January
23
2017

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEMBERS


 GARY PECCOLA
PRESIDENT

 
Gary Peccola was appointed to the school board in 2005 following the death of Ronald Ganschinietz. He successfully ran for election to a two-year term in 2007. In 2009 and 2013, he was re-elected to four-year terms. Gary served on the budget committee from 2005-2009 and in 2009 was elected President of the board and has served in that office since then. Gary achieved Master School Board Member status through the Illinois Association of School Boards in 2009 and has maintained that status each year since.

Gary and his wife, Debbie, both graduated from CHS in 1974. Gary earned a Bachelor of Science degree from SIU-E in 1978. He is a former U.S. Air Force Captain and served four years on active duty. After leaving the service, he started his own construction company and has worked in residential construction and development for over 30 years.

Serving on the board has been a very positive experience for him and he believes that the Unit 10 staff is the district's greatest strength. He visits all of the schools in the district and sees first-hand the dedication and professionalism that is demonstrated on a daily basis at all levels in the district. One of Gary's primary goals is to increase public awareness of the many positive opportunities offered by Unit 10 as well as the unique challenges the district faces. He is looking forward to continuing to serve on the board and is committed to helping make the district the best it can be.

Mr. Peccola completed his Professional Development Leadership Training and Performance Evaluation Reform Act (PERA) Training for School Board Members on November 22, 2013.


 

 THERESA BILLY
VICE PRESIDENT

 
Theresa Billy, a retired teacher, was first elected onto the Board in 2005. Theresa was elected to her third term in 2013. Billy admits that serving on the board has been an eye opener. Although she taught for 37 years, she said she wasn't fully aware of what it takes to run a school district, especially one the size of Unit 10. The board and administration must deal with finances, budgets, personnel and federal and state regulations, just to name a few areas. It takes a lot of time, she said to be a good board member, and added that every day offers new and rewarding challenges.

Billy, who graduated from Gillespie High School, attended Southern Illinois University at Carbondale two years. After receiving a teaching certificate, she first taught kindergarten at Webster School. She later earned a bachelor's and master's degrees in elementary education from SIUE, and has 32 hours beyond her master's degree. During her teaching career, her years were spent at Webster School where she taught K-3. Billy and her husband have one daughter who is in her 25th year of teaching at Kreitner School. Their daughter is also the head coach for the girls' basketball team at Collinsville High School.

Mrs. Billy completed her Professional Development Leadership Training and Performance Evaluation Reform Act (PERA) Training for School Board Members on November 22, 2013.


 

 GARY CLARK
TREASURER

 
Gary Clark, a former teacher at Collinsville High School, was elected to the Board of Education in 2011. Gary graduated from Eldorado High School (Eldorado, IL) in 1969 and obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from McKendree College. Gary furthered his education by obtaining a Master of Science degree at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. Following a 34-year career in the Collinsville School District, Gary retried in 2009. In addition to serving as the Education Liaison for the City of Collinsville, Gary is also the Executive Director for the Illinois Association of Student Councils and President of the National Association of Student Councils. Gary also serves on the Board of Directors of the Collinsville Education Scholarship Foundation.

Gary and his wife, Shirley, have three children and six grandchildren. He is a member of the United Methodist Church. For many years, Mr. Clark has been involved in serving the Collinsville community. He was the Founder and Founding President of The Friends of the Collinsville Memorial Library; is Past President of the Illinois Directors of Student Activities; Co-hosted the 2005 National Student Council Convention in Collinsville, Illinois; managed the Collinsville Blum House for several years; and has served on the Collinsville Italian Fest Committee. In 2005, Gary received the Key to the City of Collinsville and was named Collinsville Teacher of the Year.

Mr. Clark wants the public to know about the many exciting things that are happening in the Collinsville schools and to focus on the many positive attributes of the Collinsville Unit #10 School District.

Mr. Clark completed his Professional Development Leadership Training and Performance Evaluation Reform Act (PERA) Training for School Board Members on November 16, 2012.


 

 WAYNE WHITE
SECRETARY

 
Wayne White, a Lieutenant and Patrol Commander for the Glen Carbon Police Department was elected to the Board of Education in 2007. Mr. White has also worked as a Sergeant for the Village of Glen Carbon Police Department and corrections officer. White firmly believes the foundation of every community is built upon a solid school district. Using his experience as a juvenile and school liaison officer for the Glen Carbon Police Department, his main goal is to help create a healthier and safer learning environment for all students.

White is a life-long resident of Unit 10, graduating from Collinsville High School in 1990. White received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1994 from Illinois State University. As a proud Kahok graduate, his mission as a Board Member is to help make Unit 10 the finest school district in the metro east area. White and his wife of twenty years, Renee, are the proud parents of three children. His twin sons currently attend Collinsville High School and his daughter graduated from Collinsville High School and is now attending Mizzou.

Mr. White completed his Professional Development Leadership Training and Performance Evaluation Reform Act (PERA) Training for School Board Members on November 22, 2013.


 

 GARY KUSMIERCZAK

 
Gary Kusmierczak's goal as a school board member is to focus on providing as good an education as possible for students served by Unit 10 in Collinsville, Maryville and Caseyville. He is also interested in fiscal responsibility and providing the best library, media and classroom materials as possible. He takes pride in the fact that he and his wife's two daughters graduated from Collinsville High School and were given the opportunity to participate in the gifted program offered at the school. Gary first served on the Board from 1997-2001 and later was elected again in 2003.

After graduating in 1970 from Collinsville High School, he earned a bachelor's degree in accountancy from the University of Illinois. His master's degree in finance was earned in 1983 at Webster University in St. Louis. He worked in public accounting from 1978-80 and since that time has worked in corporate accounting.

Mr. Kusmierczak completed his Professional Development Leadership Training and Performance Evaluation Reform Act (PERA) Training for School Board Members on September 10, 2014.


 

 JANE SOEHLKE

 
Jane Soehlke was elected to the Collinsville Unit 10 School Board in April, 2011. Jane graduated in 1962 from the Academy of Notre Dame in Belleville, IL. She attended college at Southern Illinois University obtaining her Bachelor and Master's Degrees in Elementary Education. She continued her education at SIUE and Retired from teaching with 32 hours beyond her Master's. She taught three years in the parochial schools and 34 years in the Fairview Heights District 110. Upon retiring, she served as a substitute teacher for the Unit 10 schools for five years.

Jane is married to Jerry Soehlke (CHS Class of 1964). They have two daughters and four grandchildren. Their oldest daughter, Stacey Lauenstein (CHS Class of 1991) is a first grade teacher at Renfro School. Their youngest daughter, Sara Soehlke (CHS Class of 1994) is an assistant principal at Dorris Intermediate School.

In addition to the classroom teaching experience, Jane brings to the Board a background of working on curriculum, teacher's negotiations, writing teacher evaluations, implementing student assistance program, and knowledge of the standards and goals of the State of Illinois. She wants the public to know about the good things happening in the Collinsville Schools and to focus on making Unit 10 schools a great place to obtain an education.

Mrs. Soehlke completed her Professional Development Leadership Training and Performance Evaluation Reform Act (PERA) Training for School Board Members on June 30, 2013.


 

 DR. DENNIS CRAFT

 
Dennis Craft was elected to the School Board in 2015. Dennis is a 1966 graduate of Collinsville High School. He is a Vietnam veteran, having served the United States Air Force from 1967 to 1971. He graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 1974 with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and received his Master's Degree in Education Administration in 1978. Dennis continued his education and received a Doctorate in Education Leadership from Saint Louis University in 2001. After proudly serving the students, staff, parents and community for 37 years as an elementary teacher, elementary school principal, assistant superintendent, and superintendent in the Collinsville Unit 10 School District, he retired 2011.

Dennis and his wife Jean (CHS 1971) have been married for 40 years. They have two wonderful children; a son Jeff, who graduated from Collinsville High School in 1996 and a daughter Laura, who graduated from CHS in 2000. Jeff has a M.D Ph.D. and is a radiation oncologist in St. Louis County Missouri. Laura has her Ph.D. and is a speech-language pathology professor at Fontbonne University in St. Louis Missouri. Dennis and Jean are blessed to have four fantastic grandchildren.

Dennis brings a great deal of experience to the school board having worked with curriculum, personnel, negotiations, school finance, facility and building projects, student transportation, and student discipline issues. He also has a working knowledge and history of Unit 10 that he has acquired throughout his tenure in the district.

Dr. Craft's primary goals are to increase the awareness of how good our school district is in providing the best educational programming for our students. He is committed to making sure the school district retains the neighborhood and community elementary school concept. He is also committed to be fiscally responsible to the taxpayers of our district

Dr. Craft completed his Professional Development Leadership Training and Performance Evaluation Reform Act (PERA) Training for School Board Members on May 29, 2015.