Board of Trustees
The College is governed by a seven-member Board elected by the voters of Community College District No. 512 in April every two-years, and one student representative, who has an advisory vote, elected by the student body for a one-year term. The Board meets twice a month; the Committee of the Whole meeting is held the second Wednesday of each month at 5 p.m. and the Board of Trustees meeting is held the third Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m., except as noted in the Board approved calendar. The Board does not meet in March or July.
William F. Kelley
Gregory Dowell was appointed to the Harper Board in 2011 to fill a vacant seat and was subsequently elected in 2013. He is currently Board Chair.
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.
Walt Mundt joined the board in April 2011. He is Board Vice-Chair.
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.
Robb was elected to the Board in 2015 and serves as Board Secretary.
As a seasoned educator, she retired in 2014 as superintendent of District 211 where she served in various roles for more than 30 years. Robb has close ties to Harper beyond her role as superintendent of a sender high school district. She has been a member of the Harper Educational Foundation which raises funds for student scholarships.
Serving as a Harper trustee naturally fits with Robb's aim to boost graduation rates for disadvantaged students. She has been working tirelessly to launch “Excel Beyond 211 Dollars for Scholars.” This program is dedicated to mentoring, advising and supporting first general low income District 211 graduates. The aim of this program is to increase college success and completion.
Robb has also been a member of the Bueher YMCA Advisory Board and on the Women in Need Growing Stronger (WINGS) Leadership Board.
She holds a doctorate from Roosevelt University, Master’s in Education from the University of Pittsburg and a BA from Wittenberg University.
Robb lives in Barrington with her husband John.
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.
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
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.
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.
Pat Stack was appointed to the Harper Board in 2015 to fill a vacant seat.
Stack is retired from a career in hospital administration, where she most recently served as Vice President of Performance Improvement at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights. In this role, she worked to develop meaningful dashboards and trained leaders in performance improvement methodologies. Stack served in various administrative capacities at Northwest Community Hospital since 1991. She also held positions in critical care, continuing education and management at Sherman Hospital in Elgin and Loyola Medical Center in Maywood.
Stack has close connections to Harper. As a hospital administrator, she worked closely with graduates of the College’s nursing program and other medical programs at Harper.
Stack holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. She has also published articles on organizational change and performance improvement in the healthcare industry.
She lives in Barrington with her husband.
Joseph Haynes has long embraced opportunities to bring people together, and his role
as Harper College’s Student Trustee allows him to do just that.
“Helping people has always been a focus of mine,” Haynes said. “I think serving as Student Trustee puts me in a prime position to help my peers become more engaged, which is very rewarding.”
The 21-year-old Carpentersville resident was formally sworn in at the Board of Trustees meeting in April 2015.
Haynes is a widely known fixture on campus and a perpetual leader. He served as a Senator in the Student Government Association, and the organization later elected him its president. Haynes also competes on Harper’s speech and debate team and is active in his church.
Haynes said he’ll spend his term focusing on textbook affordability, assisting undocumented students and advocating for Monetary Award Program (MAP) grants, an important source of funding for many students who demonstrate financial need. His role as Student Trustee regularly takes him to Springfield, where he works closely with the Illinois Board of Higher Education and the Illinois Community College board as a member of their Student Advisory Committees. Haynes also hopes to implement an outreach program in which Harper students tutor incoming Promise Scholarship Program students.
Haynes plans to graduate in May 2016 and transfer to a four-year university to study mass communications, political science and psychology.
“It’s my last year at Harper, so I’m looking forward to hopefully having an impact,” Haynes said.
The one-year Student Trustee position carries an advisory vote.