District 112 Board of Education Members

  • eephraim

    Eric Ephraim
    Board President
    eephraim@nssd112.org

    Elected: April 2014
    Term expires: April 2019

    Eric Ephraim is the Executive Vice President/Chief Financial Officer at a local bank and a Certified Public Accountant. He grew up in Highland Park and attended West Ridge (until it closed in 1979), Red Oak, Edgewood and Highland Park High School. He has a long history of involvement in the district, including serving on the Superintendent’s Citizen Finance and Facilities Advisory Committee (SCFFAC), and on its finance subcommittee. In the past, he served on the district’s Strategic Planning Steering Committee, as well as the 2010 Citizens Budget Deficit Reduction Committee.

     

    Since 2012, he has served as a board member and treasurer of the 112 Education Foundation and co-chair of its grants committee. He has been active in other community and civic endeavors, including serving as treasurer and on the board of Family Network since 2003, and as treasurer and on the board of the Community Family Center since 2008. He has also served as a volunteer coach for youth baseball, football and soccer. His two children both attended Red Oak. One is a current student at Edgewood, and the other recently graduated from Edgewood and attends Highland Park High School.

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  • adamkornblatt Adam Kornblatt
    Board Vice President

    akornblatt@nssd112.org

    Appointed: January 2017
    Term expires: April 2019

    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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  • blasko

    Bennett Lasko
    Board Secretary
    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 Member
    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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  • akessler

    Art Kessler
    Board Member
    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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  • 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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  • Yumi Ross

    Yumi Ross
    Board Member
    yross@nssd112.org

    Elected: April 2011
    Term expires: April 2019

    Yumi Ross is an architect who has lived in Highland Park for more than 18 years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bryn Mawr College and a Master’s in Architecture degree from Harvard University's Graduate School of Design. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Art Institute of Chicago's Architecture and Design Society, a member of Hyde Park Art Center's Board of Directors, a member of Human Rights Watch Chicago Committee, and has served on the board of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago for 17 years.

     

    Yumi is NSSD112's board representative to the North Suburban Special Education District (NSSED) and serves on its Governing Board. She is also a trustee and board representative to the 112 Education Foundation. A delegate of the 2008-2009 NSSD112 Education Caucus, Yumi was on an Education Action team and the Strategic Planning Team that drafted the five-year strategic education plan for the District. She is the mother of two NSSD112 graduates.

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