Lyons Township High School Board appoints new member to replace Mark Pera

Barbara Rosinsky of La Grange has been appointed to the Lyons Township High School Board to replace Mark Pera, who moved from the district.

Rosinsky, a La Grange resident for 19 years, was selected over four other candidates who were interviewed for the position July 7. She was sworn in at a special board meeting this morning and will serve until the next School Board election in the spring of 2015.

Rosinsky, who has served for nine years on the board of the La Grange Little League, said she had been thinking of taking on a new challenge in serving her community.

“It seemed like a natural progression. Education is of paramount importance to all our kids, and they all have different needs,” she said.

Rosinsky and her husband, Martin Ellenby, have three children. Jacob, 18, graduated from LT in June, Hannah, 16, is a junior at LT and Benjamin, 13, is an eighth-grader at Park Junior High School in LaGrange Park.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in microbiology from Indiana University, Rosinsky worked as a genetic counselor and supervisor of the Molecular Genetics Laboratory at the University of Chicago for six years. She held a similar position for eight years at Northwestern Memorial Hospital before staying home to raise her three children

“My youngest child has special needs, and I’ve gotten to know many teachers and administrators in programs,” she said. “I have a huge respect for what they do.”

Spurred by Benjamin’s love of sports, Rosinsky started the Challenger program eight years ago for baseball players with special needs in Little League. The program pairs 57 special needs players with a 90 buddies who volunteer to help at games and practices.

“It’s almost more rewarding for me to watch the buddies when it clicks with them and they see what a good thing they’re doing,” she said.

Rosinsky also has served on the board of  Chicago Area Families for Adoption, the Citizens Council of La Grange and the District 102 Delegate Assembly, which slates candidates for that School Board.

“I hope to be an advocate for all our children and to foster educational growth for all students,” she said.

The District 204 board also elected Heather Alderman as president to succeed Pera, who resigned in May after serving nearly 20 years on the board and as president since 2001.

Alderman, elected in 2007, has served as board secretary and on the curriculum committee.

“I’m very excited. It’s an honor and privilege to serve,” she said. “Mark did an outstanding job, and the board will carry on the tradition of working together and keeping in the forefront the importance of children.”

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