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Frank Edmon

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.

Michelle Stiff

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Vice President -
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 Director at Workforce Center of Will County

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.

Lorraine Guerrero Neumayer

Lorraine Guerrero Neumayer

Secretary -
Lorraine Guerrero Neumayer was appointed to serve on the Joliet Township High School Board of Education Board of Education in October of 2020 and was elected to serve in April 2021.

Ms. Guerrero Neumayer is a proud Joliet Central High School alumna from the class of 1998 and a Joliet Public School District 86 graduate.  She is a Licensed Social Worker in the State of Illinois and holds a master’s degree in social work from Aurora University with a school social work concentration and Type 73 license. She earned her B.A. in social work from Lewis University.

Ms. Guerrero Neumayer comes to JTHS with a wealth of knowledge, having served on the District 86 Board of Inspectors, in addition to her involvement within organizations such as the Spanish Community Center, Big Brother Big Sisters, Guardian Angel Community Services, the Housing Authority of Joliet, and United Way.  Ms. Guerrero Neumayer not only knows the community, but she also knows JTHS students through her work as Senior Trauma Therapist at the Children’s Advocacy Center, her volunteer service within the Zonta Club of Joliet, and as a JTHS Bridge Builder.   

Matthew Kennedy

Matthew Kennedy

Member -
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 husband to Brenda Kennedy and they have three children, Robbie, a Central graduate from the Class of 2016; Logan; and Christian a Central graduate from the Class of 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.

Christine Lynn


Member -


Garrett Beene


Member –
Garrett was appointed to the Board of Education in September of 2021.  He is a resident of the Joliet area for the past 38 years and is a Joliet West alumnus from the class of 1997.  Garrett is married to Jackie, who is also an alumna, and they have five children: Jared, Dawson, Morgan, Maddie, and Parker.  Garrett holds a Bachelor of Arts in Computing from DePaul University and is a Cost and Controls Supervisor for ExxonMobil, along with serving as the President of the Black Employee Success Team and a member of B.R.I.D.G.E (Building Relationship In Diverse Group Environments) at ExxonMobil.

In addition to his professional service, Garrett is involved in the community and serves as a licensed minister at The Way Church of Joliet where he is the Youth Minister.  Garrett has participated in voter registration drives, Toys for Tots, Habitat for Humanity, Feed My Starving Children, and YMCA food drives.  Service to JTHS includes his role as a JTHS Bridge builder and member of the Strategic Planning team for Strategy 6.

As a Board of Education member, Garret looks forward to working with a Board of diverse thought to ensure all JTHS students are prepared to succeed in the next stage of their lives.  He is dedicated to doing his best as part of this team to prioritize student well-being, education, and development. Garrett’s ultimate goal is to see every student succeed, and he is passionate about the children in the district because he was one. Garrett feels the JTHS Board of Education is where he can serve the students and the community with the greatest impact.

Dan Coffey

Member –
Dan was appointed to the Board of Education in September of 2021.  He has resided in Joliet for over 30 years and is a proud Joliet West graduate from the class of 1999.  Dan has been married to his wife, Diana, for 17 years and they have four children: Sam (15), Paul (13), Evelyn (11), and Charlotte (5). Sam is a sophomore and Paul is a freshman at JT West.  Evelyn and Charlotte are future Tigers.

Dan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Lewis University and an MBA from Texas A&M – Commerce.  Professionally, he is the President and CEO of Service, Inc. of Illinois, a nonprofit that provides case management and service coordination for people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities in 17 counties in Northern Illinois. Prior to this, he spent 17 years in commercial lending for various local banks, as well as 6 years as an Adjunct Finance Professor at Lewis University. 

Dan has also dedicated service to the community as a past volunteer with CASA of Will County, and as a youth baseball and soccer coach. He is a past board member of Lamb’s Fold Women’s and Children’s Center and the Lewis University Alumni Association.

As a Board of Education member, Dan believes that our community, and society as a whole, is better and stronger when we have well educated youth. It is his goal to advocate for all students to achieve their highest academic potential while fostering pride in their school and community. Dan would also like to increase community support of the many extracurricular activities offered within our schools.