Board of Trustees

The Waukegan Public Library is a component unit of the City of Waukegan. It is governed by a nine member board who are appointed by the Mayor of the City of Waukegan and approved by the City Council.  Annually, before the first of July, the Mayor shall appoint or re-appoint three trustees.

It is the duty of each of the members of the Board of Trustees to carry out the spirit and intent of the Illinois Local Library Act in maintaining a public library and for providing library service to the residents of the city.The regular monthly meetings of the Board of Trustees of the Waukegan Public Library are held at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room on the third Wednesday of each month, unless otherwise noted.

For further information regarding the responsibilities of the Board of Trustees, please contact Richard Lee, Executive Director, at 847-623-2041, ext. 250, or at richardlee@waukeganpl.info.

Bylaws

The Board of Trustees

Mary Stickels
Term of office as Library Trustee:  2017-2020
Current Board Position:  President

Mary Stickels has worked in the office of the Lake County Recorder of Deeds for 18 years. Before this, she worked in the private sector, as a Service Manager for Jewel Foods, for a cleaning company for both businesses and private homes (which she started herself!), as an assistant to the VP and an administrative assistant to the Human Resources Manager for a company that did actuarial benefit planning for major corporations, and she also was an assistant to the Marketing Manager for a company involved in credit card development and account services. Mary has a strong work ethic and superb customer service skills that have proved invaluable in all of the positions she has held in her working career, and it is these same skill sets that make her an asset to the Board of Trustees. Mary is no stranger to the Board, as she previously held the positions of both Trustee and President. She says, without hesitation, that her time on the Board “was a wonderful and gratifying experience” and that she is looking forward to lending her support to Richard Lee, the library’s Executive Director.

Claudia Freeman
Term of office as Library Trustee:  2014-2017
Current Board Position:  Vice President

Claudia Freeman was born and raised in Waukegan and over the years has spent many hours at the Carnegie Library, as well as, the library in its current location.  She is a product of the Waukegan school system, is a graduate of Waukegan High School and has degrees in the field of Parks and Recreation Administration from George Williams College and Aurora University.  Claudia is currently the Superintendent of Cultural Arts for the Waukegan Park District and she also sits on the board of the Waukegan Arts Council.  Prior to returning to employment in Waukegan, she was the Recreation Supervisor for the Gurnee Park District.  Ms. Freeman is a strong advocate for the arts and arts education. She sees literacy as vital to the growth and the strength of any community and she will advocate for a strong literacy program through the Waukegan Public Library.

Marge Ferruzzi
Term of office as Library Trustee: 2017-2018
Current Board Position:  Treasurer

Margaret (Marge) Ferruzzi is well acquainted with and is very committed to the library, having served as a volunteer of the Friends of the Library for the past 14 years. During these years, she held the offices of Secretary, Treasurer and President of the organization, leading it through a reorganization and changes of location and focus.

Marge is a graduate of Waukegan High School (WHS) and is retired from Waukegan High School. She taught Business Education and acted as a Work/Study coordinator for 20 years. Before she joined the staff at WHS, she worked in the Marketing Department of a local corporation, taught for the Catholic school system, and was employed as a tax preparer.

She holds a degree in Business Administration from Marquette University and a Master’s degree from Roosevelt University, and has served on the boards of Consumer Cooperative Credit Union and the Waukegan Area Branch of American Association of University Women and has been involved in numerous other local organizations.

As a Library Trustee, Marge is passionate about continuing the direction in which our award-winning library has been headed under the direction of Richard Lee. Marge believes strongly in the library’s mission of promoting literacy and of providing programs for all members of our diverse Waukegan community while continuing to maintain fiscal responsibility.

Sylvia England
Term of office as Library Trustee: 2016-2019
Current Board Position:  Trustee

Sylvia England is currently the Executive Host of my mama can cook and Executive Director for Love Notes Music Organization. She is a retired educator and administrator, having served as an educator for 36 years.  In her capacity as an educator, she was a teacher at Cooke Magnet, Clark and McCall Elementary Schools, and was a Home Economics Teacher at Waukegan High School. As an administrator, Sylvia was the Associate Principal, Director of Guidance and Dean of Students at Waukegan High School, and the Associate Principal for the EPIC Preschool.  She has served as the Past President of The National Association of University Women and the Administrator and Developer of Greater Faith Community Preschool.  Serving her community has been immensely satisfying to Sylvia and continues to be her greatest desire.

Lawrence McShane
Term of office as Library Trustee: 2017-2020
Current Board Position: Trustee

Professional biography to follow

Rachelle Mendez
Term of office as Library Trustee: 2017-2020
Current Board Position:  Trustee

Rachelle Mendez has proudly made Waukegan her home for over twenty years. After graduating from the University of Michigan, she began her teaching career in the Waukegan School District. As a teacher of elementary students, Rachelle knows how vital it is to advocate for a rich reading environment. Mrs. Mendez receives great joy in bringing stories and history to life in her classroom! One of her greatest teaching endeavors has been coordinating a yearly Waukegan historical tour at the end of a semester of learning about Waukegan’s vibrant past.

When at home, Rachelle can usually be found tending to her flowers or reading in the sunroom with her husband and two cats.

Erick Rivera
Term of office as Library Trustee: 2015-2018
Current Board Position:  Trustee

Erick Rivera has been a resident of  Waukegan for over twenty years. He attended the Waukegan Public school system, and is a proud graduate of the Waukegan High School. After graduating from Waukegan High, he attended DeVry University, where he obtained  his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He has been a volunteer of many organizations in Waukegan, such as the Waukegan Park District and Waukegan Main Street.  During his free time, Erick enjoys playing the bass guitar and spending time with family and friends.

Jennifer Nydia Salazar
Term of office as Library Trustee: 2016-2019
Current Board Position:  Trustee

Jennifer Salazar was born and raised in Waukegan to parents of Mexican and Ecuadorian origin.  Growing up in Waukegan, the Waukegan Public Library was one of her favorite destinations, especially the bookmobile!  She is a proud Waukegan High School graduate, and in 2013 she graduated Cum Laude from DePaul University with a B.A. in Psychology.  After graduation, she became an AmeriCorps VISTA.  Through this position she took a one year vow of poverty and completed her service for United Way of Lake County working with various schools and service projects.  She is now the program coordinator for Waukegan Township Park Place, as well as the administrative assistant for the Coalition to reduce Recidivism.  Jennifer loves working with first generation students and has true pride in the Waukegan community.

Jean Smith
Term of office as Library Trustee: 2017-2020
Current Board Position:  Trustee

Professional biography to follow

David Villalobos
City Council Liaison

David Villalobos is the current 4th Ward Alderman for the City of Waukegan.  David also works for Waukegan School District 60 as a substitute teacher primarily at the two high school campuses.  David previously worked at the Waukegan Public Library from 2007 to 2013 in the positions of Reference Desk Assistant, Program Coordinator, Event Coordinator, Volunteer Coordinator, and Outreach Coordinator.

David’s volunteer work has kept him engaged in Waukegan in various fields.  Organizations that David volunteers with are Clean Power Lake County, GreenTOWN Urban Farms (board member), Little Fort Lions Club, and Waukegan Main Street.  Also, David has recently joined the advisory committees for Waukegan Township’s Staben House and College of Lake County’s Lakeshore Campus.  David’s past volunteer experiences were with the Latino Coalition of Lake County (board member), F.I.S.T. (Former Inmates Striving Together), and Waukegan 2 College.

David is a second generation Waukeganite and proud graduate of Waukegan High School class of 1999 and University of Illinois: Urbana-Champaign class of 2005.  David believes that community engagement is critical for the City of Waukegan and recognizes that the Waukegan Public Library is a key component to community engagement.  David is honored to be a trustee and hopes to bring about a synergy between the City of Waukegan, Waukegan Public Library, and the residents that will move Waukegan forward to a brighter future.