Evergreen ParkElementary School District 124

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Meet the Board of Education


Kim Leonard (Board President)
Born and raised in Evergreen Park, Kim is an alumna of both District 231 and 124; she has resided in Evergreen Park with her husband and three children since 2003. Kim’s eldest child is a graduate from both village school districts, while her middle child will be attending EPCHS in the fall, and her youngest is still attending school in District 124. Currently, Kim teaches social studies and religion in a private school and continues to grow her passion to educate students.

Since 2011, Kim has served as a board member in District 124, on various committees, and has held the position of Board President since 2015. Kim is committed to supporting the District by making good, solid decisions, and being fiscally responsible to ensure a high-quality education for all students. She has completed the required School Board training.

Email: kleonard@d124.org

Colleen Klimczak (Board Vice President)

Colleen was seated on the District 124 School Board in 2017, and was recently appointed the Vice President of School Board. She serves on the Superintendent Evaluation, Communications, Policy, and Negotiations committees, and is the board's IASB representative. All of Colleen’s children attended and graduated from D124 schools. Colleen has served the families and community in D124 via participation in the Southwest School Booster Club and the District Communication Committee. Most recently, Colleen served as the board representative on the D124 Education Foundation, of which she was a founding member and Director. Colleen has completed the required School Board training.
In addition to being an involved parent, Colleen is also an involved citizen in the Evergreen Park Community. She is actively involved with many ministries in her local church parish, and has served the children of District 124 as a Cub Scout Den Leader and Cubmaster. Colleen graduated from the University of Dayton with a degree in Business Management. She has been a business owner since 2003, and is a member of the Evergreen Park Chamber of Commerce. Colleen grew up in Kalamazoo, Mich., and has been a resident of Evergreen Park since 1993.

Email: cklimczak@d124.org

Gina Canon (Board Secretary)

Gina Canon grew up in Oak Lawn and is a graduate of Oak Lawn Community High School. She has resided in Evergreen Park with her husband since 1996, and they have three children. Gina's children are alumni of Southeast Elementary School. Gina’s youngest child is currently enrolled at Central Middle School, while two older siblings attend EPCHS. Gina has worked for a local retailer for the past 14 years, and owns her own small business.
Gina has been a D124 board member since 2013, and has been Board Secretary since 2016. Gina has always been involved with volunteering in some aspect with our district: she served as PTA President during the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 school years, and also served as the Evergreen Park PTA Council Treasurer She is passionate about supporting all aspects of District 124, and is committed to making decisions that will benefit all students, staff, and stakeholders equitably. Gina has completed the required School Board training.
Email: gcanon@d124.org

Kathryn Fontaine
Kathryn Fontaine was seated on the Board in April, 2017. She has served on the Finance, Student Discipline and Facilities committees, and currently serves on the Negotiations Committee. Residing in Evergreen Park for more than 10 years, Kathryn, her husband, and their children enjoy living in Evergreen Park. Kathryn is a Senior Legal Case Technician at the Social Security Administration Office of Hearing Operations, and is a recent graduate of St. Xavier University.

Kathryn recently retired as President of the Evergreen Park Stallions Youth Athletic Organization (nonprofit) after many years. Two of Kathryn’s children attend D124 schools, and her third child is a graduate of EPCHS. Currently, her eldest daughter serves in the Marines, following in her mother’s footsteps. We thank her family for their military service. Kathyrn has dedicated her volunteerism to the school board because she believes she can make a positive difference in the lives of children. Kathryn has completed the required School Board training.

Email: kfontaine@d124.org

Claudia Parker
Claudia Parker and her husband have resided in Evergreen Park since 2001. They have two daughters attending school in District 124. Claudia joined the Board by appointment in August of 2018, and was elected for office in April 2019. She previously oversaw communications and photography as the first Communications Coordinator for the District before serving on the school board. Claudia has always taken an active role in her children's education, through serving on the PBIS committee, participating in booster club activities, and volunteering in the classroom.

Claudia is a published author and a former journalist for The Reporter newspaper. Claudia made a concerted effort to highlight positive people and organizations within Evergreen Park and surrounding communities. In 2017, Claudia started her own company specializing in photography and videography. As an elected board member since 2019, Claudia said she desires to support the district by ensuring fair and equitable decisions are made for all students and staff. Caludia has completed the required School Board training.
Email: cparker@d124.org

Daniel Malloy

Daniel Malloy was born and raised in Evergreen Park, where he has lived for 36 years. He has been married for 12 years and has three children in the District. He was newly elected in April 2019 to the Board of Education. Dan earned his Bachelor's of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from Governors State University in 2015. He currently works for ComEd as a troubleman. When the lights go out, he is responsible for getting them back on quickly and safely!
Volunteering as a coach for the Boys Club and at a shelter for the homeless, Dan is committed to helping people in our community and communities around Evergreen Park. He believes that children are the future of this country, and that education plays a pivotal role in shaping their future and the future of this country. Dan is committed to playing an important role in our school district, and to driving decisions that advance our students’ learning.
Email: damalloy@d124.org

Kevin O’Connor
Kevin was born and raised in Evergreen Park. Since 2003, Kevin and his wife have lived in Evergreen Park and are raising their four children here. Due to an existing vacancy on School Board, Kevin has been appointed to serve a two-year term. The rest of the Board is appreciative to Kevin for his willingness to serve as a School Board member, and he was officially sworn into office on May 15, 2019.

Kevin is a partner at a mid-size law firm in the Chicago Loop. His prior community service includes six years on the Board of Trustees for the Chicago chapter of a national charitable organization and through holding various volunteer positions at his local church parish. He is committed to the continued growth and success in Evergreen Park, and looks forward to being part of the Evergreen Park School Board. He is interested in ensuring that the district continues to provide the highest quality educational opportunities in a fiscally responsible way.
Email: koconnor@d124.org