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Board Member Development

Board President Jeff PiersonJeff Pierson, President  -  
Jeff Pierson has served on the Board of Education since 2001 and is a Joliet West High School graduate from the Class of 1982. He is currently a financial advisor for Voyager Group and is a retired lieutenant for the Lisle-Woodridge Fire District.  Jeff is married to Lisa Rogers Pierson, Joliet West Class of 1976, and has a son, Jack.

Jeff is very involved with the Joliet community and serves as a member of the Joliet Rotary Club.  As the Board of Education President, he would like to develop and support policies that assist students to perform consistently in a rigorous academic environment.

Board Member David SkorupaDavid Skorupa, Vice President -
David Skorupa was elected to the Board of Education in April of 2015. He is a lifelong resident of Joliet and is a Joliet West High School graduate from the class of 1980.  He attended Joliet Junior College and graduated with an Associate in Electronics Technology. David has been employed in the Wireless Telecommunications Phone Industry over the past 30 years and served in various technical, managerial and leadership positions that provided for the Infrastructure Development of Wireless Communication Phone Networks across the Midwest.

David is an active member of St. Paul’s the Apostle and St. Jude Parishes in Joliet and serves as a volunteer Religious Education Instructor at St. Paul’s.  He is also a volunteer for the St. John food pantry on the near west side of Joliet.  

As a Board of Education Member, David would like to ensure that all students have the necessary resources available that will give them the best opportunity to further their education and compete in the job marketplace while maintaining fiscal financial responsibility to the taxpayer.

Board Member Tracy SpesiaTracy Spesia, Secretary - 
Tracy Spesia was appointed to the Board of Education in May 2011. As field experience coordinator and school partnership liaison for the College of Education at the University of St. Francis, her educational background is an asset to the district.  Tracy serves on the JTHS District Improvement Team and has participated in several strategic planning cycles.

Tracy is grateful for her own children's experience at JTHS and appreciates the opportunity to forge deeper connections with the entire JT community. Her goals as a JTHS Board of Education member are to be a part of the strong working relationship  between the board and the district, to represent the district’s interests locally and at the state level, and to be a liaison from the local community to JTHS.

Tracy has been a resident of the Joliet area since 1998.  She is married to David and has five children who have attended, or are attending, Joliet West: Beth (’11), Frank (’12), Meg (’15), Tim (’17), and Tess (’19). 

Board Member Arlene AlbertArlene Albert, Member 
Arlene Albert joined the Board of Education in 1981 as a write-in candidate. She was elected with the highest number of write-in votes of any candidate in the State of Illinois, with the exception of Chicago. Arlene has resided in Joliet since 1969 when her late husband was recruited to serve as Joliet’s first community development director. Her children Jennifer, Christopher and Julie are graduates of Joliet Central High School and successful in their careers.  She is the proud grandmother of four.

Arlene is an active member of the Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Council for Working Women.   

As an advocate for students and our community, she has been awarded the “Outstanding School Board Member” and “Master School Board Member” designations by the Illinois Association of School Boards.  In addition, she has also been awarded recognition by local community groups and has been a recipient of the Joliet Area Region of Commerce and Industry “Athena Award,” and the “Rabbi Hershman Community Service Award.” 

As a District 204 board member Arlene wants to make JTHS a school of choice for our community through the continued increase of student academic performance, the hiring and retention of highly qualified staff, and the expansion of opportunities for students.  She is also committed to maintaining the district’s high financial rating. 

Board Member Meg Cappel

Meg Cappel, Member
Meg Cappel was elected to the Board of Education in April of 2017.  Residing in Joliet since the young age of five, Meg’s family roots are local.  She and her husband, Jason, have three children: Joy, a 2016 West alumna, Zeke, and Benji. 

As a Special Education teacher (K-1 Inclusion) in Joliet Public School District 86 at Sanchez school, Meg’s knowledge of education is a valuable asset to the Board of Education.  She is actively involved in the community through a variety of parent teacher groups, as a member of the Joliet West High School Choir Parents’ Association and as a cheer coach for 4th and 5th grade.

As a Board of Education member, Meg hopes to continue the positive momentum of JTHS, working collaboratively with the Board and staff to further the goals of the District and maintain positive relationships with all stakeholders.

Board Member Angel ContrerasAngel Contreras, Member
Angel Contreras was elected to the Board of Education in April of 2017.  Angel was born and raised in Joliet. He is a very proud alumnus of the Joliet area schools including Forest Park, Hufford, Joliet West and Joliet Junior College. 

In 2009 Angel graduated from William Penn University and came back to Joliet Junior College to work as an assistant soccer coach. Angel is still involved with the Joliet Junior College soccer program and enjoys giving guidance to high school athletes on transitioning to college.    

Angel is also currently Vice-Chair of the Joliet Housing Authority. He enjoys being an active member of the community and staying involved. He looks forward to helping JTHS 204 continue to strive and succeed.  

Board Member Frank EdmonFrank Edmon Jr., Member
Frank Edmon, Jr. was appointed to the Board of Education in June of 2017.  He is a lifelong resident of Joliet, attended Joliet grade schools, and is a proud 1975 graduate of Joliet Central High School.  Frank is married to his wife of 40 years, Beverly Walker Edmon, and together they have of six children, 14 grandchildren, and 1 great grandchild. 

Frank has served the Joliet community in many capacities throughout the years by coaching grade school children and through a variety of volunteer endeavors and faith–based activities.  Frank is the founder and pastor of Lively Hope Church, a position he has held from 1998 until the present day.  He has participated in numerous ministry-related activities and organizations such as the Men of Valor and the Joliet Region Interfaith Education Council.

Frank’s desire to serve on the Joliet Township High School Board stems from his belief that a strong school system is the foundation of every community.  He is committed to serving children and their parents.  Frank’s goal is to ensure that decisions made by the School Board are fair, fiscally responsible, and future oriented so that the education provided to JTHS students prepares them for the next stage of their life, whether they pursue higher education or move directly into the workforce following high school graduation.