Board Members

  • Stephen Schaaf, President
  • Michael J. Smith, Vice President
  • Gabriel Mejia, Treasurer
  • Ramanan Athmalingam, Secretary
  • Peter J. Pelke II, Trustee
  • Fatima Medrano-Sanchez, Trustee
  • Lindsay Taylor, Trustee

If you would like to contact any of our board members please use the form at the end of this page.

Consolidated Election for Library Trustees - April 6, 2021

A Consolidated Election will be held on April 6, 2021. Two Library Trustee positions are open, each for a 6-year term. Positions are non-partisan. Candidate bios are presented in ballot order, which is the order in which candidate packets were received.

Candidate Bios (Click to Expand)

I have been a resident of the Algonquin Area Public Library District since: 2017.

Why are you interested in becoming a library trustee? As a current trustee (and mom to a young child), I would like to remain on the AAPLD board to ensure that the needs of constituents are met by the library district, whether by providing efficient services to check out a book or movie, offering topical and engaging activities, or providing needed community services. It is important that the Board ensure that constituents of all ages have access to these services, no matter where in the district they reside.

Briefly describe any qualifications (work experience, education, leadership roles, attributes, skills/training) that you feel would provide positive input to the work of the library board. In addition to my current role as an AAPLD trustee, I have been a practicing attorney since 2014 (JD from IIT - Chicago Kent). Prior to completion of law school I worked as a paralegal for several years. I also serve on the vestry of St. Michael's Episcopal Church in Barrington, IL, currently in the third year of my term, where I have also co-led the stewardship campaign for the last two years, and recently attended the Diocesan Convention and Electing Convention as a lay delegate.

Please describe any former or current public service activities and accomplishments, especially if they are related to libraries and library service, in the community (school groups, service clubs, other boards or commissions). I am a current AAPLD trustee. In addition, shortly after I completed my undergraduate degree I volunteered as a medical advocate for victims at Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center in Gurnee, IL.

What do you see as the library’s role in the community now and in the future? Libraries are essential to strong communities, both by providing essential community services and resources (such as technology services and training), and by encouraging members of the community to gather socially by engaging common, popular interests. More and more libraries are becoming the information and gathering center of the community. AAPLD embraces this role and I support its continued growth and development in this way for all constituents of the library district.

I have been a resident of the Algonquin Area Public Library District since: 1990.

Why are you interested in becoming a library trustee? As an educator and instructional technologist for Indian Prairie School District 204, I have led the transformation of our school districts libraries to become “Future Ready” programs, as defined by the Alliance for Excellent Education. I believe that I can apply my knowledge, experience and expertise to help the library continue to evolve through providing materials, services and unique experiences and learning opportunities for all residents in the community. Learn more at feketeforlibrary.com

Briefly describe any qualifications (work experience, education, leadership roles, attributes, skills/training) that you feel would provide positive input to the work of the library board. I was a teacher and I am now an instructional technologist for IPSD 204, and work with our school districts libraries. I earned two Master’s Degrees in educational leadership and in instructional technology. I am the chairman of GEG Chicagoland, which organizes events such as Student Voice Film Festival. I have presented at IDEAcon, ISTE and other conferences on the future of education and technology, and have been recognized by Google, BreakoutEDU, WeVideo and others for my work in this field.

Please describe any former or current public service activities and accomplishments, especially if they are related to libraries and library service, in the community (school groups, service clubs, other boards or commissions). I am on the leadership team and chapter secretary for the Illinois Digital Educator Alliance, which hosts IDEAcon, a conference for teachers and librarians. I am the chairman of SAMRi Teacher Camp, which also hosts a conference for librarians in the Chicagoland area. I am a member of the International Society for Technology in Education. Growing up in Algonquin, I graduated from Jacobs and was a Boy Scout earning the rank of Eagle, and now am a committee member for BSA Troop 200 in Algonquin.

What do you see as the library’s role in the community now and in the future? The library is more than just books and must continue to evolve to provide materials, services, unique experiences and learning opportunities for all residents in the community. It must contribute high-quality physical, digital and other resources. I see the role of the library in providing support and services to all residents as expanding. I believe the library's role is increasingly important as a place to go for accurate and reliable information especially as misinformation online increases.

I have been a resident of the Algonquin Area Public Library District since: 2004.

Why are you interested in becoming a library trustee? I saw an opening on the board and wanted to fill a need in my community.

Briefly describe any qualifications (work experience, education, leadership roles, attributes, skills/training) that you feel would provide positive input to the work of the library board. I have been a high school math teacher for 27 years. I have my M.A in Mathematics Education from DePaul University. For the last 25 years, I have served on the District 211 Governing Board as part of the Northwest Suburban Teachers' Union.

Please describe any former or current public service activities and accomplishments, especially if they are related to libraries and library service, in the community (school groups, service clubs, other boards or commissions). I have organized and participated in walks and fundraising for the National MS Society. I have also participated in several 5k/running events for various charities.

What do you see as the library’s role in the community now and in the future? I have a vision of the library as a shared, centralized information hub for the community. I see the library continuing to provide social, emotional, and physical opportunities. I foresee a communal gathering space. This should be a space that provides education to anyone in the community regardless of personal resources. Our library is and will continue to be a place with the ability to provide various services from personal development to organized community enrichment.

I have been a resident of the Algonquin Area Public Library District since: 2009.

Why are you interested in becoming a library trustee? The library has been a part of my life from as long as I can remember. I still recall the library where my Mom used to take me as child. As a student, I used it for study and later to find a job. As a Mom, it’s been a way to connect with my children. As an educator, it’s an oasis for our learning. I want to become a board trustee because of everything the library has been to me and those I love. A place to visit. A place to learn & explore. A place to connect. A home away from home.

Briefly describe any qualifications (work experience, education, leadership roles, attributes, skills/training) that you feel would provide positive input to the work of the library board. 

Northeastern Illinois University, B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies, 2010

Roles in Circulation & Information Services - Schaumburg Township District Library, 2008-2010

Worked for Apple Retail from 2007-2008

Homeschool educator at Escuela de La Copa and Heart Co-op School in Barrington, 2017-present

Pursuing certificate in Children’s Literature and Illustration, Hollins University, 2021

Love of learning, the library, community outreach, children’s literacy

Please describe any former or current public service activities and accomplishments, especially if they are related to libraries and library service, in the community (school groups, service clubs, other boards or commissions).

2004 Creator of Books without Boundaries which connected the students at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida in a weekly book discussion with the residents at an Orlando homeless shelter.

2010 Participated and acted in the Board of Trustees Mystery Dinner at the Schaumburg Township District Library

2017-2019 Safe Family and Safe Friends for pre-foster placement children through the Safe Families for Children organization

2018 Volunteer with family at the Lake in the Hills Food Pantry

What do you see as the library’s role in the community now and in the future? This year, the library will need to continue to address the unique and important needs of both patrons who wish to engage in-person safely and those who wish to remain connected virtually. Addressing the pre-pandemic needs of the community and the needs that will arise in a post-pandemic society will be important as the Board decides the future of the branch library. We will need to continue to innovate and adapt to the changing culture and needs of its community to remain relevant.

2020-2021 Meetings

Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are held at 7 pm at the Main Library, 2600 Harnish Drive in Algonquin.

  • July 22, 2020 - Minutes
  • August 19, 2020 - Special Board Meeting - Agenda
  • August 26, 2020 - Minutes
  • September 17, 2020 - Bylaws and Policy Committee Meeting - Agenda
  • September 23, 2020 - Minutes
  • October 15, 2020 - Budget and Personnel Committee Meeting - Agenda
  • October 28, 2020 - Minutes
  • December 2, 2020 - Minutes
  • January 18, 2021 - Facilities Committee Meeting - Agenda
  • January 21, 2021 - Policy Committee Meeting - Agenda
  • January 27, 2021 - Minutes
  • February 24, 2021 - Minutes
  • March 17, 2021 - Agenda
  • April 7, 2021 - Policy Committee Meeting - Agenda
  • April 14, 2021 - Budget and Personnel Committee Meeting - Agenda
  • April 28, 2021
  • May 26, 2021
  • June 23, 2021

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