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Meet the Board of Trustees

Jack Neymark

Allan J. Ruter, President, a Glenview resident since 1978, grew up in rural Iowa, where his earliest library memory is checking out as many Hardy Boys mysteries as the local librarian would allow. With a bachelor's degree from Cornell College and two master's degrees from Northwestern University, Allan is now a consulting educator, writer, and editor after spending 33 years at the Glenbrook High Schools as teacher of English and history, Chair of the School Improvement Team, and Director of the Academy of International Studies. He and his wife, Jill, have two grown sons. Allan currently serves on the Board of Directors for The Night Ministry, a Chicago-based social service non-profit, and previously served as both Appearance and Plan Commissioner for the Village of Glenview, Trustee of the Glenbrook High School Foundation, and President of the Cornell College Alumni Association.

Jack Neymark

John Miller, Vice President, has lived in Glenview for 13 years and works at Pearson Inc. as a math editor in education publishing. He also has four years of teaching experience and more than 20 years of Human Resources consulting experience. John is active in community service, including Glenview Youth Services, Helping Hands of Glenview, and Rebuilding Together. He is the father of four grown children and has six grandchildren. John is a graduate of UW-Whitewater and has master's degrees from SIU-Carbondale and National Louis University. He is a Vietnam veteran and a member of American Legion and Glenview Community Church.

Stella kalfas

Stella Kalfas, Secretary, a 35-year resident of Glenview, holds a Bachelors in Computer Science from Roosevelt University and an MBA from the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. She also holds a PMP Certification from the Project Management Institute. She has been an entrepreneur and leader in a variety of positions including technology, communications, learning & development and non-profit management. In her current role, Stella is the Executive Director of the Mental Health Association of Greater Chicago. In addition, she contracts to provide global leadership, project management, corporate education and facilitates Business Management, Strategic Planning, Communications and Ethics classes at local universities. Stella and her husband, Steve, a painting contractor serving the North Shore for over thirty years, have two grown children and four grandchildren.

Wendy Goldstein

Wendy Goldstein received a Bachelor Degree in Education from Northeastern Illinois University and a Masters Degree in Library Science from Rosary College (now Dominican University). She began her library career at Northeastern Illinois University and was the librarian for the Lake County Regional Office of Education until she retired in 2007. Wendy and her husband Jerry have lived in Glenview since 2000, and have two grown children. Wendy's educational background and library experience provide her with a solid foundation to contribute ideas relating to Library issues, resources, programs, and making sure that the needs of the Glenview community are being met by the library.

M. David Johnson

M. David Johnson having been a resident of Glenview for forty-four years, is proud to note that his original Glenview Library Card is well-worn but still working. He holds a BS degree in Engineering, and an MBA degree, both from the Illinois Institute of Technology, and also an MS degree in Computer Science from Northeastern Illinois University. In 1997, he retired after a 27-year career as a Professional Engineer with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District. He then spent an additional 10 years as the sole proprietor of BDS Software, an IT consulting firm here in Glenview. Now fully retired, David and his wife Heather have two grown children and five grandchildren. He spent many years as a volunteer coach with Glenview Youth Baseball and Glenview Youth Hockey. He is past President of the North Shore Illinois chapter of the National Society of Professional Engineers, and past Chairman of the Maine Township Planning Commission. He can be reached through e-mail at