spend new sales tax revenue responsibly in ways that benefit the education of students. As the number of students in the district grows, I will work hard to accommodate them and to make sure each student gets a top-notch education.”  

 

“I am grateful for the support shown for me by the voters in April, and I intend to work hard to improve Ball-Chatham’s schools and keep the community informed about the School Board’s priorities and activities.”

 

He can be reached at kbarry@bcsd5.org. More information coming soon.

Steven Bryant
Mr. Bryant was elected to the Board of Education on April 25, 2019.  He graduated from Lanphier High School in 1978 and received his associates degree from Lincoln Land Community College in 2004. “I went to college while working full-time and being a parent,” he says.

 

He retired from the Ill. Department of Corrections in 2011 as the Parole Commander for Sex Offender Supervision Unit, having served for over 27 years working in various security and non-security roles. Since his retirement, he began working at Liberty Healthcare Corporation for the Safety 1st Conditional Release Program as the statewide Executive Director responsible for managing and supervising sexually violent persons released by the court into the community.

 

Steve says that his son graduated from the Ball-Chatham School District and received an excellent education that afforded him to receive a scholarship. “Now I have a daughter at Glenwood Intermediate School and I wanted to make a difference for her and all the students in our school district. I believe my business, leadership, security/safety skills and union experience will be useful for the district.”

 

About what he sees as opportunities within the District, Steve says that he’s excited about the building of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) classes in each of the schools and the possibility of expanding technology beyond STEM classes. “I believe there are even more opportunities for the District.” he says, “As I gain a deeper understanding of each of the schools and their input on each of their needs, I will bring these ideas forward and discuss with the entire board.”

 

Steve believes the challenges facing the District are attracting quality teachers, substitute teachers, retention of excellent teachers, paraprofessionals and reducing class sizes. “Also, improving the safety and security of our schools, buses and events for our children,” he says.

 

Steve is married to Kimberly. They have two children, Jared and Kitt, and one grandchild, Annika Rae. “My son, Jared attended Ball Elementary School, Glenwood Middle School and Glenwood High School,  graduating in 2006. Kitt attended Iles Elementary School in Springfield, Ball Elementary School and Glenwood Elementary School. She is currently attending Glenwood Intermediate School and is in the 6th grade,” he says.

 

On his own time, he enjoys spending time watching his daughter’s sporting events (competitive softball, volleyball), going to movies with her and making her laugh. Also, he likes spending time relaxing with his family, seeing his grandbaby, riding roller coasters and going on trips. In the summer he plays softball and enjoys golfing.

 

He can be reached at stevenbryant@bcsd5.org

 

Dr. Srinivasan Durairaj

Dr. Durairaj has completed the following mandatory board member training as required by the Illinois General Assembly: P.A. 97-504 - Open Meetings Act; P.A. 97-08 - Professional Development Leadership Training (PDLT);  and Performance Evaluation Reform Act (PERA).

Dr. Srinivasan (Srini) Durairaj was sworn in to a two-year term on June 7, 2017; and was elected to the Board of Education on April 25, 2019. He earned his master’s and doctorate degrees in microbiology from Annamalai University, and Bharathiar University, respectfully, in India. Dr. Durairaj has taught higher education in the United States, India and Fiji.  He has published several articles in peer review journals, as well as presented at National and International conferences.  At the present time, Dr. Durairaj is a Professor of Biology at Richland Community College, and was the recipient of the 2016 NISOD (National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development) Excellence Award in Teaching.

 

Dr. Durairaj says that, since garnering academic experience from different parts of the world, he feels he can make a positive contribution to the Ball-Chatham School District. “While I see both challenges and opportunities facing the District, I am most interested in the District taking steps to keep improving school safety standards, the use of technology, and lowering the student/teacher ratios,” he says.

 

Dr. Durairaj is married to Dr. Sangeetha Srinivasan, and together they have a daughter, Vidhula, who is a student at Glenwood High School. On his own time, he enjoys watching college football and basketball, traveling, and spending time with his family.

 

"Srini" as he likes to be called, can be reached at sdurairaj@bcsd5.org.

Brandon Maddox, DMD
Dr. Maddox has completed the following mandatory board member training as required by the Illinois General Assembly: P.A. 97-504 - Open Meetings Act; P.A. 97-08 Education and Labor Law, Financial Oversight and Accountability, Fiduciary Responsibilities; and P.A. 97-08 - Professional Development Leadership Training (PDLT);  and Performance Evaluation Reform Act (PERA).


Brandon was sworn in on May 1, 2013. He is a graduate of Glenwood High School (Class of 1993), and received his bachelor's degree from SIU-Edwardsville in 1997. He graduated from SIU-School of Dental Medicine in 2001. He is currently a General Dentist practicing in the Springfield area. Brandon says that as he and his wife, Angie, were going through the Kindergarten registration process for his eldest daughter, Mari he realized that he's never really been a good spectator. "I am the type of person that wants first-hand knowledge of what affects me, my family, and why," he says. "In addition, I then want to be able to influence changing or protecting these aspects. Participating as a member of the school board allows me to do just that!"

Brandon believes that growth is one of the district's biggest opportunities and challenges. "We are truly blessed with our school district, and I look forward to being a part of it!"

In addition to Mari, Brandon and Angie are the parents to Cael and Nola.

Brandon can be reached at bmaddox@bcsd5.org.

 

Ashley Pennell, Board Clerk

Contact the Board

All members of the Board may be reached by e-mail and U.S. mail. E-mail addresses are listed on the member's profile page with his or her corresponding photo.


To send a message via U.S. mail. write to:
Ball-Chatham Board of Education
District Office
201 W. Mulberry
Chatham, Illinois 62626

Send fax messages to the District Office, c/o the Superintendent: 217-483-2940.