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.
Dr. Nancy Robb
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 has served as Vice Chair and is currently Board
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, where he currently serves as managing 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 was the 2006 recipient of the Illinois CPA Public Service Award. 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 where he also served as
finance chair; a founding member and treasurer of the Vehe Farm Foundation; past director
of JourneyCare, which provides hospice and palliative care to the Chicago area and
northern Illinois; past director and current member of the Barrington Area Chamber
of Commerce; the past treasurer and director of the Palatine Chamber of Commerce;
a member of the Accounting Advisory Board of Illinois Wesleyan University; a past
manager and travel coach with the Barrington Youth Baseball Association; a member
and past deacon and elder of the Presbyterian Church of Barrington; 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. While in pursuit of his MBA, Greg was able to take some of his required courses at Harper, which was a critically important option for a working father. He and his wife live in Deer Park, where they raised 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.
Dr. Nancy 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 also serves as president of the Buehler YMCA Advisory Board and is a member of 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 wheelchair team of the NBA’s Chicago Bulls, 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 two 6-year terms in 2009 and 2015. Hill served
as Chair of the Board from 2010 to 2015, and now serves as Board Liaison to the Harper
College Educational Foundation.
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 Community Consolidated School District 15, Township High School District 211, the Boy Scouts, The Bridge Youth and Family Services, and WINGS (Women In Need Growing Stronger). Hill 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 of Northwest Community Hospital, and formerly served on 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. In addition to various other administrative roles over the course of 24 years at NCH, Stack 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.
Stack lives in Barrington with her husband and enjoys spending time with her son, three daughters (one is a graduate of Harper’s nursing program) and two grandchildren.
Eric DeBold is a firm believer in the importance of making informed decisions.
So the second-year student plans on doing a lot of homework as Harper College’s new Student Trustee, a position that works to ensure the Board of Trustees is acting in the best interest of students.
Board Chair Gregory Dowell swore in the 19-year-old Cary resident at the April meeting. Eric succeeds Joe Haynes.
“I know how decisions that the Board makes can improve students’ lives, so I want
to make sure I do what I can to learn about their impact and represent their stories,”
Eric, who will serve a one-year term, prepared himself for the role in part by climbing the ranks of the Student Government Association. Shortly after coming to Harper in fall 2014, he became a Senator and then was elected President of SGA in spring 2015.
He was part of a contingent of students that explored the feasibility of solar panels on campus. More recently, he has worked to educate students about the state’s budget crisis and its impact on the College. He has also advocated for student representation in Harper’s Shared Governance system.
Eric is studying political science and plans to transfer to Loyola University in Chicago to major in environmental policy. He also works as a student aide in the Center for Student Involvement. Outside of Harper, he cultivates his love of music as a guitar player in his band.
Eric, who considers himself thorough and objective, said he’ll push for transparency as Student Trustee.
“I think the experiences I’ve had, the people I’ve met and the things I’ve learned this past year have put me in a place where I can be effective,” Eric said.
The one-year Student Trustee position carries an advisory vote.