Evergreen ParkElementary School District 124

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Meet the Board of Education


Kimberly Leonard, Board President


Kimberly Leonard was seated on the Board in 2011 and serves on the Superintendent Evaluation, Policy, and Negotiations Committees. She has completed the mandated board training.

Kimberly has been a resident of Evergreen Park for over 30 years. She graduated from Trinity Christian College where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Education.


Email: kleonard@d124.org

Sean Hynes, Board Vice President
Sean Hynes was seated on the Board in 2015 and serves on the Finance, Negotiations, SCOPE, and Facilities Committees. He is scheduled to attend workshops in order to complete the State-mandated new school board member training.

Sean earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon University. He currently works as a director of investment management in the financial industry where he has over 10 years of experience. Prior to that, Sean spent five years working in the information technology field in consulting and technology support roles.

Sean, his wife Meghan, and their two daughters, both of whom attend Southwest Elementary School, have been residents of Evergreen Park for over eight years. The Hynes family moved to the village (Meghan’s hometown) after having lived in Connecticut. For six years, Sean has volunteered with the Evergreen Park Youth Soccer program.

Sean believes that public schools are among a community’s greatest assets. He looks forward to playing a vital role in supporting and strengthening District 124’s educational resources to move the district in the direction of being one of the top in the state.

Email: shynes@d124.org

Gina Cannon, Board Secretary 

Gina Canon was seated on the Board in 2013 and serves on the Policy and Student Discipline Committees and as the Illinois Association of School Boards Representative. She has completed the mandated board training.

Gina has been a resident of Evergreen Park for 17 years and ran for the Board to make a positive impact on the community, especially the children of Evergreen Park. Gina vows to work hard to keep School District 124 running strong. Over the past several years, Gina has been very active in all aspects of the Southeast School PTA and has served as PTA President during the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 school years. Currently, Gina is serving her second term as the Evergreen Park PTA Council Treasurer.

When Gina is not doing Board work she works for a local retailer that sells home improvement products. Gina also volunteers her time running Project Linus Charity events and with the Evergreen Park Stallion Cheerleaders. 

Email: gcanon@d124.org


Robert Kelly, Board of Education Member
Robert Kelly was seated on the Board in 2015 and serves on the Finance, Insurance, and Student Discipline Committees. He has completed the mandated board training.

Robert earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from Lewis University, a Master of Education from Loyola University, and a Master of Business Administration from DePaul University. Although currently retired, he has a diverse background in the accounting and education fields, having spent 13 years in the private sector as an accountant and 12 years working at four different school districts as a business manager. Robert has also taught at Moraine Valley Community College, Lewis University, and the Becker CPA Review. He holds an Illinois CPA license and a Type 75 administrative certificate with an endorsement as a Chief School Business Official.

Robert has resided in Evergreen Park for 41 years and is married with two children. He has spent numerous years volunteering with local organizations including working with Evergreen Park’s Punt, Pass, and Kick contest for 23 years. Robert also spent seven years as a baseball coach in the village.

One of Robert’s goals as a board member is to maintain and ensure fairness and transparency with both financial and non-financial issues. He looks forward to sharing his vast experience from the other side of the board table as well as working with the other board members to focus on looking at the best business decision first.


Kathryn Fontaine,  Board of Education Member
Kathryn Fontaine
Kathryn Fontaine was seated on the Board in April, 2017. She serves on the Finance, Student Discipline and Facilities committees. She has complete the mandated board training.
Kathryn has been a resident of Evergreen Park for over 10 years. She is a Senior Legal Case Technician at Social Security Administration Office of Hearing Operations and is currently a full-time student at St. Xavier University, where she will graduate with her Bachelor's Degree in May. She is also the President for the Evergreen Park Stallions Youth Athletic Organization (nonprofit).

Colleen Klimczak, Board of Education Member
Colleen Klimczak was seated on the District 124 School Board in 2017.  She has completed the mandated board training.  She serves on the Superintendent Evaluation, Communications, Policy, and Negotiations committees, and is also the board's Illinois Association of School Board's representative.
Colleen has had children in the District schools for 14 years, and has served the families and community in D124 serving on the Southwest School PTA, the District Communication Committee, and most recently as the Vice President of the D124 Education Foundation. 
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 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, MI and has been a resident of Evergreen Park for 23 years.
Claudia Parker, Board of Education Member
Claudia Parker was appointed to the District 124 School Board in August of 2018. 

Claudia is a D124 parent who previously oversaw communications and photography for the District. She 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 sees her role as a Board member as an opportunity to facilitate the initiatives of the Superintendent, teachers and administrators. She also hopes to deepen communication between the school district and community.

Claudia is also an author and a former journalist for The Reporter newspaper. She said she made a concerted effort to highlight positive people and organizations within Evergreen Park and surrounding communities.

She resigned from both, D124 and The Reporter, in 2017 to start her own company, Claudia Parker Portraits, where she specializes in photography and videography. She holds three business degrees, an Associates and Bachelor’s from Benedictine University and an MBA from Saint Xavier University.  

Email: cparker@d124.org