“The Board of Directors is delighted that Ann Jordahl has accepted the position of Executive Director of Montessori School of Lake Forest,” noted Thomas J. (Tom) Zengeler, President of the school’s Board. “Her selection was the result of a thorough and thoughtful search. As we moved forward in the process, it was clear the school had thrived under Ann’s leadership. We are fortunate to have a professional already on staff with such a deep appreciation for our goals and philosophy. Ann is the right Executive Director to lead our school to even greater heights in the future.”
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Plainfield Park District treasurer Doug Booth took on a new role on Friday, but said that for now at least, itâs not a long-term gig.âAt this point, itâs temporary,â Booth said of his job as interim director of communications. Booth said he has agreed to take on the role for 90 days. The salary for the position is set at $66,000 per year, or $5,500 per month, he noted.After the 90 days is up, park district leadership will decide whether the new job should become permanent. If that happens, the job will be posted and applications will be accepted, Booth said.âI might apply if they post it,â he said, âbut with the amount of controversy thatâs been generated in the last few weeks, Iâm not sure.âSince newly electedÂ board members Janet Silosky and Peter SteinysÂ were sworn in at a May 8 meeting, the park board has made rapid changes â including naming Plainfield village trustee Garrett Peck to the park district executive director post. Peck, who is also the park district secretary, received a three-year contract for $110,000 per year. Booth said Peck will not receive a vehicle allowance, and will get two weeksâ vacation and the same health care benefits and 401K plan offered to all park district full-time staff.Read: Itâs Official - Park Board Votes to Make Peck Executive DirectorFormer Superintendent of Planning Cameron Bettin, who had a contract to take over for retiring Executive Director Greg Bott on July 1, is now assistant executive director. Meanwhile, the board voted to amend Bott's contract to expire six weeks ahead of schedule.The park boardâs May 28 vote to name Peck to the position drew outrage from some residents who attended the meeting. Residents also staged a May 22 protest to voice their opposition to recent changes within the park district.The latest change came on Friday, when word spread that Booth, who was named treasurer on May 8, had been hired for the newly created interim director of communications post. The move came even as park board president Peter Hurtado called for increased transparency and fiscal responsibility within the park district.But according to Booth, the new job wonât mean a financial hit for the park district.âI will easily save more than Iâm paid,â he noted, adding his duties will include taking an active role in crafting the park district budget. âI have no concern about that whatsoever.âBooth said Peck notified the park board about the new position in a memo sent on May 31.âThereâs a lot of things to be doneâBoothâs new post makes him the supervisor of Marianne Ryan, the park districtâs public information coordinator.âMarianne has been doing a good job with what sheâs been doing,â Booth said, noting he met Friday with both Ryan and Business Manager Maureen Nugent. â[Ryan]'s got a lot of good ideas that I think perhaps werenât very well listened to,â Booth added, saying he plans to increase promotion of the park district through social marketing and community outreach.âI think a number of different people have a number of good ideas âÂ as a boss, thatâs the kind of thing I like to foster,â he said.Booth is the former pastor of Sharon United Methodist Church in Plainfield and has a background in broadcasting. He served as press secretary for former House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, and, according to the Illinois State Board of Elections, was a paid consultant to Hurtado's campaignÂ in an unsuccessful bid to unseat State Sen. Linda Holmes (D-Aurora) last fall.âIâve got 40 years in communications in one form or another,â Booth said, addingÂ his role will be to help promote the park district and make residents more aware of programs and services. Booth cited the Normantown Trails Equestrian Center, a park district amenity he said is little known.âI think it is a diamond in the rough â it just has not been marketed well,â Booth said. He said heâll also work to make park district staff aware of programs available to them, such as professional development opportunities, and help with the transition as new Affordable Care Act regulations take effect. As far as the budget process goes, âIt is well within the bounds of reason that we can freeze the budget for the coming year â¦ and not hurt any of our programs,â Booth said. âIâm pretty excited about it,â he said of his new role. âThereâs a lot of things to be done, and I think everyoneâs going to be very happy.âRelated:Â
- Group Plans to Protest Plainfield Park District Meeting
- Plainfield Parks: Hurtado Defends Decision to Hire Peck
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He replaces Angela Rhodes who left the position in February. She was hired as executive director of the humane society in February of 2009. She was hired to replace Chris Konetski, who was fired by the board in December of 2008. Konetski was with the humane society for 14 years.
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