Cathy has contributed to the growth of Indian Prairie School District in many ways:
Board Work is not just going to meetings. It is being ever mindful of the role you play in maintaining the excellence of a public education. Cathy is involved in many ways. She has been involved at the DuPage Division of the Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB) level for 6 years, and was voted in as Vice Chair in 2016. Her work continues with the Parent Diversity Advisory Council. The push for equity has been a unified voice from the current board.
Keeping an eye on the legislature is an ongoing job for all board members. Although the funding reform is always at the forefront, Cathy has taken her role on the board opportunity to advocate for other changes as well. She was successful in gaining the support of the Illinois Association of School Boards' to include Cyberbulling in the Bullying prevention statute. She has also been a leading voice for ensuring safer schools on polling days, by advocating for legislation to ensure students are not present. Although she did not get the entire support of the Association, there is discussion of the topic in the legislature.
The Indian Prairie Education Foundation raised over $173,000 this past August 23rd, 2017, in the Naperville Marathon! Cathy raised nearly $1500 with the generous support of friends, family and fellow board members. Interesting fact: 13.1 miles is alot of miles!
Board members attend and participate in each graduation.. It is Cathy's favorite experience on the board. Interesting fact: Justin Karubas is not the shortest member on the board.
Cathy blends her knowledge as a Social worker and Board Member in her work on the Community Alliance for Prevention. Their mission is to prevent substance use in youths 6th through 12th grade within the boundaries of Districts 204 and 203.
One of the joys of being an elected woman, is getting to know other great female leaders. Cathy worked with City Councilwoman Judith Brodhead to restart a tradition of inviting the elected women of Naperville a yearly dinner, first initiated by Judith and the late Marylou Cowlishaw. The Dinners continue, conversations are vibrant and lovely, and they facilitates a collaborative approach to leadership.