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Tracy Spesia

Tracy Spesia, President - tspesia@jths.org 
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 Frank EdmonFrank Edmon Jr., Vice President fedmon@jths.org
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.

Board Member Meg Cappel

Meg Cappel, Secretarymcappel@jths.org
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 acontreras@jths.org
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.  

Jim Allison

Jim Allison, Member - jallison@jths.org 
Jim was elected to the Board of Education in April of 2019.  He is a lifelong resident of Joliet, and a retired City of Joliet Police Department Detective with 30 years of service.  Jim devoted 22 years of his police career to working in the public schools, including Joliet West High School.  He has extensive knowledge of training in the area of school safety and security.

Jim is married to Lisa and together they have four children who have graduated from Joliet West: Andrew (’06), Laura (’08), Kevin (’09) and Amber (’13).

As a Board of Education member, Jim is honored to have the opportunity to serve District 204 and the community.  His goals are to work with the Board of Education to provide all teachers and staff with the necessary resources to ensure every student is fully prepared for college or to directly enter the workforce.  Jim will strive to provide the safest school environment possible and to be fiscally responsible for the District 204 community.

Matthew Kennedy

Matthew Kennedy, Member - mkennedy@jths.org
Matthew was elected to the Board of Education in April of 2019.  He comes to District 204 with vast educational experience, having graduated from Eastern Illinois University with an undergraduate degree in Special Education and Governors State University with a master’s degree in Educational Administration.  Matthew was a former employee of District 204 from 2011-2018, working as a Special Education teacher in the AVAC Program at Central Campus. During that time he founded and ran the Special Olympics program with AVAC/Transition Center staff, assisted with the annual Kermes, and coached football, basketball, and track.  Matthew currently serves as the Dean of Students at Chaney-Monge School District 88 in Crest Hill.

Matthew is the fiancé to Brenda Campos and they have three children, Robbie, a Central graduate from the Class of 2016; Logan; and Christian, who is set to graduate from Central in 2019. 

As a Board of Education member, Matthew’s goals are to ensure the execution of the district’s Strategic Plan, to be an advocate for all students of the district, to ensure that policies continue to reflect the mission and vision of the district, and to help provide students with a multitude of quality programs while maintaining fiscal responsibility.  Matthew believes that a city is only as strong as the education it provides to its youth.  He believes the students of District 204 are outstanding, and he will continue to help advocate and serve the students in his role as a Board Member to ensure a more prosperous Joliet for generations to come.

Michelle Stiff

Michelle Stiff, Member - mstiff@jths.org
Michelle was elected to the Board of Education in April of 2019.  She comes to the Board of Education with 12 years of educational experience as a teacher in Valley View School District.  Michelle currently serves as a Special Education Administrator in Joliet School District 86 where she is responsible for Special Education Programming.

Michelle is married to her husband of 22 years, Jesse, and together they have three sons: Ameen, Leon, and Bill.

Actively involved in the community, Michelle is a member of the Joliet Branch of the NAACP.  In addition, she dedicates service to Faith Ministries through the Day-End Dough program with Panera Bread, providing food to homeless shelters in the community.

As a Board of Education member Michelle’s goals are to develop and maintain a plan for community engagement and establish a culture for optimal learning to achieve academic excellence.