East Maine School District 63 Board of Education Members

  • Board of Education group email: Bd.of.Educ@emsd63.org

    Alexandra Brook, President
    Glenview • Board member since 2013
    Ms. Brook, a 6th - 8th grade Math Teacher at Chicago’s William P. Gray School, has lived in District 63 since 1999. She earned her BA in biology from the University of Chicago, and an MS in health systems management from Rush University. A former Washington Elementary PTO President and Girl Scout troop co-leader, Ms. Brook served on the District’s Wellness and Discipline Committees prior to her election to the Board. During her tenure on the Board, she has also served on the STEM and Insurance Committees, and is currently on the Family Resource Center Stakeholder Committee, along with serving as a Board representative during EMEA negotiations. All three of Ms. Brook's children attended D63 schools and graduated from Gemini, with the youngest currently attending Maine East. The current term of office ends in April of 2025.

    Tom Simmons Tom Simmons, Vice President
    Glenview • Board member since 2007
    Mr. Simmons attended Melzer and what was then Apollo Junior High. His five children attended Nelson, Washington, and Gemini. A lifelong District resident, Mr. Simmons volunteered for 18 years in the schools as a math and reading tutor before joining the Board; he has served on the District 63 Education Foundation Board since 2000. Formerly Senior Vice President for Cole Taylor Bank, Mr. Simmons attended Herbert V Prochnow Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The current term of office ends in April of 2023.

    Katie Anderson
    Katie Anderson
    Morton Grove • Board member since 2018

    Appointed to the Board in October 2018, and then elected to a full term in 2019, Ms. Anderson has lived in the District since 2015.  An active volunteer at her church and a past American Youth Soccer Organization Board member, she holds bachelor’s degrees in English and marriage, family, and human development from Brigham Young University. Ms. Anderson has three children, one at Gemini, one at Melzer, and one at First Steps Preschool.  The current term of office ends in April of 2023.

    Walter Gluzkin
    Glenview • Board member since 2008

    A District resident since 1987, Mr. Gluzkin is Director of Segment Strategy at Ruprecht, a division of Kilcoy Global Foods. He graduated from Maine East High School and received his BA and MBA in marketing from DePaul University. Mr. Gluzkin participated in the Washington PTO, where his children attended school. Both children also attended Gemini and have now graduated from Maine East High School. The current term of office ends in April of 2025.

    Janet Kaczkowski
    Niles • Board member since 2007

    A District resident since 1988, Ms. Kaczkowski is the immediate past President of the Board. Her three children attended Melzer, Nelson, and Gemini. Ms. Kaczkowski is a former Customer Service Manager for Hobby Lobby in Niles - and a former Sales Lead for Eddie Bauer Outlet in Morton Grove. She was also formerly a Technical Writer for G.D. Searle, Motorola, and Anderson Consulting, and holds a BS in computer science from the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with a minor in bioengineering; and a technical writing certificate from the Illinois Institute of Technology. Ms. Kaczkowski led the District’s successful effort to pass a referendum in 2004 and was an active member of the Nelson PTO. She has served on the District’s Financial Task Force and on a range of District-wide committees, including Wellness, Technology, Discipline, and Strategic Design. The current term of office ends in April of 2023.

    Patel crop Ankit Patel

    Morton Grove •  Board member since 2022

    A District resident since 2014, Mr. Patel has two children - one of whom attends the District's Melzer School. Currently Vice President of Operations for First Look Appraisals - where he formerly served as Assistant Vice President for Operations - his career in real estate appraisal and analysis spans more than 12 years. Past positions also include Inventory Manager and Senior Associate for Lakeshore Management. Mr. Patel holds a BS in accounting from DePaul University. His appointment runs through April of 2023, when the seat will be filled through local elections.

    Sheila Urban Sheila Urban
    Niles • Board member since 2009
    A lifelong resident of District 63, Ms. Urban attended Oak (now closed) and Gemini. Her three children followed suit, attending Nelson and Gemini - all moved on to Maine East, and two have graduated. Ms. Urban, who holds a BA and an MA in special education from Loyola University, is a Special Education Teacher for District 84.5’s Rhodes School in River Grove. An active PTO volunteer, she chaired various committees including Golf Mill’s “My School is Cool” contest, which garnered Nelson $5,000. Ms. Urban is on the District's Insurance Committee and has served on D63's Technology Task Force and the East Maine Community Committee. She was previously the District’s representative to the former Low Incidence Cooperative Agreement (LICA), which served local hearing-impaired students. The current term of office ends in April of 2025.