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 Jon Gaskill, Interim Executive Director, at 847-623-2041, ext. 254, or at jongaskill@waukeganpl.info.

Bylaws

The Board of Trustees

Sylvia England
sylviaengland@waukeganpl.info

Term of office as Library Trustee: 2019-2021
Current Board Position:  President

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.

 

Josue Pasillas
josuepasillas@waukeganpl.info

Term of office as Library Trustee: 2019-2021
Current Board Position:  Vice President

Josue Pasillas is a life-long resident of Waukegan, Illinois where he attended North Elementary School, Thomas Jefferson Middle School, and Waukegan High School. Josue is a community-minded person who believes it is our social responsibility to make the world a better place. In addition to serving on the Waukegan Public Library Board of Trustees, Josue also serves as a member of the Waukegan Public Schools Foundation Board of Directors and as a member of the Pitzer College Alumni Board.

Growing up, Josue spent countless hours at the Waukegan Public Library doing reading, using the computers for research, and completing projects with classmates. Josue’s hope is to remove barriers to accessing the resources provided by the Waukegan Public Library for all residents of Waukegan.

 

 

Lawrence McShane
lawrencemcshane@waukeganpl.info

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

Professional biography to follow.

 

Tatiana Amorella
tatianaamorella@waukeganpl.info

Term of office as Library Trustee: 2019-2021
Current Board Position:  Trustee

Professional biography to follow.

 

Hector Bryan Escobar
Hectorescobar@waukeganpl.info

Term of office as Library Trustee: 2020-2023
Current Board Position:  Trustee

Professional biography to follow.

 

Robert F. Freeman
robertfreeman@waukeganpl.info

Term of Office as Library Trustee:  2020-2021
Current Board Position:  Trustee

Professional biography to follow.

 

Chetara Jenkins
Chetarajenkins@waukeganpl.info

Term of office as Library Trustee: 2018-2021
Current Board Position:  Trustee

Professional biography to follow.

 

Martha M. Padilla-Ramos
marthapadillaramos@waukeganpl.info

Term of office as Library Trustee: 2020-2023
Current Board Position:  Trustee

Professional biography to follow.

 

 

Jean Smith
jeansmith@waukeganpl.info

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

Jean Smith is a born and raised Waukegan resident who attended Jackson Elementary, Thomas Jefferson Jr High and graduated from Waukegan Township High School. She retired from Great Lakes Naval Facility as Asst. Transportation Officer after 32 years of service. She is currently employed with the Waukegan Public School District as a secretary at all levels of education, where she has served for the past 3 ½ years. Jean remembers the days of bookmobiles and visits to the Library for books.  She is proud and excited to be involved in the shape of what a “Library” has become today.