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Executive Board

The Executive Board of the Chicago Teachers Union is comprised of the elected officers, committee chairs, appointed members and union staff. It meets each month and is charged with overseeing the work of the union. One of its main tasks is to propose the agenda for each monthly House of Delegates meeting. The E. Board also votes to recommend Items for Action at the House of Delegates, many of which are put forth from the union’s standing committees and their subcommittees.

Voting Members

The voting members of the Executive Board are enumerated under Article V, Sec. 1 of the CTU Constitution:

The elective officers of the Union shall be: President, Vice President, Recording Secretary, Financial Secretary, six Trustees, three Area Vice Presidents, and a Functional Vice President for each one thousand Union members, or major fraction thereof, in each of the following groups: elementary teachers, high school teachers, and career service employees, provided that each of these groups shall have at least one Vice President. The membership in good standing for December 31 preceding an election shall be the determining figure.

Below are pictured the Trustees, Area Vice Presidents and Functional Vice Presidents (FVPs). The four major officers can be seen on the About CTU page of this website.

Susan Abbinante

School Assistant I FVP

Twain Elementary

Technology Coordinator I

Lois Ashford

Trustee

Citywide

Day-to-Day Substitute

Chris Baehrend

CTU ACTS Division Chair

Full Time Release

High School Teacher

Carrene Beverly-Bass

Elementary Teacher FVP

Jensen Scholastic Acad.

Teacher

Natasha Carlsen

Elementary Teacher FVP

Camras Elementary

Special Education Teacher

Jim Cavallero

Trustee

Chicago Acad. HS

Special Education Teacher

Sarah Chambers

Area A Vice President

Instituto Health Sciences Career Acad.

Special Education Teacher

Cristen Chapman

HS Teacher FVP

Hancock HS

Teacher

Ben Coyle

Chicago Fed. of Labor Delegate

Hubbard HS

Special Education Teacher

Alison Eichhorn

High School Teacher FVP

Lindblom HS

Social Science Teacher

Mary Esposito-Usterbowski

Clinician FVP

Citywide

School Psychologist

Beth Eysenbach

Clinician FVP

Citywide

Speech Pathologist

Xian Franzinger-Barrett

Elementary Teacher FVP

Telpochcalli Elementary

Teacher

Mihir Garud

CTU ACTS Division Trustee

Instituto Health Sciences Career Academy

Teacher

Alix Gonzalez

Area B Vice President

Telpochcalli Elementary

Special Education Teacher

Michelle Gunderson

Trustee

Nettelhorst Elementary

Early Childhood Teacher

Yvonne Heard

Special Education Assistants FVP

Hyde Park HS

Student Special Svces. Coord.

Drew Heiserman

Area C Vice President

Lindblom HS

Math Teacher

Arathi Jayaram

Elementary Teacher FVP

Audubon Elementary

Early Childhood Teacher

Lillian Kass

High School Teacher FVP

Ogden HS

Teacher

Josh Lerner

Elementary Teacher FVP

Peirce Elementary

Curriculum & Instr. Coach

Nick Limbeck

Elementary Teacher FVP

Jones HS

Teacher

Katie Osgood

Elementary Teacher FVP

Suder Elementary

Special Education Teacher

Andrea Parker

Elementary Teacher FVP,
Public Relations & Communications Committee Chair

Fulton Elementary

Teacher

Moselean Parker

Elementary Teacher FVP

McKay Elementary

Teacher

Linda Perales

Elementary Teacher FVP

Corkery Elementary

Special Education Teacher

Caprice Phillips-Mitchell

Elementary Teacher FVP

Ft. Dearborn Elementary

Teacher

Robert Pincham

High School Teacher FVP

Harlan HS

Teacher

Debby Pope

Chicago Fed. of Labor Delegate

Retired

Jackson Potter

Trustee, Professional Problems Committee Chair

Back of the Yards HS

Teacher

Mary Sharon Reilly

Retiree FVP

Retired

Maria Rodman

School Assistant II FVP

G. Washington Elementary

Teacher Assistant II

Caroline Rutherford

CTU ACTS Division Vice Chair

Marquez Charter Elem School

Art Teacher

Sue Sebesta

Elementary Teacher FVP,
Rules-Elections Committee Chair

Beaubien Elementary

Teacher

Nancy Serrano

Trustee

Hernandez Middle School

Bilingual Teacher

Kenzo Shibata

High School Teacher FVP

Ogden High School

Teacher

Tara Stamps

Elementary Teacher FVP

Jenner Elementary

Teacher

Lucille Thompson

School Clerks FVP

Schurz HS

School Clerk I

Tammie Vinson

Trustee

DePriest Elementary

Special Education Teacher

Quentin Washington

Elementary Teacher FVP

Sadlowski Elementary

Teacher

Kimberly Watson

Bilingual Assistant FVP

Jefferson Alternative School

Instructor Assistant II

Non-Voting Members

The group of Executive Board members without voting rights are enumerated in Article VII, Sec. 2 of the CTU Constitution:

The Executive Board shall consist of all the elected officers as specified in Article V of the Constitution; two (2) members of the Union’s delegation to the Chicago Federation of Labor chosen by the President, a Functional Vice President of Retired Members who shall be elected by that group; any member of the Union who is a major officer of the American Federation of Teachers or the Illinois Federation of Teachers; the chairpersons of Chicago Teachers Union’s standing committees and the Editor of the official Union publication. The above described officers of the American Federation of Teachers and Illinois Federation of Teachers, the chairpersons of standing committees, and all members of the Union’s professional staff shall have the right to the floor in Executive Board meetings but not to a vote.

Below are photos of the non-voting, non-staff members of the Executive Board.

Denita Armstrong-Shaffer

Human Rights Committee Chair

Fuller Elementary

Teacher

Stephanie Collins

Retirees Committee Chair

Retired

Teacher

Jennifer Conant

New Organizing Committee Chair

Northtown Charter HS

Teacher

Gloria Higgins

Political Action Committee Chair

Hearst Elementary

Teacher Assistant

Evan Maniates

PAVE Committee Chair

South Side Occ. Acad.

Teacher

Toni Minter

Membership Committee Chair

Pritzker Elementary

Special Education Teacher

Les Plewa

Education Committee Chair

Taft HS

Teacher

Jack Silver

Pension-Insurance
Committee Chair

Retired

Jessica Suarez Nieto

School Finance & Taxation Committee Chair

Hamline Elementary

Bilingual Teacher

Lori Torres

Legislative Committee Chair

Monroe Elementary

Teacher

Lashawn Wallace

Social Committee Chair

Taft HS

Teacher Assistant

Jacquelyn Ward

Women’s Rights Committee Chair

Bond Elementary

Special Education Teacher