CCSD 89 Board Members

  • Beth PowersBeth Powers

    Board President 

    Term expires in 2021

    Powers was first elected as Board President in May 2017. She has lived in Glen Ellyn for more than a decade.

    In June 2012, she was appointed to fill an unexpired term on the Board of Education. Before becoming a Board Member, she served from 2010 to 2012 as the Co-President of the Park View Parent Teacher Council (PTC). She is also a former member of the district’s Community Finance Committee.

    Powers is the mother of two boys. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Elmhurst College.

    Haydee Núñez Haydee Nunez

    Board Vice President 

    Term expires in 2021

    Haydee Núñez was appointed to the Board of Education in September 2015, and re-elected in 2017. The Wheaton resident has one child attending Briar Glen School. 

    She is Director of Career Development at North Central College. 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. 

    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 degrees in Electrical Engineering and an MBA and is employed as an engineering group leader at Argonne National Laboratory.


    Tim JedlickaTim Jedlicka

    Board member

    Term expires in 2023

    Tim Jedlicka was elected to the Board of Education in 2011 and lives in Glen Ellyn. He has two children who attended Arbor View Elementary and Glen Crest Middle School.

    Jedlicka has a bachelor's degree from the University of Missouri in electrical engineering and works at Alcatel-Lucent in Naperville.

    Jay Lerch  Jay Lerch

    Board member

    Term expires in 2021

    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 Arbor View Elementary School. Lerch earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Illinois College in Jacksonville Illinois. He is currently the assistant branch manager at Naperville Bank & Trust.

    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.


    La Sridhar La Sridhar

    Board Member

    Term expires in 2021

    La Sridhar has lived in Glen Ellyn since 2003. She has been active in the Glen Ellyn community as a board member with Glen Ellyn Newcomers Club, Glen Ellyn Juniors, and Teen Parent Connection. Sridhar was also active in the Park View Elementary School PTC, as the co-chair for their book fair for five years.

    Sridhar earned a bachelor’s degree from Delhi University, an MBA from Michigan State University, and master’s degree in Food Science from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is the Global Director of Strategy and Insights for Molson Coors in Chicago.

    Sridhar sees the Board of Education as an opportunity to give back to a school district that has been valuable in driving her son’s education and growth since preschool. Sridhar and her husband have one son attending Glenbard South High School.

    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 masters degree in sport management at Florida State University.  He is currently Vice President of the American Foundry Society in Schaumburg.

    In 2019, the Board of Education welcomed two Student Representatives as non-voting members of the Board. The students will serve from August through May of their eighth-grade year. You can learn more about the program here

    Ashley Krebs Ashley Krebs photo

    Student Representative to the Board of Education

    Term expires in 2020 

    Ashley Kreb’s teachers describe her as an open-minded, nonjudgmental listener who tries to be a voice for all students.

    “Ashley’s compassion for her peers, school, and community is unrivaled,” wrote Glen Crest physical education teacher Kelly Nordlund. “Ashley is a voice for those who cannot speak and a quiet leader – always doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.”

    Ashley, 13, has been part of the Best Buddies program, Builders Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, PRISM Club, Student Union, and Teen Advisory Board. She worked on publicity for this year’s school play and helped score Glen Crest track meets. She plays on the Glen Crest volleyball team and plays elite softball through the Chicago Bulls/Sox Youth Academy.

     Emily Puchalski Emily Puchalski

    Student Representative to the Board of Education

    Term expires in 2020 

    Emily Puchalski has been part of the Best Buddies program, Builders Club, the drama production, Math Club, orchestra, Social Studies Club, and Teen Advisory Board. Outside of school, she volunteers at Brookdale Senior Living and plays tennis. She has also volunteered at Park View Elementary and participated in the district’s Cultural Fair. She is involved in the local Polish community and runs her own child-care business. 

    Teachers describe Emily, 12, as a respectful team player who isn’t afraid to speak up for what she believes in.

    “Emily is a leader at heart,” wrote Glen Crest seventh grade science department chair Maggie Moran. “Emily is organized, honest, and an amazing team leader. She will help to make not only Glen Crest a better place to be, but our district as a whole.”