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Tianna Cervantez

Tianna Cervantez
President
tcervantez@galesburg205.org
Board Certification
Tianna Cervantez is a life-long resident of Galesburg. She is an alumna of Galesburg High School, Carl Sandburg College, and Knox College. She earned her AM from The University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration in 2008. She is employed at Knox College as the Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion/Director of Intercultural Life and is a part-time instructor for the Anthropology-Sociology department. She is the Vice Chair of the IASB Western Division, has been a member of the Knox County Child Advocacy Center's Advisory Board since 2010 and is a volunteer assistant coach for the GHS Gadets. Her son, Tavian, is a GHS graduate and currently a student at Augustana College. She feels that understanding the changes occurring within the demographic, economic and educational landscapes locally and nationally is imperative to the district's mission of educating all of its students.

Rod Scherpe

Rod Scherpe
Vice-President
rscherpe@galesburg205.org
Board Certification
Rod Scherpe is originally from Belleville, Illinois. He attended public schools and graduated from SIU-C with a Business Degree. Rod worked as an Illinois State Trooper and recently retired. Rod's wife has taught at Cooke and Gale and currently teaches at Steele Elementary School. Nearly, twenty years ago, when his oldest daughter was about to start Kindergarten, he had the opportunity to advance his career and become a Crime Scene Investigator. This required a move to Galesburg, Illinois. With no family from this immediate area, they were a bit apprehensive in the relocation. However, prior to making a decision, Rod and his wife toured all of the schools in Galesburg. After observing the teachers and students in many classrooms their apprehensions were relieved and agreed that this community would be a perfect place to raise a family.
Rod has been active in the School District and community. Beginning with the Silas Willard PTO followed by serving as PTO Treasurer for the former Cooke School. Rod has also served as treasurer for the Galesburg Athletic Booster Club. Rod has three children who have been educated in Community Unit District 205 and graduated from Galesburg High School. He is proud to call Galesburg home. Since retiring, he feels compelled to give back to the community that gave so much to his family. Rod hopes that his passion for family, the education of our children, along with his background and experiences establish a foundation for data driven problem solving. His goal is to bring a new perspective to the school board, which would benefit all of our children, the teachers and the community. Rod believes a quality education is fundamental for the success of everyone.
Maury Lyon Maury Lyon 
Secretary 
mlyon@galesburg205.org
Maury moved to Galesburg in 1985 to work for District 205. He worked in various administrative positions for 25 years. His previous work in schools stretched from third grade in Chicago to fifth grade in Hotevilla, AZ. Maury and his wife, Susan's, four grown children all attended Galesburg public schools.  Academically, he has a BA from Carleton College, an MA from Northern Arizona University before receiving his doctorate in 1995 from the University of Illinois. He is a strong advocate for public education as a necessary requirement for American democracy. He wants all children to be challenged by our schools and for parents to be engaged in a substantive manner in the process.

Wendel Hunigan  
Board Member
whunigan@galesburg205.org 
The Galesburg School District appointed Wendel J. Hunigan to fill the vacant seat of Vickie Banks. Hunigan has devoted the past 40 years to public education, serving over 9,000 students. As a school board member, he hopes to represent the underrepresented from our community, and believes "diversity is not about how we differ. Diversity is about embracing one another's uniqueness." 
Hunigan has been employed at Carl Sandburg College and Monmouth College, and is currently an adjunct lecturer at Knox College. He received his education at Black Hawk College, Western Illinois University, Illinois State University, and the University of Akron. Wendel has been married to Elvria, a retired nurse, for over forty years. Together, they have four grown children, all graduates of GHS, and four grandchildren. Wendel owns one of the largest modern jazz collections (with well over 12,000 vinyl LPs) in the United States. 

Rodriguez

Courtney Rodriguez 
Board Member
crodriguez@galesburg205.org
Board Certification
Courtney Rodriguez graduated from Galesburg High School in 2005. She continued her education at Carl Sandburg College while also playing volleyball during her two years at Sandburg. She then transferred to Western Illinois University. Courtney is married to her husband, Emil who currently is a supervisor at Smithfield Foods. Emil is also a graduate from Galesburg High School. Their two daughters both attend Nielson Elementary School. Courtney will soon be welcoming another daughter to the family. Courtney serves as the treasure for the Nielson PTO and is also involved in Relay for Life. She currently is self employed as an in-home daycare provider. Courtney believes in quality education for current and future students. By serving on the board, she wants to make sure every child has that opportunity. She is excited for the changes coming to the district as she views them as opportunities for the students in district #205 to excel to their highest potential. 

Walters

Nicholas Walters 
Board Member
nwalters@galesburg205.org
Board Certification

Nicholas Walters and his wife Janice moved to Galesburg in 2015 to establish roots and raise their children in her hometown. He is an alumnus of Millikin University, where he earned a degree in Psychology; and Columbia Southern University, where he earned a degree in Fire Science. He is employed by the Galesburg Fire Department as a firefighter/paramedic.  Nick and Janice have four children, two of which are in elementary school. He believes it is important that every student has access to the best possible education and resources, and that it is imperative the school board works to be fiscally responsible while meeting these goals. 

        
Rodney Phelps
rphelps@galesburg205.org
Board Member 
Board Certification