CCSD 89 Board Members


    Haydee Núñez Haydee Nunez

    Board President 

    Term expires in 2025

    Haydee Núñez was appointed to the Board of Education in September 2015, and re-elected in 2017. The Wheaton resident has three children. Her children attend Briar Glen Elementary and Glen Crest Middle School. 

    She is the Manager of Social Impact at Navistar. She earned both a master’s degree in social work and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

    Since 2006, Núñez has served on the Board of Directors of the United Way of DuPage/West Cook, where she chaired the Community Impact Committee. She also chaired the Latino Outreach Committee for United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, an organization she has been active with since 2004. 

    Jay Lerch  Jay Lerch

    Board Vice President

    Term expires in 2025

    Jay Lerch has lived in Community Consolidated School District 89 for more than a decade. He and his wife Julie have a son, Max, at Glen Crest Middle School. Lerch earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Illinois College in Jacksonville Illinois. He is currently the payroll manager at UCP Seguin of Greater Chicago.

    Lerch has long been drawn to volunteer work, from Boy Scouts to Alpha Phi Omega (a national service fraternity). He has been involved in the Arbor View PTC, where he served as treasurer. He was interested in running for the Board to continue to positively contribute to his community.

    Scott Pope Scott Pope

    Board Secretary Pro Tem

    Term expires in 2023

    Scott Pope was elected in April 2015 and re-elected in 2019. He has been active in a variety of PTC-sponsored events and as a parent volunteer at Westfield School.

    Pope has earned a degree in electrical engineering and an MBA. He is the manager of building maintenance for Argonne National Laboratory.

    Donna Kemp
    Donna Kemp
    Board member

    Term expires in 2025

    Donna Kemp is a Glen Ellyn resident. She and her husband have a first-grade and a fifth-grade student at Park View, where Kemp has been a frequent volunteer.

    She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Lake Forest College with minors in education and English. She earned a Master’s Degree in education from Quincy University, with endorsements in special education and middle school.

    Kemp has had various roles in education since 1997. She began her career teaching in a special-education program in Northshore District 112. She has also taught in West Chicago District 33, Waukegan District 60, and Glen Ellyn District 41. She has worked in early childhood, middle school, and special education. Kemp has also worked in business since 1999.

    Kemp has been a tutor since she was in grade school and she has volunteered at various community fundraisers through her church.

    Yannick Koger  Yannick Koger

    Board member

    Term expires in 2023

    Yannick Koger and his wife have three girls who attend Arbor View Elementary School. Koger has participated in the Arbor View PTC and the district’s strategic plan committees. He also helped with the district’s referendum campaign in 2018. These experiences encouraged him to look for more opportunities to serve the local educational community. 

    Koger grew up in Virginia and double-majored in marketing and neuroscience at The College of William & Mary. He is now a marketing analytics consultant for Meta Platforms Inc., and helps coach his daughters’ soccer and volleyball teams.

    Steve Neurauter
    Steve Neurauter

    Board Member

    Term expires in 2025

    Steve Neurauter has served on several CCSD 89 advisory committees since moving to Glen Ellyn in 2016 with his wife and three children. He volunteers at Park View Elementary for school events and through the Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) program.

    Neurauter earned his bachelor's and master’s degrees in aerospace engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, then a Master of Business Administration from Leeds University in the United Kingdom. Neurauter works for his business strategy and engineering consulting company, PMB Consulting, advising the federal government, small businesses, and large companies.

    Ben Yates Ben Yates

    Board Member

    Term expires in 2023

    Ben Yates has lived in Community Consolidated School District 89 since 2012 along with his wife Kristin and their three children. 

    Yates decided to join the Board of Education after serving on the district’s enrollment and boundary committees, where he saw firsthand the complexity of district operations. He has been active in coaching youth athletics, the B.R. Ryall YMCA’s Guides, and Princess program, and is a frequent Watch D.O.G. at Briar Glen. 

    Yates earned his Bachelor’s in exercise physiology at Ball State University before earning his master's degree in sport management at Florida State University.  He is currently Vice President of the American Foundry Society in Schaumburg.

    Kate CostelloKate Costello

    Student Board Member

    2022-23 school year 

    Kate Costello sees the Student Board Member position not as a personal honor but as an opportunity help others. She believes every person deserves to be heard.

    “I like empowering people,” Kate said. “Helping to give other people a voice makes me really happy.”

    Kate attended Briar Glen Elementary School. At Glen Crest, she has been a part of band, chorus, and drama. In sixth and seventh grades, Kate earned state-level honors in the French Horn from the Illinois Grade School Music Association. She has been a member of Builders Club, PRISM Club, intramurals, and the school musical at Glen Crest.

    Outside of school, Kate participates in Girls Scouts and Scouts BSA, as well as learning jiu-jitsu.

    “Every time I think of Kate, I think of her as a natural leader,” Glen Crest math teacher Monica Shekar wrote. “Kate’s ability to bring people together is very exciting to watch. She is calm, collected, mature, and has a natural talent for problem-solving and reaching a consensus.”

    When she gets older, Kate would like to work as a lawyer, either in family law or as a Judge Advocate General Corps attorney in the military.

    Fatimah ShahidFatimah Shahid

    Student Board Member

    2022-23 school year 

    Fatimah Shahid hopes that being a Student Board Member will give her an opportunity to advocate for all students in CCSD 89.

    “What I really want is to help all students feel comfortable in their school and have a voice in their community,” the 12-year-old said.

    Fatimah has been involved in a number of activities at Glen Crest, including: Builders Club, Coding Club, crew for the school musical, Drama Club, Friends Helping Friends, intramurals, Library Teen Advisory Board, Math Club, and the dress code committee. In elementary school, she was part of Art Club, Best Buddies, Culture Club, Eco Club, Girls on the Run, Jump Rope for Heart, safety patrol, the science fair, and student council.

    Fatimah is a student of service: she has been fundraising for nonprofits since third grade; she is a Girl Scout; she volunteers once a month; and she attends Islamic school every Sunday. She was the only student volunteer at the CCSD 89 vaccination clinics. She also participates in martial arts.

    Fatimah moved to CCSD 89 before fourth grade and attended Westfield Elementary School, where her fourth-grade teacher Heba Khourshid helped Fatimah to find her voice.

    “Fatimah is the advocate students should model after and the voice you need to hear,” Khourshid wrote. “Her unwavering support and commitment to help others would make her an excellent Student Board Member.”

    As an adult, Fatimah would like to be an elementary school or English-language teacher.