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Meet the Board D41 Kids Foundation


Lynn Bruno


Dr. Lynn Bruno is a National Board Certified Teacher with an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Walden University. Her book, From Research to I-Search: Creating Lifelong Learners for the 21st Century was published by the Association for Middle Level Education in 2014. She has twenty nine years of teaching experience, 12 of those years as a literacy teacher at Hadley Middle School in Glen Ellyn District 41.

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Marta Scarleski

Vice Chairperson

Marta  has lived in Glen Ellyn since 2013 and is regularly involved in the D41 Community. With her Marketing background and experience as Lincoln’s PTA president, she now volunteers her time to the D41 Kids Foundation as Vice Chairperson. After settling on a kids musical as this year’s foundation fundraiser, Marta partnered with Karen Winter and Gina Wood to make the production a reality.  Marta & her husband Michael have two children, a 5th grader and 2nd grader at Lincoln.

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Shazdhe Nouman


Shazdhe has been a resident of D41 for 10 years. Her younger 2 daughters joined Forest Glen in 2015. Shazdhe volunteers regularly at Forest Glen and loves the D41 community. She has been involved in education as a teacher as well as an administrator in the past. She is thrilled to be given this opportunity.

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Rachel Grider


Rachel Grider currently runs a commercial real estate development company, State and Third, LLC, and has nearly 10 years of experience working in business development and investor relations for Grosvenor Capital Management, L.P. She lives in Glen Ellyn with her husband Drew and their three children- a first-grader at Forest Glen, and five-year-old twins. She has been involved in the D41 community since her youngest enrolled and was a member of the 2018 PTA Council. Rachel is an active member of Glen Ellyn Infant Welfare and the Glen Ellyn Newcomers Club.


Brett Cooper


Brett works alongside his wife Julie as a fundraising copywriter and communications strategist with JB Cooper LLC. A Wheaton native who went to Glen Ellyn schools and a former Hadley Junior High Literacy teacher, he has four grown sons who inspire him every day.

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Becky Gasaway


Becky has lived in Glen Ellyn for the last 8 years with her husband Matt, where they are the parents of two – the oldest in his final year at Hadley Middle School, and the youngest in Kindergarten. She’s been involved with the Glen Ellyn Newcomers Club, the Ben Franklin PTA, and a volunteer at St. Petronille. Having recently earned her masters’ degree in Education, she is completing training in School Psychology. Becky previously worked in Advertising, most notably as an Associate Media Director with Starcom Worldwide.


Gail Chaney Kalinich


Gail is a retired attorney and former congressional staffer.  She and her husband, Kevin, moved to Glen Ellyn in 1997, where they raised their two children, Adam and Chaney.  Her husband and children are District 41 alumni (Churchill, Main Street, Forest Glen, Hadley).  Gail has served on other volunteer boards and continues to be an active volunteer in the local area and as an international election observer for the OSCE.  She is grateful for the role D41 has played in her family members’ lives, and sees the D41 Kids Foundation as an excellent vehicle to strengthen the bonds within the multigenerational community of involved and spirited citizens here in Glen Ellyn.

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David Smud


David is a management consultant, recently retired from Deloitte Consulting after 21 years helping large enterprises drive technology innovation, business transformation and growth. He and his wife Karen have lived in Glen Ellyn since 2012, and have two sons currently at Ben Franklin Elementary. Partly inspired by his own Hispanic identity and heritage, David is a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion in the local community.


Emily Lobdell


Emily Lobdell is a former reporter, writer and editor for various news and university publications. She now works part-time as a freelance writer and social media consultant, as well as an indoor cycling instructor for Rise Fitness Studio and Healthtrack Sports Wellness. Emily has lived in Glen Ellyn since 2011 with her husband Chris and three children, twins who are freshmen at Glenbard West and a 6th grader at Hadley. Emily is an active Glen Ellyn community member who has been involved over the years with the D41 Ben Franklin PTA, the Glen Ellyn Newcomers and most recently, the Glen Ellyn League of Women Voters.

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Jess Buttimer

D41 Board of Education Member

Jess Buttimer currently serves as the District 41 Board of Education Secretary, Parent Education Chair for PTA Council, and is an active volunteer for Lincoln PTA. She works part-time as a freelance user research consultant and as a Community Investment Consultant for Prairie Food Co-op. She lives in Glen Ellyn with her husband Alan and their two daughters who attend Lincoln Elementary and Hadley Jr. High.

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Erika Krehbiel

D41 Chief Communications Officer

Erika Krehbiel serves as the Chief Communications Officer for Glen Ellyn School District 41. She is highly engaged in the Glen Ellyn community as President of the Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn (2020/21), community liaison to the Glen Ellyn Chamber of Commerce, and trustee for the Partnership for Educational Progress Foundation (PEP), to name a few. Prior to joining District 41, she served as Assistant Vice President of Marketing and Communication and Chief Communications Officer at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. She is a graduate of Glenbard West High School, earned her bachelor’s degree in communication from Millikin University, and her master’s in communication from Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. Erika lives in Wheaton and has two elementary-age daughters.