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 one child attending Briar Glen 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.

    Jillian DeMayo Jillian DeMayo

    Student Board Member

    2021-22 school year 

    Jillian DeMayo, 13, sees the Student Board Member role as an opportunity to amplify other students’ ideas.

    “I want to give a voice to all the kids in the district,” Jillian said. “I think it’s really important for young kids to have a voice. This is their community.”

    Jillian has been part of Builder’s Club, Drama Club, Student Council, Best Buddies, safety patrol, and intramural basketball. Outside of school, Jillian has been a Girl Scout since she was in first grade at Arbor View. She plays both travel softball and travel basketball, and volunteers at an animal rescue shelter.

    “She is a mature, thoughtful student who is sensitive to the needs and ideas of others; she considers these before she speaks and is cognizant of the impact her words might have on classmates,” retired Glen Crest social studies teacher Deb Pruitt wrote in Jillian’s nomination last year. “She gets the balance just right.”

    When she gets older, Jillian would like to travel to work with animals or be the head softball coach at UCLA.

    Kavya Uppal Kavya Uppal

    Student Board Member

    2021-22 school year 

    Kavya Uppal, 12, hopes that being a Student Board Member will give her the opportunity to hear from students of all ages.

    “I really want all kids to feel like they’re equal,” she said.

    Glen Crest math teacher Monica Shekar said Kavya never shies away from difficult tasks and is always willing to help other students.

    “She is a natural leader and is capable of articulating her ideas and backing her arguments with factual information,” Shekar wrote. “This quality of hers – to seek information and create viable conclusions – makes her an ideal candidate for the position of student board member.”

    Kavya attended Westfield Elementary. At Glen Crest, Kavya plays percussion in the Glen Crest band. She has also been a member of Drama Club, Builders Club, the Teen Advisory Board, and Math Club. She was in the school’s musical as a sixth grader and completed the 25-book Spartacus Challenge in 2021.

    Outside of school, she plays piano and volunteers at her temple. She has earned her black belt in taekwondo and participated in a national Girls Steam Institute challenge. 

    Kayva is interested in using her knowledge of front-end and back-end coding to creating artificial intelligence for the medical or automotive fields.