District 112 Board of Education Members

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    Bennett Lasko
    Board President
    bwlasko@nssd112.org

    Elected: April 2017
    Term expires: April 2021

    Bennett Lasko grew up in Highland Park and attended Ravinia, Edgewood, and Highland Park High School. His three children attended Lincoln and Edgewood Schools for sixteen years, from 1998 to 2015. Prior to being elected to the Board of Education, Bennett served on the Superintendent’s Citizens Finance and Facilities Advisory Committee (SCFFAC) and other advisory committees and working groups for the District.


    Professionally, Bennett is a business litigation attorney. He has practiced law as an Assistant Corporate Counsel for the City of Chicago Law Department, with the law firms of Mayer Brown LLP and Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, and most recently as the founder of Lasko Legal Services, Ltd. He is an honors graduate of both Grinnell College and Harvard Law School.

     

     

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  • abrunk Alexander Brunk
    Board Vice President
    abrunk@nssd112.org
    Elected: April 2017
    Term expires: April 2021
    Alexander Brunk is a data scientist with a background in analytics and market research in the retail, health care, and public affairs sectors. He holds a bachelor's degree in public policy from Georgia Tech and a master’s in political science from Virginia Tech. Prior to his election to the board, he was a member of the NSSD112 Reconfiguration 2.0 Committee, where he served on multiple subcommittees and chaired the survey task force. He is also active in the Georgia Tech Alumni Association and is a past member of its Young Alumni Council. He has two young children who will enter the district beginning in the fall of 2018.
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    Art Kessler
    Board Secretary
    akessler@nssd112.org

    Elected: April 2017
    Term expires: April 2021

    Art Kessler is an entrepreneur who has successfully owned and operated several businesses, most recently an ecommerce supplier of restaurant supplies.  He grew up in Highland Park and attended Braeside, Edgewood, and Highland Park High School.  After graduating from Colgate, he earned an MBA from Northwestern University.  Art was active in the Leadership of the Reconfiguration 2.0 Community Team.  He has a seventh grader at Elm Place and a Fourth Grader at Indian Trail.

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  • Lisa HirshLisa Hirsh
    Board Member
    lhirsh@nssd112.org
    Elected: April 2019

    Term expires: April 2023

    Lisa Hirsh grew up in Highland Park and attended Red Oak Elementary School, Northwood Junior High and Highland Park High School. Lisa has two children, a freshman at Highland Park High School and a Sixth Grader at Edgewood Middle School. Lisa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Iowa and a master’s degree in communications from Illinois State University. Professionally, Lisa is the co-owner of a local medical billing service. Prior to being elected to the Board of Education, Lisa was appointed to the Superintendent’s Long-Range Planning Committee in 2018 and was the Vice President of the Elm Place PTO 2017-2018.

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  • Melissa Itkin Melissa Itkin

    Board Member 
    mitkin@nssd112.org

    Elected: April 2019
    Term expires: April 2023

    Melissa Itkin is a creative professional with experience across the financial, hospitality, publishing and education sectors. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia and an associate degree in Graphic Design from the American Academy of Art in Chicago. In 2016, she joined the NSSD112 Reconfiguration 2.0 Community Team and served as co-chair for the education subcommittee and tri-chair for the committee as a whole. In addition to her graphic design and photography businesses, she worked as a teacher's aide and contributing photographer for the Park District of Highland Park and volunteered with the District 112 Education Foundation in a rebranding of the annual FUN(d) Run. She has a fifth grader at Braeside Elementary.

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  • djenks

    Dan Jenks
    Board Member
    djenks@nssd112.org

    Elected: April 2017
    Term expires: April 2021

    Dan Jenks has lived in Highland Park since 1997. He is a former commercial banker and corporate/finance attorney, with an A.B. from Brown University and a J.D./M.B.A. from Northwestern. Dan co-chaired CLEAR 113, the grassroots community group that successfully advocated for the improvements at Highland Park and Deerfield high schools in 2013, and is the former chair of the HPHS Advisory Group, a joint District 113 and City of Highland Park committee. 

     

    Dan has a long record of volunteering in District 112, including his service as Lincoln PTA Treasurer, Lincoln Science Night chair and as a member of the District 112 Curriculum Action team. More recently, Dan served on the Reconfiguration 2.0 Launch Team and co-chaired the 2.0 Finance Committee. Dan is a former Lincoln and Edgewood parent and currently has a daughter at Highland Park High School.

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  • adamkornblatt Adam Kornblatt
    Board Member

    akornblatt@nssd112.org

    Elected: April 2019
    Term expires: April 2023

    Adam Kornblatt is an attorney with a primary focus in corporate and real estate transactions, financing, and corporate governance. His past experiences include consulting companies in areas of capital expenditures, tax planning, corporate and municipal finance, and mergers & acquisition planning. Adam was previously a member of the Reconfiguration 2.0 launch team and steering committee before his appointment to the board. In addition to his participation with the District, he is a member of the JCC Chicago Board of Directors. Adam grew up in Highland Park attending Wayne Thomas, Northwood, Elm Place and Highland Park High School. He has two young children who will be entering the district in the coming years.

     

     

     

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