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

 

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:  2021-2024
Current Board Position:  Trustee

Professional biography to follow.

 

Gerardo Gordillo
gerardogordillo@waukeganpl.info

Term of office as Library Trustee: 2021-2024
Current Board Position:  Trustee

Gerardo Gordillo was born, raised, and currently living in Waukegan. Even though they’re banned from the Facebook group with the same name. Since then they have been finding places to trust, and then try to trust it for a while. This has led them into various galleries, basements, studios, theaters, and ravines. Among pulling everything out of their mentors, they hope their colleagues to pull everything out of them. What started off as booking DIY shows in a small town bakery has lead to the discovery that people value community. They believe that the emptiness of Waukegan does us a favor, as it allows us to fill the space with anything we can imagine. They’re an elected official with an interest in arts and culture. As an outsider artist with a degree in art history, they are excited to rejuvenate the downtown area with the happenings that Waukegan wants. The library is a place where one learns who they are, who they were, and who they could become.

 

Lawrence McShane
lawrencemcshane@waukeganpl.info

Term of office as Library Trustee: 2019-2022
Current Board Position: Treasurer

Professional biography to follow.

 

Cathy Rogers
cathyrogers@waukeganpl.info

Term of office as Library Trustee: 2021-2024
Current Board Position:  Trustee

Cathy Worklan Rogers grew up in Waukegan and has spent the majority of her life as a Waukegan resident. She attended Immaculate Conception grade school (along with her 10 siblings) and Holy Child High School. Her education continued at CLC, Barat College and finally, Columbia College of Missouri where she earned a BA in Business Administration.  For much of her career, she worked in accounting, including 15 years as the controller for a local manufacturing company. Her successful career continued on the administrative side of the mortgage business for the past 20 years, including several years as the executive assistant to the president of the company. She is currently working just a few hours a week as she heads toward retirement at year end.

Cathy has great memories of the original library in Waukegan where her mother would take her and several siblings to pick out books every week. The three books allowed at the time never lasted the whole week.  Later, she found the library’s great resources invaluable while researching for papers and projects for school. She feels the library should be a welcoming place to everyone in our community, and it is the responsibility of the Board of Trustees to see that the needs of all generations and ethnic backgrounds, as well as, those of the staff members are met. She believes the library is an asset to our community and is committed to making it an award-winning jewel in our city.

 

Debra Sippio-French
debrasippiofrench@waukeganpl.info

Term of office as Library Trustee: 2021-2024
Current Board Position:  Trustee

Debra moved to Waukegan in 2016 after purchasing one of Waukegan’s historical landmark homes. She grew up in several states and abroad as her father served in the United States Army. After completing graduation from Highland Park High School, and moving to California, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Armstrong University, Berkeley California.

Debra is a retired accountant and enrolled agent. She retired from the United States Treasury Department after 35 years of distinguished service. Obtaining the level of Examination Territory Manager of the Small Business Self-Employed Division, Internal Revenue Service. Debra received numerous awards for outstanding service throughout her career. She received numerous congratulatory letters from federal and state legislators for exemplary civil service upon retirement.

Debra’s current focus is Waukegan community involvement. Debra views the library as the gift that keeps on giving.

 

Rebecca J. Solano
rebeccasolano@waukeganpl.info

Term of office as Library Trustee: 2021-2024
Current Board Position:  Trustee

Rebecca Solano is the co-founder and owner of Greentown Investments, a local real estate investment company. She is also a licensed real estate agent with Fathom Realty.  Before getting into real estate, Rebecca taught elementary and middle school in her hometown of Waukegan, Illinois for ten years.

Initially, Rebecca and her husband, Mauricio, started “flipping houses” and have purchased, renovated and resold many homes in Waukegan since 2009. Slowly they began to acquire a portfolio of rental properties and eventually decided it was time to pursue real estate full-time. Rebecca became a licensed agent with Fathom Realty in 2019 and represents buyers and sellers on a day-to-day basis, and considers education – both clients and other real estate investors – the most important part of her role as a REALTOR®.  Rebecca also consults with investors to educate and empower other community members.

Rebecca is a graduate of Bradley University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish and Sociology. She earned a Master’s of Science in Education from Northern Illinois University. Rebecca and her husband live in Waukegan, Illinois with their two children, Samuel and Benjamin. She enjoys all four seasons of exploring the outdoors, hiking, and travelling.

The library is important to Rebecca and has always been a wonderful place to visit. When she was a child, she loved going to the Bookmobile when it came to her neighborhood, and now she loves bringing her children to the Early Learning Center. She is an avid reader and is always searching for a new book to immerse herself in, whether for a book club with friends, a business book to help her learn a new strategy or skill, or just a new book someone recommended. She is excited to work as a Trustee on the Waukegan Library Board.

 

 

Jean Smith
jeansmith@waukeganpl.info

Term of office as Library Trustee: 2020-2023
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.

 

Nathan Thebarge
nathanthebarge@waukeganpl.info

Term of office as Library Trustee: 2021-2024
Current Board Position:  Trustee

Nathan Thebarge is grateful to make his home in Waukegan with his wife Laura. and their three children. He is a librarian at Trinity International University and a chaplain in the Air Force Reserve. In addition to serving as a library trustee, he also serves on the board of his children’s elementary school’s PTO, in various ministries at his church, and as a coach with Waukegan Youth Baseball. The library is “a space for the whole community, where all are welcome and can be encouraged in their growth and development.”