Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees is composed of seven elected individuals who represent the voters of the district and one student representative, who has an advisory vote, elected by the student body for a one-year term.
Contact the Board of Trustees at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Board Liaison office at 847.925.6310.
Diane Hill joined the Harper College Board of Trustees in 2008 to complete the term of her late husband, David Hill, the CEO of nationally-known homebuilder Kimball Hill Homes. She was subsequently elected to a 6-year term in 2009, and now serves as Board Chair.
Hill is retired from Northwestern University, where she served for 32 years as senior lecturer, author and clinical supervisor in speech and language pathology. Nationally, she served as Chair of the Specialty Board on Fluency Disorders.
Hill is an emeritus member of Harper's Educational Foundation Board.
She also has been an active community volunteer in programs throughout school districts 15 and 211; the Boy Scouts; The Bridge; and Women In Need Growing Stronger (WINGS). She has held numerous leadership roles for All Saints Lutheran Church in Palatine and served on the Leadership Committee of the Fund for Leaders in Mission of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Hill serves on the Corporate Board and the Foundation Board of Northwest Community Hospital, as well as the Board of Augustana College, her alma mater.
Hill lives in Barrington and has one son, a Fremd High School and Princeton University graduate.
Rita Canning joined the Harper College Board in 2007. She is Board Vice-Chair.
She is the Chair of Women In Need Growing Stronger (WINGS), an organization offering transitional housing and support for abused and homeless women and their children. She opened the WINGS Safe House, the first domestic violence shelter in Chicago’s northwest suburbs, which now serves 45 women and children.
Canning serves as Vice President of the Canning Foundation, which provides private school scholarships to more than 100 inner-city children; funds a pilot program to provide legal assistance to Harper College Women’s Program students; sponsors Women’s Program scholarships; and created “train the trainer” programs to offer domestic violence training to students in the medical and legal fields.
Canning also is a member of the Women’s Board of Northwestern University, a Sustaining Member of the Women’s Board of the Field Museum, a Director of the Buehler YMCA, and a longtime member of Harper’s Educational Foundation.
She has received the Children’s Home and Aid Society’s “For the Love of Children Award”, the Sears “Distinguished Leader Award” for exemplary volunteer contributions, the “Woman to Woman Making a Difference Award” from the Illinois State Treasurer’s Office, the Business Ledger’s “Influential Women in Business” award, the “Vision to Action Award” from the Illinois Center for Violence Prevention and the WINGS “Shining Light” Award. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois. She and her husband, John, live in Inverness and have six children.
Walt Mundt joined the board in April 2011. He is Board Secretary.
Mundt is a sales director for a tax technology firm specializing in accounting, compliance, audit support and planning. An experienced executive with more than two decades of experience in the enterprise software and technology industry, Mundt also has built a career using software solutions to help companies gain a competitive advantage and maximize shareholder value.
He received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Southern Illinois University and his MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management, where he concentrated in Information Systems. He also has a Master’s of Science in Taxation from DePaul University.
Mundt has lived in Harper’s district for more than 25 years, and has been active during that time in numerous community and civic organizations, including Palatine Youth Baseball and YMCA basketball.
He lives in Palatine with his wife, Cheryl. The couple has two sons.
Gregory Dowell was appointed to the Harper Board in 2011 to fill a vacant seat.
The Palatine businessman spent the first 11 years of his career providing tax and financial consulting services to high net worth clients and owners of closely held businesses through a large Chicago law firm. In 1992, he joined Bass, Solomon & Dowell, LLP as a partner. In that role, he provides a variety of services to the business community, concentrating on business start-ups and entrepreneurs. He also offers accounting, tax and audit services to nonprofit organizations and governmental agencies.
Dowell is a member of the Illinois CPA Society and the American Institute of CPAs. He has authored numerous articles for professional journals, and is a licensed instructor of continuing education for CPAs.
In addition to his professional work, Dowell has served the community in a number of capacities. He is a former Village of Deer Park trustee; a founding member and treasurer of the Vehe Farm Foundation; director and current member of the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce and the past treasurer and director of the Palatine Chamber of Commerce, of which he’s also currently a member; a member of the Accounting Advisory Board of Illinois Wesleyan University; a manager and travel coach with the Barrington Youth Baseball Association; and a volunteer for the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.
He also has served Harper College as a member of the Small Business Advisory Committee.
Dowell holds a bachelor’s in accounting from Illinois Wesleyan University and an MBA in finance from Northern Illinois University. He and his wife live in Deer Park with their two children.
Jim Gallo was elected to the Harper College Board in 2011.
As managing partner of Schaumburg-based Gallo Associates, Gallo spent nearly his entire professional career in the corporate renewal and turnaround arena. Gallo is the acting CEO of the Specialty Finishing Group in Elk Grove Village, managing the company’s two divisions and 300 employees. He is a member of the Turnaround Management Association.
A CPA and published author, Gallo earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Illinois and his master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. He serves on the boards of several nonprofit organizations, and is a former board member of the Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital in Wheaton.
Gallo began his career as an auditor and consultant for Coopers and Lybrand; since then, he’s worked for Schaumburg-based Moglia Advisors, a boutique troubled company and bankruptcy firm; formed Gallo Consulting Services and Gallo Associates; worked as a consultant in the music industry; and spent several years acting as an interim CEO, CFO or COO for a number of companies. He has served clients in numerous industries, including manufacturing, distribution, real estate, construction, printing, entertainment, restaurant, retail, packaging, and food production.
After becoming disabled in 1980, Gallo became a wheelchair athlete and played for the Chicago Wheelchair Bulls, the NBA Bulls’ wheelchair team, and was selected as a semifinalist for the Paralympics in 1988, 1992 and 1996.
Gallo grew up in Hoffman Estates, and now lives in Elk Grove Village with his wife, Joelle, and their two children, Grace and Jack.
William F. Kelley was first elected to the Harper College Board of Trustees in 2003.
He attended Harper College in 1973 after graduating from St. Viator High School, and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree (cum laude) in political science from Loyola University Chicago. Kelley completed his J.D. from Loyola University School of Law, where he graduated cum laude and in the top 2 percent of his class, and served as an editor of the Loyola Law Journal. He also received the American Jurisprudence Award in 1980.
Kelley is the Managing Partner of Kelley, Kelley & Kelley, a Schaumburg-area law firm. Prior to joining that firm, he accepted a prestigious clerkship with the Louisiana Supreme Court.
He is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, the American Trial lawyers Association, the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, the Federal Trial Bar, the Northwest Suburban Estate Planning Council and the Northwest Suburban Bar Association, where he serves as Vice President.
Kelley serves on the Schaumburg Park District Foundation, St. Hubert Finance Board, Advisory Board to the Northwest Suburban Council of the Boy Scouts of America and the Board of Governors to the Northwest Suburban Bar Association. He is active in the Schaumburg Hoffman Estates Rotary Club and has served on numerous civic and community boards, and is Past Chair of the Kenneth Young Center. Building on his role as Harper Trustee, Kelley serves as Chair of the Public Policy and Governmental Relations Committee of the Illinois Community College Trustees Association.
Bill and his wife, Jeanne, live in Schaumburg. They have three children – Monica, Billy and Michelle.
Laurie Stone was first elected to the Harper College Board of Trustees in 2001. She served as Board Chair from 2003 through spring of 2010, and is a consistent presence at Harper events.
An Elk Grove Village resident, Stone is the Founding President of the Schaumburg Business Association, launched in 2001 to represent the needs of Schaumburg businesses, advance business causes and help members maintain a competitive edge in Illinois’ largest suburban economic center.
Under her leadership, the Association grew to nearly 700 members in less than a decade, becoming one of the most dynamic business organizations in the Northwest suburbs. Stone retired from her President post in 2010.
A 25-year resident of the Northwest suburbs, Stone is active in numerous civic and professional organizations, including the Roosevelt University Community Advisory Board and the Schaumburg Business Development Commission.
Stone spent a decade as President and CEO of the Greater O’Hare Association of Industry and Commerce and the Elk Grove Chamber of Commerce. She also is a director of the Woodfield Chicago Northwest Convention Bureau, a post she’s held since 1991.
She has four children and eight grandchildren.