Kim Breier- President

Prior to moving to Downers Grove, Kim studied biology and chemistry at the University of Iowa where she met her husband, Dennis.  After deciding to raise their family where Dennis grew up they moved back to the Chicago suburbs in 2009.  Kim has six children; four current Kingsley students, Michael (10), William (9), Emma (6), and Andrew (5), and two future Lions, Jacob (3) and Hadley (6 months). She has previously worked as a social media director for small businesses throughout the US and is passionate about supporting entrepreneurs.  Kim served as our 1st Vice President prior to becoming President last year and has chaired various committees including the Ice Cream Social, Spirit Wear, and the We Are Kingsley Project where she is raising funds to provide inclusive play areas at Kingsley.

Kristin Clancy- 1st Vice President

Kristin has lived in Downers Grove since 2012 with her husband John and son Ben (3rd grader). She grew up in Pekin, IL and pursued a degree in French Commercial Studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Post-graduation she lived and worked in New England, DC and Southern CA, enjoying her career as a Corporate Recruiter at The Walt Disney Studios and Mattel, Inc. Raising Ben near family prompted their move from CA to IL. She has concluded 2 years as VP, Membership and School Supply Chair and looks forward to her new role as 1st Vice President with a focus on PTA Communications.

Elaine McDermott- VP of Membership

Elaine has lived in Downers Grove for 16 years with her husband, Mike.  Mike and Elaine have 3 kids (Susana 12, Mikey 10, & Colin 8) as well as 2 energetic boxers named Finn and Rey.  She currently works as a CPA at a local accounting firm, and previously at Ernst and Young, Navigant Consulting, and Advocate Health Care.  Elaine graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with an Accounting degree.  This will be Elaine’s first year as VP Membership and has volunteered as both Treasurer and Financial Secretary.

Julie Ovalle- VP of Ways and Means

Julie was born and raised in Indiana, and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Purdue University. She moved to Chicago, received her Master of Social Work from Loyola University of Chicago, and began working in child welfare, where she met her husband, Ramon, also a social worker.  They moved to Downers Grove in 2006 and now have four boys – Gabriel, 7th grade, Noah, 5th grade, Ben, 2nd grade, and Evan, kindergarten. Julie is a NICU social worker at Christ hospital, and also completing home studies for foster care as an independent contractor. This is her final year serving as VP of Ways and Means.  Previously she has been involved in volunteering with book fairs, room parties, class picnics, and served as President for two years.

Beth Tournis - Co-VP of Standing Committees

Beth moved to Downers Grove in 2015 with her husband Jim and two children, Jackson (3rd grade) and Mia (1st grade).  She currently works part-time as a pediatric Audiologist at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.  This is her first year on the PTA board.

Angela Suggs- Treasurer

Angela was born and raised in the northwest suburbs of  Chicago, studied education at Illinois State University where she met her husband Anthony. They decided to move to Downers Grove in 2011 to be closer to family and be part of a great community. Angela and Anthony have three children, Daniel (11) Lily (9) William (7) and two crazy dogs. This is her second year on the board, and has been the co-chair for Fun Lunch for three years.

Sarah Ganesan- Secretary

Sarah, her husband, Raj, and their two children moved to Downers Grove in 2013 and were very excited to find a home right down the block from the kids’ future elementary school! Sarah studied Psychology/Business Administration as an undergraduate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and subsequently earned her M.B.A. there as well, followed by a 15 year career in the Human Resources field. Currently a stay at home parent to Lila (4th grade) and Sam (2nd grade), Sarah is pleased to be continuing her Executive Committee role as Secretary, having previously chaired the Hospitality Committee.

Rachel Mayer - Financial Secretary

Rachel was born and raised in Downers Grove and studied Accounting at Purdue University, where she met her husband Eric.  After living in Chicago, they returned to the Western Suburbs and have lived in Downers Grove for 8 years with their three children, Noelle (10), Elise (9) and Travis (7).  Rachel is a CPA, currently working in Joint Venture Accounting for Fresenius Medical Care.  She previously worked at Ernst & Young and CNA Insurance. This is Rachel’s first year on the PTA Board.

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