Dr. Jon Bartelt
Dr. Jon Bartelt has served as a public school superintendent for 20 of his 30 years in education. His leadership experience encompasses both rural and suburban school settings. He currently is entering his 8th year as superintendent of schools of Bloomingdale School District 13 in northeastern DuPage County. Jon earned his doctorate in Education Leadership from Loyola University of Chicago and his Master’s in Education Leadership at Harvard University. He is the current President of the DuPage Division of the Illinois Association of School Administrators as well as the Suburban Superintendents Association. Jon is passionate about service in the community and has served as president of the Bloomingdale Roselle Rotary Club and as the vice president of the Bloomingdale Chamber of Commerce. He has presented on issues of leadership and culture for local and national organizations including, most recently, the American Association of School Administrators, the Illinois Digital Educators Alliance, the Illinois Association of School Personnel Administrators, and the Illinois Association of School Administrators.
Dr. Carrie Hruby
Carrie Hruby began her career in public education 24 years ago as a second grade teacher in central Illinois. She also has experience teaching middle school and working for ISBE. Beginning in 2005, Carrie served the Ball-Chatham Community Unit School District as the Assistant Superintendent and then was promoted as the Superintendent in 2012. She currently serves as the Superintendent of O’Fallon District 90 in southwestern Illinois where she relocated with her family in 2015. Carrie’s experience as a Superintendent is both in a unit district and in an elementary district. Carrie completed her doctoral studies at Illinois State University. She has presented at the IASB/IASA/IASBO Joint Annual Conference on many topics over her career, as well as locally and within her community.
Dr. Steven Isoye
Dr. Steven Isoye is in his 36th year in education. He is currently in his 5th year as superintendent at Niles Township High School District 219 in Skokie, IL. Prior to District 219, he served as superintendent at Oak Park and River Forest High School District 200 in Oak Park, IL. Steven received his Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from Northern Illinois University, and his Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University. Steven started as a high school science teacher before moving into administration where he has experience as a department chair, curriculum leader and principal. He serves on several committees throughout the state, and serves as a Board of Trustee for the Illinois Math and Science Academy. Steven has received several awards including being named the 1998 Illinois Teacher of the Year, and the 2010 Illinois High School Principal of the Year.
Dr. Michael Lubelfeld
Michael Lubelfeld Ed.D. has served as a public school educator for nearly 30 years, starting in 1993 as a middle school teacher in Bensenville, IL. He has been a public school superintendent in Illinois since 2010. He currently serves as the superintendent of schools in the North Shore School District 112 in Highland Park, and Highwood, IL north of Chicago. Lubelfeld earned his Doctor of Education in curriculum and instruction from the Loyola University of Chicago where he is a part-time instructor. He is also adjunct faculty at National Louis University in the Department of Educational Leadership. In 2017 he was named superintendent of the year in his county, Lake County, IL. He can be found on Twitter at @mikelubelfeld, and he co-moderates #suptchat - the monthly superintendent educational chat on Twitter. He co-authored the 2017 Rowman & Littlefield book The Unlearning Leader: Leading for Tomorrow’s Schools Today, the 2018 Rowman & Littlefield book Student Voice: From Invisible to Invaluable, and the 2021 Rowman & Littlefield book The Unfinished Leader: A School Leadership Framework for Growth & Development. Mike has spoken around the USA and the world on leadership, student voice, and global service. Mike also co-leads the Aspiring Superintendent Academy leadership training for the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) and the Illinois Association of School Administrators (IASA).
Dr. Kimako Patterson
Dr. Kimako Patterson is currently serving in her 10th year as Superintendent of Prairie-Hills Elementary School District 144. She has served in the field of education for more than 25 years as a Teacher, Assistant Principal, Principal, Supervisor of Curriculum, and an Assistant Superintendent. Dr. Patterson has earned her Bachelor’s degree in English Education, along with a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Governors State University. She obtained her Doctor of Education from National Louis University. Dr. Patterson has served on the advisory board for Trinity Christian College, and the Board of Directors for the Autism Society of Illinois. Currently, she is the President of the Illinois Association of School Administrators-South Cook (Illinois Association of School Administrators) and; President of the SCSDD (Superintendents’ Commission for the Study of Demographics and Diversity). In addition, she was recently elected as the Director at Large for IASA. Finally, she has served as a member on a number of other various local, state and national educational organizations. Dr. Kimako Patterson has received a number of awards and recognitions as an educational leader. The most recent being the Mannequins Top 10 Women’s Award, the Woman of the Year Award, the Superintendent of Distinction and the Chicago Defender’s Top 50 Women of Excellence Award to name a few. Dr. Patterson has a perpetual passion for children and is determined to prepare the next generation to excel and compete globally! She has created a STEM Program, while expanding the IMSA program to include 3-5th grade students in her District amongst other programs and opportunities for students. Dr. Kimako Patterson’s passion is contagious and all who work with her, for her, and alongside of her, have come to know and understand the high expectations she has for her staff, parents, and the students of Prairie-Hills School District 144. Her favorite saying, “On our worst day, we are some child’s BEST and sometimes ONLY Hope!”
Dr. Nick Polyak
Dr. Nick Polyak has worked in public education for the past 22 years. He currently serves as the Superintendent for Leyden Community High School District #212 in suburban Chicago. Nick earned his Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree in Educational Leadership and Supervision from Loyola University Chicago. He holds a Master of Arts Degree from Governors State University. Dr. Polyak’s undergraduate work was at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mathematics and Secondary Education. Nick is a co-moderator of #suptchat, the international Twitter Chat for Superintendents. He co-authored the 2017 Rowman & Littlefield book The Unlearning Leader: Leading for Tomorrow’s Schools Today, the 2018 Rowman & Littlefield book Student Voice: From Invisible to Invaluable, and the 2021 Rowman & Littlefield book The Unfinished Leader: A School Leadership Framework for Growth & Development. He also co-leads the IASA Illinois Aspiring Superintendent Academy, the AASA National Aspiring Superintendent Academy, and the AASA Transformational Leadership Consortium.
Dr. Harry Rossi
Dr. Harry Rossi is a life-long educator who has served in teaching and administrative capacities at every level from elementary school through the university level. Dr. Rossi founded and was President of an education advocacy organization with a membership of one hundred districts. Over the last eighteen years he has led or participated in almost one hundred executive searches. Dr. Rossi retired from public school administration after serving eighteen years as Superintendent of Schools in the Northbrook/Glenview School District 30. During his career, he was nominated to be the Illinois Superintendent of the Year and in 2017 was awarded the American Association of School Administrators Distinguished Service Award, a national honor given to administrators who have made a major impact in the field of education through service and advocacy. Dr. Rossi received his Doctorate in Educational Administration from Loyola University Chicago, where he served as an Adjunct Professor for twenty years. Currently, he serves a part-time administrator in the Loyola School of Education as well as the Chair of the School of Education Advisory Committee and a Past President and Current Member of the Loyola National Alumni Advisory. For his contributions to Loyola University and the field of education, Dr. Rossi received the prestigious Damen Award. In addition to his Board work at Loyola University, Dr. Rossi serves as a Board Member for the Joseph Academy Foundation. Throughout his career, Dr. Rossi has mentored scores of successful school administrators. This mentoring continues to this day.
Dr. Matt Seaton
Dr. Matt Seaton is currently the Vice President for Business Services Finance/Treasurer at Illinois Valley Community College. Prior to this he served as the Superintendent at Streator Township High School District #40 from 2014 to 2021. Previously Matt served as Superintendent at Red Hill CUSD #10. Matt earned his doctorate in 2019 from Illinois State University. While there, he won the prestigious award of CPED Dissertation of the Year. Matt’s interest areas include developing leadership skills in young professionals to build the next generation of effective school leaders. Matt currently serves as the Region President for the Starved Rock Region of the Illinois Association of School Administrators (IASA) and has served as the legislative liaison for the region to the IASA. Matt currently lives in Streator, IL, with his wife Jill, a school technology coordinator and Community/Alumni Coordinator and his six children.
Dr. Ken Spells
Dr. Spells is a student-centered educator with 23 years of experience as a public school educator and 9 years as a university professor. He has experience at every level. Dr. Spells has been an elementary principal, middle and high school teacher, middle school assistant principal, assistant superintendent, university professor, and superintendent. He is currently serving as superintendent of Hazel Crest 152 ½ in Hazel Crest, Illinois. Previously, he was the superintendent of Alton Community Unit School District 11 and South Bend Community Schools. Dr. Spells has received numerous local, state, and national awards for his leadership. In 2014, he was one of 117 superintendents invited to the White House as part of the ConnectEd Initiative. He also was awarded ISBE “Those Who Excel” award of excellence and a proclamation from the City of South Bend for his leadership as superintendent. Dr. Spells is a proud veteran of the United States Navy.
Mr. Matt Stines
Mr. Matt Stines is into his 23rd year of public education, currently serving the last 12 as Superintendent for Grant CCSD #110, in Fairview Heights, IL. Upon completion of his Bachelor’s degree at Knox College, Matt worked as a paraprofessional and subsequently taught at Pathways School, a public day school for students with behavior and emotional disorders, part of the Belleville Area Special Services Co-operative. Once conferred his Master’s Degree from Southern IL University- Edwardsville, Matt moved into administration as a Special Education Director, Middle School Principal, and Assistant Superintendent for Grant, prior to taking over as Superintendent. Mr. Stines received his Educational Specialist’s Degree from University of Illinois Springfield and is currently finishing his doctorate through Western IL University.
Mr. Stines has served in a variety of leadership positions throughout his career. He is currently the President of the Southwest Division for IASA, has been the chairman of the board for BASSC, is the current President of the Belleville Area Superintendents Association, as well as leadership roles in his local Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club. Matt is a fellow of the inaugural cohort of IL School for Advanced Leadership through IASA, and has since served as a coach for the subsequent five cohorts, and is also part of the design team for the program.
Mr. Stines has had the privilege of presenting at the Joint Annual Conference, IASA annual conference, and has also delivered numerous administrator academies. Matt has also been named as a Superintendent of Distinction by IASA in 2015 and presented an Outstanding Superintendent Award by SWIPA in 2014.