Episode 14 - Dr. Matthew Montgomery, Dr. Jennifer Hermes and Mr. John Noble - Part 1
Dr. Matthew Montgomery began his career at the Waterloo School District in Atwater, Ohio, first as a science teacher, and later, as principal of Waterloo Middle School and Waterloo High School. In July 2013 he became Superintendent of the Waterloo School District. Two years later Dr. Montgomery became Superintendent of the Revere School District in Bath, Ohio and in 2021, came to Lake Forest as the new Superintendent for Districts 67 and 115.
Dr. Jennifer Hermes is the COO of the shared district office responsible for budgeting and finance, Board relations, employee and labor relations as well as oversight of District 67 and 115 facilities, transportation, food services, technology, and early childhood programs. She came to the Lake Forest schools 17 years ago after holding similar positions in Naperville School District 203 from 1997 to 2006. Dr. Hermes is an adjunct faculty member at Concordia University in Chicago.
Mr. John Noble grew up in Lake Forest, graduating from Lake Forest High School in 1986. A distinguished, high school, college and professional tennis player, John also coached the LFHS men’s and women’s tennis teams in the 90’s. John is continuing his long association with Lake Forest High School, serving two terms on the District 115 School Board where he is the current Board President.
Episode 13 - Former Alderman and Caucus Committee Member Michael Burns
Michael has been a lifelong resident of Lake Forest and was very active in our city government. Michael has held the position of Alderman with the opposing Lake Forest Independence Party, and served on the Lake Forest Caucus . During 90’s and early 2000’s, there was much opposition with our Caucus leadership and Michael was instrumental is reforming and restoring our Lake Forest Caucus.
Episode 12- Former Caucus Committee President Sheila Henretta
Sheila Henretta is a Lake Forest resident with a track record of public service, including in the Illinois Governor’s office and as the state’s chief banking regulator; as an elected Local School Council member in Chicago; and on the board and as an officer of the Better Government Association. More recently, she served as a member of the Lake Forest Caucus and was the Caucus’ President in 2019-2020. She is currently the Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary of an investment management and benefits firm and sits on the board of directors of its institutional investments arm. Sheila graduated with a business degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and returned to her hometown of Cleveland for her law degree. She has specialized in corporate transactions and corporate governance for over 25 years.
Tim Finnegan spent twenty years at the global consultancy Accenture where he held several management roles in their Global Public Sector operating group. After leaving Accenture, Tim was a Managing Director at JPMorgan Chase leading their strategy practice within the Treasury Services Public Sector. Since retiring from JPMC, Tim has been an investor and advisor to numerous technology start-ups and early-stage companies across a range of industries from technology firms to manufacturing companies. He specializes in helping them develop business and product strategies.
Tim served five years as the Chairperson of the School of St. Mary School Advisory Council, is a past President of the Knollwood Club Board of Governors and is currently a Co-Chair of the Lake County Catholic Charities Golf Classic. Tim has also volunteered as a coach for youth football and basketball. Tim is a strong believer in the power of education to change lives and is a long-time supporter of the Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund and Chicago Jesuit Academy.
Tim is a graduate of Boston College.