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 has served on the Board of Directors for The Night Ministry, a Chicago-based social service non-profit, and as both Appearance and Plan Commissioner for the Village of Glenview, Trustee of the Glenbrook High School Foundation, and as President of the Cornell College Alumni Association.Allan Ruter chairs the Budget & Finance Committee and also serves on the Legislative Committee.
Thomas Blanchard, Vice President, has been a corporate attorney since 2001 and is currently working in Accenture’s legal department where he works on international transactions. Prior to Accenture, Tom practiced law at a large Chicago law firm, a global healthcare company and financial regulatory organization. After graduating from Glenbrook South in 1991, Tom earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Northwestern University in 1995, and a law degree from the University of Michigan in 2001. Tom was raised in Glenview, and after living downtown and in Evanston, he moved back to Glenview in 2016 with his wife, Michelle, and two young daughters. Tom moved back to Glenview to be closer to family and so his daughters could attend Glenview’s amazing public schools and grow up in a wonderful community. Tom chairs the Legislative Committee and also serves on the Budget & Finance Committee.
Winifred L. Clonts, Secretary, grew up in Glenview, where she graduated from Glenbrook South High School. She received a B.M. and M.M. in Applied Music from Northwestern University, and spent a decade singing classical music and opera in the U.S and Germany. When it came time to start a family, Winnie returned to Glenview, where she has lived for the past 33 years. She continued her education and received an M.A. from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Business and a master’s degree in Educational Technology and Design from Purdue University. Winnie was part-owner and executive at Wonderlic, Inc. where she was a creative force in employment and educational test development for 30 years. Currently, she enjoys tutoring middle school and high school students. As a life-long learner and library patron, Winnie appreciates the breadth of materials and services the Glenview Public Library provides to the community. She is proud to serve as a library trustee, and to support the library’s mission to provide access to information and ideas for Glenview’s vibrant and diverse community. Winifred serves on the Buildings & Grounds and Strategic Planning Committees.
M. David Johnson, having been a resident of Glenview for forty-seven 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. Dave serves on the Bylaws & Policies Committee and chairs the Building & Grounds Committee.
Ruth Rosenblum, a new resident, moved to Glenview in May 2020, after 30 years in San Jose, CA. She and her husband Barnett moved from California to be closer to their two children. Jason, age 27, lives in Lincoln Park with his fiance and works in the financial tech industry. Hannah, also age 27, lives in Washington DC and works for the US Census Bureau as a geographer. Ruth has been a nurse and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse for more than 30 years. She is an Associate Professor at The Valley Foundation School of Nursing at San Jose State University. Ruth teaches in the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program at Rush University with experience in pediatric neurology and the High-Risk Infant Follow-up Program. She was Secretary of the American Nurses Association\California (2016-2021). Ruth and Barnett like to bike, go to the Botanical Garden, and Ruth is training for a marathon in November 2021. Both of Ruth’s parents were Library Board members in Cleveland Heights, OH, where she was born and raised, and her brother is now a library trustee in Gwinnett County, GA. Libraries are a family affair! Ruth serves on the Bylaws & Policies and Strategic Planning Committees.
Carol A. Schmitt, has been a resident of Glenview for 47 years. She is currently retired from 25 years of teaching at the Glenview Community Church Nursery School and over 45 years as comptroller for a small business. She has an extensive volunteer history in this community, most notably as an elected member of the District 34 School Board. This service has given her a good understanding of her role as a board member. Her belief in the mission and goals of the Glenview Public Library originate from her experience with the Youth Services Department and the many services it offers. Before being elected as a Library Trustee, she was a volunteer Storytime presenter for four years. She is calm, thorough, welcoming, and steadfast in her desire to see the Glenview Public Library continue to be the best it can be. Carol Schmitt chairs the Bylaws & Policies Committee and serves on the Buildings & Grounds Committee.
Kathy Davis Vega, was born and raised in Glenview. After graduating from Glenbrook South in 1991, she earned a bachelor’s degree from Duke University in 1995, and a law degree from Northwestern in 1998. She has practiced law for the past twenty plus years and is currently Senior Legal Counsel at Accenture. She moved back to Glenview in 2003 with her husband, Dio, because she loves this community. She and her husband have been raising their two girls, Kendall and Kelsey, in her hometown, and she was looking for a way to give back to Glenview. She loved the Library as a little girl and has enjoyed seeing her own girls use it as they have grown. Both her parents served as Library Trustees and she felt that honoring this legacy by serving as a Trustee would be a great way to serve Glenview and help maintain a wonderful community resource. She is passionate and committed to ensuring that the Glenview Public Library maintains its incredible facility, programming, and level of service, while remaining a place that her family and all community members can enjoy at every stage of life. Kathy Vega serves on the Budget & Finance Committee and chairs the Strategic Planning Committee.