John Conerty – Board Chair
John Conerty is originally from Woodstock, IL attended Marian Central Catholic High School and then Miami University, Oxford Ohio, he earned an athletic scholarship as a member of the football team. John has been in the Commercial Real Estate business for the past 28 years, investing the last 22 years of his career at Savills-Studley, Inc. John was introduced to San Miguel School approximately 10 years ago by fellow board member. Initially, John’s involvement with San Miguel School was mentoring individual students. He was asked to join the San Miguel School board of directors in 2012 and he became board chair in March 2013. John and his wife Kate live in Arlington Heights and they have three adult children. John’s motivation to serve is inspired by his faith and his desire to help poor, academically at-risk, inner-city children transform their lives through education, commitment and love.
Dr. Scott Kier
Dr. Scott Kier joined the Christian Brothers of the Midwest in June 2013 as Superintendent of Lasallian Education. Reporting to the Brother Visitor, he is responsible for the oversight of all the ministries in the district, which includes three universities, thirteen high schools, four middle schools, one elementary school, four retreat centers and two publishing houses. He is the District representative on nine Board of Directors, including San Miguel School Chicago.
Prior to taking on this leadership role in the Midwest District, he served as Dean of Students at Saint Mary’s College of California and completed his doctorate in Educational Leadership at the University of San Francisco. Originally from Buffalo, NY, he has served as the Chief Financial Officer at St. Joseph’s Collegiate High School in Buffalo, NY, as well as the Vice Principal at De La Salle Collegiate in Warren, MI. He has also successfully completed the Lasallian Leadership Institute and the Buttimer Institute of Lasallian Studies. In his spare time, he likes to cook, read, photography, watch and play many sports, as well as travel.
Nan Russell Yancey
Nan Yancey was born and raised in Burton, Ohio, just east of Cleveland. She earned a BSN from The Ohio State University, an MSN from Villanova and a PhD in Nursing from Loyola University of Chicago. An experienced nurse clinician and instructor prior to moving to the Chicago area, Nan joined the faculty at Lewis University, a Lasallian institution, in 1993 where she is now a tenured nursing professor as well as Graduate Dean for the University. Going through various Lasallian formation programs, Nan was first exposed to the San Miguel School mission while participating in the Buttimer Institute (2003-2005). Intrigued by the amazing story of the San Miguel School of Chicago, Nan subsequently was asked to represent the University on the San Miguel Board of Directors in 2008. Nan and her husband Paul live in Naperville and have 3 grown sons and 4 grandchildren.
A lifelong Native of Chicago, Mark was born and raised in The Back of the Yards community and before moving to the suburbs, spent the first 25 years of his life there. Given the mission and location of SMS, Mark felt as though he was “coming back home”!
Mark has been a part of the Chicago banking community for over 35 years. He spent the first 30 years of his career in various staff and leadership roles with First National Bank of Chicago and The Private Bank. He earned his undergraduate degree at St. John’s University and Masters in Banking at The Pacific Coast Banking School at The University of Washington in Seattle.
Mark is active in a number of institutions including; St. Ignatius College Prep, St. James Catholic Parish in Arlington Heights, St. John’s University (MN), and The Partnership for Cures. Mark and his wife, Joan, are long-time residents of Arlington Heights, where they raised their two sons. They love to run, golf, have regular “bagel dates” and visit their sons and grandson in New York City.
Margaret Farley, CND
Sr. Margaret Farley grew up in New York City. She graduated from Catholic elementary and high schools. She later earned degrees from Fordham University, the University of Dayton, and Loyola University of Chicago. She served as an educator in New York, Vermont, Connecticut and Chicago. She taught in Catholic elementary schools, was a Reading Specialist, and a school principal.
For several decades she has worked in the Office of Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese of Chicago. Presently she is Director of School Personnel. There are 217 elementary and secondary schools in the Archdiocese, the largest Catholic school system in the country; there are 75,000 students.
Sr. Margaret has been on San Miguel’s board of directors since the School’s founders launched the first board. She has played a critical role in the relationship between San Miguel School Chicago and the Archdiocese of Chicago.
Shawn DeWane was born in Woodstock IL. He attended Catholic Grade school at St Mary’s and High School at Marian Central Catholic High School. He received an Agricultural Engineering degree at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls.
Currently, Shawn resides with his wife Sharyl in St Charles IL. Shawn has been a board member of San Miguel since February of 2014. He came to know and love San Miguel originally through his children’s high school volunteer service work.
He is a Chief Revenue Officer and Partner with Hayes Consulting in Newton MA. Hayes is a Healthcare Consulting company serving the Healthcare Industry since 1993.
David is from the Chicago suburb of Park Ridge. He benefited greatly from a Christian education at St. Andrews Lutheran School there. Upon graduation from the University of Illinois and Wharton Business School he began a career in commercial real estate. He is currently Executive Vice President at First Industrial Realty Trust. It has been his great privilege to be associated with San Miguel School for several years and serve on the board for the last three years. He and his wife have recently moved to Atlanta but maintain their ties to San Miguel because of the great results they have witnessed transforming the lives of the students.
Rob Figliulo was born and raised on Chicago’s Southside in the Auburn-Gresham Community and went to grade school at St. Sabina Parish. He went on to Marist High School, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and received an MBA from the University of Chicago. Rob is the CEO of SPR Consulting, a software development and engineering firm that was started in 1973. Rob is on the board of Misericordia where his oldest daughter is a resident. He and his wife Kim live in Burr Ridge where they raised 7 children. Rob found San Miguel through his work with the Lasallian Christian Brothers while on the board at Saint Mary’s and served on the San Miguel Board since 2007.
Marta Ramirez Krug
Marta Krug is from the south side of Chicago. Her father is from Mexico and mother from southern Illinois. Marta’s father felt that a quality education was a sure way to achieve the American Dream. Marta attended University of Chicago and Northern Illinois University for accounting. She worked several years as CPA in public accounting at Peat Marwick specializing in manufacturing and non-profit accounting. Marta started MRK Financial Services, a firm specializing in financial solutions & consulting for small businesses and in particular, non-profit organizations. Marta and her husband Bill have dedicated many years to San Miguel, in particular, Marta was one of the founding members of San Miguel’s School Rocks concert. After getting married & having children, Marta decided to devote her time to her children and various non-profit endeavors. Marta and her family reside in Burr Ridge Illinois and are passionate about giving back.
Lester, “Les” Trilla served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Trilla Steel Drum Corporation, the Midwest’s largest steel drum manufacturing plant. The plant resides in the Back of the Yards w
here San Miguel School is located. Les Retired in 2008. He is known for manufacturing a new 55-gallon steel drum and was instrumental in developing innovative ways to create a more stable and reusable steel drum industry wide. He has served on several boards including: Steel Shipping Container Institute (SSCI) for 34-years, Chairman of the Steel Drum Council, founder of the “International Confederation of Drum Manufacturers” which became the global voice of steel drum manufacturers around the world, Board member of the Chicago Ridge Animal Welfare League and in 2008 Les was recognized as Man of the Year for the Mental Health Association of Illinois where he served on the board. In addition, Les is a world-class champion of clay pigeon shooting and has served as President of the United States Flyers Federation for the past 25 years. Les fell in love with the mission of San Miguel School as a positive anchor in the Back of the Yards. He is dedicated to ensuring that San Miguel has a strong presence in the neighborhood and stays connected with local businesses.
Freddy has over 24 years of experience in the Elevator Service Industry in sales, operations and management. Today, Freddy serves as Business Development Manager of Thyssenkrupp Elevator. He enjoys helping others and giving back to the community. He is the Chair of the University of Illinois Children’s Hospital advisory board, a member of San Miguel School board and Sanai Hospital community advisory board.
Freddy chose to join the San Miguel board because of its mission and vision “to serve students who are academically at-risk and whose families are economically disadvantage” He believes that education is power and an opening to a whole new world. He received his MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management. He enjoys playing golf and working out.
Sharon Wiebking was born in Washington, D.C. Her parents instilled in her an appreciation for the value of education; unable to afford their own college tuitions, they worked hard to ensure that their daughters had access to a quality education and could take advantage of unrestricted career opportunities. Sharon first became interested in teaching in 1967, when she worked as a volunteer in an inner-city Summer Enrichment Program in D.C. Sponsored by an Episcopalian church, the program offered children a respite from the tension in their neighborhood. That summer working with children caused Sharon to alter her career plans. When she graduated, she had B.A. in English and a certification to teach. Several years later, she earned an M.Ed. in Reading, and, some years after that, a Ph.D. in Teaching/Learning Processes, Language & Cognition. Sharon has been a life-long educator. Most of her work experiences have been in Illinois where she and her husband, Guy, have lived for over forty years.
Eleven years ago, Sharon and Guy moved to the city where Sharon continued to teach primarily as a volunteer: 4th Presbyterian Church Chicago Lights; Literacy Chicago; Open Books; Madonna’s Mission; and San Miguel School, Back of the Yards. Guy and Sharon were introduced to San Miguel at its first School Rocks event at the Museum of Contemporary Art ten years ago. Shortly after the event, Sharon visited the school and was immediately struck by the setting.
Rachel Mitz is the Director – Corporate Finance for Equity Office. Rachel was introduced to San Miguel School in 2015. She had just finished 10 years of tutoring and mentoring and wanted to get involved with San Miguel. Since then, Rachel Mitz helped formulate the Auxiliary Board of San Miguel School. Rachel and the Auxiliary Board provided much support in their first year. Rachel joined the board of directors shortly after as the liaison between the Auxiliary Board and Board. When Rachel is not working or volunteering you can find her running marathons, working out, and catching up with friends.
Jack Flynn grew up in the Oak Park-River Forest area. He graduated from Fenwick High School in 1951 and the University of Notre Dame in 1955. He has been married to Stephanie for 60 years. For the last 28 years he has owned or been involved with Vend-Rite Manufacturing in Cicero, IL. He has five children and 14 grandchildren. He has been involved in Maryville Academy for over 50 years and with San Miguel since 1996. Jack has been instrumental in introducing friends and benefactors to San Miguel School. In addition, in his free time he spends time tutoring students at the Catalyst schools- schools modeled after San Miguel School. He is an advocate for quality education for the underserved.
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