• Kevin CamdenCamden

    Elected: 2017 - 4 years (first term)

    Term Expires: April 2021

    Committee Participation: Facilities Committee Co-Chair, Finance Committee member, Insurance Committee member, Negotiations Committee member, Culture and Equity Leadership Team (CELT) member

    Kevin P. Camden is the owner of Camden Law Office, LLC in Willowbrook. Prior to founding the firm, he served as general counsel for union members in the public sector. He has also represented police officers in disciplinary matters and collective bargaining.

    In his role as adjunct faculty at Northwestern University, Camden teaches for the School of Police Staff and Command around the country and online. He also taught at Valparaiso Law School and Benedictine University.

    Camden is a member of the Darien Lions Club, is active in Our Lady of Mount Carmel parish and volunteers as general counsel for the Fraternity of Alpha Kappa Lambda, where he also served as president and a board member at the national level. In addition, Camden was a board member on the Cass 63 Foundation prior to serving on the District 86 Board of Education.

    A 1990 alum of Brother Rice High School, Camden graduated with honors from Northern Illinois University in 1994 and John Marshall Law School in 1997.

    Camden’s wife Shelly is the board president for Cass School District 63, where she has served in various elected positions for more than 12 years. Two of his children graduated from Cass School District 63 and now attend Hinsdale South High School. His youngest child will be a student at South next year.

    Chval Keith Chval
    Vice President

    Elected: 2017 - 4 years (first term)

    Term Expires: April 2021

    Committee Participation: Facilities Committee Chair, Human Resources Committee member

    Keith Chval is a co-founding owner of Protek International, Inc., which is a consultancy specializing in cyber-related investigations and security and electronic information management and litigation discovery services. Prior to co-founding Protek International in 2005, Chval was an assistant attorney general in the Illinois Attorney General’s office, where he formed and led one of the first specialized high tech crimes bureaus in the country. He also was an assistant state’s attorney in the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office.

    Throughout his professional career, Chval has published several articles, and taught and presented extensively on topics for leading professional organizations across the country. He also served as an adjunct professor of law at the John Marshall Law School, where he designed and taught classes on cyber prosecutions and investigations, cyber espionage, computer forensics, information management and electronic discovery.

    Over the years, Chval served in various capacities for the Clarendon Hills Lions Club, coached youth baseball, soccer and basketball, was the chair of the District 86 Caucus and its nominating committee, and served in church-related volunteer positions in youth and men’s discipleship and congregational leadership.

    Chval grew up in Clarendon Hills and earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Indiana University and a juris doctor from Chicago-Kent College of Law at Illinois Institute of Technology. He and his five children all graduated from Hinsdale Central High School.

    Hirsman Kathleen Hirsman

    Elected: 2019 – 4 years (second term)

    Term Expires: April 2023

    Committee Participation: Policy Committee Chair, Negotiations Committee Chair, Closed Session Minutes Committee Chair; Human Resources Committee member

    Kathleen Hirsman is a senior lecturer in residence at the Education Law and Policy Institute at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. At Loyola, Hirsman teaches courses in fundamentals of school law, special education law and advocacy, legal issues in school discipline, and labor and employment law in the education workplace. Hirsman also served as adjunct faculty at Concordia University Chicago, where she taught in the masters and doctoral programs in graduate and innovative programs. She has served on the District 86 Board of Education since 2015.

    Prior to joining the faculty at Loyola, Hirsman practiced school law for 25 years. She represented and counseled school districts in board governance issues, student issues, special education, labor and personnel matters, collective bargaining, general litigation and in a general corporate advisory capacity.

    Hirsman holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Kalamazoo College, a master’s degree in linguistics from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a juris doctor from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

    Hirsman is a member of the National School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys and the Illinois Association of School Boards Council of School Attorneys. She and her husband have lived in Clarendon Hills since 1985.

    Edwards Tamakia "TJ" Edwards

    Appointed: August 2020

    Term Expires: April 2021

    Committee Participation: Culture and Equity Leadership Team (CELT) member

    Tamakia “TJ” Edwards is the founder of Inner-View Coaching and Consulting Services, which helps technical professionals find their desired career placement by improving their performance and self-awareness. Edwards is also the capital construction program manager and project executive for the General Services Administration’s (GSA) Public Buildings Service. In this role, she serves as a key member of GSA’s leadership team in the Great Lakes region, and provides recommendations for ongoing projects, major renovations, adaptive reuse of existing assets and potential new construction that play a critical role in supporting and advancing the agency’s long-range planning efforts.

    Edwards participates in and speaks at a variety of professional conferences, and served as the public relations liaison on the board of directors for Wells Temple of Deliverance. She also served a guest lecturer and capstone judge at Illinois Institute of Technology.

    Edwards earned her bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology and her MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

    Edwards resides in Darien and has three sons - Messiah, who is a recent graduate of Hinsdale South; Chase, who is a seventh grader at Eisenhower Junior High; and Damarius, who lives in Chicago and works as an analyst at Goldman Sachs.

    Hanson Cynthia Hanson

    Elected: 2019 – 4 years (first term)

    Term Expires: April 2023

    Committee Participation: Human Resources Committee Chair, Policy Committee member, Parent-Teacher Advisory Committee Chair, Culture and Equity Leadership Team (CELT) member

    Cynthia Hanson is a longtime District 86 resident and an alumna of Hinsdale South High School. Committed to education and the student experience, Hanson held positions at a number of local institutions including the University of Illinois at Chicago, DePaul University, Aurora University and Moraine Valley Community College.

    Throughout her career, Hanson counseled and advised students on academic issues related to college success, managed a team of student tutors to support under-represented populations as they made their transition into higher education and taught as adjunct faculty. Hanson is a member of the Illinois Counselor Association and previously served on the Gower School District 62 Board of Education.

    An Illinois licensed professional counselor, Hanson holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master’s degree in higher education and school counseling from Loyola University.

    Hanson grew up in Willowbrook and currently lives in Burr Ridge with her husband and four children, who attended Community Consolidated School District 181, Gower School District 62 and Hinsdale South High School.

    Held Erik Held 

    Elected: 2019 – 4 years (first term)

    Term Expires: April 2023 

    Committee Participation: Insurance Committee Chair, Finance Committee Chair, Negotiations Committee member

    Erik M. Held has worked at UBS Financial Services, Inc. for 14 years, and currently serves as a first vice president of wealth management and corporate stock benefit consultant for the company. His career is centered on goals-based wealth planning, advising on investments and risk for individuals, endowments, foundations and executive compensation. Throughout his career, Held has advised corporations and executives on long-term strategies for equity awards and navigating complex governmental compliance and regulations. In 2017 and 2018, Forbes recognized him as one of America’s next-gen wealth advisors.

    For the past four years, Held has been the lead educator for a seminar series centered on understanding corporate benefits, taxes and financial literacy. He is currently serving his first term on the District 86 Board of Education, and is a member of the Maercker Educational Foundation.

    After graduating from Hinsdale Central in 1999, Held earned his bachelor's degree in English - creative writing from Miami University.

    Held has lived in District 86 for more than two decades, and his family has lived in the district for over 60 years. He currently lives in Westmont with his wife, three children, two dogs and a cat.


    Turek Marty Turek 

    Elected: 2019 – 2 years (first term)

    Term Expires: April 2021 

    Committee Participation: Special Committee Chair, Facilities Committee member, Closed Session Minutes Committee member

    Marty Turek is a technology executive and currently works as a director at FireEye, a publicly traded cyber security company. Turek has worked in the technology field for more 20 years, during which he has held a variety of sales and marketing roles for both large and small companies. Prior to serving on the District 86 Board of Education, Turek was a member of the Community Consolidated School District 181 Board of Education for eight years, which included two years as board president.

    Turek was born and raised in Hinsdale. He graduated from Hinsdale Central, where he was a four-year varsity athlete and won the state diving championship in 1988. He went on to become a four-year Division I athlete.

    Turek earned his undergraduate degree in history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his MBA from the Gies School of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

    Turek currently lives in Clarendon Hills with his wife Susan and three children.

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