Kathy Davis Vega, President, 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 and Public Relations & Marketing Committees. She chairs the Strategic Planning Committee.
Allan J. Ruter,Vice 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.Allan Ruter serves on the Public Relations & Marketing and Strategic Planning Committees. He chairs the Budget & Finance Committee.
Carol A. Schmitt, Secretary, 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 serves on the Bylaws & Policies and Buildings & Grounds Committees. She chairs the Public Relations & Marketing Committee.
Thomas Blanchard 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 serves on the on the Buildings & Grounds and Technology Committees. He chairs the Legislative Committee.
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. Wendy Goldstein serves on the Budget & Finance and Technology Committees. She chairs the Bylaws & Policies Committee.
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 and Legislative Committees. He chairs the Building & Grounds Committee.
Stella Kalfas, 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. Stella Kalfas serves on the Legislative and Strategic Planning Committees. She chairs the Technology Committee.