Board of Education members

Huntley Community School District 158 is governed by a Board of Education consisting of seven members serving without compensation.  The term of office is four years. Powers and duties include the broad authority to adopt and enforce all necessary policies for the management and government of the public schools.

The Board generally meets as a Committee of the Whole, typically on the first Thursday of each month, followed by a regular meeting, typically on the third Thursday of the month. Members of the public are encouraged to attend all meetings to learn and comment about issues pertaining to the District.

Meetings are streamed live on the website, and meeting agendas and minutes are available through BoardBook.

Meet the Board

Committees: Policy (Chair), Legislation (Chair), Finance, Human Resources
Current Term Expires:  Spring 2027

Andrew Bittman, President

Andy and his wife Diane have lived in Algonquin since 2017 with their three children: Victoria, a Class of 2019 Huntley 158 graduate, Teddy, a class of 2021 Huntley 158 graduate, and Lucas, who is a current student at Huntley High School. 

Andy holds a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Marquette University and an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. Since starting his career as an engineer for a 4-person startup company, he has experience designing over 50 complex digital signal processing products for unique applications. In various management roles, he has been closely involved in the design and management of highly complex technical products and systems.  In 2013, Andy spent seven months working internationally to build a new engineering site in Oradea, Romania.  Andy currently serves as the general manager and president of the North American operations for an Italian multinational corporation which designs, builds, and deploys custom automated production systems for customers in the pharmaceutical, medical devices and e-mobility markets. 

Outside of work, Andy spends most of his time with his family and their two rescue dogs while taking every opportunity to learn while traveling the world.

Committees: Community Relations & Student Outreach (Chair), Policy, Legislation
Current Term Expires:  Spring 2027

Laura Murray, Vice President

Laura was elected to the Huntley Community School District 158 school board in April 2023. In this role, Laura is committed to listening to and really hearing the needs of our community and its stakeholders, including teachers, staff, parents and students. She believes in a common sense approach to education.

Laura & her husband Scott have been Huntley residents for 16 years. They live in the community with their two sons. Laura has worked in the customer service industry for over 25 years, which has fueled her love of working in a team-focused environment.

Committees: Special Education (Chair), Curriculum & Instruction, Human Resources
Current Term Expires: Spring 2027

Gina Galligar, Secretary

Gina is in her first term serving on the Huntley Community School District 158 Board of Education and is also serving as Secretary. She has worked as a speech-language pathologist for 32 years and currently works in Community Unit School District 300 in Algonquin, Illinois. Her education background include both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Illinois. Gina is also a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. 

Gina and her husband, Patrick, currently reside in Huntley with their dogs, Happy and Bella, and have been married for 32 years. They have two sons, Tim and Sean. As a Chicago-native, Gina is an avid Cubs fan and enjoys to sing at church and craft in her free time.

Committees: Human Resources (Chair), Buildings & Grounds, Community Relations & Student Outreach
Current Term Expires: Spring 2025

Sean Cratty

Sean Cratty was appointed to the Board in July 2020.

Cratty is currently the Director of Retail Banking at First National Bank of Omaha and has served the community in a number of roles, including organizer of Huntley Fall Fest, Ambassador for the Chamber of Commerce, Treasurer of St. Baldrick’s Huntley, member of the Huntley Park Foundation Board, member of the Huntley 158 Education Foundation Board, and member of the Huntley Area Public Library Board.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Monmouth College and is a graduate of the Leadership Greater McHenry County program.

Sean lives in Lake in the Hills with his wife Emmy, and their three children, Hailey, Michael, and Hannah.

Committees: Curriculum & Instruction (Chair), Community Relations & Student Outreach, Finance
Current Term Expires:  Spring 2027

Michael Thompson

Bio coming soon!

Paul Troy

Committees: Building and Grounds (Chair), Curriculum & Instruction
Current Term Expires: Spring 2025

Paul Troy

A Lake in the Hills resident since 1998, Paul and his wife, Jennifer, have two daughters who graduated HHS. He is currently serving his third term on the Huntley Community School District 158 Board of Education, for which he chairs the Building and Grounds committee and is a member of both the Human Resources and Policy Committees. 

Currently, Paul works as a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones Investments. His prior work experience includes IT Solution Engineering at United Airlines, Interim Business Office Manager at District 300, and over two decades of systems engineering work in the wireless communications industry with both Motorola Solutions and Nokia. Paul’s education includes a bachelor’s degree in engineering physics from the University of Illinois at Chicago, an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management, and a Chief School Business Official certification from Northern Illinois University. He is certified by the state of Illinois to work as a CFO at a school district.

As a member of the Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB), Paul has earned and maintained distinction both as a Master Board Member and as a LeaderShop Academy Fellow; he was also elected to a Director-at-Large role of the IASB’s Kishwaukee Region. He serves his church community as a member of the fiscal planning team. Paul is also a former member of the Illinois Association of School Business Officials (IASBO) and is active in the Zeta Psi Fraternity Elder Association of Greater Chicago. Within his community, Paul has coached tee ball at the Huntley Park District, served on Huntley 158’s Financial Advisory Committee, and has been a part of the Chesak/Martin PTA. An interesting fact about Paul is that he is fluent in Ukrainian. A hockey enthusiast, Paul also enjoys recreational golfing, cooking, and travel.

Anthony Quagliano

Committees: Finance (Chair), Legislation, Policy, Building & Grounds
Current Term Expires:  Spring 2025

Anthony Quagliano

Mr. Quagliano and his wife, Carol, have lived in the District 158 community for 24 years, where they raised their three sons. Joe, Jason, and Kyle all are HHS graduates.

Tony received a bachelor’s degree in accountancy from University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana) and is employed at Eric J. Fernandez & Co. CPA’s and Business Consultants in West Dundee and McHenry, where he has worked for more than 32 years. He has been a Certified Public Accountant for more than 38 years.

During his free time, Tony enjoys planning family vacations, cooking, golf, and hiking. His interests include laws and legislation concerning education finance and property taxes. He was a founding member of the D158 Citizen Financial Advisory Committee and has been a Lake in the Hills youth baseball manager for several years.

Member Development

All Illinois school board members must receive training in professional development leadership (P.A. 97-8) and the Open Meetings Act (P.A. 97-504). Mandatory training will also be required after the new teacher evaluation requirements are implemented in each school district. For additional information, see Board policy 2:120, Board Member Development.

The following table contains mandatory and non-mandatory training and development activities that were completed by each Board member. When the training was provided by the Illinois Association of School Boards, the acronym “IASB” follows the listed activity.

Member Development
Date Completed
Fleck MichaelJoint Annual Conference 201811/16/2018
Fleck MichaelKishwaukee Division Dinner Meeting10/25/2018
Fleck MichaelJoint Annual Conference 201711/17/2017
Fleck MichaelGet Your Message Out: Your Role in Crafting an Effective Public Image11/17/2017
Fleck MichaelJoint Annual Conference 201611/18/2016
Fleck MichaelKishwaukee Division Dinner Meeting09/22/2016
Fleck MichaelPre-netFORUM History08/12/2016
Fleck MichaelPre-netFORUM History08/12/2016
Fleck MichaelCollective Bargaining11/21/2014
Fleck MichaelBoard Presidents11/16/2013
Fleck MichaelBasics of Governance05/11/2013
Fleck MichaelOMA05/10/2013
Fleck MichaelPDLT/PERA05/10/2013
Geheren WilliamJoint Annual Conference 201811/16/2018
Geheren WilliamJoint Annual Conference 201711/17/2017
Geheren WilliamPre-netFORUM History08/12/2016
Geheren WilliamPre-netFORUM History08/12/2016
Geheren WilliamPDLT/PERA11/20/2015
Geheren WilliamMedia Interest or Media Circus11/21/2014
Geheren WilliamThe Trust Edge11/21/2014
Geheren WilliamLeadership by Design11/16/2013
Geheren WilliamDiversity & Inclusion11/16/2012
Geheren WilliamInspiring Trust11/16/2012
Geheren WilliamVision Value Conflicts & Choices11/18/2011
Geheren WilliamBasics of Finance06/18/2011
Geheren WilliamBasics of Law on Board Meetings06/17/2011
Geheren WilliamBasics of Governance06/16/2011
Gentry KevinJoint Annual Conference 201811/16/2018
Gentry KevinJoint Annual Conference 201611/18/2016
Gentry KevinSchool Finance for School Board Members11/18/2016
Gentry KevinPre-netFORUM History08/12/2016
Gentry KevinSchool Finance for Board Members11/20/2015
Gentry KevinSocial Media11/20/2015
Gentry KevinPDLT/PERA11/21/2014
Gentry KevinOMA - Kishwaukee02/09/2012
Gentry KevinData First11/18/2011
Gentry KevinThe Board's First Responsibility11/19/2010
Gentry KevinDiversity & Inclusion11/20/2009
Gentry KevinSuperintendent Evaluation08/13/2009
Gentry KevinSchool Law & Finance06/08/2007
Melendy LesliKishwaukee Division Dinner Meeting10/25/2018
Melendy LesliJoint Annual Conference 201711/17/2017
Melendy LesliNew Board Member Workshops - DeKalb Basics of Governance06/03/2017
Melendy LesliNew Board Member Workshops - DeKalb OMA06/02/2017
Melendy LesliNew Board Member Workshops - DeKalb PDLT/PERA06/02/2017
Quagliano AnthonyJoint Annual Conference 2018 11/16/2018
Quagliano AnthonyJoint Annual Conference 201711/17/2017
Quagliano AnthonyJoint Annual Conference 201611/18/2016
Quagliano AnthonyPre-netFORUM History08/12/2016
Quagliano AnthonyClosing the Gaps AM11/20/2015
Quagliano AnthonyPDLT/PERA11/21/2014
Quagliano AnthonyLeadership by Design11/16/2013
Quagliano AnthonyOMA - Kishwaukee02/09/2012
Quagliano AnthonyFinancial Oversight Essentials11/19/2010
Quagliano AnthonyThe Board and its Superintendent11/21/2008
Quagliano AnthonyMaking Meetings Matter11/16/2007
Troy PaulDivision Officer 2018-1901/02/2019
Troy PaulDelegate Assembly11/18/2018
Troy PaulJoint Annual Conference 201811/16/2018
Troy PaulImprove the Board, Improve Student Achievement: eXceptional Governance11/16/2018
Troy PaulDeep Equity Lens: A Systemic Leadership Process11/16/2018
Troy PaulKishwaukee Division Dinner Meeting10/25/2018
Troy PaulLeaderShop Academy Symposium06/09/2018
Troy PaulCourse: Test Course Community Engagement06/01/2018
Troy PaulDivision Officer 2017-1812/11/2017
Troy PaulJoint Annual Conference 201711/17/2017
Troy PaulGet Your Message Out: Your Role in Crafting an Effective Public Image11/17/2017
Troy PaulFellow Pilot Participation07/14/2017
Troy PaulKishwaukee Division Dinner Meeting03/23/2017
Troy PaulNettelhorst Elementary School Tour11/18/2016
Troy PaulIASB/IASA/IASBO Joint Annual Conference 201611/18/2016
Troy PaulA Courageous Conversation About Race and Its Impact on Achieving Equity in Schools11/18/2016
Troy PaulKishwaukee Division Dinner Meeting09/22/2016
Troy PaulPre-netFORUM History08/12/2016
Troy PaulPre-netFORUM History08/12/2016
Troy Paul2015-2016 Summary 06/30/2016
Troy PaulLeaderShop Academy Symposium 201606/18/2016
Troy PaulPre-netFORUM History06/04/2016
Troy PaulClosing the Gaps AM11/20/2015
Troy PaulSocial Media PM11/20/2015
Troy PaulMedia Interest or Media Circus11/21/2014
Troy PaulThe Trust Edge11/21/2014
Troy PaulLeadership by Design11/16/2013
Troy PaulTough Talking11/16/2013
Troy PaulProfessional Development Leadership Training for School Board Members05/10/2013
Troy PaulPDLT/PERA05/10/2013
Troy PaulSchool Board Accountability11/16/2012
Troy PaulOMA - Kishwaukee02/09/2012
Troy PaulVision Value Conflicts & Choices11/18/2011
Troy PaulThe Board's First Responsibility11/19/2010
Troy PaulCollective Bargaining11/20/2009
Troy PaulSuperintendent Evaluation08/13/2009
Troy PaulBasics of Finance08/08/2009
Troy PaulBasics of Governance08/06/2009
Troy PaulBasics of Law on Board Meetings08/06/2009
Walker Ra'ShawnJoint Annual Conference 201811/16/2018
Walker Ra'ShawnPDLT and PERA Training for School Board Members11/16/2018
Walker Ra'ShawnKishwaukee Division Dinner Meeting10/25/2018
Walker Ra'ShawnCourse: Open Meetings Act (OMA) Training 2.1*09/21/2018